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Two nights from Oklahoma City

Georgia
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Two nights from Oklahoma City

My husband has a work trip to Oklahoma City in September and we are going out 2.5 days early to see that part of the US. I am after some advice on what we can see from Saturday lunchtime when we arrive until Monday evening when we check into the hotel. I have organised a car for hire for the free time. He is working in Oklahoma City until the Thursday afternoon, so local stuff we can do in the late afternoon/evenings. Wanting to get out of the cities and into the rural areas if at all possible. As Aussies living in the US for a few years want to see as much as we can. So advice for 2.5 days to fill from Oklahoma City catching some sights and experiences. After finishing in Oklahoma we have a 5 day trip planned out in Colorado before heading back to our temp home in Georgia.

Moore
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1. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

What kind of things do you like to do? Outdoor? Historical? Food? Budget friendly?

Georgia
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2. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

We love to sight see, not so into museums and galleries. Foodie stuff, beers, walking but not full on hiking. We will have a car and are happy to get out of town and drive. No hotel booked yet as have not decided where to go for these days. Scenery and local culture is more our thing.

oklahoma city
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3. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

Welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay. Bricktown is a popular place to stay with lots to do and see in the area. For a day trip out you might consider the Davis/sulphur area and stay at the Artisian (or something like that) you can see Turner falls and the chickasaw national recreation area including "little Niagara" and medicine park.

Midlothian,t
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4. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

I have to agree with mykapone

I would take the drive from Sulphur toward Davis on Highway 7 take a left on Chicksaw Trail road . Stay on it into the edge of the national forest .Stay on it too Acquaduct Road to highway 110 and take that into the town of Doughtery. .Stay on the road it will turn into 110 and main .Stay on main and at the end of town you will see a set of railroad tracks take a left before them that will be South Big Canyon Road . Follow it around and it will turn into dirt and become Big Canyon road /E1830 drive it a ways and see the country . You can take it all the way to 177 take a right and go into Ardmore and I 35 or you can turn around go back

When you get back to Main turn left go over thhe tracks and you will be on Kay Star Trail Stay on it to Falls creek goi up see it Drive back down onto Kay Star and drive it on back top Davis Okla. When you getto Highway 7 go left and it will take you to I 35 that will take you to OKC

From Sulphur to Davis to OKC is about 137 miles entire trip

Rather than drive into OKC I would make resvervations at Treasure ValLey Casino/Hotel Rates are reasonable

I would drive from there thru Davis to Sulphur then back to CHicksaw Trail and the route I gave you

Then the next morning get up and make the drive to Turner falls area and look around

I think I can send you a map will try so watch your PM here on Trip advisor

Moore
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5. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

I would recommend either a trip to the Davis/Sulphur area in the Arbuckle Mtns or the Wichita Wildlife Refuge area near Medicine Park. Both are about an hour and 15 minutes from OKC.

Turner Falls is near Davis right off I-35. If you're going after Labor Day and not swimming I wouldn't pay to go into the park. You can go to the lookout on the road past the park entrance and see the falls. The binoculars take quarters. Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies is right by there as well. They're pretty good. Downtown Davis has some antique stores. Smokin Joe's BBQ is really good as well as the Dougherty Diner. There's a bed and breakfast right on Main St, the LaVille Inn. I have never stayed there, but have heard good things. Treasure Valley Hotel/Casino is right on I-35 in Davis. I'm not a casino person, so I've never stayed there. I have heard the food in the restaurant is pretty good though. The Bedre Chocolate Factory is right there, also. They give free tours and you get a free sample...yum! The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is in Sulphur. I would highly recommend driving through the park. There's a Nature Center with some walking trails. They aren't too difficult. They lead to the springs where the water in the park originates. Little Niagara is right by the Nature Center. There's a bison/buffalo viewing area and the top of Bromide Hill gives a great view of the town. All of these things are inside the park area and are free! The Artesian Hotel/Spa/Casino is right by the entrance of the park. I have not stayed there, but it looks beautiful. The Sulphur Springs Inn is a B & B in town. Arbuckle Lake is another lovely place to see, which is accessible from Davis or Sulphur. The Chickasaw Cultural Center is in Sulphur also. I found this place to be very interesting and informative about our native people. There are several cabins to rent in the Davis/Sulphur area, many near the lake. You can go online to the Davis Chamber of Commerce website and click on lodging for more info. on most of those. Highway 77 is a much more interesting drive than I-35 if you like seeing small towns.

The Wichita Mtns area is southwest of OKC down I-44. Again, for a more scenic trip take one of the smaller highways. I prefer to do that if I'm not under time restraints. The Wildlife Refuge has free range buffalo, Longhorn cattle, and elk. There is a prairie dog town right on the road through the refuge. If you've never seen prairie dogs I highly recommend stopping and watching them. They are very cute and I love it when they bark. Do they have those in Australia? There's a Nature Center that's really nice and educational. There are several places to hike around, some really pretty small lakes and beautiful canyons. You have to drive up Mount Scott and look at the view. The Meers Store and Restaurant is right by here. It's all that's left of what used to be a gold mining town. It's a really funky building where you can get a Longhorn burger among other things. Medicine Park is an eclectic little town by the entrance of the Wildlife Refuge. I love this place! Medicine Creek runs right through the middle of town and the cobblestone walls and buildings are so cool! There are a few restaurants here. The one that hangs right over the creek is good. On a Saturday you might be able to catch a band playing in town. There are several cabins and cottages for rent in town. Bonnie and Clyde supposedly stayed in one here. If you go to the Medicine Park Chamber of Commerce website I think you can find out about them. The city of Lawton is close by too, but I couldn't tell you much about it as I have only driven through there. It's a decent sized city, so if you're just looking for a Holiday Inn or such I'm sure you can find whatever you need.

While staying in OKC I would recommend visiting the Oklahoma City Memorial downtown. Along the canal in Bricktown is a nice place to stroll in the evenings. There are lots of restaurants in that area. The Oklahoma City Dodgers, our minor league baseball team, play down there, and their games are fun if you like that sort of thing. The Boating District is there on the Oklahoma River downtown, also. They have a lot of activities going on like white water rafting and some other sports. I have yet to do any of these, but it looks fun. Oklahoma is probably best known for chicken fried steak, barbecue, and steak, so you'll have to have some of these while you're here. I hope you have a great visit!

P.S.- Where in Colorado are you going? I'd be glad to give you my recommendations for there, too.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma
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6. Re: Two nights from Oklahoma City

1. Eischens bar in Okarche has the best fried chicken and is the oldest saloon in OK; it's been open since the 18 90's.

2. Great Salt Plains in Jett

3. Pops in Arcadia

4. OKC bombing memorial museum

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