While there is plenty to do in and around Oklahoma City, sometimes it’s nice to get out of town for a weekend. Grab a few friends (or your family), stock up on snacks and hit the road! Here are four great road trip destinations within a few hours of OKC.
The Stone Lion Inn is only about a 45-minute drive north of Oklahoma City, making it the perfect spot for a quick overnight stay. The primary attraction at the inn is not the stunning wrap-around porch or the delicious breakfast, but rather the fact that it's haunted. The ghost of an 8-year-old girl apparently roams the halls of this Victorian Mansion, and you may hear her footsteps on the back staircase in the early morning.
The inn itself features a lovely library and parlor, and dinner is prepared each night in the 200-year-old French kitchen. The nearby town of Guthrie offers plenty to do, from the Oklahoma Territory Museum to Johnny's Rib Shack.
If you're craving some time outdoors, head to Turner Falls Park, located about 90 minutes south of OKC. This beautiful park offers something for everyone, from hiking, to caving, to fishing. The key attraction is the 77-foot waterfall — the largest in Oklahoma — and there are also campsites and cabins available if you want to spend the night.
Admission to the park is $12 per day for adults, and you can rent a screened shelter for just $40 per night.
Medicine Park is a quaint, welcoming cobblestone community about 90 minutes southwest of Oklahoma City. The town has a fascinating history, from its origins as an oasis for the Plains Indians to its current role as a resort town dotted with cottages, bed & breakfasts and crafts stores.
Some of the fun things to do at Medicine Park include visiting the aquarium, biking along the nature paths and visiting Fort Still. A river runs through the town, providing lovely opportunities for fishing, wading and relaxing by the water. You can learn more about your lodging and dining options on the town's website.
Located about three hours east of Oklahoma City, Talihina is a historic town that was built when the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad came through the area in the 1880s. The town now has a small population of 1,211 and has become a popular destination for tourists wishing to learn more about history and nature.
Some of the key attractions in Talihina include the Kerr Arboretum and Botanical Area, the Ouachita National Forest and the President Kennedy Monument. There are several small inns and bed & breakfasts where you can stay, and camping is available at Talimena State Park.