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Located in the south of Kansas, the historic Wild West town of Wichita lies on the entrance to the Great Plains and abounds in historical sites, well-preserved buildings and enthralling museums.
Considered by Frank Lloyd Wright himself to be one of his greatest works, the superb Allen-Lambe House is magnificently landscaped to appear as one with the surrounding backdrop. The historic house features sublimely beautiful architecture and is considered representative of the renowned architect’s creations.
Wichita is best explored by foot, with the old town centre remaining as it was centuries ago. Stroll past the quaint old historic structures that still stand proudly along the main streets and avenues. Highlights include the sublime 19th century Caprice Ballroom and streets wonderfully lit by gas lamps as they were in historic times.
The old town centre is an especially good area for crafts shopping and fine dining. A variety of cuisine is on hand, and the tasteful night scene is represented by charming cafés and bars.
Not far from Wichita is Kansas City, shared by both Kansas and Missouri, and famous for its great jazz clubs and jazz and blues festivals. The city also has a symphony orchestra, several theatres and a couple of first-rate art museums, including the Atkins and Kemper. Outdoor enthusiasts can head for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, home to the last remaining remnants of the US’s once extensive tall-grass ecosystem.
Though at first it seems rather isolated, Wichita is actually not too difficult to reach. Connecting Wichita with Kansas City is I-35. From Kansas City, I-70 runs to the capital of Kansas, Topeka; to the east, I-70 goes through St Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, all the way to Baltimore, Maryland. I-35 goes north from Wichita though Iowa and all the way to Minneapolis and beyond.
Wichita is on Amtrak’s Chicago-Los Angeles line, while Greyhound coaches run to main cities and towns. Wichita Airport has regional flights and daily direct flights to Topeka in Kansas, Omaha in Nebraska and St Louis in Missouri. The largest nearby airport is actually in the Missouri section of Kansas City, and it services flights from most major American cities and some overseas destinations.
The major suburbs in Wichita are: Bel Aire, Connell, Cow Town, Eastborough, Meadowview, Midland, Minneha, Oatville, Park City and Riverside.