Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fun Options for Exploring Oklahoma

If you are considering where you want to take your family on your next annual vacation, you may not initially consider Oklahoma. After all, you may tell yourself that there are far better places with more history, larger nature preserves and more bustling metropolitan areas than this state has. However, if you have not actively explored this state before, you may not know what you are missing out on seeing. In fact, Oklahoma is a great place to explore no matter where your interests lie or what time of the year you visit. Consider these fun options for exploring Oklahoma despite the size of your budget.

Head to the City

Oklahoma City is the largest metropolitan area in the state, and it boasts plenty of great hotels, fine dining and great shopping. It is also home to some of the most highly rated attractions in the state, including the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Science Museum and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. If you are traveling with children, you may also want to check out Frontier City and White Water Bay, which are both amusement parks for all ages.

Enjoy Nature

Oklahoma also boasts plenty of natural resources and a diverse landscape. From rolling green hills along the eastern side of the state to the waving grass of the western plains, Oklahoma has it all. If you love hiking, biking, hunting and rock climbing, this is where you should be. You can even enjoy boating and fishing on some of the lakes in the east. Consider staying in a secluded natural area, such as Beavers Bend Lodging, where you can relax, get away from the daily grind and enjoy as many outdoor activities as you like.
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Take a Drive

A portion of the famed Route 66 runs through Oklahoma and gives you a great way to get a taste for the state along with a lesson in history. Route 66 will take you through Tulsa and Oklahoma City but will also have you driving past fun roadside attractions, such as historical filling stations, the Route 66 Museum and the Golden Driller.

Remember History

Oklahoma has a rich history and heritage, particularly in Western themes. You can enjoy this at many of the history museums located throughout the state, such as the Cherokee Heritage Center and the Oklahoma History Center. Specialty museums also abound for certain interests, such as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the JM Davis Arms and Historical Museum and the Banjo Museum.

Engage in Fine Culture

If nature and history are not your favorites, you can indulge in great cultural activities at some of the state’s fine museums. Check out the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, which houses international artistry in a Renaissance-style home and garden. You may also want to visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or the Gilcrease Museum.

Oklahoma has a little bit of everything that you could want. From the metropolitan center of Oklahoma City to the rolling plains in the western part of the state, Oklahoma boasts cultural experiences, natural wonders and an amazing history. When you travel through the state, you will enjoy gorgeous vistas, small-town charm and fine museums, and you will surely want to return once again.

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