You may know Oklahoma from the musical of the same name written eons ago in 1943. However, there’s more to this South Central state than cowboys, square dances and romance. Oklahoma is a state of geographical diversity with prairies, plains and mountain ranges. If you love nothing more than being in the great outdoors, you couldn’t do any better than taking a well-earned break in Oklahoma. If you find yourself in this wonderful cultural hot pot of Native American ancestry, take a look at these four things that you simply have to do before you leave.
As with most states in the USA, there are some unique dwellings in Oklahoma. The most unusual is probably the cave house, owned by Kate and Linda Collier. Everything within the house is an eclectic mix of items made out of recycled materials. Although small, the house is well worth traveling to if you’re into weird and wonderful attractions. Many ghost stories are attached to the house with a variety of paranormal investigation teams attempting to rid the building of all things ghoulish and haunted over the decades.
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Take a trip to a remarkable center that displays the artifacts of the Chickasaw people. Here, you’ll learn about the culture of the indigenous American people through interactive displays, a memorial garden and a unique exhibit that encourages visitors to join in with a tribal spirit dance.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Texas longhorn cattle are scattered across the prairie lands that create a patchwork quilt of greens and yellows beneath the idyllic Wichita Mountains. If you are an advocate of conservation or just enjoying being at one with nature, a visit to this wildlife refuge is well worth your time. You could spend a few hours fishing, go searching for the elusive bison herd or simply enjoy wandering through the natural flora and fauna. Just watch out for the wild prairie dogs.
Embark On A Culinary Extravaganza
The food of Oklahoma is as diverse as its environment. One evening you may find yourself eating the state dish of fried okra. Although it doesn’t sound the most appetizing meal in the world, the buttermilk batter is a flavor to be reckoned with. The next evening you may partake in the stunning Vietnamese cuisine of pho and banh mi to be found in Oklahoma City’s renowned Asian Quarter. There aren’t many more states in the good old U S of A that can compete with the eclectic food of Oklahoma.
Where to Stay
There are a vast array of hostels and hotels to suit all budgets. If you are on a tight budget, try camping at the foot of Mount Scott. If you have deeper pockets, you may want to explore accommodation at the more luxurious end of the scale. The Quality Inn, for example, has an exclusive fitness center and delightful outdoor swimming pool to cool off in on a balmy summer’s day. Wherever you are in Oklahoma, you’ll be sure to find a hotel where you can rest your weary bones after your days exploring.
If you fancy a vacation to a state that is diverse and dynamic, consider taking a trip to Oklahoma. You could soon be enjoying the tranquility of the outdoors, the fast paced nature of city life and the culinary excellence of this incredible state.