Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tulsa. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Your first two nights are based in Tulsa, once the oil-producing capital of the nation, it turned from a cow-town to a cosmopolitan city and now offers a distinctive mix of influences.
Oklahoma And Kansas From Yesteryear To Today
Begins and ends in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- 13 Days / 12 Nights
- January to December
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
- Accommodations as stated
- Personalised Road Book
From £2187 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.
This morning take the 75 miles drive south east to Tahlequah in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Learn about Cherokee history and culture at the Cherokee Heritage Centre. This vast centre is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit and the Cherokee National Museum providing an in-depth look at the Cherokee heritage. Then it’s on to Fort Gibson, the first army post in Indian Territory. In operation from 1824 to 1890, the 80 acre site encompasses 29 historic buildings and numerous archaeological ruins
Leaving Tulsa, you follow part of historic Route 66 enjoying the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow and Stroud along the way. This afternoon you arrive into Oklahoma City, the largest city in the state. There is plenty to keep you entertained so we’ve given you a full day to explore. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s hottest entertainment and dining area and offers a host of shopping options too. If you’ve time to spare visit Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world. Watch the cowboys working the livestock and feel the excitement of the auctions!
Perhaps enjoy breakfast at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Stockyard City before you start your journey for Ponca City. The dream of oil baron EW Marland was to live in a palace and Marland Mansion was the realisation of these dreams. The affluent oil man entertained extensively in his 55 room ‘Palace on the Prairie’ and now its your turn to visit. Before arrival in Wichita we suggest two more stops. Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum is dedicated to women who have made outstanding pioneering contributions in space, photography, medicine and settling new lands. Standing Bear is a monumental tribute to all Native Americans, and its surrounding parks feature cultural symbols. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city. Old Cowtown Museum is an open air 1870s living history museum on the Chisholm Trail and The Museum of World Treasures boasts an extensive collection of artifacts from dinosaurs and early civilizations. If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.
A leisurely day today as you are travelling just a short distance. Take time to visit the quaint Amish village of Yoder where you can peruse the hand made quilts and then perhaps enjoy lunch at Carriage Crossing Restaurant. Your afternoon is best spent at Kansas Cosmospere and Space Centre, a world class space museum featuring one of the largest collections of US space artifacts.
Have some fun at Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, feeding, petting and hearing all about the animal adventures. Then its on to the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, where the exhibits are displayed 650 feet beneath the Kansas prairie in a working salt mine. More animals this afternoon at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to roaming herds of bison and elk. En route to Salina make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries and at Smoky Hill Vineyards where you can taste over 25 wines.
Following breakfast take a leisurely drive east to Abilene at the end of the famous Chisholm Trail. Here you can discover its rich history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum, Seelye Mansion, the museum of Dwight D Eisenhower and his childhood home. The town of Council Grove has no fewer than 13 sites designated as National Historic Landmarks and is rich in Santa Fe Trail and pioneer history, so make sure you make a stop here before finally following the road south on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway to tallgrass Prarie National Preserve. On your second day why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s, or take a personalised ranch experience into the Flint Hills.
Driving south you follow the remainder of the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, then southeast to Sedan which is surrounded by beautiful wooded hills and has a quaint downtown with boutique Victorian stores. The Emmett Kelly Museum, filled with memorabilia honours the famous clown and his sad-faced character Willie. Then your final stop is Bartlesville, the town that oil built! Your accommodation is in Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only build skyscraper. Whilst in town visit the residence of the famous oil baron.
It’s just a short drive today to Tulsa. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town, visit The Gilcrease Museum’s collection of fine art and artifacts and The Philbrook Museum of Art, which is located in the 1927 Italianate-style mansion of oilman Waite Phillips. Finally, take a trip back in time wandering the antique shops and tea rooms at the heart of Jenks downtown district. West of the river its fondly known as the crafts capital of Oklahoma.
Enjoy your last morning in Tulsa before making the short journey back to Tulsa Airport for your flight back to the UK.
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