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Saddle up and get ready for an adventure to the Sooner State!
We invite you to explore the wide open spaces of Oklahoma’s Frontier Country. From visits to Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile, of Food Network fame to the birthplace of Will Rogers, to learning about Cherokee Indian history and visiting the memorial in Oklahoma City to honor the lives lost at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, this tour is sure to be memorable. Saddle up and get ready for an adventure to the Sooner State!
DAY 1–WELCOME TO THE SOONER STATE
Welcome to Oklahoma, the home of Will Rogers, Garth Brooks and Mickey Mantle. Join your fellow travel- ers for a warm welcome dinner in Tulsa, OK. D
DAY 2–PORT OF CATOOSA/ CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER
Oklahoma lies virtually in the center of the US, and has a fascinating mix of Western history, Native American culture and genuine Southern charm. We set out this morning to start our exploration of the state with a visit to the most inland river port in the U.S. Run by the Army Corps of Engineers, we’ll see barges loaded with products such as grains, oil and gas and much more. The goods eventually connect to the Mississippi River and down through the Gulf of Mexico. Next, we head to Tahlequah to experience the Cherokee Heritage Center and gain a better understanding of the Cherokee people. Learn about how they lived in the 1700s to the Trail of Tears in the mid-1880s, to 1890s. Tonight, unpack for two nights in an area of Oklahoma City called Bricktown, known for its lively entertainment and repurposed warehouses turned into restaurants, wine lounges and specialty shops. B, L
DAY 3–NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM/NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER/WATER TAXI
Howdy Partner! Today we visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to explore the collection of over 28,000 Amer- ican Indian and Western works of art and artifacts. The museum houses both classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail. Afterwards, we visit the National Weather Center. Here we experience behind-the-scenes workings of this important weather office. Return to Bricktown for an afternoon water taxi ride. B, L
DAY 4–OKLAHOMA CITY/CLYDESDALES/ SCULPTURE ARTIST This morning, we remember Wednesday, April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m. as we visit the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. Explore the memorial grounds and head into the museum to walk through the events of that day to hear a firsthand account from a survivor. Next, travel to Express Clydesdales for an up close look at their magnificent draft horses. These Clydesdales have traveled all over the country and have even been featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Then we are off to Enid to meet Harold T. Holden or H to his friends and family, a local sculpture artist. Harold and his wife, Edna Mae, will show us some of his sculptures around town along with his workshop. For dinner, feel free to try Danny’s BBQ Head Quarters in Ponca City, a great local restaurant, just across the street from our hotel. B, L
DAY 5–LOCAL BBQ/ E.W. MARLAND MANSION/PIONEER WOMAN
After a hearty breakfast, we tour Head Country Barbeque Sauce. Learn about their products, see the bottling process and even try a tasty sample or two! Palace on the Prairie is a 55-room estate which was built for E.W. Marland, of the Marland Oil Company. Explore portions of the 43,000 square foot living space and learn about the life of the family that lived in the mansion and how it is used in present day. Off to Pawhuska, home of Food Network star, Ree Drummond. We visit her store “The Mercantile” for a delicious lunch and shopping. Later, tour Price Tower in Bartlesville, a 19-story building completed in 1956 and listed as a National Historic Landmark. It’s the only fully realized skyscraper designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. B, L
DAY 6–WOOLAROC MUSEUM/WILL ROGERS/FAREWELL DINNER
Bison, Elk, and Longhorns, it’s off to Woolaroc we go! This morning explore Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. Hidden away in the rugged Osage Hills, Woolaroc was the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips and now is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve and world-class art museum. Come and see why Will Rogers called it “the most unique place in this country”. Later, visit Will Roger’s birthplace home and the museum dedicated to his life and entertainment career. Learn about his life as a cowboy, a performer, movie star and family man. Tonight, we’re in for a real treat! Earl and Lisa Miller welcome us for a tasty home cooked farewell dinner. B, L, D
Before saying goodbye to the Sooner State, we visit Shepard’s Cross, a local sheep farm, to see the inner workings of raising sheep. Head home with memories of the amazing time we had in Oklahoma. B
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