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    Kansas occupies a prominent place in American history, though its status in pop culture is somewhat less distinguished. The state was a violent battleground between pro- and anti-slavery settlers during the 1850s, a period dubbed 'Bleeding Kansas'.

    The state also played a pivotal role in America's westward expansion, its string of frontier forts supporting the clashes of the Indian Wars of the 1860s. But as every American school kid knows, Kansas is perhaps most famous for the landmark ruling of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which ended segregation in public schools.

    Visitors can learn more about Kansas' history at the state's numerous historic sites, many of which have been designated national historic landmarks. Although the historical significance of the state may sound dull to some, Kansas actually has a delightfully colourful past, peopled by cowboys, pioneers, gunfighters, and lawmen.

    It is home to Dodge City, the once-infamous 'Wickedest City of the West', which has been the setting of countless movies and television shows, including Gunsmoke. Even today, Kansas has a reputation for quirkiness.

    It is an odd place with miles of seemingly flat, empty terrain punctuated not only by serious historical monuments but also by attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine and the World's Largest Spinach Salad. While Kansas may not be the ideal holiday spot for some, it does have a lot to offer, and not only to history buffs.

    Kansas' network of state parks and wildlife refuges comprises rolling hills and prairies, sand dunes, wildflowers, rivers, and lakes, offering hunters, hikers, boaters, horseback riders, and fishermen a wealth of options.

    Kansas isn't all rolling prairies though, and it has several major cities, all located in the eastern half of the state. The largest city is Wichita, which has a population of under 400,000 and enough museums, shops, restaurants, and attractions to entertain all visitors.

    Topeka, though smaller, is the capital of Kansas and home to the Kansas State Historical Society Museum. The largest city in Kansas is the buzzing Kansas City, though the state can claim only the part of it west of the Mississippi River. Travellers should note that tornadoes regularly hit Kansas between April and June. Those travelling during this period should pay close attention to weather alerts.

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    Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
    Location: The airport is located seven miles (11km) west of downtown Wichita.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Various taxi, shuttle, and rental car companies service the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental information is located next to baggage claim. Services are offered at the airport by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxi stands and van shuttle services are located directly across the street from the main terminal. Free phone service is provided next to baggage claim in the car rental area to call taxi, shuttle, and off-site car rental companies. Uber and other similar ride-hailing services are available.
    Facilities: Facilities at the airport include restaurants, shops, an ATM, a games room, a business centre, conference rooms, massage chairs, and a shoe-shine service.
    Parking Short-term and long-term parking are available. The first 30 minutes are free in all parking lots, and the hourly parking rate is $3. Daily rates vary according to parking lot, ranging between $8 and $20.
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    English and Spanish are the most common languages.

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