Day 1 – Arrive in Tulsa, OK
Tulsa is a distinctive mix of influences – offering Southern charm, Eastern elegance and Western Flair. Experience Native American ancestors, cowboy culture, and the wealth from oil in the1900s. Tulsa is a hub of art deco and contemporary architecture. As you explore, look for the Golden Driller – the 76-foot-tall symbol of an oilfield worker. There are several museums, including the Gilcrease Museum, home of a comprehensive collection of art, artefacts and archives on the Americas, and the Philbrook Museum of Art and Gardens. Shoppers will enjoy the historic district of Brookside filled with quaint boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and trendy restaurants, clubs and bars. Overnight for three nights in Tulsa.
Day 2 – Tulsa Approx. 110 miles
Either explore Tulsa, or visit the towns of Bartlesville and Dewey. The small town of Bartlesville is where Frank and L.E. Phillips founded Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917, which grew to become one of the nation’s top oil companies. Visit the residence of Frank Phillips, and the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum. Look for the Price Tower, the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright (preserved as a boutique hotel). In the tiny town of Dewey, make a stop at the Tom Mix Museum to see silent movies of the first “King of the Cowboys”. Visit Prairie Song Pioneer Village – an 1800s living history museum. Overnight in Tulsa.
Day 3 – Tulsa Approx. 155 miles
Today visit the towns of Tahlequah, Fort Gibson and Muskogee. Tahlequah is home to the Cherokee Heritage Centre, host to many exciting exhibits and annual events. Journey to Fort Gibson, the first army post in the Indian Territory that was in operation from 1824 to 1890. In Muskogee visit Ataloa Lodge Museum, one of the largest privately owned collections of Native American history and culture in the United States and the Five Civilized Tribes Museum to experience the heritage and cultures of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole tribes. Return to Tulsa
for the night.
Day 4 – Tulsa to Oklahoma City, OK
Approx. 105 miles
Journey along historic Route 66 and enjoy the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow, Stroud, Chandler, and Arcadia. Stop for lunch at POPS – Arcadia’s newest stop on Oklahoma Route 66 – and sample from over 500 varieties of fizzy drinks and diner style food. Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state and Bricktown, the City’s renovated warehouse district provides plenty of evening entertainment with over 30 canal-side restaurant and clubs. Spend three nights in Oklahoma City.
Day 5 – Oklahoma City
Today visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum which features a collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Other don’t miss attractions include: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Red Earth Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Topical Conservatory, American Banjo Museum, Express Ranches Clydesdale Centre, the State Museum of History, the State Capitol, and Paseo Arts District. Overnight in Oklahoma City.
Day 6 – Oklahoma City
Approx. 180 miles
Take a tour of the surrounding towns of Sulphur and Davis. Stop at the Chickasaw Cultural Centre, which is the largest tribal cultural centre in the United States, located on 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams. Travertine Ranger Station Visitors Centre is a great place to start a short hike in the beautiful Chickasaw National Recreation Area. In Davis we suggest you don’t miss the lookout for Turner Falls, Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies, or Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch. Return to Oklahoma City for the night.
Day 7 – Oklahoma City to Wichita, KS
Approx. 195 miles
Before departing Oklahoma City, have breakfast at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the heart of Stockyard City, where for over 80 years cattlemen, horsemen, farmers, ranchers and real cowboys have shopped. In Ponca City visit the magnificent Marland Mansion, a 55-room “Palace on the Prairie” and the Standing Bear Statue, a tribute to all Native Americans. The surrounding park honours the six tribes around Ponca City. In the afternoon head north toward Wichita. The Old Town red-brick warehouse district in downtown Wichita has great shopping during the daytime
and undergoes a nightly transformation offering a variety of nightclubs with music from rock and jazz, to country, blues and reggae. Stay three nights in Wichita.
Day 8 – Wichita
Wichita, the iconic “Keeper of the Plains”, is located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, and pays tribute to the Native Americans who made the area their home before the arrival of settlers. Relive the city’s early days at Old Cowtown Living History Museum. Learn
about Wichita’s Native American heritage at the Mid-America All-Indian Centre or enjoy contemporary art at the Wichita Art Museum. The Kansas Aviation Museum chronicles the city’s evolution into the “Air Capital of the World.” The Museum of World Treasures features the third most complete
T-Rex skeleton in the world along with Egyptian mummies, plus artefacts from European royalty and American presidents. Overnight in Wichita.
Day 9 – Wichita Approx. 100 miles
Today visit the towns of Yoder and Hutchinson. The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the unique Carriage Crossing Restaurant. Browse the Kansas Station and the Mercantile Shoppe for handmade Amish crafts and quilts. Spend your afternoon in Hutchinson. The Kansas Underground
Salt Museum is a tour 650 feet underground in salt deposits formed 275 million years ago, and is still a working salt mine. Stop at the Kansas
Cosmosphere and Space Centre, a world-class space museum featuring the largest collection of U.S. space artefacts outside of the National Air
and Space Museum. Return to Wichita for the night.
Day 10 – Wichita to Cottonwood Falls, KS
Approx. 80 miles
Today you will discover where the West truly begins. The tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Today less than 4%
remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway is a spectacular route offering unchanged views of the Great Plains grasslands. Visit The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the only National Park dedicated to interpreting the significance of this unique ecosystem. End your day in the charming tiny town of Cottonwood Falls. Every Friday, the Emma Chase Cafe offers a catfish fry followed by acoustic country, bluegrass, gospel, or old time rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions with local musicians. On Sunday mornings you can join the biker or antique auto club breakfast. Spend one night in Cottonwood Falls.
Day 11 – Cottonwood Falls to Manhattan, KS
Approx. 60 miles
Head to Council Grove, which looks much like it did a century ago. It originated from negotiations in 1825 between U.S. Commissioners and Osage
Indian chiefs, granting travellers safe passage along the Santa Fe Trail. Self guided walking tours include a dozen historical landmarks, the most popular being Hays House, the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Manhattan is the home to K-State University and maintains a youthful profile. Explore the Flint Hills Discovery Centre, the downtown shopping, and Aggieville for restaurants and nightclubs. Stay one night in Manhattan.
Day 12 – Manhattan to Lawrence, KS Approx. 85 miles
Stop in Topeka, named as one of 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade. Interesting stops include Kansas Museum of History, Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, where visitors gain an insight into the Civil Rights Movement. Founded to keep the territory free from slavery, Lawrence is said to be one of the only U.S. cities founded strictly for political reasons. Lawrence today, is touting itself as “one of the most well-preserved and unique communities in the United States.” It is home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. There is a fiveblock downtown district lined with eclectic boutiques, sidewalk cafes, antique shops, and art galleries and studios. Live music plays along the street every night of the week. Other great visits in Lawrence include Spencer Museum of Art, Dole Institute of Politics and KU Natural History Museum. Spend two nights in Lawrence.
Day 13 – Lawrence Approx. 60 miles
Spend more time at some of the Lawrence attractions or travel to nearby Olathe and learn about early pioneer life at the Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop and Farm Historic Site. Return to Lawrence for the night.
Day 14 – Lawrence to Kansas City, KS
Approx. 40 miles
Kansas City’s nickname is “City of Fountains”. It is vibrantly stylish, and known for its dynamic art scene, public artworks, jazz music, abundance of museums, fantastic shopping, and, of course, BBQ. Kansas City is shared by both Missouri and Kansas with “State Line Road” separating the two. There are 100’s of activities including Arabia Steamboat Museum, American Jazz Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Newman Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown Overland Park and Moon Marble Company… to name just a few. Stay one night in Kansas City.
Day 15 – Depart from Kansas City