Spend 3 nights in the heart of Texas Cowboy Country at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the stirring Oklahoma City National Memorial and take a tour of San Antonio with a local guide including the Mission San Jose and El Mercado. Enjoy a narrated river cruise along the famed San Antonio River Walk, and visit the Alamo. See the National Museum of the Pacific War, tour Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch State Park and see LBJ’s boyhood home at Johnson City.
1 Your Western Adventure Begins!
Your Texas Cowboy Country adventure begins in Missouri for an overnight and welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meal: D
2 National Cowboy Museum
In Oklahoma City you will visit America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Founded in 1955, it helps preserve and exhibit its internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts to help its visitors gain a better understanding of the West. Meals: B, D
3 Welcome to Texas & the Y.O. Ranch Hotel
At the heart of Texas Cowboy Country lies the Hill Country
town of Kerrville. Your home is the impressive Y.O. Ranch Hotel, whose name comes from the legendary Y.O. Ranch.
The hotel lobby welcomes you with Old West memorabilia, antiques and artifacts from an era 100 years past. Over 40 exotic game trophies and beautiful handwork of Indian heritage from the 1500s to 1800s also fill the lobby. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your first night in “Hill Country.” Meals: B, D
4 San Antonio River Cruise & the Alamo
Travel to San Antonio where history comes alive as a local guide shows you the city, the Mission San Jose and El Mercado, an authentic Mexican Marketplace. Enjoy lunch on your own in this picturesque town before taking to the water for a narrated river cruise along the San Antonio River. Learn about the River Walk, a public park lined with bars, shops and restaurants.
You also visit one of the most enduring attractions in San Antonio, the Alamo. This mission and fortress is where Davey Crockett and 185 other “Texans” died defending Texas against an army of over one thousand and represents over 300 years of history. For those who wish, an IMAX film, Alamo – The Price of Freedom
, is available at an additional cost. Meal: B
5 Y.O. Ranch & National Museum of the Pacific War
Travel out into the heart of Hill Country today to visit the Y.O. Ranch, a 40,000 acre ranch which was established by the Schreiner family in 1880. In the 1960’s exotic wildlife were introduced onto the land in conjunction with the San Antonio Zoo’s conservation program. On a wildlife tour you may see up to 55 different species of exotic animals roaming the ranch such as giraffes, African wildebeests and antelope, with one of the ranch’s guides.
Then enjoy an included lunch at the ranch before traveling to Fredericksburg to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War. This museum covers the War of the Pacific arena from all angles and features the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of the Presidents and much more. You will also enjoy free time in Fredericksburg before returning to the hotel. Meal: B, L
6 LBJ Ranch & Texas White House
In Stonewall you come to the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and Texas White House State Park. See memorabilia for LBJ’s presidency along with interactive displays. On a driving tour of the ranch grounds you see the presidential airplane, runway, LBJ’s automobiles and the Johnson family cemetery.
You will also see the Texas White House where LBJ often conducted the nation’s business. Down the road from the ranch is the boyhood home of LBJ at Johnson City. We stop for a look at life in rural America in the 1920s before continuing to Fort Worth. Meal: B
7 National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and Fort Worth Cattle Drive
This morning a local guide joins in for a tour of Fort Worth. Once a major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth has a rich Western heritage. You’ll see Sundance Square and the memorial dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, who spent his last night in Fort Worth before that fateful day in Dallas. Later, tour the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Established in 1975 it is dedicated to honoring woman of the American West who have extraordinary courage and pioneering fortitude. The museum houses exhibits, library and rare photography collection.
At the historic Fort Worth Stockyards the old west comes alive as you watch the “Drovers” bring in their herd of Texas Longhorns through town, a re-creation of life during the cattle drive era of the late 1800s. Tonight, dinner is at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Since 1953, Cooper’s has been serving up traditional Hill Country pit bar-b-que. Taste the legend for yourself. Meals: B, D
8 & 9 Journey Home
With an overnight in Missouri and farewell dinner you travel home with warm memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Meals: 2 B