Spend two nights at the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma and visit The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, home to noted author and Food Network host Ree Drummond. See the Pioneer Woman Museum which is dedicated to the legacy of women who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. Enjoy a wine tasting at Silvertop Farm and Vineyards and tour Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve.
1 Depart for Missouri
Your journey on the trail of the Pioneer Woman begins in Missouri where a welcome dinner
and overnight stay await. Meal: D
2 Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Osage Casino Resort
Arrive in Oklahoma today and come to the small town of Pawhuska. This is Pioneer Woman territory where Ree Drummond, noted author and Food Network host, has built her empire. Visit the The Pioneer Woman Mercantile which began life as the Osage Mercantile in 1910 and was the local center for shopping and trading. Today the Mercantile houses a bakery and deli along with a treasure trove of gifts, curios and merchandise. Enjoy an included lunch here and explore downtown Pawhuska with its buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and numerous shopping opportunities. Then, continue to the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa.
Meals: B, L
3 Pioneer Woman Museum, Silvertop Vineyards and Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve
Take the short drive today to Ponca City, home to the Pioneer Woman Museum which is dedicated to the legacy of women from all races, creeds and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. Learn the history of the area with a guided tour of Ponca City. At Silvertop Farm and Vineyards, stop for a tour and tasting of their hand-crafted wines and also see their sheep and goat herding demonstrations. Later, visit the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, a 3,700 acre preserve with more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. See American Bison, elk and longhorn cattle as well as displays of Western art, Native American cultural art and an impressive collection of Colt firearms. Meals: B, D
4 Little House on the Prairie and National Frontier Trails Museum
Cross into Kansas this morning and come to the Little House on the Prairie Museum. This non-profit historical site and museum is dedicated to the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Later, arrive at the National Frontier Trails Museum. This history museum and interpretive center is dedicated to telling the rich history of America’s pioneering trails including the Oregon, Santa Fe and California Trails. Located in Independence, Missouri, this is a key starting point for hundreds of thousands of pioneers who embarked on a new life in the American West. Meals: B, L
5 Pony Express and Amelia Earhart
The day begins at the Pony Express Museum. Learn the history of these courageous riders – many of them mere boys who craved adventure and were driven by their unique perseverant spirits. Through the dust storms and heat of the expansive Plains and the freezing walls of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains, they rode with their mission to deliver the mail as fast as their horses could carry it. Relive their experience as you learn more about the Pony Express National Historic Trail. In Atchison, Kansas visit the birthplace of famed aviator Amelia Earhart. A portrait of Amelia’s grandmother hangs in the front parlor, a large curio stands in the library and the dining room features original stain glass windows. The home also features the original kitchen and its walls are covered with maps, portraits and aviation memorabilia. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a farewell dinner in St. Joseph. Meals: B, D
6 Travel Home
Arrive home today from your travels on the Trail of the Pioneer Woman. Meal: B