It’s no secret Oklahoma is full of unique and fun places to visit. From delicious restaurants to beautiful state parks, I found 10 great places in Oklahoma that are way out in the boonies but so worth the extra drive. If you’ve never taken the time to get out and explore places farther away, there’s no better time than now.
1. Great Plains State Park, Mountain Park
Located in southwestern Oklahoma (and not to be confused with Great Salt Plains), Great Plains is located close to the Wichita Mountains. The area is full of rugged terrain that offers many outdoor activities and sweeping views of the surrounding area.
2. Fish Tales Restaurant, Tishomingo
You'd never guess this building was a restaurant with its barrel-shaped metal building until you step inside. The only thing guests will find on the menu besides drinks and desserts is the buffet - filled with the best fried catfish around.
3. Tiger Safari Zoological Park, Tuttle
A trip to Tiger Safari in Tuttle in a must for animal lovers. You can get up close and personal with many exotic and domestic animals including tigers, otters, lions, leopards, alligators and many more. You can even spend the night in an African safari hut at the zoological park.
4. Holy City of the Wichitas, Lawton
Nestled in the heart of the Wichita Mountains is an area that looks like Israel during Biblical times. The Holy City of the Wichitas is home to the longstanding Easter passion play, "The Prince of Peace." The Holy City has a beautiful chapel along with many structures for viewing.
5. Black Mesa State Park, Kenton
Black Mesa is located in Oklahoma's extreme western Panhandle section and boasts the highest point in the state -4,973 ft. above sea level. You can hike to the top of the mountain, camp in the area, watch for wildlife and view the amazing night skies unlike anywhere else in the state.
6. Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil
The world's largest totem pole is located in this park in Foyil, Oklahoma. Totem Pole Park is an iconic Route 66 attraction that draws in visitors to see the famous pole and several other smaller structures. Bring your camera to take pictures at this unique Route 66 spot.
7. Livesay Orchards, Porter
Porter, Oklahoma is the "Official Peach Capital of Oklahoma" and home to the Livesay Orchards. You can pick your own produce, visit the pumpkin patch, eat delicious peaches (in season) and enjoy a fun afternoon in the great outdoors.
8. Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers
This unassuming restaurant is home to "Oklahoma's Best Burger" and is about the only thing left in the little town of Meers. This historic restaurant is a place you'll want to discover.
9. Great Salt Plains Park, Jet
Great Salt Plains Park is one of Oklahoma's most unique topographies in the state and is the only place in the world to dig for selenite crystals. The park contains a lake that is half salt water and the land is covered with salt from an ocean that once covered this area. It truly is a unique place in the state to visit.
10. Roman Nose State Park, Watonga
As one of the original seven state parks in Oklahoma, Roman Nose State Park is a hidden gem in Watonga. The park offers captivating canyon views, hidden waterfalls, hiking trails, a beautiful lodge and many outdoor activities.