Morning – We begin the day in the charming town of Miami, located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, with a tour of the Coleman Theatre. Built in 1929, the building is adorned with hand carved figures while the interior boasts gold leaf trim, stained glass, and a 2,000 pound chandelier. But the most loved feature may be the original Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. (allow 1 hour)
Afternoon – We arrive in Grove, located on the shores of Grand Lake, for lunch before we take a self guided tour of Har-Ber Village. Here we find a reconstructed turn-of-the-century village with 116 buildings that contain a variety of antiques and collections of all types. (allow 2 hours) Next stop is Lendonwood Gardens with bonsai, Japanese maples, dogwoods, rhododendrons, and more. We will enjoy tea and learn of the Japanese tea ceremony as we visit the Japanese pavilion that overlooks the Koi pond. The garden is also home to The Angel of Hope statue for all parents who have grieved the loss of a child. (allow 1 hour)
Evening – This evening we arrive in Bartlesville for our overnight and dinner at one of Bartlesville’s restaurants.
Morning – Today we learn about Oklahoma’s oil industry and the life of oil baron Frank Phillips. A visit to the Frank Phillips Historic Home, built in 1908, gives us a glimpse of the Phillips’ lifestyle as we tour the 26-room mansion and hear stories about the family and others that were close to the Phillips. (allow 1 hour) At the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum interactive exhibits tell us of the company’s exploration and production that has spanned more than a century. (allow 1 hour)
Afternoon – This afternoon we will visit Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve, which was once the hunting lodge and vacation home of Frank and Jane Phillips. The lodge retreat remains much as it was in the past. The name Woolaroc comes from the natural settings of the Osage hills including the woods, lakes, and rocks that Phillips enjoyed so much. The Woolaroc Museum was started as a hangar for the Woolaroc airplane and today contains not only the airplane but also a world-class collection of Native American and western art, and one of the world’s finest collections of Colt firearms. (allow 2 hours). At Keepsake Candles we find a variety of candles that are molded from antique glassware. Enjoy a tour of the facility and shopping time at the Country Store Gift Shop. (allow 45 minutes)
Evening – We depart Bartlesville and head south to Claremore where we will enjoy dinner and our overnight.
Morning – After a leisurely morning, spend some time shopping in downtown Claremore. Make sure you look for the Surrey with the Fringe on Top at the Lynn Riggs Memorial. Lynn Riggs wrote Green Grow the Lilacs, on which the Rodgers & Hammerstein play, Oklahoma! was based.
Afternoon – After lunch we travel to Jenks and the Oklahoma Aquarium where we find over 200 exhibits and more than 1 million gallons of water full of ocean creatures. Walk through the shark tank tunnel and visit the coral reef exhibit where you can touch not only coral but stingrays as well. (allow 1 ½ hours)
Evening – We return to Claremore late afternoon for a visit to the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum to see the largest privately-owned gun collection in the world. The museum contains not only firearms but also antique music boxes, musical instruments, steins from around the world and more. (allow 1 hour) After dinner we will settle into our hotel for the evening.
Morning – After breakfast we arrive at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum which pays tribute to the life of Will Rogers, internationally-renowned humorist and entertainer. Twelve galleries feature art and artifacts of Rogers’ life as author, trick roper, radio commentator, philanthropist, newspaper columnist, and Ziegfeld Follies star. (allow 2 hours)
Afternoon - After lunch we visit the Route 66 Nut House, a rustic log cabin made from real pecan logs. Enjoy samples as we shop for pecans, nuts, homemade fudge, jams, and jellies. (allow 30 minutes) We then head to head to Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation. Our first stop is the Cherokee Heritage Center. Here we will learn of the many accomplishments of the Cherokee Nation. A tour of the re-created ancient village showcases life in a typical Cherokee village prior to European contact. Re-enactors display and explain Cherokee traditions, lifestyles, crafts and games. (allow 1 ½ hours) Next, we will visit the newly restored Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. This new museum will let us in on how the sovereign nation has handled justice and achieved balance within the tribe. (allow 45 minutes) Last stop for the evening is in Sallisaw at Sequoyah’s Cabin. See Sequoyah’s log cabin that dates back to 1829 and learn how Sequoyah developed a syllabary that enabled the Cherokees to become literate in a short period of time. (allow 45 minutes)
Consider extending your tour by combining this itinerary with the Tulsa itinerary.