Wichita has miles of walking...
Wichita has miles of walking sidewalks, bike trails and most seem to go next to our rivers. Many outlooks exist to stop, sit, watch the birds or just look at the river. Here is one of those bridge/outlooks for pedestrians.
Thai House is a little hole in the wall that has just three tables for dine-in customers. What it lacks in ambience it more than makes up with good food at reasonable prices. There's nothing between the tables and the kitchen except a small counter, so this isn't the place to go if you want a quiet meal. Don't let this keep you from trying it though, because if if you like Thai food you will enjoy your meal there.
Welcome to the 'Peerless Princess of the Plains'
"A Pleasant Place to Live"
I spent a good childhood in Wichita. And if I didn't love my adopted Texas more, I would definitely enjoy raising my family there. A good-sized metropolis in the middle of the Kansas prairie, Wichita is a pleasant place to live with a good variety of quality cultural institutions and recreational opportunities. It enjoys all four seasons, though less hearty souls might be annoyed by the near-constrant wind or frightened by annual tornado warnings.
The three defining motifs of the city are the Arkansas River (with the ending 's' pronounced), the aircraft industry (Cessna, Boeing, Beech, Learjet, and so on), and wheat (as in the WSU Shockers and the golden fields that surround the city).
"A Relaxing Place to Visit"
Despite the 'Peerless Princess' monicker adopted by 1800s promoters, Wichita is not glamorous, nor are any of its attractions national standouts. The biggest event of the year is May's Wichita River Festival.
I have wonderful personal memories of spreading a blanket on the riverbank with my family and laying back to enjoy the patriotic pops concert with fireworks over the river that always ended with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. I think the best way to approach Wichita as a destination is as a place with big-city things to do but a small-town feel.
"A Starting Place for Exploring Kansas"
Most people from outside the Plains states would probably gravitate to Kansas City rather than Wichita, but KC is really a Missouri place with more in common with St Louis than with the Kansas experience. If you are interested in Bleeding Kansas and the pioneer and cattle drive days of the Old West, Wichita is the best base for side trips to Lawrence and Topeka, the Flint Hills, Dodge City, and a number of small towns that retain the flavor of their Northern European immigrant roots. Don't forget to stop and see the world's largest ball of twine and the world's largest hand-dug well, the kind of small roadside attractions that illustrate the quiet, and sometimes quirky, tenacity that embodies the Kansas spirit. (Cue music.)