By Nicole Gruter
Wichita
Kansas
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At the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers stands Wichita, Kansas, a city rich in American history, vibrant culture and abundant entertainment. The city offers metropolitan attractions at Midwest prices alongside the hospitality the heartland is famous for.

Flying into Wichita, you’ll see the scenic Arkansas River flowing through the heart of the city. Let EscapeWizard.com help book your flight into the city’s primary airport, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT), by clicking onto (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  After you’ve reserved your flight, visit EscapeWizard.com’s hotel finder to choose overnight accommodations that range from five-star to economical hotels. You can view our top selections below then book by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Wichita has a strong appreciation for the arts, with dozens of excellent museums and public art prominently displayed throughout the city. In addition to the city’s decorative bridges and water fountains, the art lover can enjoy the Wichita State University’s dozens of sculptures along with the Wichita Gardens Botanic sculpture garden.

Another sculptural highlight is the Keeper of the Plains, the city’s most recognized sculpture. Standing 44 feet tall, this majestic work was created by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin and was erected in 1974 as a Wichita Bicentennial project. The revered 5-ton sculpture stands where the city’s two rivers meet, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

Also along the Arkansas River is the Mid-America All-Indian Center, a facility which houses a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving American Indian heritage. Traditional artifacts are displayed alongside contemporary Native American art, representing both the past and present cultures of the Plains Indians. The center also hosts special events and powwows throughout the year. EscapeWizard.com invites you to learn more about this rich and integral part of Kansas history by visiting http://www.theindiancenter.org.

Highlighting the lives and history of the European settlers of this region, the Old Cowtown Museum immerses you into the world of a 1870s frontier cattle town. You’ll get a glimpse into the everyday life of the era’s typical farmer, blacksmith, cattle rancher and saloon proprietor, and you’ll learn how this town became an economically viable and thriving city. The Old Cowtown Museum brings the “Old West” to life through historic reenactments and interactive displays, such as at the Trader’s Cabin. Here, visitors can see and touch animal skins and listen the costumed buffalo hunters tell the tales of the hunt. Cowtown is the perfect family-friendly attraction that makes learning history fun for all ages.

An average of four million visitors come to Wichita each year, where people enjoy superb shopping, performance arts, dozens of museums, and over 1,000 restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. One definite nightlife destination is the distinctive Old Town warehouse district, located in Wichita’s downtown. Here you can walk along the brick-lined streets to the many restaurants, bars, shops and theatres. The area’s many nightclubs offer a variety of live music including rock, reggae, country, jazz and blues. Old Town also hosts the city’s popular First Friday music crawl and Final Friday art gallery night where visitors can enjoy free admittance to galleries and museums.     

Wichita’s diverse attractions combine an alluring mix of history, culture and entertainment. Book your next vacation to Wichita with EscapeWizard.com and you’ll experience one of the Midwest’s most fascinating destinations.
Hotels in Wichita
By Jessica Beck
Holiday Inn Express Airport
1236 South Dugan Road, Wichita, KS
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Enjoy your visit to the “Air Capital of the World” in this conveniently located hotel. Just minutes from the Wichita Mid-Continent International Airport (ICT) and offering a free shuttle service to and from the airport, this Wichita hotel saves you both time and money. This hotel is perfect for the businessman and tourist alike, as it is nearby to both major businesses and local attractions.

As a guest of Holiday Inn, you will enjoy free high-speed internet access as well as a daily complimentary breakfast buffet. On the run? No problem. Holiday Inn allows you to get your free breakfast to-go as well. Burn off the stresses of your day in the on-site fitness center. Lay back and relax in the whirlpool or take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool. Need to get some work done? Head to the on-site Business Center complete with copying and printing services. Be sure to stop in to the delicious nearby restaurant Texas Road House with your free appetizer gift card courtesy of Holiday Inn.

Feel at ease in your comfortable and affordable guest room. Kick back and turn on your 32-inch flat-screen television. Brew your morning beverage using your in-room coffee/tea maker. For your convenience, each guest room also contains a microwave and mini refrigerator. Spread out and get down to business at your spacious work desk. Draw a soothing bath to unwind in. Sleep soundly under your plush comforter in your relaxing bed. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy your in-room wet bar, your kitchenette stocked with plates, glassware, cookware, serving platters, and silverware, and your separate living room which comes with a comfy sleeper sofa. Book a Conference suite and enjoy a meal at your bistro-style table.

Have an unforgettable and comfortable stay in this Wichita hotel. Book your room or suite today with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Wichita
By Jessica Beck
Hyatt Regency Wichita
400 West Waterman, Wichita, KS
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Come stay in this conveniently located downtown hotel. The friendly and hospitable concierge and staff are eager to accommodate all your needs. With over 300 rooms to choose from, there is a room to suit any and every necessity and desire.

This Hyatt is not short of luxuries or amenities. Take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool or kick back for a relaxing break in one of the two whirlpools. Enjoy 24-hour access to the on-site StayFit™ fitness center or take your workout outside for a rejuvenating jog along the beautiful river walk. In Wichita for business or an event? Hyatt offers 29 different meeting rooms for any type of conference or event you need to have planned, on-site event planners to help ease your stress, and a catering service for any dining needs. Dine on satiating and satisfying American cuisine at the in-hotel HARVEST Kitchen/Bar. You will be more than impressed with the variety of seasonal meal items on each menu. It is 5 o’clock somewhere, when you are sipping on your favorite cocktails with friends or colleagues at the HARVEST bar. Enjoy daily Happy Hour specials and classic pub food while catching your favorite team’s game. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service from the airport as well as to Wichita’s historic Old Town.

Enjoy only the finest comforts in your luxurious individual climate controlled guest room. Flip on your 32-inch widescreen high-definition television and watch an in-room movie. Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee each morning from your in-room brew station.  Wake up to your favorite tune using your iHome® alarm clock radio. Take a refreshing shower or relaxing bath using your complimentary deluxe Portico bath amenities. Spread out at your spacious work desk while sitting on your comfortable rolling executive work chair. Upgrade to a Business Plan room and enjoy a full breakfast for one, daily internet access, and a complimentary pressing of one shirt or blouse daily. Or upgrade to a Bluestern suite and enjoy immaculate river views, separate sitting and dining room areas, a table for five, and a wet bar. There are also hypo-allergenic rooms for allergy sufferers.

Check-in to the unparalleled Hyatt Regency and be lavished with luxury throughout your whole stay. Book your room with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Wichita
By Lynette Johnson
Homewood Suites by Hilton The Waterfront
1550 North Waterfront Parkway, Wichita, KS
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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Wichita at the Waterfront is minutes from Jabara Airport and a short distance from Mid Continent Airport; perfectly nested near the Beech Lake.  Hilton ® HHonors Reward members, this hotel is a category 3.

Homewood offers studio and two bedroom style rooms for your vacation or extended stay.  The studio style features a fully equipped kitchen (equipment:  full size refrigerator/ice maker, dishwasher, microwave, smooth top range and cookware); the two bedroom style also has a fully equipped kitchen as well as separate living and sleeping areas.  Either room will give you the feel of home away from home with TV's, Video Cassette/DVD Player, and complimentary high speed internet access.  For the leisure/family travelers, the hotel is pet friendly, offers children’s activities, children’s video rental, cribs, high chairs, playpen, basketball court, pool, tennis court, jogging/walking track and putting green.  The business traveler will find getting work done is an ease with the hotel’s business center.  The business center has complimentary printing service, meeting rooms and express mail.  Check-in on the day of your arrival is 3 pm; if you should arrive early the hotel has a luggage hold.

The Beech Lake location gives you plenty of activities staring with All Star Adventures, which has rides and attractions, miniature golf, driving range, go karts and many more.  Short distance way you will find bowling, fishing, squash and a video arcade.  Breakfast is handled for you with Homewood signature Suite Start® hot breakfast is served seven days a week; for your return in the evening the hotel’s Welcome Home Reception® (light meal and beverages) is served Monday through Thursday.  There are also plenty of restaurants that will satisfy your cravings.  After enjoying all the activities, sleep in a little late, check-out is at 12 p.m.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Wichita at the Waterfront is the perfect choice for your vacation or extended stay accommodations.  EscapeWizard.com will assist you with booking your hotel experience by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Wichita
By Sarah Hay
Hilton Garden Inn Wichita
2041 North Bradley Fair Parkway, Wichita, KS
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When you’re in Kansas, a quick 14 miles from the airport, and just 12 miles from City Center, you’ll find a restful and welcoming stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wichita. The suburban location is near many area attractions, including Exploration Place, Old Town, Bradley Fair at Wilson Estates, and the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater. If you’re in Wichita on business, there are several corporate offices nearby, including Cessna Aircraft, Excel Corporation, Coleman Company, Accenture, and the Boeing Corporation.   

Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wichita, come with many standard amenities, including two speakerphones with voicemail and data ports, complimentary daily newspapers, microwaves, refrigerators, ergonomic desks and chairs, sofa beds, coffeemakers, free high speed Internet access, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers and high-end bath amenities. There is a Great American Grill restaurant on site, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the hotel’s Pavilion Pantry has a selection of take-away items for on-the-go guests. On-site catering and room service are also offered at the Hilton.

To help guests unwind, there is a fitness center, pool, and walking and jogging track on site, as well as a convenience store, laundry and local transportation is available as well. For travelers with children, there is a children’s menu for little appetites, and high chairs and cribs are provided upon request. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m. To assist with your business needs, there is a 24-hour business center on site, complete with printers, copiers, fax machines, modems, and express mail services. Audio/visual equipment is available for rent, and meeting rooms at the hotel can help you host the perfect event. Why stay anywhere else? Book your next stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wichita, and let the professionals at EscapeWizard.com book your room for less than you think, by following this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).