Discover Road Trips in Oklahoma That Will Amaze You!
Don’t you just LOVE a good road trip? I really do. I love exploring places near and far. There are some super cool places in the US that you can visit. My top recommendation everyone should see is the Grand Canyon. There’s nothing cooler than that, but there are some really amazing places right here that you can discover on road trips in Oklahoma that don’t take a long time to get to.
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I love exploring places nearby because you don’t have to drive forever or take a plane to get there. Close road trips keep you from having to spend a ton of money on travel and lodging and if I only go for a day, I don’t have to worry about someone else taking care of my cats. I love the simplicity of that. You can drive anywhere on road trips in Oklahoma in just a few hours, especially if you don’t go to the panhandle.
The panhandle has some cool places, but it’s really far from my house in eastern Oklahoma, so I don’t go there often. There is so much beauty in our state. I’m often blown away with the things I find to see here. I love being an Okie.
I love all the state parks we have to visit on road trips in Oklahoma. There are tons of gorgeous outdoor places with dams, waterfalls, trees, wildlife and so much more. You can camp, fish, boat and hike to your heart’s desire in different places all over this wonderful state.
Discover Road Trips in Oklahoma That Will Amaze You!
There are tons of places you can take road trips to, but here are some that I love:
Road Trips in Oklahoma Route 66
Route 66 is the ultimate road tripping highway and has a ton of really fun stops. It’s a quirky blast into the past. There is even a museum of Route 66 memorabilia or two. I would recommend taking a look. Route 66 goes from California to Chicago and was the original highway across the country. From tip to tip in Oklahoma, the road is still there and usable for travel. We tried it. We plan to do the tip of Oklahoma to California stretch someday. We have traveled it all from Chicago to the opposite tip of Oklahoma.
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Some of the things we enjoyed were the Giant Blue Whale in Catoosa, the giant milk bottle in OKC (it’s very near my husband’s families historic grocery store), the giant Tulsa Driller, Pop’s in Arcadia (a store full of every kind of soda you can imagine with a giant neon soda bottle in front), the Route 66 museum in Clinton, and the Round Barn in Arcadia.
Road Trips in Oklahoma OKC
Oklahoma city has a ton of great fun. Some of my favorites include Bricktown. It’s full of fun with the canal and all kinds of restaurants and shops. It’s so beautiful. It even has a baseball field. There is something to do at any hour of the day or night.
Near Bricktown, there is the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. It’s a must see at least once. It’s gorgeous. It’s a very moving experience.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Tulsa
Tulsa has so many fun things to do. There is the admiral twin drive in movie theatre. We went there for the 60th anniversary of the movie Outsiders which was filmed in Tulsa. That was super special. We also have flown kites at the parks, eaten at some super yummy local restaurants such as Dilly Diner and El Guapo’s downtown. Tulsa just got a Hurts Donuts downtown as well. There is a giant Driller statue. Just about anything you can imagine is in Tulsa. There is an old hamburger joint that has had a ton of famous visitors called Hank’s. Super good burgers. It’s on Route 66 as well.
Tulsa has a ton of fun shops and interesting things to see. There are two really cool shops full of booths where you can find a ton of unique and beautiful wares. One is the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa Hills. The other one is River City Trading Post and it’s over a little ways in Jenks. I have been to both of them several times and found some great treasure. Antiques, gorgeous furniture pieces, kitchen wares, fun foods and all kinds of other things. They even have clothing.
The Market at Walnut Creek has a restaurant in the back. I’m going to try that next time I go. My favorite booth at the Market is Curbside Overhaul. They have a ton of great tutorials on how to create with Amy Howard paint. You can buy pieces they have redone, get the chalk paint and other paint supplies and even take classes about things like how to redo your cabinets and furniture or other techniques you might want to try out before you do them on your own stuff.
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A couple of really good places to eat in Jenks while you’re visiting the River City Market are Ron’s Hamburgers and Waterfront Grill. Both are family owned small businesses that have amazing food!
If you take a drive a few miles over to Sand Springs, you can visit the Keystone Dam and Park. Gorgeous lake and tons of beautiful nature to explore. They have cabins and camping and all kinds of fun things to see. We have stayed there many many times. It’s one of our favorites.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Pawhuska
Pawhuska is the home of the famous Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile. I went there for my birthday this year and had a super great time. I got to meet her and her husband, Ladd and daughter, Paige. They are the nicest people.
The thing that struck me the most about my experience at the Mercantile was how welcoming it is. The food is good and there are some super fun wares you can buy, but this place feels like home. It feels like you are like family. I love that. I hope my daycare feels like that to people.
The Merc is set up in a really cool way. One side of the down stairs is a restaurant and deli and the other is shopping. On the shopping side, you can buy cookbooks, kitchen wares, work gloves and more things than you can imagine. They are all in Ree style and cute as a button. I love her taste.
The restaurant side has a place where you can order food to go as well as seating for a sit down meal. The food is southern (obviously) food like she cooks on the show. There were several things on the menu that I have seen her cook such as her famous prune cake (I did not try it), chicken fried steak, and homemade potato chips. I am a big fan of her show and love watching her cook her yummy food.
Her daughter, Paige is a barista in the bakery upstairs. While we waited in line on that cold winter morning (my birthday is in January), they had outdoor heaters lined up to keep us warm and Paigey ran up and down the line taking orders for coffee and hot chocolate. It was an experience shrouded in southern hospitality. A super great memory.
While we were waiting for our food in the restaurant, Ladd came over to our table and talked to us for quite a while. It was a real treat to meet him in real life. He even gave me a hug and a selfie. I was pretty star struck. He’s a true gentleman. He told me that he loves what Ree is doing there and supports her by coming in and helping out whenever he can. He’s pretty adorable. He talked to my mom for a while about ranching and our family’s farming. It was precious to me.
When Ree is available for autographs, she does them upstairs. On the show, they throw big parties upstairs for the community, so I loved being up there in their big room. I loved all the decorating Ree and Ladd’s mom have done. They really made the building look gorgeous. I love that they wanted to fix up an old downtown building and bring a lot of tourism to their community. The Drummonds seem like really good people.
The day we were there, she came in to sign books. My daughter waited in line with me. I had brought my Pioneer Woman casserole dish with me and I bought a cookbook with my birthday money and she signed both of them for me. She told me she loved meeting her fans. She was very gracious and sweet. I was pretty enamored with all of them.
I would encourage you to plan a trip to the Merc as soon as you can. It’s a lot of fun. Plan ahead to wait in line a lot, but it’s worth it. I love that it’s only a few hours away. What a great road trip!
Pawhuska also has a swinging bridge you can visit and walk across and the Tall Grass Prairie. They have some of the last tall grass areas left in the country that are being preserved. It’s gorgeous. There are also lots of Bison. It’s a drive through sort of thing, but also has a gift shop and some other historical things to see at the end.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Stillwater
Lake Carl Blackwell is near Stillwater. It’s a fun lake to visit with plenty of water to boat on, swim in and fish in. There are small cabins for rent and plenty of wildlife. We usually see geese and deer when we visit at least. There are pavilions you can rent, as well as plenty of picnic tables and grills to cook on.
OSU has tons of fun to offer on your road trip. You can visit Theta pond in the center of campus, which is gorgeous. The landscaping is award winning on campus. There are tons of fun sporting events to attend such as football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, track and anything else you can imagine. The student union has great eats including Johnny Rockets and you can visit the stores for your supplies or OSU memorabilia.
In the fall, there is football Homecoming with a really fun walkaround the night before to all the Greek houses and around campus. It’s a big celebration of OSU. Before the big game, you can see all the players walk to the field and give them a high five if you can get close enough. It’s all a lot of fun.
Stillwater has tons of great eats. There is a brunch restaurant in town called Just Wafflin that I would totally recommend. They are only open the first part of the day though. You can get breakfast, brunch and lunch there. It closes at 2 and it’s not open on Sunday or Monday.
Boomer Lake in town has a great Fireworks show for the 4th of July. It’s a gorgeous lake to visit any time of year with great trails to run, walk or bike around the lake. There are pavilions for picnics and park equipment for the kids. It’s a great, pet-friendly, family place.
Stillwater also has a great food truck community. You can get all kinds of food from different trucks around town. Some of my favorites are the Vietnamese and a Mexican Truck that’s in town on occasion called Macarena’s Street Café. You can check out their Facebook page here to see when they will be in town. Yummy Mexican food! On Friday nights, Stillwater has a food truck festival downtown some times of the year. So much fun!
OSU has a gorgeous Botanical Garden. It’s a must see if you enjoy plants. They also have a wonderful plant nursery that is one of my favorites called Bustani plant farms run by a former host of the Oklahoma Gardening Show.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Jet
The Great Salt Plains is near Jet, Oklahoma. It’s a prehistoric ocean bed full of crystals you can dig. The crystals are unique to this area, there is no other place where they are found. They are brown and clear with an hour class type of shape. It’s super interesting to dig them and fun.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Colcord/Tahlequah
Natural Falls State Park is near Colcord. It’s just a short walk to some gorgeous waterfall and greenery. This area is near Tahlequah. This area is where the book, Where the Red Fern Grows was written. The park also has some beautiful gardens and gorgeous trails with lots of wildlife. The last time we visited, we watched a beaver building a den.
Tahlequah has gorgeous lake Tenkiller. The lake is really clear and many people scuba dive there because you can see so well. It has Soda Steve’s which serves super yummy burgers as well as Fin and Feather resort which has a really cool craft show every year.
The Arkansas river runs along Tahlequah as well. Floating down the river is a super fun summer activity. Something I have loved to do since I was a child. You can float in canoes or on rafts. It’s great family entertainment.
Tahlequah is some of the most gorgeous country in Oklahoma. If you haven’t visited, I suggest you check it out. You’ll be amazed there is so much beauty in Oklahoma.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Sulphur/Davis
Chickashaw National Park is in Sulfur. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life, it’s a must see. There are waterfalls and so much nature and beauty. I could spend days there. It’s enchanting.
Turner Falls is in Davis, only about 15 minutes from Sulphur. It’s a gorgeous waterfall surrounded by beauty and nature. Near Turner Falls you can get some great fried pies at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. They’re so good.
Davis has a chocolate factory that’s a great stop. You can see the Bedre Chocolate factory through a window and watch the chocolate being made, then buy gifts and treats before you go. So yummy. They even have chocolate soda. Not my favorite drink, but fun to try it at least once. My favorite thing I got there was the salted caramels covered in dark chocolate. I need some more right now, really.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Talamena Scenic Drive
There is a gorgeous drive that runs from Talahina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. It’s beautiful at all times of the year. My favorite is fall with all of the colorful foliage in the tree canopy. It’s a must see in Oklahoma.
Road Trips in Oklahoma Ft. Gibson/Muskogee/Okmulgee
Lake Ft. Gibson and the dam are super great places to fish, boat, and have all kinds of fun. At the dam, there are nests of eagles you can watch and tons of other birds and wildlife. The fishing is great there. The lake offers lots of water sport and other fun things to do including swimming.
Muskogee offers a great Christmas light display from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day at Honor Heights Park. In the spring, the park displays stunning azaleas with a festival in the first three weeks of April. That is usually the best time to see them. The park is always gorgeous, so go see it any time of year.
Right outside of town, there is a real submarine, the U.S.S. Batfish you can take a tour through. It also has a nice little museum with lots of war memorabilia.
Just outside of Muskogee you can get the world’s best peaches is Porter at Livesay’s Peach Barn. Peach season is usually from about June until September or October. You’ve never had a peach as good as these. My favorite are Red Havens.
Some of the best barbeque I’ve ever eaten was in Okmulgee at Smokehouse BBQ! You gotta taste it for yourself (and don’t forget to get some pie, it’s awesome)
There are so many cool things to do right here in our own state. I recommend you spend some time road tripping around and see them for yourself. Good times.
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