Day Trips*


Pawhuska Trip

Are you a fan of Food Network star Ree Drummond? Want to learn more about American Indian and western culture? If so, join us as we travel south of the Kansas border to Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Best known now as the home of the Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and the Drummond Ranch and Cattle Company. Pawhuska was established in 1872 and its history is interwoven with that of the Osage Nation. On this daylong trip you will visit some of the area’s most fascinating historical sites as well as see many of the locations featured in the Pioneer Woman TV show on The Food Network. Our first stop will be The Mercantile, where a full breakfast buffet will await you. Our next stop is a tour of the Drummond Lodge, which serves as the production location for The Pioneer Woman’s Food Network show. Following our tour, it is back to town to visit the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Known for its rare stained glass windows, this 1910 French Gothic-style Catholic Church was the principal church of the Osage Tribe and features twenty-two stained glass windows, which tell the story of Pawhuska and its inhabitants. After lunch at the Buffalo Joe’s, we will visit the Osage County Historical and learn about Osage County's landmark contributions to Oklahoma from pre-statehood to present day. We will then visit the Osage Indian Reservation and museum, which is the oldest tribally owned and continuously operated museum in the U.S. Here you will learn about Osage culture, Osage Nation services, and Osage-owned artists & businesses. Our last stop before returning to Wichita is Hominy, Oklahoma where we will visit the home of Fred Drummond, patriarch of the Drummond family and founder of Drummond Cattle Company. Step back in time and learn the history of the Drummond family as you tour the house, built in 1905, which is listed on National Register of Historic Places. Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

 Tour Date: 7/12   Fee: $119

5:30 a.m.             Depart Metropolitan Complex
7:45 a.m.             Arrive Ree Drummond Mercantile
9:15 a.m.             Depart Ree Drummond Mercantile
9:45 a.m.             Arrive Drummond Lodge
11:15 a.m.           Depart Drummond Lodge
11:45 a.m.           Arrive Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
12:15 p.m.           Depart Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
12:30 p.m.           Lunch at Buffalo Joe’s
1:30 p.m.             Depart Buffalo Joe’s
1:45 p.m.             Arrive Osage County Historical Museum
2:45 p.m.             Depart Osage County Historical Museum
2:50 p.m.             Arrive Osage Nation Museum
3:45 p.m.             Depart Osage Nation Museum
4:15 p.m.             Arrive Fred Drummond’s Mansion
5:00 p.m.             Depart Fred Drummond’s Mansion
7:30 p.m.             Arrive Metropolitan Complex


Explore Bartlesville

Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum was one of the original oil barons. Join us as we travel to Bartlesville, OK and see where he lived, worked and played. Our first stop will be the Frank Phillips Historic Home where you will take the Director’s Tour, which will allow you to explore places in the home not open to the public. We will also visit the Phillips 66 Museum and learn how Phillips became an industry leader by transforming basic oil and gas resources into an array of useful products. After lunch
it is on to the WOOLAROC Museum and Lodge, the ranch retreat of Phillips. The ranch is a 3,700 acre-wildlife preserve, which is home to a museum with an outstanding collection of western and Native American art and artifacts. We will stop for dinner in Ponca City before heading home. Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Tour Date: 2/23   Fee: $119

6:30 a.m.             Depart MX
8:40 a.m.             Arrive Frank Phillips Historic Home
9:00 a.m.             Director’s Tour
10:40 a.m.           Depart for Phillips Petroleum Museum 
10:45 a.m.           Tour of Phillips Petroleum Museum
Noon                     Lunch at Montana Mike’s Steak House
1:30 p.m.              Depart Murphy’s Steakhouse
1:45 p.m.              Arrive and tour WOOLAROC Museum, Lodge and Wildlife Preserve 
4:45 p.m.              Depart WOOLAROC
6:00 p.m.              Dinner at Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant
7:15 p.m.              Depart for Wichita
8:30 p.m.              Arrive back at MX


Baseball, Basketball, BBQ & Blues 

March! Our thoughts turn to springtime fun such as March Madness, Baseball Opening Day, and the smell of delicious barbeque smoking on the grill! Start your spring off right with a trip to Kansas City. Our first stop will be the “K” known otherwise as Kauffman Stadium.  We will get a guided tour of the Royals press box, dugout and interview room as well as the Royals Hall of Fame. After the tour, we will head to Jack Stacks located in the converted Freight House for some delicious Kansas City BBQ. Then it is off to Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, home to the American Jazz and Negro
Leagues Baseball Museums. We will tour both facilities where you will see such artifacts as a Louis Armstrong trumpet and rare 19th century baseball memorabilia. We end the day at the College Basketball Experience and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. We will stop for dinner before returning to Wichita.  Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University 

Tour Date: 3/23   Fee: $129   

7:00 a.m.              Depart MX
10:00 a.m.           Arrive Kauffman Stadium
12:00 p.m.           Depart Kaufmann Stadium
12:30 p.m.           Arrive Jack Stack BBQ Freight House
1:30 p.m.             Depart Jack Stack BBQ Freight House
1:45 p.m.             Arrive Negro Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum
3:45 p.m.             Depart Museums
4:00 p.m.             Arrive The College Basketball Experience  
5:30 p.m.             Depart College Basketball Experience
6:15 p.m.             Dinner in Olathe
7:15 p.m.             Depart for Wichita
10:00 p.m.           Arrive at MX


Route 66

Join us for a nostalgic trip on Route 66 through central Oklahoma. Along the way, we will see some of the icons both old and new on this historic stretch of highway. Our first stop will be Stroud, where we will dine at the Rock Café, whose owner inspired the Disney movie “Cars” character Sally Carrera. We continue our travels west to Chandler and a stop at the Route 66 Interpretive Center, where you can watch historic videos about Route 66 while relaxing in vintage car seats or a bed honoring the Route 66 motels of the past. From there it is on to Clinton and a stop at the Route 66 Museum. We will also visit the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, where you will see classic automobiles of the past and can watch a black and white movie at a mock drive-in theater while sitting in a classic Chevy Impala. After a stop at the legendary Route 66 Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner in Weatherford, it is back home to Wichita.  Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University 

Tour Date: 6/1   Fee: $129  

6:30 a.m.             Depart MX
9:00 a.m.             Breakfast Rock Café, Stroud OK 
10:00 a.m.           Depart Stroud
10:30 a.m.           Arrive Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK
11:30 a.m.           Depart Chandler
2:00 p.m.             Arrive Route 66 Museum, Clinton, OK  
3:00 p.m.             Depart Clinton
3:30 p.m.             National Route 66 Museum, Elk City, OK  
5:00 p.m.             Depart Elk City
5:40 p.m.             Dinner in Weatherford, OK – Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner 
7:00 p.m.             Depart Weatherford
10:30 p.m.          Arrive Wichita, MX


Wild West 

Step back into the Wild West with a visit to Dodge City, Kansas. We begin our visit with breakfast at
the Dodge House Restaurant and a guided city tour where you will visit the original locations of the
Longbranch Saloon, Gospel Hills, Front Street and more. We will follow the path of the Santa Fe Trail
and hear some colorful stories along the way. We will then visit the Gunfighters Wax Museum and
see life-size wax figurines of famous western personalities including Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday,
Calamity Jane, Miss Kitty and even Festus. We will also visit the world famous Boot Hill Museum and
Historic Front Street where you can stroll down the boardwalk and have the opportunity to visit the
original Boot Hill cemetery. On the way home, we will stop at Historic Fort Dodge and the Fort Dodge
Cemetery before dinner in Greensburg.  Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University 

Tour Date: 5/11   Fee: $129   

7:00 a.m.             Depart MX
10:00 a.m.           Arrive Dodge City/Breakfast – Dodge House  
11:00 a.m.           Trolley Tour 
12:00 p.m.           Tour Ends
12:15 p.m.          Tour Gunfighters Wax Museum  
1:15 p.m.             Visit Historic Front Street and Boot Hill Museum   
3:15 p.m.             Depart for Fort Dodge
3:30 pm.              Old Fort Dodge and Fort Dodge Cemetery  
4:30 p.m.             Depart for Wichita
5:30 p.m.             Crazy Mule – Greensburg for dinner
8:30 p.m.             Arrive at MX


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*All trip itineraries are subject to change. Historic sites may not be ADA accessible.