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Wichita, Kansas also known as the Air Capital, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas, as well as a major aircraft manufacturing hub and cultural center. The city is home to five major aircraft manufacturing companies and McConnell Air Force Base. Wichita is located in South Central Kansas on the Arkansas River,
Wichita, the largest
metropolitan area in the state contains nearly one-fifth of the state's
population. It is located on the banks of the Arkansas River and was first
settled in the late 1860's. Wichita has a history of development from its
origins as a major trading post along the Chisholm Cattle Trail, to its present
status as the largest city in Kansas. Along the way, the cityís residents have
enlivened their hometown with a wealth of culture, unique attractions, and
entertaining things to do. Wichita welcomes visitors at any season of the year.
A visit to Wichita offers an
opportunity to view outstanding museums and galleries, to enjoy the symphony or
live theater, to cheer for one of the numerous sports teams, to experience a
wide range of dining possibilities, and to shop in local stores. The streets are
easy to navigate, and the city is fun to visit for the entire family.
Wichita presents a history
lesson in a fascinating and beautiful setting. For example, Botanica, a nature
center is filled with colorful plants native to the Kansas prairie. Stroll
among hundreds of beautiful butterflies enjoying their own oasis of serenity
amid plants that attract and nourish many butterfly species. The Great Plains
Nature Center features exhibits interpreting the
animals, plants and habitats of the Great Plains of North America. Included are
a 2,400 gallon aquarium, a wildlife observatory and nine interactive displays.
The Sedgwick County
Zoo is Kansasís most popular tourist attraction with nearly half a million
visitors each year. Its collection of over 2,600 animals is grouped
geographically, and includes the African Veldt, Asian Steppes, Jungle, South
American Pampas, Australian Outback, North American Prairie.
rewarded with a Western belt buckle at the completion of a self-guided tour of
the Old Cowtown Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, Keeper of the
Plains Statue, Charles M. Russell Gallery, A Prairie Garden, North American
Prairie Exhibit at the zoo, the Chisholm Trail Exhibit , the Buffalo Bill
Monument, the Chisholm Trail Marker and Sheplers Western Store.
In addition, Wichita, is home
to classic, western and art museums, a remarkable symphony, classic ballet,
music theatre, classic comedies and is a popular convention site. Wichita is
conveniently accessible by air or interstate highways. It combines the
excitement and imagination of a large metropolitan city with clean air, blue
skies, friendly people and excellent food.
Be sure to include Wichita
in your travel plans; you will enjoy the time spent in this delightful city!