Top 8 Road Trips From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The state of Oklahoma brags to be one of the biggest states in USA. It is also one of the most sought-after a destination for tourists and travelers who look for outdoor activities and adventures. With various hills, lakes and plenty of hiking trails, Oklahoma offers all that adventure enthusiasts seek. It is also famous for its history and antique collections found around the state. The city provides weekend getaways not just for tourists around the world, but for its own residents as well. Those who love to go for a drive, away from the noise and rush of the city, here are the best road trips from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Take a short vacation with your family to make the most out of your weekend.

1. Oklahoma waterfall road trip

Turner Falls, Davis, Oklahoma, Winter
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If you have been planning for an awesome road trip, then this would be the right one for you. You would get a chance to drive through the hills and parks of the state and even encounter almost five major waterfalls. Not just that, you also get to enjoy the scenic beauty of lush greener prairies along the drive. Now doesn’t that sound fun. One can start the ultimate waterfall road trip from Bricktown falls in Oklahoma City and then drive through the Paul’s Valley. The next stop is Chickasaw National recreation center. With dense forest and greenery all around, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. The water here is so clear that you can even see the riverbed. It is, of course, a perfect swimming and boating spot too. The turner falls is quite close to this and all those photography enthusiasts, gear up to capture the beauty. The last stop would be Medicine Park which is an old town with spectacular scenery and a rich history.

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2. Broken Bow Lake

Houseboats on Broken Bow Lake IMG 8540
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Situated at the border of Oklahoma and Texas is the beautiful Broken Bow Lake. The place is just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Oklahoma City and is the perfect weekend getaway. The lake nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains is one of the largest lakes and one can explore a lot. Activities like canoeing, kayaking and floating can be easily done over here. Further, one can go up for a hike in Beavers Bend State Park. These trails in itself are different with parts of it covered with dense trees and another half with mountain ridges. Different plant life and animal life can be found here. There are various museums over here that one can explore too.

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3. Tulsa

Tulsa Skyline
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Referred to as a green country, history lovers and adventure enthusiasts would equally fall in love with this city. Tulsa also offers various cultural activities for one to engage upon. Some of the must-visit museums in the city include the Gilcrease museum which has a large collection of art and artifacts on the history of America. Music concerts are also quite popular here, so look out for some of the big names in the industry throwing a surprise visit to perform here. The famous Oklahoma aquarium is also situated over here. You can also go for a walking trail through the Tulsa river parks which have a trail of around 26 miles (41.8 kilometers) which end in spring blooms in the city.

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4. Sand Springs


Posted by City of Sand Springs, Oklahoma on Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Just 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the city is the sand springs where you can immerse yourself in the spring foliage. With short trails around, one can go for mini hikes through the keystone ancient forest. The place has a large collection of ancient artifacts and you might even discover some amazing things in the tiny antique stores in the village. You can also engage yourself with the farmers around by giving them a helping hand at the farm and even enjoy some homemade delicacies. There is Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum that has a big collection of these artifacts and you can pay a visit there too.

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5. Great Salt Plains

The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is located a short drive from Great Salt Plains State Park.

Posted by Oklahoma Tourism on Sunday, 5 June 2016

Would you like to go for some treasure hunting? Well then, grab your bags, bucket and shovel and start off for the Great Salt Plains. Situated around 139 miles (223.7 kilometers) from the city, one can enjoy a nice 3-hour ride to the plains. The plains are quite famous for the selenite crystals found at the bank of the lake and all over the area. This is the only place in the world where you can dig for crystals that are hourglass-shaped. You can not only enjoy some digging time but even have a good swim or go boating in the lake.

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6. Watonga

Blaine County Courthouse , Watonga, Oklahoma
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Watonga is perfect for a one-day trip from the city as it is just 70 miles (112.7 kilometers) away. But the activities one can do over here is quite interesting. One can visit Roman Nose State Park and get engaged in various activities offered such as mountain biking, hiking through the trails, canoeing, and even horse riding. It is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and as you enjoy a fun-filled outdoor day along with your family. You can also visit Eischen’s in Okarche to taste one of the best fried chicken you might ever have.

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7. Enid

Adams School Enid Oklahoma
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100 miles (160.931 kilometers) northeast of the city is a small town named Enid which is located on the Chisholm Trail. One can not only go hiking through the trail but even find interesting stories and facts about the history of Oklahoma City. The town itself would take you back to those olden times with some of the buildings more than 100 years old. If you have kids along with you, then a visit to Leonardo’s Children’s Museum & Adventure Quest would surely make them the happiest. With various activities for kids involving wooden castles, mazes, swimming and dinosaur dig, it is the perfect spot for families to have the best time of their lives.

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8. Grove

Posted by Cayuga Springs on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Situated around 195 miles (313.8 kilometers) from the city is the town of Grove which is a spot for all those who love outdoor activities. It is one of the most popular spots for fishing and camping. One can also walk through the trails of the park enjoying dense trees around the park and even looking into rare plant lives around. One can also visit the Har-Ber Village Museum which features 116 buildings full of artifacts. If you are a history lover, then you would surely enjoy visiting them and getting to know more about it.

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9. Cavanal Hill

Cavanal Hill, OK
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Cavanal Hill, located in Poteau, is just 195 miles (313.8 kilometers) from the city. Standing at 1999 ft (609.3 meters) tall, the hill is the tallest in the world. With beautiful greenery around, the spot is ideal not just for a picnic and family outing but even for hikes. One can either walk to the top of the hills or even drive up here and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the town of Poteau. The plains around here would make any nature and photography enthusiast fall in love with it as it is a perfect place away from the noise of the city.

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Have memorable adventures at Oklahoma City

There are a number of long- and short-distance destinations from Oklahoma City. All the spots are adventurous and memorable. If you want to have a fun experience traveling, choose from the above-mentioned road trip destinations.

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