Wichita (/ˈwɪtʃᵻtɔː/ WITCH-ə-taw)is the largest city in the state of Kansas and the 48th-largest city in the United States. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 382,368; as of 2014, it was estimated to have increased to 389,965. In 2015, the estimated population of the Wichita metropolitan area was 644,610, and that of the larger Wichita-Winfield combined statistical area was 680,398. The city began as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860s, then was incorporated in 1870. It subsequently became a key destination for cattle drives traveling north from Texas to access railroads, earning it the nickname "Cowtown". In the 1920s and 1930s, businessmen and aeronautical engineers established a number of successful aircraft manufacturing companies in Wichita including Beechcraft, Cessna, and Stearman Aircraft. The city transformed into a hub of U.S. aircraft production and became known as "The Air Capital of the World". Beechcraft, Cessna, (both now part of Textron Aviation) and other firms including Learjet, Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems continue to operate design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita today, and the city remains a major center of the U.S. aircraft industry. As an industrial hub and the largest city in the state, Wichita is an area center of culture, media, and trade. It hosts several large museums, theatres, parks, and entertainment venues, notably Intrust Bank Arena. Several universities are located in the city including Wichita State University, the third largest in the state. The city's daily newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, has the highest circulation of any newspaper in Kansas, and the Wichita broadcast television market includes the western two-thirds of the state. Wichita is also home to two large shopping malls, Towne East Square and Towne West Square, as well as the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center and Kansas's largest airport, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Wikipedia
Wichita tourism is not that big, given its reputation of a mere layover city, despite being the largest one at that in the state. So, what can one perhaps see and do in this city that was once a cattle town? There is the Sedgwick County Zoo, an AZA-accredited wildlife park, home to some brilliant species of wildlife. The Botanica: The Wichita Gardens accommodating a fairytale-like butterfly house along with several gorgeous flowers, plants and succulents. Some museums like the Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas Aviation Museum and the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum that offer massive enlightenment on various aspects. Some street landmarks like the Keeper of the Plains and one of the highlights of the city- The Original Pizza Hut!
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