Day one, Tuesday October 12th Columbus, Ohio
Tonight, we will hang our hat at the Drury Inn & Suites after a full day of traveling across New York State and into Ohio “The Buckeye State” and enjoy a 5:30 Kickback evening meal.
Day two, Wednesday October 13th Terre Haute, Indiana
Matinee dinner and entertainment at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with the Phantom live on stage!
Arrive in Terre Haute, IN at another Drury Inn & Suites to include a 5:30 Kickback evening meal.
Day three, Thursday October 14th Branson, Missouri
Staying in the heart of Branson for the next two nights as we enjoy watching legends on stage!
This evening enjoy dinner included at Pasghetti’s and after dinner enjoy a great performance at Clay Cooper Theatre and the incredible music, amazing special effects, and one talented family! The Haygoods, Branson’s most popular show!
Day four, Friday October 15th Branson, Missouri
This morning we depart on a 2-hour tour of Branson the “Live Music Show Capital of the World”
Then enjoy an unforgettable afternoon with The Duttons, the performance everyone is talking about!
Return to our hotel to refresh for another night of entertainment and a delicious dinner. You are sure to enjoy the Presley Country Jubilee, the first theater built on the “now famous” Highway 76. This fun and entertaining show is the most popular show in Branson.
Day five, Saturday October 16th Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, secluded and peaceful with winding mountainside streets, Eureka Springs, has flair like no other town. Streets are lined with Victorian homes hugging cliff sides, and the entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eureka Springs has block after block of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, museums, and several restaurants to choose for lunch (on own).
Next, hop aboard Eureka Springs historic district tram tour and learn about Eureka Springs, up close and personal on a trolley style tram, fully narrated by a fun, knowledgeable local guide.
Our night ends at The Great Passion Play “America’s #1 Outdoor Drama” with dinner included.
Day six, Sunday October 17th Bentonville, Arkansas
Depart for Bentonville, home of Sam Walton’s Walmart and the impressive new Crystal Bridges Art Museum. Our step-on guide will tell us the stories of the “Backyard Billionaires”
Dinner and overnight in Bentonville
Day seven, Monday October 18th Fort Smith, Arkansas
Board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad and enjoy a window seat to history! We travel through the scenic mountains of Northwest Arkansas to Fort Smith, a place rich with living history. Here you will visit the first former bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places and enjoy a tour guided by the one and only “Miss Laura” herself!
Dinner and overnight in Fort Smith
Day eight, Tuesday October 19th Tulsa, Oklahoma
OKLAMOHA here we come …. home of Cowboys, Indians, and Oil Barons, where cattle barons still run massive ranches, the Native Americans still have their annual dances and their traditions permeate the culture, and the oil barons still pump up the crude and set the social standard.
Arrive in Tulsa, and for the next two nights we will explore a city filled with cultural and visual treasures!
Today we will visit the gorgeous Philbrook Mansion, one of the city’s cultural jewels. Set within a twenty-three-acre site, a unique combination of historic house, major gardens and filled with diverse collections of art from all over the world.
Later stop for a photo op at The Golden Driller, An interesting monument to the importance of oil to Oklahoma and the nation. This big guy depicts a driller next to his rig, a 75-foot-tall, 43,500-pound statue of an oil worker, the sixth-tallest statue in the United States and has been located in front of the Tulsa Expo Center since 1966.
Day nine, Wednesday October 20th Oil, Cattle, and a Pioneer (Woman) Spirit
Off we go to Pawhuska – Capitol of the Osage Nation. First stop in the life and history of the Osage, The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church also known as “The Cathedral of the Osage.” Pawhuska is also home of the Pioneer Woman! Food Network star, Ree Drummond, dine and shop at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, tour her lodge where her Food Network show is filmed, and eat at P Town Pizza.
Just north of Pawhuska, on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, roam over 2,500 head of bison on the open prairie. Here you can glimpse of the West as it once was with vast rolling vistas. We will begin our tour here at the Woolaroc Ranch, Museum & Wildlife Preserve, once the country estate of oil baron Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company.
Before we return to Tulsa our tour will stop at the Price Tower Arts Center to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, he called the “tree that escaped the crowded forest”. His only built skyscraper rising 19 stories above downtown Bartlesville. Here we will enjoy an eclectic dinner at the Copper Restaurant with scenic views of the Osage Hills on the top of Price Tower.
Day ten, Thursday October 21st Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We leave Tulsa this morning traveling down America’s most iconic road Route 66 the “Mother Road – Historic Route 66” – Oklahoma has more miles of the original drivable Route 66 than any other state.
Our first stop at the Route 66 Interpretive Center where we will enjoy displays of chrome, neon, and “Dust Bowl” pictures. Next, a stop that will quench your thirst at POPS, an iconic four ton, 66-foot sculpture of a soda bottle covered in dazzling multicolored LED lights paying tribute to the main attraction in POPS: over 600 kinds of soda from berry to classic cola, POPS has it all!
We arrive in Oklahoma City at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (includes a BBQ lunch). The first thing you will see upon entering the soaring, sun-lit lobby, a sculpture “The End of the Trail” – depicts an exhausted Native American slumped astride his equally weary horse on the edge of the ocean, reflecting the prediction that someday, the Indians would be pushed into the Pacific.
Take an entertaining ride on the Bricktown Water Taxi and learn about the history and points of interest along the Bricktown canal. Next, enjoy a special performance at the American Banjo Museum. A guide will take you through the museum showing you the history of this mainstay of American folk music.
Check into your hotel, then get ready to enjoy a cowboy-cowgirl dinner at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma’s Historic Stockyard City. This is Oklahoma City’s oldest restaurant since 1945!
Day eleven, Friday October 22nd Grapevine, Texas
Before departing Oklahoma City we will tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, one of the city’s most notable destinations, a living monument to honor those who were killed by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Later this morning we experience native American culture at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, complete with an authentic Chickasaw lunch. We then stop at the Bedre Fine Chocolate Shop, the only Native American Chocolate shop in the country! Continue our journey over the Texas border!
Dinner tonight is a real treat, hosted by the Texas Star Dinner Theater in Grapevine, Texas
For the next three nights there is much to see and explore in The Lone Star State of Texas!
Day twelve, Saturday October 23rd Waco, Texas
Today we board our coach and find out what has everyone talking about Waco – home of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV series, “Fixer Upper”. On a guided sightseeing tour of Waco, we will learn more about this interesting couple and their Magnolia Market at the Silos where we will take time for shopping!
Depart Waco for a fun exciting memorable evening in Ft. Worth in the Stockyards National Historic District and a “Happy Trails” greeting! Dinner is included and we might even get an opportunity to see a rodeo and a Longhorn cattle-drive!
Cowboys & Culture only in Fort Worth-One of the most exciting destinations on this tour of the Southwest!
Day thirteen, Sunday October 24th Explore The Heart of Texas!
This morning we depart with a local guide who will introduce us to the highlights of Dallas, Texas on a tour to include a visit to the JFK Memorial and The Sixth Floor Museum, the most visited historic site in north Texas – learn about the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Next, a photo stop at Pioneer Plaza to see the larger-than-life bronze cattle drive.
After our tour we will visit the Southfork Ranch, see where Dallas was filmed and to experience the lifestyle made famous by the Ewings. On our tour you will hear history of the ranch and see Texas longhorns and American quarter horses. Following tour, you will enjoy a BBQ served on authentic chuckwagons with all the fixins!
Day fourteen, Monday October 25th Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park has a rich, star-studded, and infamous history, but that was yesterday. Today, it’s going to be a little different… From championship thoroughbred racing to world-class film festivals, craft breweries to small batch coffees, bass fishing to bird watching, Hot Springs is where you go for the full Arkansas experience … this afternoon upon our arrival our step-on guide will be sharing all of this and more, including stories of Hot Springs Hometown Boy, President Bill Clinton!
Lunch today will be included during our tour along with a visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens.
Tonight, we will enjoy free time and a good night’s rest in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Day fifteen, Tuesday October 26th Little Rock, Arkansas to Memphis, Tennessee
Travel to the Capital of Arkansas, Little Rock
Our first visit will be at the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, home of the largest archival collection in American presidential history. Get a first-hand look into the life and work of the 42nd president.
We bid Arkansas farewell and head east to Memphis, Tennessee!
Feel the Memphis Mojo, where music was born and lives, hickory smoke sweetens the air, neon signs on legendary Beale Street and history around every corner.
Our tour will begin at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, stand where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last stood on the balcony where he delivered his final words.
Lunch is included across from the Lorraine Motel at Central BBQ, savor the smoke of Memphis BBQ
Visit Graceland – the place Elvis called home. Explore the beautiful mansion, walk the gardens where he found peace, tour the aircraft that he traveled on from show to show, and encounter Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal mementos from Elvis and his family.
After our tour we will be hanging our hat tonight at The Guesthouse at Graceland.
Day sixteen, Wednesday October 27th Nashville, Tennessee
Today we will experience “Music City” from a local’s perspective on a city tour – see landmarks along the way include Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Germantown, The Gulch, Tootsies, and Music Row….. just to name a few!
Later, check in to the Drury Inn & Suites to relax in our clean, comfortable rooms after a full day of touring and enjoy a 5:30 Kickback evening meal.
Day seventeen, Thursday October 28th Natural Bridge, Virginia
Tomorrow will be our last day together, to celebrate all we have seen and share stories with our new traveling friends, we have included a final farewell with a delicious chef prepared dinner at Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel, our final overnight, to include a wide range of activities, if you so choose….. under the Spectacular Natural Bridge!
Day eighteen, Friday October 29th Journey Home