Oklahoma

From pristine mountain streams and pine forests to peaceful lakes and sandy beaches, Oklahoma's 35 state parks and numerous wildlife refuges and recreation areas offer up a wealth of outdoor adventure. 39 American Indian Tribes have their headquarters in Oklahoma and a visit to one of their cultural events is a must. Their traditional dances are world class and should be incorporated into any holiday. 

The state has more then 300 museums and historic sites, ranging from the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur to art museums in Tulsa and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Guthrie has a number of historic buildings and Tulsa has great art deco buildings and stunning architecture. The only skyscraper solely designed by and built by Frank Lloyd Wright is Price Tower in Bartlesville, now a boutique hotel. In Oklahoma City, cowboys still buy and sell cattle through live auctions at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards. 

Get Your Kicks in Oklahoma

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Days 1 & 2 – Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state, and Bricktown - its renovated warehouse district – provides plenty of evening entertainment with over 30 canal-side restaurants and clubs. Visit the world class National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Red Earth Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the American Banjo Museum, the fast growing Boathouse District and the Paseo Arts District. Bustling Stockyard City is the home of America’s largest operating cattle auction, and you’ll find speciality merchants who offer superb Western apparel and supplies. Stay two nights here.

Day 3 – Oklahoma City to Sulphur, OK, approx. 95 miles
The Chickasaw Cultural Center celebrates Chickasaw history and culture through demonstrations and a living history village across 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a lush paradise of unique flora and fauna and in nearby Davis, don’t miss the lookout for Turner Falls, Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies, or Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch.

Day 4 – Sulphur to Medicine Park, OK, approx. 105 miles
En-route stop at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan and discover the famous Wild West cattle drive story of the Chisholm Trail. Fort Sill is an active Army Base, originally established in 1869, where you’ll find a museum and the gravesite of famous Apache chief, Geronimo. Onward to Medicine Park, known as America’s cobblestone community – picturesque against the backdrop of the surrounding Wichita Mountains. Quirky and quaint.

Day 5 – Medicine Park to Clinton, OK, approx. 85 miles
Explore an awe-inspiring mosaic of rocky lowlands, mixed-grass prairie, cross timbers and wildlife on the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway. Stop for a Meers burger! Clinton is home to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum with the world’s largest curio cabinet and an audio tour. Visit Mohawk Indian Lodge, an authentic, operating trading post established in 1892.

Day 6 – Clinton to Tulsa, OK, approx. 200 miles
Today, Route 66, but before heading toward Tulsa, go west to Elk City for the National Route 66 Museum. Later, in Weatherford, the Route 66 themed restaurant, Lucille’s Roadhouse, offers a variety of authentic diner food and the historic city of El Reno is home of the Onion Burger. Continue on to Guthrie, Oklahoma’s territorial capital, with the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Back on Route 66, enjoy the eclectic towns of Arcadia (stop for a cold drink at POPS!), Chandler, Stroud, Bristow and Sapulpa. Arrive in Tulsa for a two night stay.

Day 7 – Tulsa
With just over 24 Hours in Tulsa, you have plenty of time to discover the city’s distinctive mix of influences. Discover why this is the heartland of the nation, with Western culture, Southern charm and hospitality, Native American heritage and wealth from oil. ‘Don’t miss’ visits include the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Woody Guthrie Center in the lively and growing Brady Arts District - surrounding Guthrie Green with its bandstand and food trucks. Eclectic shops, farm-to-table restaurants and live music venues make Tulsa a memorable end to your Oklahoma holiday.

Day 8 – Depart from Tulsa, OK

7 Nights
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Complete Kansas & Oklahoma

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Day 1 – Arrive in Tulsa, OK
Begin your holiday with a three night stay in Tulsa. This city is a distinctive mix of influences – Southern charm, Eastern elegance and Western flair. You’ll experience Native American ancestors, Western culture, and the wealth from oil, discovered in the early 1900’s. It’s a hub of art deco and contemporary architecture; boasting an abundance of Western and European art, artefacts and archives, vibrant with live music, farm-to-table food and shops – from quirky to chic.

Day 2 – Tulsa area, approx. 110 miles
Explore Tulsa – the Brady Arts District, the Philbrook and Gilcrease Museums and Guthrie Green. Or strike out north to Bartlesville, where two brothers founded the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917. Look for the art deco Price Tower – the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright, preserved as a boutique hotel. Onwards to the tiny town of Dewey and the Tom Mix Museum to see a silent movie of the first ‘King of the Cowboys’.

Day 3 – Tulsa area, approx. 155 miles
Relax in Tulsa, or head off to Tahlequah - home to the Cherokee Heritage Centre; Fort Gibson – the first army post in the Indian Territory and Muskogee – the Ataloa Lodge Museum is one of the largest privately owned Native American collections. Here, you’ll also see the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and experience the heritage of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole tribes.

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, and choose from over 500 varieties of fizzy drinks. Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state and Bricktown – its renovated warehouse district – provides plenty of evening entertainment with over 30 canal-side restaurant and clubs. Settle in for three nights!

Day 5 – Oklahoma City
Visit the world class National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with peerless classic and contemporary Western art. Other ‘must see’ attractions include the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Red Earth Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the American Banjo Museum, the fast growing Boatyard District and the Paseo Arts District.

Day 6 – Oklahoma City area, approx. 180 miles
Head south, today, to Sulphur and Davis. Stop at the breath-taking Chickasaw Cultural Centre – America’s largest tribal cultural centre – and visit the Travertine Ranger Station Visitor Centre. In Davis – don’t miss Turner Falls, and sample one of Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies or lunch at Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch before heading back to OKC.

Day 7 – Oklahoma City to Wichita, KS, approx. 195 miles
Stoke up with breakfast at the Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the heart of Stockyard City, famous for over 80 years with cattlemen. Head for Ponca City and visit the magnificent Marland Mansion – a 55-room ‘Palace on the Prairie’, and the Standing Bear Statue – a tribute to all Native Americans. Then, north across the state line to Wichita, KS, with its Old Town red-brick warehouse district. This is your base for the next three nights.

Day 8 – Wichita
The iconic ‘Keeper of the Plains’ is located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers - a great place to start your exploration. Move on to Old Cowtown Living History Museum – a strong flavour of the Old West. The Museum of World Treasures is just that – an eclectic collection from ancient Egypt to modern America.

Day 9 – Wichita area, approx. 100 miles
Today visit Yoder and Hutchinson. The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the Mercantile Shoppe for handmade Amish crafts and quilts. Have lunch at the Carriage Crossing Restaurant. In Hutchinson, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum is a unique experience - 650 feet underground and a vast expanse carved from ancient salt deposits. Don’t miss the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Centre – a world-class space museum featuring a huge collection of US space artefacts. 

Day 10 – Wichita to Cottonwood Falls, KS, approx. 80 miles
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 Flint Hills. Visit The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and end your day in the wonderful Cottonwood Falls. This is the place to enjoy a superb farm-to-table dinner and a stroll along Main Street USA.

Day 11 – Cottonwood Falls to Manhattan, KS, approx. 60 miles
Onwards to Council Grove for a self-guided walking tour of historical landmarks – the most popular being Hays House, the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Then to Manhattan, home to Kansas State University and the superb Flint Hills Discovery Centre, perhaps some downtown shopping, dinner and a one night stay.

Day 12 – Manhattan to Lawrence, KS, approx. 85 miles
Head first for Topeka, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, where visitors gain an insight into the Civil Rights Movement. Lawrence, your base for the next two nights, is home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. The downtown district is lined with eclectic boutiques, sidewalk cafes, antique shops, art galleries and studios. Live music plays every night of the week.

Day 13 – Lawrence area, approx. 60 miles
Explore the attractions of Lawrence, or strike out to nearby Olathe and learn about early pioneer life at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. Tonight why not try one of Lawrence’s craft breweries.

Day 14 – Lawrence to Kansas City, KS, approx. 40 miles
Kansas City’s nickname is ‘City of Fountains’. It is 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, and whatever you choose to do, it’s a wonderful place to spend your last night in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Day 15 – Depart from Kansas City

14 Nights
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£1437 per person

Historic Route 66 – Escorted Tour
Price includes flights, services of professional tour leader, transportation in customised vehicle, all 12 hotel nights accommodation on a twin share basis, meals paid locally.

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 01 Jul - 14 Jul, 19 Aug - 01 Sep, 02 Sep - 15 Sep

2018- 30 Jun-13 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Aug, 01 Sep-14 Sep

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip; a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruising 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. You'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock'n'roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast on the world's most famous road.

Day 1: Chicago
You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions with the remainder of the day free to explore. Grab yourself a slice of deep-dish pizza, venture up the Willis Tower or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Day 2: Chicago to Springfield
After leaving Chicago, You will head south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of the state of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants.

Day 3: St Louis
From Springfield, Illinois, it is only a couple of hours driving to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an Iconic Route 66 attraction, and try a `Concrete' - über-thick milkshakes made from vanilla frozen custard. Perhaps you can spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 4: Branson
Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and their version of 'The Strip', Branson has become to country music what Las Vegas is to gambling. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it is at in Missouri.

Day 5-6: Oklahoma City
Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the Mother Road. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day to discover some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre, built in the late 1920's, it defines an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs.

Day 7: Amarillo
Amarillo in the state of Texas is our destination for today. On the 'Way to Amarillo' and before you leave Oklahoma, you will visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum, where you will learn about the legends surrounding the road we are travelling on and a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it is on to Amarillo where you will make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 Oz steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is man versus food for real!

Day 8: Albuquerque
Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti so grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, famous for hot coffee and rolls. Activities include driving through the Tijeras Canyon and stopping at Tucumcari Post and Curios.

Day 9: Gallup
From modern cultures to ancient civilizations you make a stop by the 'Sky City' ruins on the Acoma Native American Reservation. You will spend the night in Gallup, New Mexico, home to a diverse population with a third of its residents being of Native American decent. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history, counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park
So it is not on the original Route 66, but it is so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is an iconic symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones. There is also time to shop around for local souvenirs.

Day 12-13: Las Vegas
The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and the Snow Cap Diner make for a quirky stop en route to the Hoover Dam before we hit Vegas, renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world'. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. But if you really want to look at something different, stop by one of its countless wedding chapels. In Las Vegas we enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learn about some of its colourful history. You will also have time for some last-minute bargain shopping and relax by a pool before nights out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows. You may also like to enjoy a buffet dinner at one of Las Vegas' famous all-you-can-eat dining places.

Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
On your final day you return to California and follow Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. The tour finishes at the very end of the road at Santa Monica Pier.

13 Nights
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Island Guest Ranch - Ames

This 5,000-acre working cattle ranch is located on a island in the Cimarron River. Oklahoma’s oldest guest ranch, owned by a 4th generation ranching family. Open to guests between April and September, your stay will include lodging, meals and ranch activities.

During your stay, you can enjoy horse riding through beautiful Oklahoma terrain, fish, hike or even get an lesson in roping! In the evening, you might enjoy square dancing, a rodeo, or an Indian PoW WoW. Another attraction of Island Guest Ranch is the abundant wildlife which includes deer, turkey,
coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and armadillos. Birds such as water fowl, cranes, roadrunners, quail, woodpeckers and swallows join the
scissor tail flycatcher and numerous other song birds that are native to the island.

Includes full board and riding.

Ranch
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£110 per person per night

A Bar Ranch – Claremore

This large working ranch dates to the late 1800s, and is on historic Cherokee lands.

Activities include riding, fishing, hiking and wagon rides. Accommodation is in the main lodge or ranch homes and delicious Western food is served.

Ranch
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£184 per person per night

Beavers Bend State Park – Broken Bow

With abundant wildlife, a nature centre, riding stables, canoes and paddleboats, beach, golf course, fishing and hiking trails, this park also has a lodge and 48 beautiful cabins. 

Lodge rooms have a private patio or balcony and offer amazing views of the crystal clear lake. 

Lodge
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£65 per room per night

Robbers Cave State Park – Wilburton

A favourite of rappelling enthusiasts, cave explorers, equestrians and outdoor lovers. 

The park offers a nature centre, campgrounds, riding stables, boat rentals, beach, swimming pool, and hiking trails. Notorious as one of the legendary hideouts of Jesse James. Lodging includes 26 cabins.

Lodge
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£60 per room per night

Roman Nose State Park – Watonga, OK 

Once a favourite area for the Cheyenne, with towering cedar, buffalo grass and blue sage. 

The lodge celebrates the best in mid-century architecture with cottages, guest rooms, and a restaurant. Activities include golf, swimming, horse riding, hiking and biking, fishing and boating.

Lodge
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£63 per room per night

Sequoyah State Park – Wagoner, OK

A family favourite, it offers fun in all seasons, with a large lodge offering 104 rooms including suites, cabanas and cabins.

It has a restaurant, golf, nature centre, hiking trails, stables, marina, tennis and playgrounds, with unique shopping close by.

Lodge
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£56 per room per night