Oklahoma Quick Facts
Uniquely Oklahoma: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Must See: Turner Falls Park and Turner Falls in Davis
Most Unusual: Waikrua Rattlesnake Hunt
Highest Point: Black Mesa, 4,973 feet
Food to Try: Fried Okra and Black-Eyed Peas
What to Do in Oklahoma:
1 Visit the site of the 101 Ranch in Ponca City
2 Experience the wild frontier at the Fort Washita Fur Trade Era Rendezvous
3 Have some outdoor adventure at Red Rock Canyon State Park
4 Take in the atmosphere at a rodeo
5 Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
6 Learn about wind energy during a visit to Weatherford's wind farm
Off The Beaten Path | Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a great mid-western state. Throughout the state there are world class destinations and attractions that you won't want to miss during a vacation to the state. Here are a few of the state's must see destinations.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Located near Sulphur, Oklahoma, this recreation area is a beautiful Oklahoma destination. The recreation area is divided into two districts the Platt Historic District, which comprises the former Platt National Park, and the Lake Arbuckles district. Throughout the park visitors will find beautiful examples of natural formations. Visitors will find the freshwater springs of the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer, the Lake of the Arbuckles, and more.
Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
Stretching across 17 acres in Oklahoma City, the Myriad Botanical Gardens has over 1000 different species of plants within the conservatory. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a fantastic architectural attraction, with an amazing collection of tropical plants from around the world. In addition there are beautiful outdoor grounds for visitors to enjoy.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
For those visitors to Oklahoma that are interested in Western art and culture. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has an impressive collection of Western art, and is one of the best places in the nation to go to learn about Western history. Some collections include rodeo art and history, Cowboy collections, Western art and more.
Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum
This fascinating museum gives visitors the opportunity to look into the pharmacies and drugstores of the frontier times. The museum has medicinal treatments from the time as well as tool and other artifacts from early drugstores. In addition, the Apothecary Garden has medicinal herbs and plants that were used by early pharmacists, and the garden is also a nice park to explore during your time in the town of Guthrie where the museum and garden are located.
Robbers Cave State Park
Located in the southeast of Oklahoma, Robbers Cave State Park can be found in the San Bois Mountains. Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of fun recreation, including rappelling, hiking and more. While enjoying the lakes, cliffs and other sites of natural beauty, visitors can learn about the history of the area as a hideout for outlaws like Jesse James and others.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
One of the most important archaeological sites in the nation, the Spiro Mounds were built hundreds of years ago. Within the Center there are twelve mounds, which were used for ceremonial purposes, homes and more. Archaeologists have uncovered significant pieces of culture through the artifacts found within the mounds. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the culture and the history of the mounds at the exhibits and on the interpretive trails through the area.
Wichita Mountains Byway
This beautiful drive is a great way to experience the remaining area of Southern Mixed Grassland while seeing some amazing wildlife, and winding through the Wichita Mountains. As visitors travel through the Wichita Mountains they will see the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, which started as a wildlife preserve created by President Theodore Roosevelt in order to save the American bison from extinction.
Oklahoma | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Oklahoma is a wonderful state to visit in the United States. Visitors that enjoy exploring some of the more unusual destinations in a state should stop at a few of these fantastic fun and funky destinations.
The Blue Whale
Located in Catoosa, this gigantic concrete blue whale is a local icon and a Route 66 icon. Although it fell into disrepair for a time after the original creators closed their attraction, the Blue Whale has been restored by the town and is a fantastic stop along Route 66 and for visitors to Catoosa. Visitors to the Blue Whale can explore the attraction as well as enjoy a picnic lunch and see the remains of the remainder of the attraction.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
Fans of Will Rogers should be sure to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. The museum contains an amazing exhibits filled with Will Rogers artifacts. The exhibits include memorabilia, photographs from throughout his career, a saddle collection and the Rogers family tomb. The Museum also has a selection of original art and much more.
Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World
One fascinating destination in Oklahoma is Beaver, which is known as the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. Each year in April the town hosts the World Championship Cow Chip Throw. Here people come to compete in this spectacular throwing contest and in addition, visitors can enjoy the variety of memorabilia and other commemorative items throughout the town.
Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt
Each April the town of Waurika holds an Annual Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Throughout the weekend of the event there are many interesting events held. The main event is the Rattlesnake Hunt, with prizes awarded to those with the longest snake among other things. In addition to the hunt there are other festivities, including live performances, a carnival and even opportunities to eat snake meat.
Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace
Visitors to the town of Foyil can stop to see the statue commemorating the winner of the Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace. This race was held in the 1920s, the contestants in the race ran the entire length of Route 66, from Los Angeles to New York, covering a distance of over 3,400 miles. The winner of the race, an Indian, Andy Payne, ran the entire length in just over 573 hours. The statue in Foyil commemorates the long and impressive journey of Andy Payne.