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Salina is a city of approximately 46,000, located in Saline County in central Kansas. It was first settled in 1856 along the Saline and Smoky Hill Rivers and founded by William A. Phillips in 1858. In 1860, Salina was the westernmost post on the Smoky Hill Trail. It became a staging post for prospectors traveling to Pikes Peak, as well as a trading post for local tribes and Fort Leavenworth. During World War II, Smoky Hill Army Airfield, located southwest of Salina, was one of several notable B-29 training bases. It was later renamed Schilling Air Force Base, but was closed in 1965 by the Department of Defense. On February 28, 2005, the city was home to the Last Great Aviation Record when Steve Fossett took off from the Salina Airport in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, to attempt the first solo, non-stop, non-refueled aerial circumnavigation of the globe by airplane. Fossett completed the record-breaking flight on March 3, 2005 when he landed back in Salina after 67 hours, 1 minute and 10 seconds. Attractions in Salina include the Yesteryear Museum, the Smoky Hill Museum, Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery, and the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. For outdoor recreation, the Salina area has golf, horseback riding, camping, swimming, fishing and more. Lakeside Recreational Park is located just ten miles south of Salina off Interstate I-135.

Surrounding areas: Marquette, Kansas (23.0 mi), Kanopolis, Kansas (30.7 mi)

Salina Vacation Rentals

Salina Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Baymont Inn & Suites745 Schilling RdSalina, KS (877) 229-6668
Best Western Heart Of America Inn632 Westport BlvdSalina, KS (785) 827-9315
Best Western Mid-america Inn1846 N 9TH StSalina, KS (785) 827-0356
Candlewood Suites2650 Planet AveSalina, KS (888) 226-3639
Comfort Inn1820 W Crawford StSalina, KS (785) 826-1711
Country Inn & Suites2760 S 9th StSalina, KS (785) 827-1271
Courtyard By Marriott Salina3020 Riffel DrSalina, KS (800) 919-4795
Days Inn407 W Diamond DrSalina, KS (785) 823-9791
Fairfield Inn Salina1740 W CrawfordSalina, KS (785) 823-6900
Hampton Inn401 W Schilling RdSalina, KS (785) 823-9800
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites201 East Diamond DrSalina, KS (785) 827-9000
Holiday Inn Of Salina1616 W CrawfordSalina, KS (785) 823-1739
Howard Johnson Motel2403 S 9THSalina, KS (785) 827-5511
Motel 6635 W Diamond DrSalina, KS (785) 827-8397
Quality Inn & Suites2110 W Crawford AveSalina, KS (785) 825-2111
Salina Inn222 E Diamond DrSalina, KS (785) 825-1571
Super 8 Motel1640 W Crawford StSalina, KS (785) 823-9215
Travelodge Salina1949 North 9th StSalina, KS (785) 825-8211
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites110 E Lafayette AveAbilene, KS22.0 mi.(785) 263-4049
Best Western President's Inn2210 N BuckeyeAbilene, KS22.4 mi.(800) 332-2038
Super 8 Motel Inc Abline2207 N BuckeyeAbilene, KS22.4 mi.(785) 263-4545
Bed & Breakfast
Swedish Country Inn112 W LincolnLindsborg, KS18.8 mi.(785) 227-2985

Salina Weather & Climate

Central Kansas has a humid sub-tropical climate. Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 15 degrees F. in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees F. in July. The temperature falls below the freezing point an average of 188 days per year. Typically the first fall freeze occurs between the last week of September and the end of October, and the last spring freeze occurs between the first week of April and early May. The area receives 35 inches of precipitation per year, with the most in May and June. Snow depth of at least one inch occurs an average of 20 days per year. Severe weather is possible, in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Thunderstorms may produce large hail and lightening.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 18°F 0.80 in. -
February 45°F 23°F 1.06 in. -
March 56°F 33°F 2.62 in. -
April 66°F 43°F 3.06 in. -
May 76°F 53°F 5.11 in. -
June 87°F 63°F 4.15 in. -
July 93°F 69°F 4.32 in. -
August 91°F 67°F 3.49 in. -
September 81°F 58°F 2.50 in. -
October 69°F 45°F 2.55 in. -
November 53°F 32°F 1.59 in. -
December 42°F 22°F 0.94 in. -

Salina Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Salina Municipal airport (SLN) located about 4 miles southwest of Salina, the Manhattan Regional airport (MHK) located approximately 54 miles east of Salina in Manhattan, Kansas, the Hutchinson Municipal airport (HUT) located roughly 55 miles south of Salina in Hutchinson, Kansas, the Newton City County airport (EWK) located around 57 miles south of Salina in Newton, Kansas, and finally the Great Bend Municipal airport (GBD) located about 75 miles west of Salina in Great Bend, Kansas.

Salina Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JoylandWichitaKS80.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Salina Municipal Golf CourseSalinaKS 
Lindsborg Golf CourseLindsborgKS18.9 mi.
Chisholm TrailAbileneKS22.1 mi.
State Parks
Ottawa County State ParkKS18.8 mi. 
Jefferson Point State ParkKS21.2 mi. 
Kanopolis State ParkKS25.5 mi. 
Smoky Hill MuseumSalinaKS(History)
Red Barn Studio MuseumLindsborgKS18.7 mi.(History)
Birger Sandzen Memorial GalleryLindsborgKS18.7 mi.(Art)
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center MuseumHutchinsonKS56.5 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS56.5 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS60.7 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS80.7 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS82.9 mi.
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS104.9 mi.

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