Monumental Midwestern Weekend
Your weekend will be monumental when you take a day trip to visit these top historical sites, museums and national parks in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt first fell in love with the rugged lifestyle of North Dakota while on a bison hunting trip in 1883. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park was developed in honor of his death and was officially established in 1947. Just as President Roosevelt enjoyed the open freedom and adventure, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking and more. Bring the kids for a learning experience of a lifetime with the Junior Ranger Program.
Credit: NPS/Mark Hoffman
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site - Williston, North Dakota
From 1828 - 1867, Fort Union was the most prominent fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River, where the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged goods. The post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise like cloth, guns, and blankets. Take a trip just 25 miles outside of Williston and learn about the rich history of some of the earliest trades from knowledgable rangers and see the beautiful recreation of this famous post. Don't miss the annual Rendezvous to get the full experience.
Credit: NPS Photo / Fred MacVaugh
Gilcrease Museum - Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Gilcrease Museum houses the world's largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including a vast collection of Native American art and material. Stroll through the museum to discover the history of North America's expansion and settlement. Wander around the 350,000 pieces to learn about the Western Frontier and view American Indian materials, all just five minutes from downtown Tulsa.
Credit: The Gilcrease Museum
Keeper of the Plains - Wichita, Kansas
Where the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers meet lays the Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot tall steel sculpture that has become the icon of Wichita. Wichita native and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin created this commissioned piece that now keeps a watchful eye on the city and features displays describing local tribes that used to inhabit the sacred ground. Plan your visit in the evening to view the statue lit up by surrounding fire pits during the "Ring of Fire."
Old Cowtown Museum - Wichita, Kansas
Step onto dirt roads and travel back in time at Old Cowtown Museum. Immerse yourself in the history of 1865-1880 Wichita through 10,000 artifacts like textiles, furniture and art. There's no better way to learn about the city's past than through education programs, costumed interpreters and hands-on activities at the American Alliance of Museums accredited museum.