A Tour of Southwest Oklahoma





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Published on Jun 7, 2013

Morning- We begin our tour of Southwest Oklahoma in Duncan at the 905 Train Museum and Depot. This tour will feature exhibits spotlighting railroad operations and the Rock Island railroad's connection to Duncan. This developing railroad museum is housed in the newly built replica of Duncan's original 1892 Rock Island Depot. The crowning jewel is the Rock Island steam locomotive (# 905) which is currently being restored on site. Next, we'll visit the Stephens County Historical Museum. Visiting the museum will transport you back into a simpler time; you can literally step into Grandma's kitchen or the family dentist's offices. See authentic room vignettes filled with treasured antiques, memorabilia, and other artifacts depicting pioneer life in Oklahoma. Lunch will be on your own in historic downtown Duncan, where Main Street is lined with antique shops, eateries and the Stepping Stone Trail.

Afternoon- After lunch we'll tour the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. We'll take a seat in the museum's theater to experience what the Chisholm Trail was like as we smell the coffee and bacon from the chuck wagon see the lightning and feel the wind blow and the ground shake as the cattle stampede. The cowboys and the cattle that drove up the Chisholm Trail are captured larger than life in a bronze statue that stands 15 feet high and a length of 35 feet (allow 2 hours).

Evening- We will stay in Duncan. After dinner you can try your luck at the Chisholm Trail Casino.

Morning- After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to Lawton Fort Sill. Our first stop will be the Museum of the Great Plains, where the culture of the Great Plains is carefully preserved. Exhibits include a replica of an 1830's trading post and over 3,000 pieces of 20th century Plains Indian artifacts (allow 1 hour). Next, we'll visit the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, where you will experience the reservation's efforts to uncover and interpret the history of the Comanche Nation (allow 1 hour). Lunch will be on your own in Lawton.
Afternoon- After lunch we'll tour Fort Sill, a 19th century frontier Army post. A tour of the Fort Sill Historic Landmark and Museum will feature the historic homes and buildings on the Post Quadrangle, as well as Geronimo's grave. Groups can make special arrangements for a re-enactor to present the life of a Buffalo Soldier that served during the late 1800s at Fort Sill (allow 2 hours). Then we'll visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Wild, rugged, and weathered, view one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America. The refuge teams with wildlife, including buffalo, elk, deer and longhorn cattle. Next, we'll take a short drive to see The Holy City of the Wichitas. This site is amazingly similar to the lands Jesus walked. It features an annual Easter pageant and a chapel with a priceless ceiling and wall paintings.
Evening- We will enjoy a relaxing dinner at the new 360 Restaurant and a peaceful night's rest in the newest most luxurious lodging options in Southwest Oklahoma the Apache Casino Hotel. Slots, craps, blackjack, three card poker...Yes, you can find all of your favorite games here. Get your game on at "Oklahoma's Friendliest Casino."

Morning- We'll begin our day by heading to Medicine Park, the first resort area in Oklahoma. Here we find a quaint cobblestone village that attracted celebrities, gangsters and presidents due to its serene picturesque setting along Medicine Creek in the early 1900's. Today, Medicine Park is a small community with big charm that is full of unique shops, gorgeous views and friendly faces (allow 2 hours). We'll have lunch at nearby Meers, a legendary restaurant known for their longhorn burgers served in a 9-inch pie plate. Bring your appetite!

Afternoon- After lunch we will travel to Elk City, where we'll visit the National Route 66 and Transportation Museum, which pays tribute to all eight states that the "Mother Road" passes through. See quirky roadside attractions that lured people to stop and get a feel for the experience of traveling down Route 66. We will see artifacts, murals and vintage automobiles that are symbolic to those that traveled and worked along Route 66 (allow 2 hours). The Route 66 Museum complex consists of the National Route 66, Old Town, Farm & Ranch Transportation and Blacksmith Museums.

Evening- We will stay in Elk City. Enjoy dinner at one of the variety of restaurants guaranteed to satisfy everyone from cowboys to city slickers.


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