Smack dab in the middle of the United States, Oklahoma represents a prime destination for travelers from the South, Southwest and Midwest alike.
But of course, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: why the Sooner State in the first place?
Sure, Oklahoma may not exactly be topping a ton of “must-see” tourist lists on travel blogs; however, that works in your favor if you’re a savvy traveler.
Think about it. Less crowded destinations are traditionally less costly, and Oklahoma most definitely delivers in that department.
Also, consider how its central location makes it a prime passing-through spot for a summer road trip. In fact, Outdoorsy notes that the most popular month for renting an RV in Oklahoma City is July. Perfect for roughing it or just spending some time in the great outdoors, there’s arguably no better spot for adventure if you know what attractions to check out.
That’s exactly why we’ve broken down some must-see spots for those passing through. Especially if you’re traveling as a family and want some fun, cost-effective alternatives to a traditional hotel, keep these caverns, falls and state parks in mind.
Take a Picture at Turner Falls
Located in the breathtaking Arbuckle Mountains and home to the state’s largest waterfall, this must-see site boasts everything from its namesake 77-foot waterfall to tons of hiking trails to explore. Bear in mind that Turner Fall attracts crowds, so the earlier you can get on the property, the better. As an added bonus, the site is friendly to both RVs and tent campers alike.
Explore the Alabaster Caverns
With over 200 acres of alabaster to adventure through, these caverns represent an intense trek that’ll undoubtedly get your heart pumping. Tours at Alabaster Caverns State Park last approximately 45 minutes, involving tight spaces and a 300-foot descent; however, the journey is totally worth it for those who are up for the challenge.
Go Back in Time at Robbers Cave State Park
Famously known as the hideout for Belle Star and Jesse James, this rugged campground is a dream come true for anyone who loves the great outdoors. In addition to being a prime spot for hunting and fishing, the campground is home to some amazing cliff-side hikes.
See Natural Falls Firsthand
Rated as one of the most beautiful places in Oklahoma, Natural Falls and its respective park are seen as a sort of “competitor” to the aforementioned Turner Falls. Representing a more relaxed destination with plenty of wildlife to see, campers can enjoy a stroll along the site’s walking trail and simply take in nature.
Hike the Black Mesa Trail
If you’re looking to experience the prairie, look no further. This desolate hike sites just over 8 miles and lasts for hours, but is a treat for those who scaling the 800-foot summit and are ultimately rewarded with the obelisk at the trail’s highest point.
There’s no shortage of things to do outdoors if you’re looking to break a sweat in Oklahoma, granted you know which spots to check out. Any combination of these attractions will not only get your heart-rate up, but also keep your travel itinerary full for no longer how long you’re in the Sooner State.