When considering a vacation in the United States, names like Nashville, Tennessee, or the bustling streets of Las Vegas often steal the limelight.
But, nestled right in the heart of America, is the state of Oklahoma—a place bursting with untold stories, unseen landscapes, and unique experiences waiting to be discovered.
While Oklahoma may not be the first name that comes to mind when plotting your next adventure, its treasure trove of hidden gems ensures that it’s high time we shed light on its understated allure.
Buckle up, as we journey into the Sooner State’s lesser-known, but equally awesome attractions.
1. Turner Falls Park
Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, Turner Falls is the state’s largest waterfall at 77 feet tall.
Apart from its scenic beauty, this park also offers hiking trails, natural caves, and a castle to explore.
The swimming areas beneath the falls are perfect for those scorching summer days.
2. Pops 66 Soda Ranch
In Arcadia, the iconic 66-foot-tall soda bottle can’t be missed.
Pops is more than just a landmark; it’s a journey into fizzy nostalgia.
With over 700 varieties of sodas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
And come nighttime? The statue lights up in an array of dazzling colors.
3. Oklahoma’s Salt Plains
The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge offers a unique landscape: a vast expanse of salt left over from an ancient ocean.
But the real draw?
Visitors can dig for selenite crystals, a fun activity for families or those looking for a sparkling souvenir.
You can dig for these crystals during the crystal digging season, which is open April 1 through October 15, from sunrise to sunset.
What kind of tools will you need for this?
Hey—we’re happy you asked!
Here’s a mini-guide to get you started:
Crystal Digging Equipment Guide:
Shovel: A small handheld garden shovel or spade is perfect for removing the top layer of salt and sand.
- Trowel: After you’ve removed the top layer, a trowel can help you gently unearth the delicate crystals.
- Bucket or Container: For storing the crystals you find.
- Gloves: These can help protect your hands from the sharp salt and crystal edges.
- Brush: A soft brush can help clean off the crystals without damaging them.
- Containers with Separate Compartments or Soft Cloth: To prevent the crystals from scratching or breaking during transport.
4. Totem Pole Park
In Foyil, you’ll find the world’s largest concrete totem pole.
Built by Ed Galloway in the 1940s, the park is home to a collection of totems and a museum detailing Native American culture and the story behind these fascinating structures.
5. Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Once the ranch retreat of oil tycoon Frank Phillips, Woolaroc is a blend of the wild and the luxurious.
Roaming bison, elk, and longhorn cattle can be seen on the 3,700 acres of wild preserve.
The museum showcases art, artifacts, and the rich history of the American West.
6. Blue Whale of Catoosa
An iconic Route 66 attraction, this massive blue whale has become a beloved pit stop for many travelers.
Perfect for photo ops, the friendly giant is surrounded by a serene pond, making it a whimsical break during your road trip.
Don’t worry though—it’s not a real blue whale. It’s a statue.
7. Museum of Osteology
Situated in Oklahoma City, this museum is a testament to the beauty of bones.
With over 300 real animal skeletons, from tiny mice to towering giraffes, it offers a unique glimpse into the animal kingdom’s skeletal systems.
8. Tucker Tower at Lake Murray
A combination of a nature center and an observation tower, Tucker Tower provides panoramic views of Lake Murray.
Rich in history and surrounded by natural beauty, it’s a serene spot for contemplation and sightseeing.
While Oklahoma might remain under the radar for many, those who venture into it are rewarded with experiences both diverse and delightful.
But as with any hidden gem, the true essence of Oklahoma is best discovered not by hearing tales, but by experiencing it firsthand.
So, the next time you’re plotting a vacation, why not set your compass toward the enchanting landscapes and attractions of Oklahoma?
Just don’t forget—if you plan to smoke some cannabis during your trip, you’ll want to get your medical marijuana card before you leave to begin the journey.
If you need a bit of help with this, websites like this one make it super easy and fast.
You’re sure to come back with tales of unexpected wonders.