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The largest city in the American state of Kansas, Wichita proudly sits on the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas, about 200 miles southwest of Kansas City. The American Plains have a rich history, stretching all the way back to 3,000 BCE with the original Native American inhabitants who called this region home. The city of Wichita was founded as a cattle trail depot in the 1860s and has continued to be a hub for transportation and engineering. Book an RV in Sedgwick County and explore this great frontier.
Due to its heritage as a cattle town, the streets are wide enough to easily maneuver your Wichita RV rental by owner. However, if you don’t feel like driving around the town, Wichita Transit has 18 bus routes throughout the city to easily get you around town.
When you’re looking to explore the “Breadbasket of the US”, Wichita serves as the perfect starting point. You can explore not only this culturally rich city, but also the historically and culturally rich area surrounding the city.
In the heart of the American prairie, Wichita is surrounded by grasslands and rolling hills. There is something to be said for driving through the countryside of Kansas to get a fuller understanding of just how vast America really is.
However, if you’re looking for something a little more specific, just in town you can take a stroll along the Arkansas River on the Arkansas River Trail. If you want to learn more about the Great Plains, you can spend some time at the Great Plains Nature Center. You can walk through the various exhibits that focus on the natural and manmade history of the area or go for a walk in the cared for grounds of Chisholm Creek Park to get up close and personal to a variety of native species.
About an hour and a half north of town is the Kanopolis Lake State Park. You can spend the day fishing at the lakeshore or walking or horseback riding on one of the many multiple-mile trails. You’ll get a true sense of the Great Plains as you’re out and about explore this piece of the world. You can even reserve a campsite spot here for the Wichita RV rental.
If you want to learn even more about the history of the Great Plains and see another natural side of the Plains, four hours west of Wichita, near Scott City, is the Historic Lake Scott State Park. In a rockier part of the Plains, here you can partake in some inclined hiking and light rock climbing to see the various canyons that dot the Plains. You can also visit the Native American pueblo El Cuartelejo and learn more about the early history of the region.
After driving around all over the Great Plains, you’re going to need to find somewhere to park the RV rental in Wichita. Luckily, there are several places in and around the city where you can stay.
Just to the west of town is the All Seasons RV Park. Here, you can reserve a campground for as many nights as you need. You will have access to power, water, laundry facilities, and even a convenience store.
If you want to remove yourself a little bit further from town, and you also want to get a sense of the “frontier life” of historic Kansas, head about 45 minutes northwest to the Lighthouse Landing RV Park, in South Hutchinson. This park features Old Western-themed wooden buildings that double as cabins, meeting halls, and offices. You will have access to a bathhouse, power and water, sewer systems, and fire pits.
After your adventuring in the Wichita rental RV, you may be looking to spend a little time in one place. While often overlooked, the city of Wichita has plenty to offer its visitors, no matter where your interests lie.
If you want to spend a little time in the sun, you can go to Botanica: The Wichita Gardens. Here, you can stroll among the various fountains and water features, manicured flower beds, and even through the butterfly house.
Throughout its life, Wichita has worn many hats. Most recently is as, “The Air Capital of the World”, due to the sheer amount of aviation engineering and manufacturing that occurs there. You can learn more about the history of flight at the Kansas Aviation Museum and learn more about the industries that are working today.
If you want to see something a little more historic when out exploring with the Wichita motorhome rental, you can go to the Old Cowtown Museum. You can go on a covered wagon ride, walk around the refurbished historic buildings and see artifacts from the era, and imagine what life would’ve been like in the 1800s when the first European settlers to the area arrived.
Also with a reputation as being a “Cowtown,” be sure to treat yourself to a nice steak or burger when you rent an RV in Wichita.