Oklahoma City has plenty of excellent things to see and do, but sometimes you just want to get away for a little while. Fortunately for us here in the metro, we're located but a short distance from multiple, varied getaway options. Here are a few day trip ideas, places you can visit within only a couple of hours of driving time, and all without even leaving the great state of Oklahoma.
Tulsa has a lot to offer. Whether you like museums (Philbrook, Gilcrease), performing arts (Tulsa Performing Arts Center), concerts (Cain's Ballroom, Brady Theatre) or outdoor activities, you can find new experiences just up the Turner Turnpike.
Don't Miss: One thing you won't find in Oklahoma City is something like the Oklahoma Aquarium. Located just outside of Tulsa, the fantastic facility showcases the wonders of underwater life, both ocean and local.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma's 11,200 acre Salt Plains area is the "largest such saline flat in the central lowlands of North America." Located northwest of Enid, almost to the Kansas border, the state park offers just about every recreation experience you can imagine.
Don't Miss: Visitors have a chance to mine for amazing selenite crystals as big as 38 pounds. The unique hourglass shapes are found nowhere else in the world.
Just driving the winding road to the top to enjoy the incredible view of Mount Scott is an experience in itself, but the Lawton area in southwest Oklahoma is also home to a near-60,000 acre wildlife refuge. Hike, bike, rappel, camp or simply snap amazing pictures.
Don't Miss: Perhaps you've heard of the Meers burger. Some say it's the best in the state. The store and restaurant is only a short distance from the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
Head straight south down I-35 from Oklahoma City, and before long, you'll reach Turner Falls, one of the state's most impressive natural wonders. The crystal 77-foot waterfall is the backdrop for a family getaway of swimming, hiking and more. While you're in the area, make your way just a bit further south to Lake Murray. With cabins, camping, trails, golf course, marina, nature center and all kinds of recreational fun, it was Oklahoma's first state park.
Don't Miss: The drive-through Arbuckle Wildnerness Park offers a unique opportunity to see exotic creatures in a natural habitat. It's in Davis, Oklahoma, right by Turner Falls, and it's well worth a visit.
One of the United States' first highways and perhaps the most famous, Route 66 runs from Los Angeles to Chicago. It's no longer a straight stretch, of course, but the state of Oklahoma has a significant portion and the cities and towns along the way cherish that history. Why not make a day or a weekend of it. For example, you could head west to check out the Route 66 Museum in Clinton or east, past POPS and all the way to the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami.
Don't Miss: The experience. The drive is one part of it, but soak up the unique sights and stops along the way. Eat at Rock Cafe in Stroud, check out the restored Lucille's Service Station in Hydro, snap a picture of the blue whale in Catoosa... In other words, put on the brakes from time to time to really get your kicks.
The city of Bartlesville may not often come up when thoughts turn to vacation, but the community north of Tulsa with a population of only about 35,000 features a couple of unique experiences. First, there's the Price Tower. The 221-foot building is the only skyscraper ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and today it includes an art center, restaurant, and hotel. Then, just outside the city is the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, a cool place with a museum, lodge, and ranch with buffalo, elk, and cattle.
Don't Miss: Murphy's Steak House is a local favorite, a diner that's been around since the 1940s. Their famous Hot Hamburger sits in a bed of fries and is covered in brown gravy.