This Land is Grand!

Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of northeastern Oklahoma, a region brimming with natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant communities. "This Land is Grand!" invites you to explore the picturesque towns nestled along the shores of Grand Lake o' the Cherokees and beyond. From the serene landscapes of Grove, known for its welcoming charm and outdoor adventures, to the historical treasures of Vinita, each stop offers a unique glimpse into Oklahoma's diverse heritage. Discover the warm hospitality and cultural richness of Nowata, Bartlesville, Pawhuska, Fairfax, Hominy, and Skiatook. This itinerary promises an unforgettable experience, blending historical exploration, cultural appreciation, and scenic vistas, perfect for every traveler seeking a deeper connection with this grand land.




Grove, a picturesque town nestled in the scenic landscapes of northeastern Oklahoma, is a hidden gem known for its serene environment and vibrant community. Located on the shores of Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, Grove offers a unique blend of natural beauty and small-town charm. With a rich history rooted in Native American culture and a thriving tourism industry centered around water activities and outdoor adventures, Grove provides a welcoming retreat for visitors and residents alike. Whether it's boating, fishing, exploring local trails, or enjoying the friendly atmosphere, Grove captures the essence of a tranquil yet dynamic lifestyle.

A few of Grove's highlights include:

Har-Ber Village Museum - Allow 2 hours

Lendonwood Garden - Allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours

Cayuga-Splitlog Historical Mission Church - Allow 1 hour

Second Kick Cycle Works - Allow 45 minutes




Vinita, often referred to as the "Gateway to Green Country," is one of the oldest towns in the state and is steeped in rich history and cultural heritage. The town is best known for its charming downtown area, which features an array of antique shops, local eateries, and historic landmarks, including the Eastern Trails Museum.

Some of the highlights of Vinita include:

Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Information Center - Allow 1 hour

Eastern Trails Museum - Allow 1 hour

Vinita Antique Mall on Route 66 -Allow 1 hour




Nowata boasts a variety of historical and cultural attractions, reflecting its heritage as a former oil boom town. The Nowata County Historical Society Museum is a notable destination, offering a glimpse into the area's past with exhibits on local history, Native American artifacts, and early 20th-century memorabilia. Additionally, the town is home to several well-preserved historic buildings, including the Nowata County Courthouse, an impressive structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Some Nowata highlights include:

Nowata County Historical Society Museum - Allow 1 1 ½ hours

Glass Mansion - Allow 1 hour

First Presbyterian Church – Stained Glass Windows - Allow 1 hour




Bartlesville is a captivating blend of rich history, cultural sophistication, and modern amenities. Founded during the oil boom of the early 20th century, Bartlesville is home to a wealth of architectural and historical landmarks, including the iconic Price Tower, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The city's strong ties to the oil industry are evident in its well-preserved historic sites and museums, such as the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum. Beyond its historical significance, Bartlesville offers a thriving arts scene, beautiful parks, and a variety of recreational activities.

Some Bartlesville highlights include:

Bartlesville Area Historical Museum - Allow 1 hour

Frank Phillips Historic Home - Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours

La Quinta Mansion - Allow 1 hour

Price Tower & Price Tower Arts Center - Allow 1 ½ hours

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve - Allow 2 to 3 hours




Pawhuska is a charming town nestled in the Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma with a vibrant community rich in history and cultural significance. As the capital of the Osage Nation, Pawhuska is steeped in Native American heritage, highlighted in its many cultural sites and annual events like the Osage Tribal Museum and the Osage Nation In-Lon-Schka dances. The town's historic downtown, with its beautifully preserved buildings, offers a glimpse into its past as a bustling frontier settlement. Pawhuska is also renowned for the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, a beloved destination for food lovers and fans of Ree Drummond. With its blend of historical charm, cultural richness, and modern attractions, Pawhuska provides a unique and inviting experience.

Highlights of Pawhuska include:

Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum - Allow 1 hour

Cathedral of the Osage - Allow 1 hour

Chief Lookout Memorial - Allow 15 to 30 minutes

Osage County Historical Society Museum - Allow 1 hour

Osage Nation Museum - Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours

Pioneer Woman Lodge Tours - Allow 2 hours

Pioneer Woman Mercantile - Allow 1 hour




Fairfax is best known as the hometown of Maria Tallchief, America's first major prima ballerina, and her sister Marjorie Tallchief, also a renowned ballerina. The Tallchief sisters' legacy is a source of pride for the community, reflecting Fairfax's unique cultural heritage.  Fairfax is also a filming location for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the 2023 film depicting the murders of many members of the Osage Nation.

Some of the highlights of Fairfax include:

Water Bird Gallery - Allow 1 hour

Hilltop Trading Post - Allow 30 minutes

Osage Fairfax Reservation Museum - Allow 1 hour




Hominy is a small town in Osage County with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant community spirit. Founded in the early 20th century, Hominy is known for its deep ties to the Osage Nation and its significant role in the region's history, particularly during the Osage oil boom. Visitors can tour the historic Frederick & Addie Drummond Home and the MKT Depot for a look at the town's 19th century lifestyle.

One of Hominy's most striking features is its collection of murals created by Native American artist Cha Tullis. These murals, scattered throughout the town, depict scenes from Osage history and culture, making Hominy a unique destination for art enthusiasts and those interested in Native American heritage. Tullis also created the New Territory sculptures - larger-than-life silhouettes of horseback warriors high on a hilltop overlooking the town.

Some highlights of Hominy include:

Cha’ Tullis Gallery - Allow 1 hour

Frederick & Addie Drummond Home - Allow 1 hour

New Territory Sculptures - Drive by

MKT Depot - Allow 1 hour




Home to Skiatook Lake, the town of Skiatook has a laidback lake town vibe in addition to a rich Native American heritage that is reflected in its culture, festivals, and local attractions. From shopping sprees at the Antique Depot to gaming thrills at the Osage Casino, Skiatook has plenty of fun stops to offer.

Some of the highlights of Skiatook include:

Antique Depot - Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours

Skiatook Museum - Allow 1 hour

Pioneer Day Festival - Allow 2 to 3 hours

Osage Casino & Hotel - Allow 1 to 2 hours or overnight here


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