Forget about traveling to far-flung spots to go mountain biking. Did you know there are decent trails within Wichita city limits?
The Air Capital Memorial Park trail is a two-mile course near busy Maize Road and Kellogg Drive. It opened two years ago thanks to the Kansas Singetrack Society, a group of mountain bike enthusiasts that formed in 2003. One of the goals of the KSS is to develop more trails in South Central Kansas, as well as maintain existing ones.
Some other trails created and maintained by the KSS include Miller’s Meadow, a roughly five-mile trail that winds through about 50 acres of land near Pawnee and 143rd Street East; the Camp Horizon trail, a nine-mile path about an hour south of Wichita; and Fall River Trail, which is eight miles, located at the Fall River Reservoir. If you're a mountain biker, make sure to check these out!
Air Capital Memorial Park
Maize Road and Kellogg Drive
Wichita has a significant legacy when it comes to hamburgers. In 1921, the first burger chain, White Castle, opened its doors. But as of 1938, there are no White Castles in Kansas. What happened? The corporation relocated its headquarters to Columbus, OH in the early 1930s, losing Kansas as its focus as well as its foothold in the growing burger industry.
Given its history, Wichita is still considered a burger town. An ongoing debate among Wichitans is over which restaurant serves the best burger, and to most, it comes down to two: Bomber Burger and TJ’s Burger House. Bomber Burger is located in a modest, low-slung building, and it accepts cash only. Yelpers call the burgers thick (they’re ¾ lb.) and well-seasoned and the staffers “colorful” — they’ve been known to give some good-natured ribbing to diners who can’t finish their burgers. On the other hand, TJ’s is known as an upbeat spot with a 1950s diner vibe, fresh and juicy burgers, and friendly staffers. Why not try both and see which one you like best?
4860 S. Clifton Ave.
Wichita, KS 67216
TJ’s Burger House
1003 W. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
Throughout the U.S, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy helps communities turn abandoned railroad tracks into pathways used for walking, running, and biking. In Wichita, the Redbud Trail is an example of this. It was built along the former Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railway, running through northeast Wichita, past Wichita State University, intersecting with the K-96 bike path. Plans are underway to expand the trail to Andover, KS. If this happens, it will be about 11 miles long.
This isn’t the only trail slated for expansion. In southwest Wichita, bicyclists will soon be able to ride to Garden Plain, KS, too. The plan is spearheaded by Prairie Travelers, a biking group, and fundraising is currently underway. Many Wichitans are applauding these developments, with many saying it'll allow them to commute to work or class without having to get behind the wheel of a car. If you enjoy biking or running, why not check them out?
I-135 Canal Route
With a facade festooned with a metal rooster, it's easy to mistake The Donut Whole as a simple place to snag doughnuts and coffee. But once you step inside, you'll see that there's more than meets the eye. On Friday and Saturday nights, The Donut Whole hosts live music free of charge. Expect to see jazz musicians, singer/songwriters, cover bands, and oldies acts take the stage.
And, The Donut Whole also has an art gallery, dubbed the Brown Paper Bag Gallery. Artwork created by local artists goes up on the last Friday of every month and stays up until the end of the following month, and most of it is for sale. So, if you see something that strikes your fancy, don't hesitate to ask about it.
Even though there's a lot going on at The Donut Whole, most customers come in for just one reason — the doughnuts. There are more than 40 varieties available every day, made with locally sourced ingredients, including Kansas buttermilk and dairy products originating from nearby Stafford County. The hands-down favorite is the maple bacon doughnut, but the S'mores Sandwich Cookie doughnut and the peanut butter and grape have plenty of fans, too.
The Donut Whole
1720 E. Douglas Ave.
Wicita, KS 67214