Heartland of America Self Drive Tour

14 Nights

You’ll start your exciting romp at iconic Dallas, Texas, a thoroughly modern city of sparkling skyscrapers but preserve its very rustic roots. Hunt some noteworthy historical highlights like President John F. Kennedy’s life and death at the Sixth Floor Museum. You’ll pick up the famous Chisolm Trail in nearby Oklahoma City, surrounded by rolling grassy plains that were once known as the Great American Frontier. You’ll spend a generous couple of days exploring this big city with the soul of a small town. Modern-minded travellers will find plenty of dining and entertainment in the Bricktown Entertainment District while traditionalists need to seek out the little-known secrets of its five “Districts” with attractions all their own. You’ll hit well-tread Route 66, a historic highway that will lead you to infamous Dodge City, once home to Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. You’ll also see picturesque Pikes Peak and the majestic Rocky Mountains the Denver, Colorado area is known for. It’s the perfect cap (snowy, white cap, that is) to this trip of a lifetime.

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Highlights

  • Step back in time to America’s rough and rowdy past with stopovers at its most famous and infamous spots like the Chisolm Trail in Oklahoma and Boot Hill in Dodge City, Colorado.
  • Get down to earth with metropolitan Dallas’ rowdy roots with some barbecue and steaks and country music romp.
  • Catch the western spirit with a visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and a cattle auction at the Oklahoma National Stockyard.
  • Sample mouth-watering Heartland cuisine from Dallas’ trademark cowboy BBQ to 700 kinds of soda pop in Tulsa.
  • Expect the unexpected like truly picture-perfect sights at the Garden of the Gods (the most photographed landscape in Colorado) and scenic Pueblo’s historic trading posts now transformed to modern boutiques, galleries, and cafes.
  • Visit the oldest historic neighbourhoods of the heartland like The Brady Arts District in Tulsa with its own theatre and 23-acre art centre.
  • Hunt more frontier history at the best-preserved military post from the Indian Wars age at Fort Larned.
  • Encounter rare sights of the Heartland of America like the Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot steel statue that pays tribute to the Native American inhabitants of the area.
  • Day 1 - DALLAS ARRIVAL
  • Day 2 - DALLAS
  • Day 3 - DALLAS - CHICKASAW COUNTRY - OKLAHOMA CITY
  • Day 4 - OKLAHOMA CITY
  • Day 5 - OKLAHOMA CITY - ROUTE 66 - TULSA
  • Day 6 - TULSA
  • Day 7 - TULSA - WICHITA
  • Day 8 - WICHITA
  • Day 9 - WICHITA - YODER - FORT LARNED - DODGE CITY
  • Day 10 - DODGE CITY
  • Day 11 - DODGE CITY - PUEBLO
  • Day 12 - PUEBLO - PIKES PEAK - COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Day 13 - COLORADO SPRINGS - GARDEN OF THE GODS - DENVER
  • Day 14 - DENVER
  • Day 15 - DENVER DEPARTURE

Welcome to Dallas. The “Big D” is a glittering city of skyscrapers with a past and present rich in the stuff that American legends are made of. From barbecue and steaks to cowboy boots, country music and the nostalgia of the old west – “big things happen here.” Upon arrival, pick-up your rental car and transfer independently to your hotel.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center

Property Location Located in Dallas (Park Central), Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center is close to Northwood Club and Richland College. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Valley View Center and Galleria Dallas.

Dallas has everything you can imagine for an exciting and diverse visit. Explore the life of President John F. Kennedy at The Sixth Floor Museum. Get an in-depth look at 8 years of presidential history at the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. Enjoy worldclass architecture as you wander through the Dallas Arts District, or experience breathtaking 360-degree views of Dallas from the Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck. While Dallas offers plenty of glitz, nearby Fort Worth showcases its heritage and cowboy spirit. The Stockyards National Historic District, National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and Billy Bob’s Texas – the largest honky-tonk anywhere – are just a few examples of where you can rustle up a Wild West adventure in Fort Worth.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center

Property Location Located in Dallas (Park Central), Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center is close to Northwood Club and Richland College. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Valley View Center and Galleria Dallas.

Today, cross the south bank of the Red River, the state line between Texas and Oklahoma, into Chickasaw Country. Spend the day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center or visit various museums and historic sites for a trip back in time along the famous Chisholm Trail. Continue north through rolling short-grass prairie to the heart of Oklahoma, a region once part of the wild-and-rowdy Great American Frontier. Upon arrival in Oklahoma City we recommend visiting the Bricktown Entertainment District, the city’s hottest entertainment and dining area.

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.

Oklahoma City offers all the culture, cuisine and attractions you’d expect in a modern metropolis. Check out the city’s different “Districts” – Uptown, Midtown, Paseo Arts, Boathouse, Automobile Ally, and Bricktown. All have fabulous restaurants and unique attractions. Explore the vast, diverse history and artistry of the American West at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, or visit Stockyards City, home to a number of shops specializing in all things western. Stockyards City also houses the Oklahoma National Stock Yards where every Monday the public can witness a live cattle auction.

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.

It’s time to get your kicks on Route 66 and let the golden age of the road whisper to you through neon signs, drive-in theaters, quaint motels, and unique diners. Cutting through Oklahoma, the longest drivable stretch of Route 66 makes its way past a number of charming towns and quirky attractions. As you travel the Mother Road to Tulsa, stop at POPs in Arcadia and choose from over 700 different soda pops (for the road), and explore the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler. Upon arrival in Tulsa, be sure to view the Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge at the symbolic midpoint “East Meets West” sculpture, honoring the “Father of Route 66s” connection to the historic highway.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Tulsa Inn & Suites

Property Location With a stay at Best Western Plus Tulsa Inn & Suites in Tulsa, you'll be convenient to Tulsa Community College and Southroads Mall. This hotel is within close proximity of Tusla Promenade and Oklahoma University - Tulsa.

Enriched by its oil heritage and a haven of Southern comfort, Tulsa boasts plenty of interesting things to do. The Brady Arts District, one of the city’s oldest areas, features historic buildings brought back to prominence, including the Woody Guthrie Center and Ole Lady on Brady - The Brady Theater. The eclectic Cherry Street District offers antique shopping, art galleries, and top local restaurants. And you won’t want to miss the Philbrook Museum of Art, home to a stunning collection of art and 23-acres of immaculate grounds that raise landscape design to an art form.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Tulsa Inn & Suites

Property Location With a stay at Best Western Plus Tulsa Inn & Suites in Tulsa, you'll be convenient to Tulsa Community College and Southroads Mall. This hotel is within close proximity of Tusla Promenade and Oklahoma University - Tulsa.

It's time to slow down and soak up the sights, sounds, tastes and character of the heart of America as you head into Kansas. Kansas' largest city, Wichita served as a gathering place for thousands of years, eventually becoming a trading post along the Chisholm Trail. One of the best ways to get a feel of Wichita is to explore the Old Town District. We recommend taking a leisurely walking tour where you'll hear the history of the district while sampling the culinary expertise of locally owned and operated restaurants.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Governors Inn & Suites

Property Location When you stay at Best Western Governors Inn & Suites in Wichita, you'll be close to Herman Hill Park. This hotel is within the vicinity of Kansas Aviation Museum and Kansas Firefighters Museum.

Today, step out and experience Wichita like its 1865 with a visit to Old Cowtown Museum. This living history museum allows you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and activities common to a Midwestern cattle town. We also recommend visiting the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Here, at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, the iconic 44-foot Keeper of the Plains steel sculpture pays tribute to the Native Americans who made the area their home before the arrival of settlers.

Meals Included: Ro

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Wichita

Property Location When you stay at Days Inn & Suites Wichita in Wichita, you'll be close to Herman Hill Park. This hotel is within the vicinity of Kansas Aviation Museum and Kansas Firefighters Museum.

En route to Dodge City you’ll pass through Yoder, a central point for the surrounding Amish communities. Take a step back in time and enjoy Yoder’s quaint mixture of past and present as horse buggies intermingle with cars and trucks. Continue to Fort Larned National Historic Site, the most best preserved military post of the Indian Wars era. Now it’s time to get the heck into Dodge. Dodge City, Kansas is recognized as the epitome of the Wild West. If time permits, hop on the historic Dodge City Trolley for a narrated tour of historic sites in and near the city.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Governors Inn & Suites

Property Location When you stay at Best Western Governors Inn & Suites in Wichita, you'll be close to Herman Hill Park. This hotel is within the vicinity of Kansas Aviation Museum and Kansas Firefighters Museum.

This morning we recommend joining the Trail of Fame Walking Tour. Winding its way through the historic district to Boot Hill Museum, the trail is marked with sidewalk medallions and statuary to commemorate its many famous and infamous residents, including Wyatt Earp, "Doc" Holliday and General Custer. At Boot Hill Museum you'll be transported back to the dusty streets of the 1870s and 1880s. Stroll down the boardwalk and peer through the windows into a time gone by, or plant your feet atop of the original Boot Hill Cemetery.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Country Inn & Suites

Property Location A stay at Best Western Plus Country Inn & Suites places you in the heart of Dodge City, convenient to Long Branch Lagoon and Boot Hill Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Wright Park Zoo and El Capitan.

Entering the colorful state of Colorado your destination is Pueblo, a sunny playground nestled on the banks of the Arkansas River. Once inhabited by infamous ruffians like Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody, Pueblo is a thriving town that values culture and arts as well as livestock shows and hot-rod expos. Kick off your visit in the Union Avenue Historic District, the town's original city center that once housed trading posts, gambling saloons and second-story brothels. Today, the area's beautiful buildings house a collection of boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Eagleridge Inn & Suites

Property Location With a stay at Best Western Plus Eagleridge Inn & Suites in Pueblo, you'll be close to Colorado State University at Pueblo and Rosemount Museum. This hotel is within the vicinity of Pueblo Motorsports Park and Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.

From Pueblo you’ll discover the scenic beauty and favorable climate that has lured visitors to Colorado Springs for years. A stunning backdrop for this modern city is Pikes Peak. Experience the mountain up close by driving up the scenic Pikes Peak Highway, or gain a different perspective by taking a trek on Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

Meals Included: Ro

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs

The length of your trip will never be a problem at the Hyatt Place Colorado Springs. Our guestrooms are generously sized and richly adorned with ideal amenities and appointments like lush Hyatt Grand Beds®, coffeemakers/tea makers and our Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® toothpaste. Opulent in-room touches like hair dryers, iron/ironing boards and mini-refrigerators mean the crème de la crème is standard here. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, high-speed DSL Internet access and a computer data port for casual browsing and constant connection.

This morning, visit Garden of the Gods where you'll delight in one of the most photographed landscapes in the state. Imagine dramatic views of the foothills and towering red sandstone rock formations set against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. From here it's on to the "Mile High City." With the impressive Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Denver effortlessly blends the city's Old West heritage with today's modern skyscrapers and urban energy.

Meals Included: Ro

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver - Stapleton North

Property Location Located in Denver, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver - Stapleton North is in the entertainment district and convenient to Northfield Stapleton and Johnson and Wales University. This hotel is within close proximity of Dick's Sporting Goods Park and Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Today you’ll want to get out and explore some of the city’s must-sees. Larimer Square remains the heart and soul of the city, and according to some it’s the place to start your Denver experience. The hip district of Uptown is where you’ll find Denver’s largest green space, City Park. The gold-domed Colorado State Capitol with its “Mile High” marker on the 13th step overlooks downtown, and a visit to Cherry Creek Shopping Center will round out your Mile High experience.

Meals Included: Ro

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver - Stapleton North

Property Location Located in Denver, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver - Stapleton North is in the entertainment district and convenient to Northfield Stapleton and Johnson and Wales University. This hotel is within close proximity of Dick's Sporting Goods Park and Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Return your rental car at the airport prior to your departure.