If you want to be smack dab in the middle of the United States, venturing to Wichita will get you pretty close.
Though it is the biggest city in Kansas, Wichita is only the 51st-largest U.S. metro area. Sitting on the banks of the Arkansas (Kansans pronounce it "Ar-Kansas") River, Wichita is a small city that feels like a big town. Money magazine recently named the charming and clean community a Top 10 place to live.
Wichita is best known as the "Air Capital of the World," thanks to its being a major aircraft producer/designer for Cessna, Spirit Aerosystems, Raytheon, Bombadier Leerjet, Boeing Military and Airbus. It also houses McConnell Air Force Base. While it's main industries are aviation and agriculture, the overall economy has become more diverse.
The Wichita River Festival, held each May, is one of the city's premier events. Check out the nationally renowned Sedgwick County Zoo if you want to see 2,500 different animals of over 500 species.
Several museums in the River district and in Old Town are worth a look. There is no charge to visit the Wichita Art Museum on Saturday mornings. Old Cowtown Museum is a fun way to revisit the "olden days in Wichita." You can also enjoy Exploration Place (science museum), the Mid-American All-Indian Center, the Museum of World Treasures and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Other tourist attractions include Botanica - the Wichita Gardens and the nearby Kansas Underground Salt Museum.
And last, A must place Experience the Real American West of yesterday would be Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper.