Details: Wichita, Kan.
Gene Thorp/The Washington Post
All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
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:
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.
The city's most luxurious and centrally located hotel. Rooms from $116.
The Castle Inn Riverside
1155 N. River Blvd.
WHERE TO EAT
Scotch & Sirloin
5325 E. Kellogg Dr. S.
The best steaks in Wichita, and that's saying something. Prices start at $19.95.
1109 E. Douglas Ave.
Serves a variety of regional microbrews. Great burgers and cheesesteaks, too. Entrees start at $9.95.
1720 E. Douglas Ave.
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
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.
Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
Kansas Underground Salt Museum
3504 E. Avenue G, Hutchinson
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
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.