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Gene Thorp/The Washington Post
Sunday, July 18, 2010

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Wichita? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of July 23-25:

GETTING THERE

American offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall to Wichita, with fares starting at $469.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel at Old Town

830 E. First St.

316-267-4800

http://www.hotelatoldtown.com

The city's most luxurious and centrally located hotel. Rooms from $116.

The Castle Inn Riverside

1155 N. River Blvd.

http://www.castleinnriverside.com An architectural duplicate of a castle built in Scotland. Rooms start at $125.

WHERE TO EAT

Scotch & Sirloin

5325 E. Kellogg Dr. S.

316-685-8701

http://www.scotchandsirloin.net

The best steaks in Wichita, and that's saying something. Prices start at $19.95.

The Anchor

1109 E. Douglas Ave.

316-260-8989

http://www.anchorwichita.com

Serves a variety of regional microbrews. Great burgers and cheesesteaks, too. Entrees start at $9.95.

Donut Whole

1720 E. Douglas Ave.

316-262-3700

http://www.thedonutwhole.com

Freshly made doughnuts and great coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. Just look for the big plastic chicken. Doughnuts $1 to $1.50 each, $8 to $12 per dozen.

WHAT TO DO

Old Town

http://www.oldtownwichita.com

A good selection of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as the incomparable Museum of World Treasures. Be sure to try the 007 at Mort's Martini and Cigar Bar.

Museums on the River

North McLean Boulevard

Fine museums along a pleasant river walk.

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th St. N.

316-683-5499

http://www.gpnc.org

Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

3504 E. Avenue G, Hutchinson

620-662-1425

http://www.undergroundmuseum.org

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. Call ahead for tour times and reservations. $13.25, seniors and active military $11.90, ages 4-12 and Reno County residents $7.35.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

1100 N. Plum St., Hutchinson

800-397-0330

http://www.cosmo.org

Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Exhibits and an Imax theater. $17, seniors and ages 4-12 $15, age 3 and younger free.

INFORMATION

http://www.visitwichita.com

-- S.A.


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