Photo: PHOTO: Wichita, Kansas, is where travelers will find large doses of hospitality and "small-town" charm. (Photo via Ty Nigh/Flickr)
The one thing you notice right away about Wichita is that the people who live here grew up here, and the last few years have seen an uptick in local pride. "Made in Wichita" has become a thing, whether it's beer, clothes or barbecue.
Ah, yes, beer and barbecue-two other things you'll love about Wichita. It's proximity to Kansas City means you'll find a lot of slow-smoked meat with thick, tomato and/or molasses-based sauce, and you won't have trouble finding a brewery or beer bar to wash it down. The city of 300,000ish people has about a half dozen breweries and more than a handful of beer bars.
History is also thriving in Wichita. The Chisholm Trail, which famously began in Fort Worth, ended just across the river from Wichita in a small area called Delano, which today is an extension and expansion of the city, filled with locally-owned bars and shops. Back then, in the late 1800s, the town was the end of the road for the cowboys driving the cattle, a place of decompression after months on the trail.
Read more about Wichita and it's charm here.