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Day 4 June 15 and morning of June 16, 2006
NAME YOUR POISON and BRING YOUR BOOTS!!
Following another great breakfast and a few more door prizes, this will be your day to pick exactly where you want to go and what you want to see. Your planning committee has come up with four suggested routes, each with unique points of interest found only in Oklahoma. Of course these are only suggestions, if you want to take the opportunity to relax around the hotel, get in a round of golf or do a little shopping then have at it. This is your day to pamper yourself in any way you see fit. For ease of maneuvering we recommend folks go out in groups of 12 cars or less at a time. Here are the possibilities we have mapped out for you. Lunch will be on your own today.
|More Kicks on Route 66
Tour – Since Oklahoma has more of the original Route 66 available for
use than any other state, why not take in 100 miles or so of it? Driving
southwest out of Tulsa on the Mother Road will take you through several
towns on your way to Oklahoma City. Along the way you may want to check
out Frankoma Pottery in Sapulpa, the Round Barn in Arcadia or the National
Cowboy Hall of Fame in northern Oklahoma City.
Once you’re in Oklahoma City you can take in the recently domed State Capitol Building (in true Oklahoma politics style the money for the original dome was embezzled by a politician), the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Museum and Bricktown (the old warehouse district of town has been converted into restaurants, shops and a canal system).
When time begins to wind down for the trip you can jump on the 75-mile per hour Turner Turnpike and be back in Tulsa in less than an hour and a half.
This excursion will have
you driving somewhere in the neighborhood of 240 miles for the round trip.
|Where Oil and Buffaloes
Were King Tour - This route takes you north of Tulsa to the exciting
Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve. Hidden away in the rugged
Osage Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma, Woolaroc was established in 1925
as the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips (Phillips Petroleum). The
ranch is a 3,700-acre wildlife preserve, home to many species of native
and exotic wildlife, such as buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle.
Woolaroc is also a museum with an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts, Native American material, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world, and so much more. Woolaroc features a nature trail and two living history areas inviting you to experience the natural environment of Woolaroc, the life in a pre-Civil War 1840’s mountain man camp and an early-day oil lease.
The name Woolaroc is derived from three words – the woods, lakes and rocks that make up the beautiful Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma where Woolaroc is located. While you’re this far north you might as well check out another one of Oklahoma’s oil towns, Bartlesville.
Points of interest here include the Frank Lloyd Wright designed PriceTower and the Keepsake Candle Factory.
If you decide to go this
way you can expect to drive somewhere around 120 miles round trip and have
a day of fun you won’t ever forget.
|Trail of Tears Revisited
Tour – This route will put you in the heart of Indian Country starting
in Muskogee, Oklahoma (a place where even squares can have a ball). Points
of interest here include the Five Civilized Tribes Museum located in beautiful
Honor Heights Park and the USS Batfish Submarine located on the Arkansas
River Navigation System.
Next you’ll experience the first city founded in the state, Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. You’ll want to visit the reconstructed 1824 log fort and outbuildings and several original nineteenth century structures. This fort played an important role in the development of the Indian Territory frontier and the nation. It was involved in the Indian Removals, Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars period. In the immediate vicinity is the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Just north of the town are Lake Ft. Gibson Dam and one of the most fun few miles of road in the area – Oklahoma Highway 80. After you catch your breath from Highway 80 and avoid the speed trap in Hulbert, Oklahoma, you’ll head to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Capital of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and hometown of Paul & Rosetta Thomas.
While in the Tahlequah area you will want to visit the Cherokee Cultural Center, Cherokee Court House and Tribal Complex, and the Murrell Home. Since the forced removal of the Cherokees in the 1830s the tribe has always strived to be a progressive force in Oklahoma as demonstrated by their being one of the few native tribes with a written language, their building the first girl’s school west of the Mississippi, and their development of a constitutional government that has been in effect for well over 100 years.
You may also be interested in getting in a game or two at the local Cherokee Casino. Going north out of Tahlequah on Oklahoma Highway 10 (another fun and challenging road) takes you along the Illinois River where you can take in the scenery and watch folks raft or canoe down this beautiful water way.
This trip will put you on the road for about 175 miles today.
|Living on Tulsa Time
Spend the day learning more about Tulsa and its suburbs. Downtown Tulsa is known for its Art Deco architecture and of course Route 66 goes by the University of Tulsa and through the heart of the city. The Philbrook Museum of Art contains many masterpieces in its 19th Century European, American, Native American, and Renaissance/Baroque Collection.
Located in one of Tulsa’s oldest neighborhoods, it has an Italian villa architecture style surrounded by lush gardens and is well worth a visit. You’ll also get a kick out of seeing the 76 foot tall statue of the “Tulsa Golden Driller” located outside the entrance to the Tulsa Fair Grounds on 21st street.
Venturing down to southeastern Tulsa will bring you the beautiful campus of Oral Roberts University. Its “futuristic” architecture belies the fact that most of the buildings were built almost 40 years ago. Not far from the university in the suburb of Jenks, Oklahoma you’ll find the Oklahoma Aquarium that contains many exhibits of fresh and salt water fish including a walk through shark tank.
Speaking of fish, if fishing (or hunting) is your thing you’ll definitely want to check out the new Bass Pro Shop located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma just a few miles from the hotel. Also worth a tour in Broken Arrow is the Blue Bell Ice Cream plant.
Of course if you would prefer to forget about sightseeing today and try your luck at winning some money, Tulsa has several Native American Casinos located in and around the city. Whatever your taste you’ll be able to find something fun to do in the city.
No matter which of these alternatives peak your interest, LUNCH TODAY WILL BE ON YOUR OWN. Finding a restaurant to please you should not be difficult in any of the locations. Eat light however, as we still have a banquet to attend this evening with a buffet that will hopefully please all appetites.
Also you’ll want to plan
your day so that you are back at the hotel in plenty of time for the evening’s
activities which will once again start with the Manager’s Reception in
the Atrium of the Embassy Suites.
|Our closing banquet at
the Embassy Suites will be a night to remember.
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