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Take a Trip Through Native American History on Your Southern Vacation

Leisure | February 27th, 2013 No comments

Spirit Forest at The Chickasaw Cultural Center

Spirit Forest at The Chickasaw Cultural Center

Giving your trip a historical theme is one of the best ways to make memorable. When that theme goes beyond visiting general historical places, the memories will last even longer. One great idea is to immerse yourself in Native American history. Here are a few good ways to learn about real Native American culture and enjoy a vacation at the same time:

  1. Take a tour of the Cherokee Nation. This Oklahoma Nation offers four tours that let you get a close-up look at its culture and history. The Will Rogers History Tour, Cherokee Old Settler Tour, Cherokee History Tour and Civil War History Tour all focus on different aspects of the Cherokees’ historic experiences. The tours are available in the spring and summer, which make them great additions to a warm-weather trip.
  2. Visit the Dallas Native American Museum. This museum focuses on Chickasaw culture and history. It features high-tech, interactive exhibits that will engage your emotions as well as your mind. You can even walk through a full-sized replica of a traditional Chickasaw village. It’s a great stop on any trip to the Dallas area.
  3. Check out the Seminole Canyon State Park. This Texas park lets you experience what it was like to be a Seminole-Negro scout during the Civil War. Four of these scouts won Medals of Honor and none lost life or limb during their service. You’ll definitely gain an appreciation for their rugged lifestyle after visiting this park and its exhibits.
  4. Try a five-day group tour. Oklahoma Native America’s tour takes you and your tour group through a wide variety of stops, including the Ataloa Lodge Museum, Sequoya’s Cabin, the Chickasaw National Capitol Building, the Red Earth Museum and more. You’ll definitely be immersed in Native American culture and history on this themed trip!

These are just a few of the many chances to take in Native American culture and history on a trip to the South. Another idea is to check out the many reservations that are located in nearly every state. Many of them will likely have a cultural pavilion where tourists can learn more about their history. You may also be able to pick up some souvenirs. While a souvenir stand isn’t a paragon of culture, it does provide the opportunity to go home with a tangible piece of representative art.

When scheduling tours, it’s a good idea to book in advance. This is especially true if you have a large group. Many museums and other centers will need to plan in advance for the arrival of groups larger than the norm. Another thing to check is the price of admission. Some cultural centers, like the Dallas Native American Museum, are free to enjoy. Tours, on the other hand, usually come with a price tag. The cost of a tour will depend on whether there are motel stays involved, the length of the tour and the destination.

By keeping these things in mind, you’ll be able to plan a trip that fits both your budget and your schedule. No matter which sights you choose to see, remember to bring your camera!

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