We're not in Kansas anymore. Oh, wait...we are! Most people think of Kansas and think of grain fields and maybe that place has the name of the state followed by "City". Incidentally, just a fun fact here, did you know that Kansas City is not the largest city in Kansas? That's because most of the population of Kansas City resides on the Missouri side. That makes Wichita the largest city in Kansas.
So, you've been convinced that Wichita might not be a bad place to visit, but what are you going to do when you get there? Actually, surprisingly there is a lot to do and see. One of the first things that you will see is the new airport terminal that was opened just a couple or three years ago. It is now a modern facility that is easy to navigate and close to downtown.
Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World". This is a pretty well deserved title that starts from years back. A lot of aviation companies grew up there and have remained. Cessna, LearJet, Spirit Aerosystems, Hawker Beechcraft and others have a presence in Wichita. If you're an aviation buff this would be a great place to go and drool over some of the toys you see flying or parked on the ground. There is an aviation museum in Wichita located on the north end of McConnell Air Force Base. It tells about the rich history of aviation in and around Wichita along with some samples of the aircraft.
Speaking of the rich aviation tradition around Wichita, you have to check out Lloyd Stearman Field and the Stearman Bar and Grill. The food is great, but mostly it's the location that you come for. It sits right on the historic airfield and you can watch the aircraft take off and land while you dine. It is mostly traditional American fare done right, and has a small play area for the kids. It has a large covered patio to sit out on during nice weather and numerous tables inside climate controlled comfort if you prefer.
Wichita has a pretty great food scene and downtown atmosphere. Check out the river walk or take in the Oldtown Marketplace with its shops and restaurants. There are also some nicely preserved historic districts around Wichita that are good for a stroll or a drive. There are summer events happening every weekend, and if you are going for the aviation culture be sure to check if there are any airshows or fly-ins happening (fly-ins are to aircraft what drive-ins are to classic cars).
All in all you won't be disappointed with a stop in Wichita and you might even come to love America's Heartland.