Here's the whole story. I'm meeting up with some friends north of Wichita but will be flying in alone one day early.
I'm planning to rent a car when I arrive, check into the hotel, and then visit some place. Then I'll have dinner and get back to the hotel at a reasonable hour. The next day, I'm planning to check out around 10, then again go somewhere, have lunch, and then meet up with my friend in mid-afternoon, basically returning my car and getting into her rental car.
Hotel Questions: When in doubt, I generally go for an airport hotel. If this were the case, what suggestions do you have? It's only for 1 night, and I don't need a spa-like place. I'd like a place that's reasonably priced, clean, with good service. I'd like to avoid paying for parking. On the other hand, would it be better to stay in Old Town to have access to shops and restaurants right outside my door? If so, what hotels would you recommend? That brings me to the next set of questions...
Sight-Seeing Questions: What sights would you recommend that I go to? For example, I should be available from 4:30 - 8:30 on Saturday night (should probably return to the hotel earlier), and I'll have 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. free on Sunday. I like learning about the culture/history of the area, and I like going to touristy areas as well. For example, if I were visiting San Francisco, I'd be interested in Fisherman's Wharf (touristy) and the Mission District (for the Hispanic culture).
For a point of reference (in case it matters, and sometimes it does), I'm a middle-aged (I can't believe I just wrote that) Asian woman coming from San Francisco.
Thanks for any info you can provide. I'm planning 7 months ahead because I need to sign up for the event I'm actually going to.