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Situated on the Arkansas river in south-central Kansas, Wichita is the largest city in the state. While not renowned as a tourist destination, Wichita has much to offer visitors. Planning a spring visit? You’ll find that temperatures warm up considerably between March and May, with average daily highs rising from 63 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When summer rolls around, it can be quite hot, and it’s usually sunny. Temperatures between June – August peak around 91 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and this is peak tourist season as well, so make your reservations ahead of time. In September, when the children go back to school, things quieten down in Wichita, but the weather remains fine, with temperatures slowly cooling. Daily highs of 86 degrees Fahrenheit in September fall to 61 degrees Fahrenheit in November, the slowest month for tourism in Wichita. Consider planning your visit during the fall, as you can probably find good deals on flights and accommodation. The winter months see a small spike in tourism around the holiday season but are otherwise fairly slow. If you plan a winter visit, pack your warmest gear. It can be very cold and snow is likely between December and February. Wichita is listed among the top 10 most likely US cities to experience a tornado. The risk is highest in the spring and summer, although they can occur at any time of the year.
When planning your flight to Wichita, it is important to be aware that some months are not as ideal as others. Specifically, the month of June could carry a higher chance of rain, as Wichita sees up to 5.1 inches or more. There are still things to do in Wichita even when it's raining, but be aware that rain is highly probable in the area. Those looking for a great museum with interesting exhibits should take time out of their trip to Wichita to go see Museum of World Treasures. Museum of World Treasures is particularly popular with tourists when the weather in Wichita is not ideal. For those looking to get out of the rain and do a little shopping, check out Towne West Square.
Those flying to Wichita could potentially find better pricing at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (6 mi from Wichita city center), Salina Airport (78 mi from Wichita city center) or Great Bend Airport (96 mi from Wichita city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
Based on our data, the most popular airlines that fly to Wichita from United States are American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Alaska Airlines. There may also be other airline options depending on where in United States you’re flying from.
Alaska Airlines operates around 38 flights into Wichita in any given week. The most common departure point for these flights was from Dallas/Fort Worth, with the best round-trip Alaska Airlines deal found being $142 (Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Wichita). Users have rated Alaska Airlines 7.9/10 in over 1,989 reviews on momondo.
Delta flies to Wichita 18 times per week usually, making it a popular airline to fly with, particularly when heading to Wichita from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. Delta (rating: 7.8, 1,263 reviews) varies in price depending on when and where you want to fly to Wichita from. The best Delta ticket price found on momondo to Wichita was from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ($297 round-trip).
Some neighborhoods in Wichita, such as Delano and Old Town, are compact and interesting to walk. You should definitely take advantage of the free downtown trolley, the Q-line, which offers 4 routes covering many of the city’s bars, hotels, museums, and entertainment venues. You can also use the Wichita Transit bus system, which covers the entire city. Taxi and rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber operate here, but many visitors find car rental more convenient and economical, allowing ease of travel both within and outside the city. If you’re looking for a bit of exercise, Wichita also has a bike-share program.
The free Q-line trolleys are geared towards serving tourists, with 4 routes covering Delano, Old Town, the Douglas Design District, and Clifton Square. The routes run Monday – Friday 11 am – 1:30 pm, Monday – Thursday, and Saturday 5-10 pm, and on Friday – 5 pm-1 am. Wichita transit buses can get you almost anywhere in the city for a single-ride fare of $1.75 USD, or you may purchase a day pass for $5.00 USD.
Taxis can be found outside Wichita’s hotels and attractions, or you may call for a ride. Fares start at $3.00 USD, with a subsequent charge of $2.00 USD per mile, and a waiting charge of $28.00 USD per hour. With Uber and Lyft both operating in the city, you will likely save money by arranging a ride through one of these rideshare services.
Bike Share ICT is Wichita’s bike-share service. Operating in conjunction with Zagster, you can purchase a hourly membership for $3.00 per hour, unlock a bike at one of 19 stations across the city, and get around on your own steam.
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Wichita’s western culture and history blend with new modernization, making for an interesting study in contrasts. When you travel to Wichita, KS, you should see some of these interesting sights.
If you happen to be visiting Wichita during a severe storm and tornado warnings are issued, here’s how to find a safe place. Get inside the largest, sturdiest building near you, and go to the lowest level. Find an interior room or hallway away from windows, and put as many walls between you and the storm as possible.
Wichita is famous for its BBQ and there are several top notch BBQ restaurants in the city. Why not learn from the best? You can sign up for cooking classes at the All Things Barbecue store located in the Historic Delano District, and take some expertise home with you.
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