Great Plains Adventure Self Drive Tour

14 Nights

Tulsa, OK

There’s something for everyone once you set off from Tulsa, a city at the centre of various cultural influences: Southern hospitality, Eastern worldly, and Western innovation. From here, you’ll follow the trail of the Railroad tycoons, cowboys, and Native American inhabitants. You’ll discover Cherokee culture at their Heritage Museum and the Trail of Tears Exhibit in Tahlequah and encounter the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole) in Muskogee. You’ll hit the open road as you navigate historic Route 66 to say howdy to some unique neighbours. Your adventure is highlighted by a multi-day stay in Oklahoma City to learn more about those rugged, romantic cowboys at their very own Western Heritage Museum. Don’t get settled in, more miles of open road awaits as you reach Wichita with its rowdy past, surprising Salina with its artsy personality, and call it a day in the Kansas City area where you can take your pick of literally 1000’s of activities.

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Highlights

  • Explore a little-explored region of the United States in this exciting package where you’ll encounter the unexpected like a cattle auction in Stockyard City.
  • Sample the unique, unforgettable cuisine the Great Plains has to offer from traditional Native American staples at the Gallery of Nations and cowboy grub at Prairie Rose Chuckwagon
  • Encounter the Space Age at the heart of America at the Hutchinson Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center with the largest collection of space artefacts.
  • Meet Kansas’ most exotic residents at the Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm and literally drop in on an underground adventure at Stracata
  • Go on a shopping safari for traditional Amish quilts at the Country Traditions Store in Yoder to more contemporary choices in Kansas and Oklahoma City
  • Discover some best-kept secrets of the Great Plains like the Swedish community of Lindsborg that adds a European touch with its cultural events, shopping, and art galleries.
  • Encounter Native American culture from the big museums like the Diligwa and Cherokee Village to quieter, more thoughtful monuments like Standing Bear Statue honouring all the tribes
  • Create your own adventure for your last stop in the Fort Leavenworth/Kansas City area with everything for history, food, attraction, and shopping lovers to discover.
  • Day 1 - Tulsa Arrival
  • Day 2 - Tulsa - Tahlequah - Fort Gibson - Muskogee - Tulsa
  • Day 3 - Tulsa - Route 66 - Oklahoma City
  • Day 4 - Oklahoma City
  • Day 5 - Oklahoma City - Sulphur - Oklahoma City
  • Day 6 - Oklahoma City - Stockyard City - Ponca City
  • Day 7 - Ponca City - Wichita
  • Day 8 - Wichita - Yoder - Hutchinson
  • Day 9 - Hutchinson - Mcpherson/Canton - Lindsborg - Salina
  • Day 10 - Salina - Lucas - Salina
  • Day 11 - Salina - Abilene - Lawrence
  • Day 12 - Lawrence
  • Day 13 - Lawrence - Fort Leavenworth - Kansas City/Overland Park
  • Day 14 - Kansas City/Overland Park
  • Day 15 - Kansas City Departure

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.

Driving Distance: 10 MI / 16 KM (Local)

Meals Included: Ro

La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulsa Central

Property Location Located in Tulsa, La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulsa Central is minutes from Tulsa Community College and close to Southroads Mall. This hotel is within close proximity of Tusla Promenade and Oklahoma University - Tulsa.

In Tahlequah visit the Cherokee Heritage Center home to the Diligwa – 1210 Cherokee 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 artifacts 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, OK.

Driving Distance: 155 MI / 249 KM

Meals Included: Ro

La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulsa Central

Property Location Located in Tulsa, La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulsa Central is minutes from Tulsa Community College and close to Southroads Mall. This hotel is within close proximity of Tusla Promenade and Oklahoma University - Tulsa.

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, OK.

Driving Distance: 107 MI / 172 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn & Conference Center

Conveniently located 5 minutes from Will Rogers World Airport, the Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn is one of the best business and leisure hotels in Oklahoma City. We pride ourselves on offering professional hospitality within a comfortable setting while offering up to date amenities with personal service.

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, OK.

Driving Distance: 20 MI / 32 KM (local)

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn & Conference Center

Conveniently located 5 minutes from Will Rogers World Airport, the Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn is one of the best business and leisure hotels in Oklahoma City. We pride ourselves on offering professional hospitality within a comfortable setting while offering up to date amenities with personal service.

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 center, 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 Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies or Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch. Overnight Oklahoma City.

Driving Distance: 85 MI / 136 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn & Conference Center

Conveniently located 5 minutes from Will Rogers World Airport, the Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn is one of the best business and leisure hotels in Oklahoma City. We pride ourselves on offering professional hospitality within a comfortable setting while offering up to date amenities with personal service.

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 and Tuesday each week - 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 monument tribute to all Native Americans. The surrounding honors the six tribes around Ponca City. Overnight Ponca City.

Driving Distance: 280 MI / 450 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Comfort Inn & Suites Ponca City

Wichita, Kansas’ largest city is the heart of the United States. Wichita’s colorful history is featured on the Guided Trolley Tour. Immerse yourself in the 1870s and experience Wichita as a Wild West settler at Old Cowtown Museum. The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper is a good bet for western entertainment with Chuckwagon inspired BBQ dinners. Also, within the ‘Museums on the River District’ is the Wichita Art Museum, the renowned Botanica Wichita Gardens and the Mid-America All Indian Center. Walk to the iconic 44-foot-tall Keeper of the Plains statue placed on the sacred ground of the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas River. Old town is the place to spend your evening with a large selection of GREAT restaurants and diverse clubs offering live music & entertainment. Overnight Wichita, KS.

Driving Distance: 30 MI / 48 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Hotel at Old Town

Property Location With a stay at Hotel at Old Town, you'll be centrally located in Wichita, steps from Museum of World Treasures and Mosley Street Melodrama. This hotel is within close proximity of INTRUST Bank Arena and Orpheum Theater.

The Gallery of Nations, which surrounds the museum, contains flags that represent all of the American Indian nations. Visitors also have the opportunity to sample American Indian prepared cuisine annually during the ‘Share Our Food’ event each November. The quaint Amish village of Yoder is home to the unique Carriage Crossing Restaurant. Browse Country Traditions Store for handmade Amish quilts. Spend your afternoon in Hutchinson Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, 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

Meals Included: Ro

Hampton Inn Hutchinson

Property Location Located in Hutchinson, Hampton Inn Hutchinson is minutes from Hutchinson Mall and close to Hutchinson Community College. This hotel is within close proximity of Kansas Cosmophere and Underground Salt Museum.

Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm has animal adventures not typically found in Kansas. Visit Strataca an underground adventure 650 feet below the Kansas prairie, the only salt mine tour of its kind in North America. Head north toward McPherson/Canton to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Next to
Lindsborg to enjoy a unique Swedish community offering street shops, museums, galleries,studios, and cultural events. A few of the must see galleries and studios include Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery,
Elizabeth’s, Hemslojd, Inc., Old Mill Museum, and the Red Barn Studio. Overnight Salina, KS.

Driving Distance: 145 MI / 233 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Hampton Inn Salina

Property Location Located in Salina, Hampton Inn Salina is within the vicinity of Oakdale Park and Smoky Hill Museum. This hotel is within the vicinity of Lakewood Park.

In Salina visit the Rolling Hills Zoo and/or Sculpture Tour Salina public art. 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

Meals Included: Ro

Hampton Inn Salina

Property Location Located in Salina, Hampton Inn Salina is within the vicinity of Oakdale Park and Smoky Hill Museum. This hotel is within the vicinity of Lakewood Park.

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 and the Seelye Mansion. 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

Meals Included: Ro

Hampton Inn Lawrence

Property Location Located in Lawrence, Hampton Inn Lawrence is convenient to University of Kansas Memorial Stadium and Lied Center of Kansas. This hotel is within close proximity of University of Kansas and Spencer Museum of Art.

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 in this eclectic university downtown. Overnight Lawrence, KS.

Driving Distance: 20 mi / 32 KM (local)

Meals Included: Ro

Hampton Inn Lawrence

Property Location Located in Lawrence, Hampton Inn Lawrence is convenient to University of Kansas Memorial Stadium and Lied Center of Kansas. This hotel is within close proximity of University of Kansas and Spencer Museum of Art.

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. A few recommendations are - Legends Village West District (Kansas Speedway, Sporting Kansas Soccer Stadium, Schlitterbahn, Arabia Steamboat Museum, American Royal Museum, Hallmark Visitors Center, National Agriculture Center, Louisburg Cider Mill, Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop, Legler Barn Museum and Museum of Prairiefire. 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.

Driving Distance: 83 MI / 133 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park - Convention Center

Property Location Located in Overland Park, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park - Convention Center is convenient to Overland Park Convention Center and Towne Center Plaza. This hotel is within close proximity of Corporate Woods and Overland Park 9/11 Memorial.

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. A few recommendations are - Legends Village West District (Kansas Speedway, Sporting Kansas Soccer Stadium, Schlitterbahn, Arabia Steamboat Museum, American Royal Museum, Hallmark Visitors Center, National Agriculture Center, Louisburg Cider Mill, Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop, Legler Barn Museum and Museum of Prairiefire. 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.

Driving Distance: 83 MI / 133 KM

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park - Convention Center

Property Location Located in Overland Park, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park - Convention Center is convenient to Overland Park Convention Center and Towne Center Plaza. This hotel is within close proximity of Corporate Woods and Overland Park 9/11 Memorial.

Depart Kansas City, MO, Airport.