From Texas we made our way through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Staying only for a week or two in each area. But we packed in a lot of fun at every stop!
WinStar World Casino – Thackerville, OK
WinStar is the world’s biggest casino and once I heard about it a couple of years ago I knew I had to go. I had been waiting (rather impatiently) for this moment and it was finally here! It was like Vegas but in one giant building. The casino had different areas that were based on cities throughout the world, from New York to Tokyo. We stayed at The Red River Ranch RV Resort using our Passport America discount for only $20 a night with no limit, and only a 3 minute drive from the casino. The seven days we were there just wasn’t long enough, but the road called and it was time to get the wheels rolling.
But it wasn’t too long between casino stops. We “mooch-docked” at the Lucky Star Casino in El Reno. They offer full-hookup sites for FREE!!! There are only about ten sites and they are first-come-first-serve with a seven night limit. We weren’t sure if there’d be any openings when we got there, but we lucked out and landed an end site. Here are few highlights from El Reno and Oklahoma City.
- Sid’s Diner – famous for their fried onion burgers
- Route 66 monument in El Reno
- Eischen’s – fried chicken and bar
- Oklahoma City Breweries – Anthem Brewing Co and OKC Prairie Artisan Ales being our two faves.
- Oklahoma City National Memorial
- Cattleman’s Steakhouse
- Grady’s 66 Pub – Yukon, OK home of Garth Brooks
We were only in the area for less than a week and the main highlight from that stop was a surprise visit from my Mom.
- Keeper of the Plains statue
- Old Town District – bars, restaurants and farmers market
- Jurassic Art – metal artwork setup in the artist’s front yard and he welcomes visitors to stop and walk the grounds.
We made one very special stop while in Nebraska and that was in Minden to stay at the Harold Warp Pioneer Village campground. My grandparents had stopped there back in 1999 during their trip across the country and I was so excited to stop there too and retrace their steps. I think it may have been in better shape 20 years ago, but I’m still glad we made the stop.
- Harold Warp Pioneer Village – museum and campground
- The Archway – museum built over Interstate 80
- Chimney Rock and Scottsbluff
- Carhenge – replica of Stonehenge made out of cars and other neat artwork
Next post will be all about the Sturgis Bike Rally…..the amazing rides we did leading up and all the fun we had during!