As Kansas’s largest city (although small enough to be manageable, with a population just under 400,000), Wichita holds the title as the state’s cultural epicenter. It is home to an orchestra, botanical gardens, a science and discovery center, living-history museum, and the Wichita Art Museum. The Old Town area is flush with restaurants, hotels, and shops tucked into former warehouses.
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There’s something for everyone: Dinosaur fossils, a Babe Ruth-autographed baseball, Egyptian mummies, Scarecrow’s pitchfork from The Wizard of Oz.
In nearby Hutchinson, travel 650 feet down to the mine, formed by an ancient sea and still in operation. Take a ride on the Salt Mine Express.
Enjoy an impressive collection of American art of the Great Plains and West. Fans of cowboy life should head for the Charles M. Russell Gallery.
There are a few things you can still get for free on a flight — you just have to know to ask for them.
When Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Allen-Lambe House a century ago, it was state-of-the-art, with a central vacuum, gas fireplace and fireproof walls.
Great spots to wander among gorgeous flowers and take in the scents of spring (or summer or fall).
Among 17 acres of flowers and plants, zoom in on the juniper, peony and rose collections. Then let your nose lead you to the living herb wall.
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