Discover the prairie beauty of the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. Experience the cowboy tales and music at private ranches, historical sites, and famous Old West dining halls.
August 15 – 17, 2019
Three Days / Two Nights
Tour starts at the Ramada Plaza lobby, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha
$399 per person double
$496 per person single
Price includes transportation, lodging, attraction admissions, and five meals
Tour registration and full payment deadline July 15, 2019
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Highlights: Flint Hills Discovery Center - Ranch buffalo dinner at Lazy T Ranch - Guided tour of historic Santa Fe Trail town of Council Grove - Lunch at the historic Hays House - Scenic guided backroads tour of the Flint Hills - Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper show - Wagon ride to buffalo herd - Lunch at historic Brookville Hotel with presentation by cowboy trail historian Jim Gray - Old Abilene Town gunfight reenactors
DAY ONE: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Experience the Old West in the beautiful Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. We begin our journey with a lunch stop at the Trails Café in Holton, Kansas. The café is well known as the best small town restaurant in the state of Kansas. After lunch, we visit the Flint Hills Discover Center in Manhattan, Kansas. The center introduces the history, ecology, and culture of the area. The immersive theater transports you to the tallgrass prairie to experience the special effects of wind, rain, and burning. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the nearby Lazy T Ranch for a ranch dinner. Owner and cowboy poet lariat, Ron Wilson will take us around the ranch for some beautiful views of the surrounding Flint Hills. Later Ron will share some of his fun award winning cowboy poetry.
DAY TWO: Friday, August 16, 2019
This morning we visit the historic Santa Fe Trail community of Council Grove. A local costumed guide will give us a tour of historical sites such as the Kaw Indian Mission house and Last Chance Store. Lunch today is at the historic Hays House Restaurant. Since 1857, the Hays House has served local residents and those traveling through on the Santa Fe Trail. Today it is the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Next, we meet local guide, Casey Cagle, who will take us off the beaten path to discover the history, culture, and hidden gems of the beautiful Flint Hills. Hopefully, we will encounter the wild horses on the prairie during our tour. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Super club. Upon arrival, we will visit the Hopalong Cassidy Museum, which features a complete history of the movie era cowboys, from the silent era to television. There is even a theater playing an old western movie. Dinner is an all you can eat barbeque dinner that includes a big dish of apple cobbler and ice cream for dessert. Later enjoy cowboy musical entertainment featuring the Prairie Rose Rangers.
DAY THREE: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Today we visit the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge on our journey back to Nebraska. The refuge offers covered wagon rides to a large bison herd. View a herd of 200 bison on the vast unspoiled prairie. Experience a close encounter as they come up to the wagon. Later we stop for lunch at the Brookville Hotel restaurant in Abilene, Kansas. Enjoy their famous chicken dinner while learning about the early cattle drives through the area by cowboy trail historian, Jim Gray. After lunch, we visit Old Abilene town, which features cowboy reenactors and historic Old West building replicas. We will watch an historic gunfight on the main street and visit the Alamo saloon for some sarsaparilla. There might even be some can-can girls to entertain us. We return to Omaha with fond memories of beautiful prairie scenery, old west cowboys and buffalo herds.