Have you wanted to explore more of our beautiful state but thought you would need too much time? You may be surprised to learn how many great getaways are waiting only two hours or less from Oklahoma City. We've made a list of five attractions to get you started on your summer planning.
Gloss Mountains State Park
Oklahoma is most often associated with the Great Plains, but this park's landscape features stunning mesas rivaling those in the deep Southwest. The name comes from the crystals that give the mountains a glasslike appearance in the sunshine. Stairs and handrails along the trail make the top of the mesa easily accessible for all. Picnic facilities are available, so be sure to pack a great lunch!
Everyone in the state owes it to themselves to take at least one trip along this iconic link to America's past. The stretch from OKC to Elk City takes about an hour and 45 minutes to travel, so you can plan out your trip(s) based on which attractions you stop at along the way. Some of the many highlights include Fort Reno, Cherokee Trading Post and the National Route 66 Museum.
Lake Eufaula State Park
This park on the shores of Oklahoma's largest body of water is a perfect spot to spend a beautiful summer day. Several hiking and biking trails offer views of the park's foliage and wildlife, and you can learn more about both at the Deep Fork Nature Center. Kids will enjoy the playgrounds, fishing pond and nine-hole disc golf course. If you visit with your significant other, be sure to take a lock to add to the romantic display at Love Lock Fountain.
Holy City of the Wichitas
This unique site in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge first gained national attention for its breathtaking performances of the Easter Passion Play. The "stage" is a recreation of Israel during biblical times, including Calvary's Mount, Pilate's Judgment Hall and the Garden of Gethsemane. Year-round attractions include a memorial to the victims of the OKC bombing along with a Veterans Walkway and the World Chapel.
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Native American culture is deeply embedded in Oklahoma's soul. The Cultural Center is an amazing opportunity to get an up-close look at the history and traditions of the Chickasaw people. The 109-acre campus features an honor garden and an amphitheater that hosts stomp dances, concerts and other performances. Get a hands-on experience with the interactive displays in the Exhibit Center.
Do you have any day trip locations to add to the list? Share them in the comments!