The Great Plains

from £1819 per person

Oklahoma and Kansas have a fascinating history particularly significant to Native American Indians, American Cowboys and American Oil Barons. This journey allows you to interact with real America! Learning the heroic stories and meeting descendents of Native American Indians, pioneer women, cattle drovers, and oil barons -- all who have made significant influence to America! Hotel accommodations as specified or similar.

  • 15 Days/14 Nights Self Drive
  • Starts Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ends Kansas City, Kansas
  • Fully inclusive Car Hire included
  • One way car hire fee to be paid locally
  • Quote Ref: 1455264

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Native American Culture
  • Drive the Mother Road "Route 66" from Tulsa to Oklahoma City
  • in Ponca city visit the Marland Mansion known as the Palace on the Prairie
  • Indulge in some western entertainment with Chuckwagon inspired BBQ Dinners
  • Witness the unique Amish way of life in Yoder
  • Dont miss the Strataca Salt Mine tour, the only one of its kind in USA in Hutchinson
  • The World famous "Garden of Eden" is a must in Lucas
  • Lawrence is in the top 15 of America's best 100 best small Arts town

Day to Day Itinerary

Itinerary Overview

  • 2 Nights Tulsa, Oklahom
  • 3 nights Oklahoma City
  • 1 night Ponca City
  • 1 night Witchita, Kansas
  • 1 night Hutchinson, Kansas
  • 2 nights Salina, Kansas
  • 2 nights Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1 night Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1 nights Kansas City
- Tulsa Arrival

DAY 1

- Tulsa Arrival

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- Tulsa Arrival

Tulsa is a distinctive mix of influences - offering Southern charm, Eastern elegance and Western Flair. You will experience Native American ancestors, cowboy culture, and the wealth from the oil tycoons of the 1900s. The Brady Arts district is anchored with the Philbrook Museum Downtown, the Woody Guthrie Center, and public music events every weekend. Cherry Street is another eclectic music, art and food district to look for. - Overnight Tulsa, OK.

- Tulsa - Tahlequah - Fort Gibson - Muskogee

DAY 2

- Tulsa - Tahlequah - Fort Gibson - Muskogee

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- Tulsa - Tahlequah - Fort Gibson - Muskogee

In Tahlequah visit the Cherokee Heritage Center home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, and the Trail of Tears exhibit. Fort Gibson is 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 & cultures of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole tribes. Return to Tulsa. Overnight Tulsa. DRIVING DISTANCE: 155 MI / 249 KM

-  Tulsa - Route 66 - Oklahoma City

DAY 3

- Tulsa - Route 66 - Oklahoma City

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- Tulsa - Route 66 - Oklahoma City

Known as the “Mother Road” follow historic Route 66 and enjoy the eclectic towns of Sapulpa, Bristow, Stroud, and Chandler. Oklahoma City is Oklahoma’s largest city. Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s renovated warehouse district equals evening entertainment -- over 30 canal-side restaurant and clubs. Overnight Oklahoma City DRIVING DISTANCE: 107 MI / 172 KM

-  Oklahoma City

DAY 4

- Oklahoma City

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- Oklahoma City

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier, featuring a collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Other don’t miss attractions include: Oklahoma City National Memorial, OKC Museum of Art, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the State Museum of History, Paseo Arts District, and the State Capitol. Overnight Oklahoma City DRIVING DISTANCE: 20 MI / 32 KM (LOCAL)

- Oklahoma City - Sulphur - Oklahoma City

DAY 5

- Oklahoma City - Sulphur - Oklahoma City

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- Oklahoma City - Sulphur - Oklahoma City

Native American culture is the focus of today’s itinerary, with a visit to the Chickasaw Nation through exhibits, demonstrations and other outreach projects. This is the USA’s largest tribal cultural centre, build on a section of more than 100 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and water. The Chickasaw National Recreations Area brings together diverse flora and fauna in a combination of eastern deciduous forest and western prairie. The Travertine Ranger Station Visitor Center offers the opportunity to take a short hike in and around this area of outstanding beauty, and in nearby Davis, visit scenic Turner Falls and try some mouthwatering Oklahoma food at Nancy Fulton’s Fried Pies or Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch. Overnight Oklahoma City DRIVING DISTANCE: 85 MI / 136 KM

- Oklahoma City - Stockyard City - Ponca City

DAY 6

- Oklahoma City - Stockyard City - Ponca City

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- Oklahoma City - Stockyard City - Ponca City

Breakfast at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the heart of Stockyard City. For over 80 years, Stockyard City is the place for cattlemen, horsemen, farmers, ranchers and real cowboys to come. Cattle auctions Monday through Wednesday each week with tours available on Monday’s beginning at 8 AM. In Ponca City visit the magnificent Marland Mansion -- 55-room, 10-bedroom, 12-bathroom, 7-fireplace and 3-kitchen “Palace on the Prairie”. The Standing Bear Statue is a onument tribute to all Native Americans. The surrounding honors the six tribes around Ponca City. Overnight Ponca City DRIVING DISTANCE: 193 MI / 310 KM

- Ponca City - Wichita

DAY 7

- Ponca City - Wichita

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- Ponca City - Wichita

Wichita, Kansas’ largest city is the heart of the United States. Wichita’s colorful history is featured on the Guided Trolley Tour. The Wichita Western Heritage Self Guided Tour allows travelers to win a Western belt buckle. Old Cowtown Museum and The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper are both good bets for western entertainment with Chuckwagon inspired BBQ dinners. Overnight Wichita, KS DRIVING DISTANCE: 30 MI / 48 KM (LOCAL)

- Wichita - Yoder - Hutchinson

DAY 8

- Wichita - Yoder - Hutchinson

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- Wichita - Yoder - Hutchinson

The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the unique Carriage Crossing Restaurant, a great place for lunch. Browse Country Traditions Store for handmade Amish quilts. Spend your afternoon in Hutchinson Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, a world-class space museum featuring the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside of the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts in the Western world. Overnight Hutchinson, KS DRIVING DISTANCE: 50 MI / 80 KM

- Hutchinson - McPherson/Canton - Lindsborg -  Salina

DAY 9

- Hutchinson - McPherson/Canton - Lindsborg - Salina

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- Hutchinson - McPherson/Canton - Lindsborg - Salina

Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm has animal adventures not typically found in Kansas. Visitors are invited to view, feed, and pet the animals. Before departing Hutchinson, Strataca is an underground adventure 650 feet below the Kansas prairie and is the only salt mine tour if its kind in North America. Head north toward McPherson/Canton to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to roaming herds of bison and elk. Next stop -- Lindsborg to enjoy a unique Swedish community offering main street shops, museums, art galleries, working studios, and cultural and ethnic events. A few of the must see galleries and studios include Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Elizabeth’s, Hemslojd, Inc., Old Mill Museum, Red Barn Studio and The Station. Overnight Salina. DRIVING DISTANCE: 145 MI / 233 KM

- Salina - Lucas - Salina

DAY 10

- Salina - Lucas - Salina

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- Salina - Lucas - Salina

In Salina visit the Rolling Hills Zoo and/or Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery. Continue west to Hwy 232, also known as the Post Rock Scenic Byway to Lucas, one of the most quirky - grassroots art towns in America! Unique “Outsider” art can be found all over Lucas. The Grassroots Art Center is a must see as well as the world famous Garden of Eden. Return to overnight Salina, KS DRIVING DISTANCE: 132 MI / 210 KM

- Salina - Abilene - Lawrence

DAY 11

- Salina - Abilene - Lawrence

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- Salina - Abilene - Lawrence

After breakfast drive east to Abilene -- the end of the famous Chisholm Trail. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum, the Childhood Home and Presidential Museum of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Seelye Mansion, and the Bow Studio & Gallery. And, try not to miss the Fried Chicken Dinner, served daily at the Brookville Hotel. Continue east to Lawrence. Overnight Lawrence, KS DRIVING DISTANCE: 138 MI / 221 KM

- Lawrence

DAY 12

- Lawrence

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- Lawrence

Learn how Lawrence played a crucial role in America’s slave vs. anti-salve history. Lawrence is now a thriving and unique community, rating among the top fifteen in The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America. Spend your day visiting one of the four great museums on the grounds of the University of Kansas - all offering free admission and walk the seven-blocks of boutique shops, restaurants, and nightclubs on Massachusetts Street of this eclectic university downtown. Overnight Lawrence DRIVING DISTANCE: 20 MI / 32 KM (LOCAL)

-  Lawrence - Fort Leavenworth - Kansas City/ Overland Park

DAY 13

- Lawrence - Fort Leavenworth - Kansas City/ Overland Park

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- Lawrence - Fort Leavenworth - Kansas City/ Overland Park

By the 1840s, thousands of wagons passed through Fort Leavenworth on the way to the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Fort Leavenworth played an important role in keeping the peace among the various Indian tribes and the increasing number of invading settlers heading west. Visit the Buffalo Soldier Monument and Frontier Military Museum before heading south to Kansas City/Overland Park where there are 1000’s more activity options. Overnight Overland Park, KS DRIVING DISTANCE: 83 MI / 133 KM

- Kansas City

DAY 14

- Kansas City

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- Kansas City

A few recommendations for your last day in Kansas city are - Legends Village West District (Kansas Speedway, Sporting Kansas Soccer Stadium, Schlitterbahn - home of the worlds tallest water slide), Arabia Steamboat Museum, American Royal Museum, Hallmark Visitors Center, National Agriculture Center, Louisburg Cider Mill, Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop, Legler Barn Museum and Downtown Overland Park . You will have many choices for great BBQ - ask locals for their favorite recommendations! Spend your late afternoon and evening shopping and dining in the beautiful County Club Plaza area. Overnight Overland Park, KS

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