Wichita, KS, is featured in hundreds of articles each year showcasing the largest city in Kansas’ allure as a leisure travel destination as well as a great place to hold a reunion, meeting or other special event. 

Here is a look at some of the Wichita accolades garnered from online and print publications in 2018:

  • Wichita on the list of “Up and Coming US Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019”

Everyday Wanderer travel blog included Wichita in its list of must-see U.S. destinations that get fewer than 40 million visitors a year. The list was curated by experienced travel bloggers around the country, and in here recommendation Sara Broers from Travel with Sara wrote: "Wichita, Kansas, is home to art, culture, history and one of the fastest growing foodie scenes in the Midwest."

  • Wichita considered one of the most veteran-friendly cities in the U.S.

In November 2018, Wichita ranked high on two separate lists ranking veteran-friendly cities. The city was No. 10 on Smart Asset’s list of cities where veterans are thriving professionally. Wichita was 22ndin the country on Veterans United’s list of the best cities for veterans and military families to transition back into civilian life. The rankings are based on the city’s low cost of living and affordable housing.

  • Wichita lands on bestcities.org list of America’s best cities

In September 2018, Wichita was named the 22ndbest small city in America for residents and visitors by Resonance Consultancy. The firm works in the destination branding industry and used public data to rank cities with metro populations less than a million people. Among the 27 criteria considered were crime rates, air quality, housing affordability, entertainment offerings, cultural diversity and economic vitality. Click here to read what they had to say about Wichita.

  • Wichita earns a Safest Cities Award

In August 2018, Wichita earned one of Insurify’s 2018 Safest Cities Awards for the lowest prevalence of driving incidents.

  • Affordable housing propels Wichita in best cities to live in list

In July 2018, Wallet Hub ranked the 62 largest U.S. cities based on 56 key indicators of attractiveness, from quality of public schools and life expectancy to job opportunities and property taxes. Wichita ranked No. 44 and was top in the category of housing affordability.

  • Restaurant franchise started in Wichita named nation’s No. 1 franchise

Forbes magazine put together its annual list of best and worst franchises to buy in June 2018, and Wichita’s own Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers took the top spot. If you don’t have a Freddy’s near you yet (you probably will soon because it’s also one of the fastest growing franchises across the country), make sure to stop in for a burger, shoestring fries and custard while visiting Freddy’s hometown. You might even run into the namesake, Freddy Simon at one of the six area locations (there are now more than 300 nationwide).Click here to read Forbes’ report.

  • Wichita among best 2018 summer travel destinations

Wallet Hub’s May 2018 list of the year’s best summer travel destinations included Wichita. Their list is based on getting the most bang for your vacation dollars, choosing places that are affordable and easy to reach. Click here to read why.

  • Most exciting city in Kansas is Wichita

The February 2018 Business Insider published a list of the best city in every state and Wichita took the honor. Click here to see the listing.

  • Wichita considered one of the best midsize cities for new graduates

In February 2018, Wichita scored a spot among MSN Money’s ranking of the top 15 midsize cities for new grads. Click here to see the list.

  • Wichita ranks No. 1 for lowest rents

In February 2018, Wichita earned the top spot in Rent Café’s Top 10 list of most affordable cities for renters. Click here to read the full report.

  • Downtown Wichita hotel named top in Kansas

In January 2018, 24/7 Wall St. selected the Ambassador for its list of best hotels in every state. Click here to read the article

  • Best museum for kids in Kansas is in Wichita

In January 2018, Mommy Nearest put Exploration Place on its list of best museum for kids in every state. Click here to read the article.