What to See When You RV - Oklahoma Edition

Posted on September 10, 2018

 

Nicknamed the “Sooner State,” Oklahoma boasts landmarks and points of interest that are worthy of a look-see.

In Bartlesville in Northeast Oklahoma, visit the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve and see bison grazing in the grass. Observe the animals up close and personal on the wildlife drive from the safety of your RV as they cross the road in front of and behind you. Kids will love the petting zoo and play area. As you meander through the museum, see Indian and Western sculptures that represent different periods in history. This sprawling ranch was owned by Frank Phillips of Phillips Oil and of Route 66 fame, and his estate is open for a tour. Docents guide you through the various quarters of the 26-room mansion as you view short videos and hear delightful stories of the past.

Experience the beautiful botanical gardens in Oklahoma City. The Crystal Bridge section is especially inviting because you move from a rainforest atmosphere to a desert one. Nearby, check out the River Walk in renovated Bricktown for a boat ride or just stroll the many shops and restaurants. Visit the brewery and the National Memorial or play miniature golf. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has an indoor life-size Wild West town, including a gun collection and branding irons.

Near Honobia, in Southeastern Oklahoma, thrill to the stories of “Big Foot.” Thick woods give rise to the local’s reports of “Big Foot” encounters. There is even an annual Big Foot convention, which includes an evening of people sharing their Big Foot experiences around a campfire. If you do not come across Sasquatch yourself, it might be fun to spend an evening listening to others share their “experiences.” If it gets too creepy, hide out in your motorhome, and make it your fortress for the night. Enjoy the many creeks and streams that pepper the forest, or take an excursion on off-road trails in your ATV.

See the many outdoor wonders when you hike throughout state parks among rocky elevations, tall pines, and open grassland. Trek the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge among granite boulders or the wetlands of Cypress swamps in the Southeast. Whether your choice of hikes is among wildflowers, woodlands or creeks, you will find it in Oklahoma - from beginner’s trails to expert-level. The scenery is magnificent and campgrounds are abundant, so get those hiking shoes out of storage and take on some of the best trails found anyplace.

Motorhomes are common sights along historic Route 66, with the longest stretch (over 400 miles) being in Oklahoma. Stop along this piece of nostalgia and discover iconic attractions from the past, such as the Blue Whale in Catoosa, the Route 66 Museum in Clinton and Elk City, the 66-foot tall soda bottle in Arcadia, and Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler.

For ultimate freedom, camping throughout Oklahoma, either in a diesel RV or a gas RV, is a wonderful way to discover the state’s numerous outdoor areas. Enjoy stopping at small campgrounds tucked away in picturesque woods or burgeoning developments loaded with more things to do than you could possibly get to in one visit.

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