Red Carpet Country - Northwest Oklahoma
Morning – We begin our tour of northwest Oklahoma in Kingfisher at the Chisholm Trail Museum located on the route of the famous cattle trail that ran from Texas to Kansas. Visit the museum's frontier village which contains a church, bank, one-room schoolhouse and two log cabins along with pioneer artifacts (allow 1 hour). We will walk across the street to tour the Governor Seay Mansion built in 1892 by Oklahoma’s second territorial Governor, Abraham Seay (allow 45 minutes).
Afternoon – We depart Kingfisher and head to Perry for lunch before we take a factory tour of Charles Machine Works which manufactures the Ditch Witch equipment that is used worldwide (allow 1 hour). Next we relax with pie and coffee at the Kumback Café who has been serving patrons since 1926 in downtown Perry (allow 30 minutes).
Evening – We depart Perry and travel to Ponca City for dinner and our overnight.
Morning – First stop in Ponca City today is at the Standing Bear Park and Museum where a storyteller brings to life Standing Bear and his legacy as we view the 22-foot bronze statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and visit the museum which honors the six Native American tribes around Ponca City (allow 1 hour). At the Conoco Museum we learn about the early day founders of Conoco, E.W. Marland and Isaac Blake. An introductory video gives us an insight to this international energy company before we tour the museum with its interactive exhibits (allow 1 hour).
Afternoon – This afternoon we arrive at the Marland Mansion, home of E.W. Marland, and known as the “Palace on the Prairie." Lunch is catered into the mansion for us today as we dine with re-enactors portraying notable characters such as E.W. Marland himself, Lew Wentz, and Lydie Marland and they tell us their story of life in the early 1900s. After lunch we will tour the mansion and its 55 rooms which include, 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, seven fireplaces, and an elevator lined in buffalo skin. Hear the story of how Lydie, Marland’s adopted daughter came to be his second wife and the rise and fall of the Marland Oil Company (allow 2 ½ hours). We depart Ponca City and head west to Enid where we will tour the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma with one of the largest collections of rolling stock in the area. See china and silver from passenger trains of the past and a giant model train layout (allow 1 hour).
Evening – We will enjoy dinner at Simpson's Old Time Museum & Movie Studio before settling into our hotel for the night. Simpson's, once a dry goods store in downtown Enid, now features displays of western memorabilia and antiques. The Simpson brothers who own the museum also use the facility as a movie sets for the filming of old time western movies that are suitable for the entire family. See the jail, hotel lobby, and the saloon area where we will enjoy entertainment and dinner which will be served with the saloon’s only beverage, Sarsaparilla (allow 2 hours).
Morning – After breakfast we depart Enid and head to the Great Salt Plains State Park, the only spot in the world where hourglass selenite crystals are found. A ranger will meet us to explain how the crystals are formed and the process of digging these rare and fragile selenite crystals (allow 1 hour).
Afternoon – We’ll stop for lunch in Cherokee before heading to our next natural wonder for the day, Alabaster Caverns State Park. A guided tour of the cave shows us another form of gypsum in the alabaster formations (allow 1 ½ hours).
Evening – Our overnight this evening is in Woodward.
Morning – Oklahoma has utilized wind power for generations, and this morning we arrive at the Shattuck Windmill Museum to see a collection of 50 rare windmills some dating back to 1870 (allow 30 minutes).
Afternoon – We’ll enjoy an early lunch in Shattuck at the Whistle Stop Café before heading west across the prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle where tumbleweeds are a common site and the horizon can be seen unobscured. At Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve, located in the extreme western edge of the Panhandle, we find the tallest point in Oklahoma with its unique terrain which got its name from the layer of black lava rock that covered the mesa 30 million years ago (allow 30 minutes).