Kansas Oklahoma USA - The Heartland States
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There is so much to see and do in ‘Cowboy and Indian Country’. Kansas and Oklahoma are at the crossroads of America, steeped in its history from before the Civil War right through to modern times. Here you will re-live many familiar tales - from the great move west by settlers and their railroads, to the turbulent lives of the cowboys, and the seemingly endless movement of the Native American tribes.
Combine your self-drive road trip with a break in the great outdoors - perhaps on horseback for a few days on a genuine working ranch, where you can join in with real cowboys and cowgirls as they tend their livestock and pasture. Or if you prefer, stay in one of Oklahoma’s fine State Park Lodges, where hiking, biking and wildlife are there on your doorstep.
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Oklahoma is a state of indeterminate location and character. While it may lack the rugged canyons and pastel skies of New Mexico or Arizona, Oklahoma's identity is distinct and very much a legacy of the Old West. Today Oklahoma has the second largest Indian population in the United States, and also has a strong African-American heritage. Both of these populations provide visitors with rich cultural history and experiences
Encounters such as powwows, craft festivals and traditional storytelling all signify the great cultural history which Oklahoma offers its visitors. Events also pay homage to the cowboys of history, with more than 100 rodeos taking place in Oklahoma each year in which modern-day cowboys compete in calf-roping, steer-wrestling and bull-riding events.
The flat, fertile land of the central region is only one part of Oklahoma's diverse terrain. In the east, the prairies give way to rugged mountains and dense forests. This region, today a favourite of rappellers, hikers and equestrians, was once a favourite of outlaws as well. Robbers Cave State Park served as a hideout for such notorious fugitives as Jesse James and Belle Starr. The Broken Bow area is also popular with lovers of the outdoors. Its fly-fishing and boating opportunities also make it a top holiday spot. In the north, the grasslands shift again into one of Oklahoma's most intriguing natural wonders, the Great Salt Plains, literally an 8,690-acre sea of salt, and in the west lie the Beaver Dunes, where adventurous visitors can rev up dune buggies or ARVs and race down sandy slopes
While Oklahoma as a whole tends to be conservative and inspires nostalgia for a slower pace and simpler life, sophistication is not precluded. The vision and sensitivity with which the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum were established, in honour of those who died in the 1995 bombing, attest to this. So do the state's well-preserved architectural gems, remnants of the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s. Visitors in search of travel kitsch will find landmarks in roadside architecture, including the Blue Whale and Totem Pole Park
It is safe to say that Oklahoma is a destination offering visitors culture, history and a great feeling of the Old West.
Airports in Oklahoma
Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)
Visitors to the home of cowboys and Stetsons generally fly in to Will Rogers World Airport, which is a short drive from downtown Oklahoma City. Will Rogers World Airport is the busiest airport in Oklahoma and serves over three million passengers each year.
Booking flights to Will Rogers World Airport is relatively easy as most popular airlines within the United States offer fights or flight connections to Oklahoma City. The airport is fortuitously named after a popular local comedian and cowboy - perhaps this is why most passengers using the airport leave smiling
The airport is located five miles (8km) southwest of Oklahoma City, on Terminal Drive
GETTING TO THE CITY
There is no public transport at the airport. The private Jefferson Bus Company provides daily scheduled intercity service to Lawton, Chickasha, Wichita Falls, and Fort Worth. Shuttle service is offered by several hotels, but reservations must be made in advance. Taxis, private van shuttles and rental cars are also available.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
The airport is located five miles (8km) from Tulsa.
GETTING TO THE CITY
Tulsa Transit Route 203 provides bus service from the airport to downtown Tulsa, departing roughly every hour between 7.50am and 7.19pm on weekdays, and between 7.20am and 6.30pm on Saturdays. Taxis, shuttles and rental cars are also available.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
Kansas occupies a prominent place in American history, though its status in pop culture is somewhat less distinguished. The state was a violent battleground between pro- and anti-slavery settlers during the 1850s, a period dubbed 'Bleeding Kansas'. The state also played a pivotal role in America's westward expansion, its string of frontier forts supporting the clashes of the Indian Wars of the 1860s. But as every American school kid knows, Kansas is perhaps most famous for the landmark ruling of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which ended segregation in public schools. Visitors can learn more about Kansas' history at the state's numerous historic sites, many of which have been designated national historic landmarks.
Although the historical significance of the state may sound dull to some, Kansas actually has a delightfully colourful past, peopled by cowboys, pioneers, gunfighters and lawmen. It is home to Dodge City, the once-infamous 'Wickedest City of the West', which has been the setting of countless movies and television shows, including Gunsmoke. Even today, Kansas has a reputation for quirkiness; it is an odd place whose miles of seemingly flat, empty terrain are punctuated not only by serious historical monuments but also by attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine and the World's Largest Spinach Salad. While Kansas may not be the ideal holiday spot for some, it does have a lot to offer, and not only to history buffs.
Kansas' network of state parks and wildlife refuges comprises rolling hills and prairies, sand dunes, wildflowers, rivers and lakes, offering hunters, hikers, boaters, horseback riders and fishermen a wealth of options. Kansas isn't all rolling prairies though, and it has several major cities, all located in the eastern half of the state. The largest city is Wichita, which has a population of under 400,000 and enough museums, shops, restaurants and attractions to entertain all comers. Topeka, though smaller, is the capital of Kansas and home to the Kansas State Historical Society Museum. The true largest city in Kansas is the buzzing Kansas City, though the state can claim only the part of it west of the Mississippi River.
Airports in Kansas
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT)
The airport is located seven miles (11km) west of downtown Wichita.
GETTING TO THE CITY
Various taxi, shuttle and rental car companies service the airport.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Experience the real life of a working cowboy!
The Moore Ranch is a working ranch in the wide open prairie about 45 miles southeast of historic Dodge City, Kansas. There are usually about 300 Texas Longhorn cattle at the ranch and about 50 horses, depending on the season and how the weather treats what's growing on the prairie.
Our home place is about 1,400 acres, but we run on up to 6,000 acres of rolling hills, trees, creeks, and rocky hillsides. It's beautiful country.
"We are ranchers. We work cattle, herd cattle, brand cattle, and mend fences; and now, we invite you to join us."
● Experience the real life of a working cowboy
● Herd the longhorns; ride the prairie, rope a steer
● Eat ‘family style’ around the Moore family table
Lakeview Lodge is nestled in Beavers Bend State Park and lies on the shores of Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma. Equal triangular distance between Dallas Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Each room has a private patio or balcony and offer amazing views of the crystal clear lake. In addition to the lodge Beavers Bend state park has 48 beautiful cabins.
The park features the Forest Heritage Center, nature center, train depot, riding stables, canoe and paddle boat rentals, duck boat, swim beach, marina, 18 hole Cedar Creek golf course, stream and lake fishing, miles of trails with incredible views abundant wildlife and towering timbers. A complimentary continental breakfast is included with your overnight stay at Lakeview Lodge.
Robbers Cave Sate Park is located east of Oklahoma City and south of Muskogee. A true escape back to nature! Hidden in the Sans Bois Mountains near McAlester, Oklahoma it is a favorite destination of rappelling enthusiasts, cave explorers, equestrians and outdoor lovers. Robbers Cave State park enjoys the notoriety as one of the legendary hideouts of Jesses James and Belle Starr. Lodging includes 26 cabins and Belle Starr Lodge.
This park's highlights include a nature center, gift shop, equestrian trails and campgrounds, horse riding stables, canoe and paddleboat rentals, swim beach, swimming pool, campgrounds, hiking trails and more. Breathtaking views exist from every direction along with the crystal clear waters of Lake Carlton, Coon Creek Lake, and Wayne Wallace Reservoir.
Roman Nose State Park is one of Oklahoma's original seven state parks. Visitors enjoy breathtaking views in western Oklahoma near Watonga, only an hour and 15 minutes west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This park was once a favorite area for the Cheyenne tribe with towering cedar, buffalo grass and wild blue sage.
A destination for all seasons, this beautiful lodge celebrates the best in mid-century architecture with 11 cottages, 20 well designed guest rooms, 2 luxury suites, and a full service restaurant. The Park offers breathtaking views of the canyon, gypsum rock cliffs and is home to a large natural, "Spring of Everlasting Waters." Activities include an 18-hole golf course, two swimming pool, equestrian trails, hiking & mountain biking trails, two lakes, fishing, canoe and paddleboat rental, miniature golf, and riding stables.
Sequoyah Lodge is located in Sequoyah State park on the shores of Fort Gibson Lake east of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A family favorite in northeast Oklahoma, situated at the foot of the Cookson Hills, this park delivers a lot of fun no matter what the season. It is the largest lodge offering 104 guest room including suites and cabanas plus 45 cabins which all underwent a total renovation and reopened in 2015. 45 minutes from southeast Tulsa.
Features include a full service restaurant, an 18-hole golf course, Three Forks Nature Center, hiking trails, Sequoyah Riding Stables, marina, horseshoe pits, tennis courts and playgrounds. Many kid activities planned throughout the spring, summer and fall. Historical sites, dining and unique shopping can be found just minutes from the lodge in nearby towns of Wagoner, Muskogee and Tahlequah.
Lake Murray Lodge is located halfway between Dallas, TX and Oklahoma City, OK in historical Lake Murray State Park, just 2 ½ miles east of Interstate 35. It is Oklahoma’s oldest and largest park and lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Murray. Currently Lake Murray has 52 rooms in the lodge, including suites and 56 cabins. The “New” Lodge at Lake Murray will open in spring 2017 with rooms and a full service restaurant that offer incredible views of this beautiful blue lake.
This sprawling state park provide visitors with all types of recreational activities including swim beaches, water sports area, miniature golf, riding stables, swimming pool, ATV trails, fishing, waterskiing, boating, scuba diving and much more. The diverse terrain, exceptional trails and historic sites include Tucker Tower and a nature center.We have just given a brief glimpse of what this accommodation can offer you, please contact us for more detailed property information or please feel free to browse further. If you want to know more about this destination or a particular accommodation please call now on 01 853 5000, email [email protected] or click enquire button below and complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!