Frontier Country - Central Oklahoma
Morning – There is no other smile known around the world as well as the smile of Eskimo Joe. Joe's brilliant smile has been a signature of Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater since 1975. We begin today with a tour of Eskimo Joe's Clothes World Headquarters to see the printing process of Joe's clothing (allow 1 hour) before we visit the clothing store and enjoy lunch at Eskimo Joe's which is sure to put a 'smile' on your face (allow 1 ½ hours).
Afternoon – After lunch we will make a stop at the OSU Botanical Garden which is the studio garden for the filming of the Oklahoma Gardening show. The garden has several themed areas that include vegetables, cut flowers, border gardens, design gardens, and more (allow 1 hour). We leave Stillwater and travel to Guthrie, the first capital of Oklahoma Territory, to learn history and tales of the town as we enjoy a narrated ride on the First Capital Trolley (allow 1 hour). Then spend some free time exploring historic downtown Guthrie’s museums, antique, specialty shops, and galleries (allow 2 hours).
Evening – We will check into one of Guthrie’s hotels before dinner and a performance at the Pollard Theater.
Morning – This morning we tour the Guthrie Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, one of the largest Masonic centers in the world. Each room of the center makes its own statement with architectural design elements from Egyptian, French, Gothic Italian, and Pompeian cultures to ancient Roman mastery (allow 1 hour). Next, we head to Oklahoma City for a tour of Harn Homestead situated on 10 acres of original Land Run property. After a tour of the house, which presents life as it was in the early 1900s, we will visit the one-room school and barn where our lunch is included (allow 2 hours).
Afternoon – This afternoon we visit the Express Clydesdales Ranch in Yukon where we will get up close to some of the most beautiful black Clydesdales in the world. As we walk through the barn, which was originally built in 1936 and restored in 1997 by a team of Indiana Amish barn specialists, we will be able to see these gentle giants who love visitors and have participated in the Rose Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (allow 45 minutes). Next we'll visit El Reno and the Historic Fort Reno. At Historic Fort Reno, which was built in 1874 to protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and later was used as a POW camp for German prisoners during WWII, a tour will feature the Post Cemetery and Chapel. Black Jack, the riderless ceremonial horse which was in the funeral processions of Presidents Hoover, Kennedy, Johnson, and General MacArthur was raised and trained at Fort Reno (allow 1 ½ hour). Next we can sit back and relax on a rail trolley as the Heritage Express Trolley takes us on a tour of El Reno (allow 45 minutes).
Evening – Enjoy dinner at one of El Reno’s restaurants before settling into our hotel for the night.
Morning – This morning we travel to Blanchard to tour Matador Processors or often referred to as the “Pepper Plant.” This privately owned facility produces chile rellenos, stuffed jalapenos, cheese bites, breaded mushrooms, and more that are shipped across the country. After a tour of the plant we will enjoy sampling some of their products (allow 1 ½ hours). In Norman on the campus of the University of Oklahoma is the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, here we will see works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, Allan Houser and others (allow 1 hour).
Afternoon – After lunch we will go back millions of years with the exhibits at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History as we tour exhibits that present the diverse ecosystems of Oklahoma dating back millions of years with dinosaurs, fossils and exhibits that depict prehistoric times (allow 1 hour). Next, we tour the National Weather Center where we get an overview of the operations as we see the School of Meteorology, the observation deck, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (allow 1 ½ hours. Note: a passenger list must be submitted in advance).
Evening – This evening enjoy some free time for gaming and dinner on your own at Riverwind Casino where dining options include the Willows Buffet, Autograph Sports Bar, and a food court. Riverwind Casino has over 2,300 electronic games as well as poker and blackjack. Overnight at the Riverwind Hotel or one of Norman’s many hotels (allow 2-3 hours).
Morning – This morning we depart Norman and head east on Highway 9 to Country Cottage Primitives in Shawnee where it is all about lavender. Nestled in a country setting we will enjoy lavender lemonade and refreshments as we visit the lavender field and cottage shop that features home decor items, candles and floral arrangements (allow 1 ¼ hour). On the campus of St. Gregory College in Shawnee we will tour the Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art, noted for its Egyptian mummies and artifacts (allow 1 hour).
Afternoon – After lunch we head north to the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center which presents the “Mother Road” to us with interpretive videos. Inside we find a number of areas with video screens, each with its own story. Sit in the chairs that represent the drive-in theaters of Route 66, or lay on the platforms that represent the beds of the many motels along Route 66, to relax and watch clips of Route 66 history. (allow 1 hour).
Consider extending your tour by combining this tour with the Oklahoma City itinerary.