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Oklahoma and the Development of the West

Established with a Land Run and designated a state in 1907, Oklahoma is just over a hundred years young. A land of diversity from its fascinating, unparalleled history and unexpected breathtaking scenery to its Americana charm and hospitable people, learn why Oklahoma is a special place.

TAP Rating: TAP Exceptional


Highlights include:

  • Will Rogers Memorial
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial
  • Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve
  • Marland Mansion
  • Will Rogers Birth Home
  • Marland Grand Home
  • Pawnee Biil Ranch
  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
  • Cherokee Strip Heritage Center
  • Dodge City Boot Hill

Day 1:     Travel to Salina KS

Today is a travel day.  We’ll depart Denver and head across the Eastern Plains toSalina Kansas. Country Inn & Suites in Salina, KS.  (L)

 

Day 2:     Marland Grand Home and Mansion

Ponca City is our destination.  Today’s itinerary will include the Marland Grand Home and 101 Ranch Museum and the Marland Mansion.  Both homes were built by oil tycoon E. W. Marland, whose company became Continental Oil Company (Conoco).  Also see the Pioneer Woman Statue and Standing Bear Statue. Hampton Inn, Ponca City, OK.   (B,L)

 

Day 3:    Pawnee Bill Museum and Pawhuska

Departing Ponca City, we’ll travel to the Pawnee Bill Museum and Ranch. We will have a guided tour of the Museum and Ranch followed by a picnic lunch. From there, we’re off to Pawhuska with its collection of vintage buildings, including the Blacksmith House, Osage Nation Campus, the “Cathedral of the Osage” and the old Santa Fe Depot.  Hilton Garden Inn, Bartlesville OK.  (B,L)

 

Day 4:     Woolaroc Museum and Will Rogers Birth Home

This morning you’ll be in for a surprise at the Discovery 1 Park and the Nellie Johnstone #1 Oil Well.  Then a quick visit to the AT&SF Depot and a photo stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower.  Traveling through the Osage Hills, we’ll arrive at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve. The Woolaroc Museum houses one of the world's most unique collections of Native American and Western art, artifacts, Colt firearms and more, collected by Frank & Jane Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Co.. The Phillips’ Lodge home, used for entertaining, is comfy, cozy, intriguing and not to be missed. The Wildlife Preserve is home to native and exotic wildlife. On to Oolagah is next where we visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch for a tour and dinner.  LaQuinta Inn & Suites Claremore, OK. (B,D)

 

Day 5:    Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Route 66

We’ll start our day at the J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, a collection of not just firearms, but beer steins, musical instruments, statuaries, posters and more.  Who’s the most famous Oklahoman of all?  Will Rogers!  The rest of the morning will be spent at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum where we will learn more about this amazing man, his quick wit and very timely humor and many accomplishments.  Then we’re off to travel a portion of infamous Route 66 before arriving in Oklahoma City. Hampton Inn, Bricktown,Oklahoma City OK.  (B,L)

 

Day 6:     Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

This morning we’ll visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.  Built to commemorate the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building, this museum is one of remembrance, reflection, resolve and hope.  It is tasteful, riveting, unforgettable and it would be impossible to visit OKC and not experience this “new history”.  This evening we’ll return to see the 168 Lighted Chairs that honor those whose lives were lost.  On a lighter note, we’ll spend the afternoon at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  The incredible Museum interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West with its turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on Western performers, the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, frontier military displays, famous artwork and more.  Later there will be a stop at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.  Hampton Inn,Bricktown, Olahoma City, OK..  (B)

 

Day 7:       Cherokee Strip Heritage Center and Boot Hill Dodge City

Time to starting heading back north.  Our first stop will be at the Cherokee Strip Heritage Center in Enid where we’ll learn about the greatest land rush in history.  Find out why Oklahomans are called “Sooners” and learn about the diversity of the settlers.  We will do a quick drive through the Phillips University Campus on our way out of town.  On our way north we’ll follow the Chisholm Trail which will take us to the “Queen of the Cow Towns”, Dodge City, Kansas.  We’ll go back in time at the fascinating Boot Hill Museum and then be treated to dinner and an old time variety show at the “Long Branch Saloon”.  Hampton Inn, Dodge City KS.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 8:       Northrup Movie Theater and Home

All too soon, it’s time to depart for home.  There will be a stop at the Northrup Movie Theater in Syracuse, Kansas.  Built in 1930 (Dust Bowl and Depression Days), it was the largest movie theater in western Kansas.  Lunch in Lamar, rest stop in Limon, and we’re back in Denver, just in time for supper at home. (B)

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Denver, CO by 7:00AM via Denver International Airport(DIA)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Denver, CO after 7:00PM via Denver International Airport(DIA)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 200.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 30 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Fully refundable if cancelled 30 days prior to departure; non-refundable after 30 days prior to departure.

Your Tour Includes:

Deluxe motorcoach transportation

Hotel accommodations for seven nights

Baggage handling

Entrance fees to all attractions

Local interpreters and guides

Meals as indicated.

Does not include:

Items of a personal nature

Meals not listed

Alcoholic beverages

Medical/Cancellation travel protection plan

Itinerary

Day 1:     Travel to Salina KS

Today is a travel day.  We’ll depart Denver and head across the Eastern Plains toSalina Kansas. Country Inn & Suites in Salina, KS.  (L)

 

Day 2:     Marland Grand Home and Mansion

Ponca City is our destination.  Today’s itinerary will include the Marland Grand Home and 101 Ranch Museum and the Marland Mansion.  Both homes were built by oil tycoon E. W. Marland, whose company became Continental Oil Company (Conoco).  Also see the Pioneer Woman Statue and Standing Bear Statue. Hampton Inn, Ponca City, OK.   (B,L)

 

Day 3:    Pawnee Bill Museum and Pawhuska

Departing Ponca City, we’ll travel to the Pawnee Bill Museum and Ranch. We will have a guided tour of the Museum and Ranch followed by a picnic lunch. From there, we’re off to Pawhuska with its collection of vintage buildings, including the Blacksmith House, Osage Nation Campus, the “Cathedral of the Osage” and the old Santa Fe Depot.  Hilton Garden Inn, Bartlesville OK.  (B,L)

 

Day 4:     Woolaroc Museum and Will Rogers Birth Home

This morning you’ll be in for a surprise at the Discovery 1 Park and the Nellie Johnstone #1 Oil Well.  Then a quick visit to the AT&SF Depot and a photo stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower.  Traveling through the Osage Hills, we’ll arrive at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve. The Woolaroc Museum houses one of the world's most unique collections of Native American and Western art, artifacts, Colt firearms and more, collected by Frank & Jane Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Co.. The Phillips’ Lodge home, used for entertaining, is comfy, cozy, intriguing and not to be missed. The Wildlife Preserve is home to native and exotic wildlife. On to Oolagah is next where we visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch for a tour and dinner.  LaQuinta Inn & Suites Claremore, OK. (B,D)

 

Day 5:    Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Route 66

We’ll start our day at the J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, a collection of not just firearms, but beer steins, musical instruments, statuaries, posters and more.  Who’s the most famous Oklahoman of all?  Will Rogers!  The rest of the morning will be spent at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum where we will learn more about this amazing man, his quick wit and very timely humor and many accomplishments.  Then we’re off to travel a portion of infamous Route 66 before arriving in Oklahoma City. Hampton Inn, Bricktown,Oklahoma City OK.  (B,L)

 

Day 6:     Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

This morning we’ll visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.  Built to commemorate the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building, this museum is one of remembrance, reflection, resolve and hope.  It is tasteful, riveting, unforgettable and it would be impossible to visit OKC and not experience this “new history”.  This evening we’ll return to see the 168 Lighted Chairs that honor those whose lives were lost.  On a lighter note, we’ll spend the afternoon at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  The incredible Museum interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West with its turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on Western performers, the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, frontier military displays, famous artwork and more.  Later there will be a stop at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.  Hampton Inn,Bricktown, Olahoma City, OK..  (B)

 

Day 7:       Cherokee Strip Heritage Center and Boot Hill Dodge City

Time to starting heading back north.  Our first stop will be at the Cherokee Strip Heritage Center in Enid where we’ll learn about the greatest land rush in history.  Find out why Oklahomans are called “Sooners” and learn about the diversity of the settlers.  We will do a quick drive through the Phillips University Campus on our way out of town.  On our way north we’ll follow the Chisholm Trail which will take us to the “Queen of the Cow Towns”, Dodge City, Kansas.  We’ll go back in time at the fascinating Boot Hill Museum and then be treated to dinner and an old time variety show at the “Long Branch Saloon”.  Hampton Inn, Dodge City KS.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 8:       Northrup Movie Theater and Home

All too soon, it’s time to depart for home.  There will be a stop at the Northrup Movie Theater in Syracuse, Kansas.  Built in 1930 (Dust Bowl and Depression Days), it was the largest movie theater in western Kansas.  Lunch in Lamar, rest stop in Limon, and we’re back in Denver, just in time for supper at home. (B)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Your Tour Includes:

Deluxe motorcoach transportation

Hotel accommodations for seven nights

Baggage handling

Entrance fees to all attractions

Local interpreters and guides

Meals as indicated.

Does not include:

Items of a personal nature

Meals not listed

Alcoholic beverages

Medical/Cancellation travel protection plan



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