Oklahoma is full of picturesque places that are a sight to behold. We may not have the reputation for being a glamorous and flashy state, but don’t let that fool you…we have many marvels in the Sooner State that must be seen to be believed. Here are 12 of them:
1. Heavener Runestone Park, Heavener
Not only does Heavener Runestone Park have markings of Vikings to view, but it is full of spectacular places to explore and enjoy...including this waterfall.
2. Gloss Mountains, Fairview
These mesas and buttes sparkle when the sun shines on them and become picturesque. The shine comes from the selenite crystals on the top and slopes of the mesas.
3. Talimena State Park, Talihina
For a fairy tale drive head out to the Talimena Scenic Byway for endless places that will take your breath away. The drive will take you 54 miles through one of Oklahoma's most beautiful and captivating places.
4. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur
Chickasaw National Recreation Area holds up to its nickname, "the oasis in the prairie." The waterfalls, natural springs and wildlife are breathtaking.
5. Red Rock Canyon State Park, Hinton
The red canyon walls within the state park are not only an outdoorsman's dream come true, but they provide a stunning backdrop to the park. It is one of the top places to go for rappelling, rock climbing and hiking in the state.
6. Great Salt Plains Park, Jet
You won't believe this marvel exists in Oklahoma until you visit it. Salt covered terrain, crystals hidden underground and a salt water lake make this area a one-of-a-kind destination in Oklahoma.
7. Spillway from Bluestem Lake, Pawhuska
The rushing water at Bluestem Falls is a place you will want to see in person. The sound of the rapid water and the surrounding scenery make this spot a beautiful sight.
8. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Pawhuska
Oklahoma is known for its wide open spaces and prairies blowing in the wind. To view the world's largest protected area of tallgrass on earth, head to Pawhuska and take the 50-mile drive along peaceful and scenic public roads, while enjoying the views of adjacent private ranches.
9. Tucker Tower at Lake Murray, Ardmore
Located on the southern shore of Lake Murray stands Tucker Tower, 60-feet above lake level. The tower is a beautiful piece of architecture that has a history dating back to the early 1900s. It is now a nature center with many interesting and educational displays and exhibits.
10. Philbrook Museum, Tulsa
This marvelous museum was just named the most beautiful place in Oklahoma by House Beautiful Magazine. It is absolutely exquisite and a must-see place in the Sooner State.
11. Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow
The scenic beauty in Beavers Bend make this spot a top destination in Oklahoma. From lakes and rivers to mountainous regions, Beavers Bend boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the state.
12. Spillway at Spavinaw State Park, Spavinaw
Clean, turquoise waters flow over the spillway near Spavinaw Lake in Grand Lake State Park. The area is the perfect place for a peaceful getaway while enjoying the great outdoors.