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 2019.

Illuminations at Botanica puts Wichita on the map among light events at public gardens

In November 2019, Illuminations at Botanica Wichita made Better Homes & Gardens’ list of top 10 incredible holiday light displays you have to see at public gardens across the U.S.

That same month, Kids Are a Trip included Wichita on its list of Best Holiday Events in the Midwest, citing the Illuminations winter wonderland.

Top STEM city in Kansas

In November 2019, Insurify announced its Top STEM Cities awards for the year. This award goes to the top city in each state that demonstrates exceptional dedication to advancements in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The data science team at Insurify, an insurance quotes comparison site, analyzed both proprietary and publicly-accessible data to determine the top STEM cities by state, including naming Wichita to the top spot for Kansas.

Wichita upstart among nation's 10 best coffee shops according to Food & Wine

Leslie Coffee Co. made the list of “Top 10 coffee shops in the U.S.” publishes in Food & Wine magazine in November 2019. The shop, just one year old at the time, was among cafes in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Tampa. Owner Sarah Leslie is a Wichita native who spent time in New York perfecting her barista skills.

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

In October 2019, VinePair selected Yumpkin Pumpkin at Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria as the Kansas representative for its feature on “Most Popular Pumpkin Beer in Every State in America.”

Find the best happy hour in Wichita

24/7 Wall St.’s October 2019 report says Wichita has the best happy hour spot in the state: Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar, with a happy hour that stretches from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day six days a week. Click here for the article.

Wichita is the most gay-friendly city in Kansas

Thrillist reported on “The Most LGBTQ-Friendly City in Every Red State in America” in October, with Wichita earning the recognition.

Best milkshake in Kansas is blended in downtown Wichita

It was tough research, but our friends at USA Today whipped up a photo gallery in August 2019 showing “The best place to get a shake in every state.” Old Mill Tasty Shop, in business since 1932 and still using its old-fashioned soda fountain and marble counter. Do your research and click here to see the entire list.

See the best public mural in Kansas in Wichita

Parade Magazine’s Aug. 1, 2019, issue says you won’t want to miss the Joan Miró mural that’s part of the outdoor sculpture collection at the Ulrich Art Museum on the Wichita State University campus, and we agree. Click here to see what they wrote about the large scale mosaic mural.

Park your car at one of the nation’s top drive-in theaters when visiting Wichita

In June 2019, MSN Lifestyle deemed Wichita’s Starlite Drive-In worthy to be included in its list of “The 41 Best Drive-In Movie Theaters in America.” Click here for the full list.

Wichita ranks as one of five cool cities for arts

In May, Livability.com chose Wichita for its feature on “5 Cool Cities in Kansas Where the Arts are Thriving.” Click here to see what makes us cool.

Wichita named one of 19 Midwest destinations to travel with your family in 2019

In January 2019, Chicago Parent chose Wichita among 19 Midwest destinations that should be on your family’s itinerary. They cited places to eat, stay and play; click here for the article.

Wichita ranked No. 14 for country’s best work-life balance

Smart Asset’s January 2019 list of “Cities with the best work-life balance” ranked Wichita No. 14. The study cited 10 factors: Entertainment establishment density, dining establishment density, bar density, housing costs as a percent of income, average weeks worked per year, average hours worked per week, average commute time, percent of commutes that are at least an hour, unemployment rate and labor force participation rate. Click here to read the full report.

Wichita among nation’s most recession-proof cities

In its January 2019 article “The 7 most recession-proof cities in the U.S.,” Livability.com ranked Wichita No. 2 offering stability during turbulent economic times.