One of the last states to enter into the United States collection, Oklahoma was originally intended to be a segregated collection of two states: the Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. Both were combined on November 16th, 1907 to create the state as it exists today, and the combination of Native American and pioneer history with natural beauty make for a unique trip.
Oklahoma has a variety of landscapes depending on which portion of the state you happen to be in. Bordered by Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas, as well as tiny portions of Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri, the state is a major producer of natural gas and oil for U.S. residents, as well as having a rich industry in biotechnology and agriculture. The landscape varies from rolling hills and forests in the eastern part of the state, close to the Ozark Mountains region of Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, to the more open Great Plains portions in the western section of the state. While not quite Tornado Alley, the area still gets hit with severe summer weather which can include plenty of heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes annually, so plan your trip accordingly. All in all, Oklahoma has over 10 distinctly different ecological regions, and is one of the most geographically diverse states in the nation. As a result, the natural beauty of the state is unparalleled. There are 50 state parks, six national parks, and plenty of landscape to be in awe over.
Oklahoma was also the final resting place of the Five Civilized Tribes and the end of the Trail of Tears, and combined with the cattle drives of the 19th century gives the whole state a rich Native American and cowboy melding of traditions, with four of the five major cattle trails of the time running through what was then known simply as Indian Territory. And while it’s hard to see in the major cities such as Oklahoma City outside of places like the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, this state was not so long ago one of the last remnants of the western way of life.
At first glance people might assume that Oklahoma City doesn’t have a lot going for it. After all, it’s in Oklahoma, and there just doesn’t seem to be a lot that the state has to offer …
Norman, Oklahoma is a great college town and is home to the University of Oklahoma and their hardcore Sooner football fans! The city literally stops during football games on Saturdays in the…
Lawton is located about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. As of the 2010 Census Lawton had a population of over 95,000 people. It is located on lands formerly of the Comanche, Apache, and …
The town where Oklahoma began, Stillwater sprung up in as the first settlement in the then-Unassigned Lands area in 1884. Since then, Stillwater has grown into a city of roughly 50,000 people…
Clinton Oklahoma sits along the old Route 66, which has since become I-40. This small community, begun in 1899, of less than 10,000 is home to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum.
Vinita is a town of about 5500 (down 14% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 44 and U.S. Highway 60 in Craig County in Northeast Oklahoma. It is on old route 66. Vinita wa…
This small community in eastern Oklahoma is home to several sites that are important to the Cherokee Indians. They are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Cherokee …
Seminole is a small town of about 7,000 population near the center of Oklahoma. It has only one hotel in town, so the prices of rooms is higher (no competition).
And be aware that if you ar…
Arcadia, OK (pop abt 300) is located abt 20 minutes north of OKC. It was founded as a farming community and with a railroad depot to transport the farm good.
In the late 1920s, Route 66 wa…
Afton is a small town of about 1000 (down 5% since 2000) located along old Route 66 and by Interstate 44 in Ottawa County in the Northeastern part of Oklahoma. Afton began in 1871 when a rail…
Waynoka sits in the northwestern corner of Oklahoma, about two hours away from Oklahoma City.
This isn't a highly-populated area. Mainly, it's just a lot of ranchland and farmland. Why is…
Boise City is located in the western tip of the Oklahoma panhandle. As a result it has quick access to four additional states via the Courthouse Roundabout in the middle of town.
The city …