Whether you are looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, exploring Oklahoma is truly amazing. Take a drive across the state on these country roads, and enjoy the diverse landscape that makes Oklahoma beautiful.
1. Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway
Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway travels through southwest Oklahoma's historic towns of Medicine Park, Meers, Mountain View and Apache and onto the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
2. Route 66
Route 66 Byway travels through 400 miles of Oklahoma's diverse communities and countryside ending in Quapaw in the north and near Texola in the south.
3. Cherokee Hills Byway
The 88-mile byway follows Highway 10 north of Interstate 40 to U.S. Highway 412 winding through Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties. Highlights of the drive include Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River that are carved out by blue-grey flint stone, encased by towering bluffs and lined by some of the most picturesque foliage in Oklahoma.
4. Meers-Porter Hill Road (West towards Meers)
Looking west towards Meers, Oklahoma (near Lawton).
Drive west towards Meers, Oklahoma on NW Meers-Porter Hill Rd. for breathtaking scenery.
5. Mountain Gateway Scenic Byway
The Mountain Gateway Scenic Drive in southeast Oklahoma follows U.S. Highway 59/ 270 for 22 miles between Heavener, Oklahoma and the Arkansas state line. This state highway is a two-lane paved road with some steep grades and sharp curves. Drive through the forested valleys of the Ouachita Mountains, one of America's oldest land masses.
6. Mountain Pass Scenic Byway
The Mountain Pass Scenic Drive is located in southeast Oklahoma. It follows US Highway 259 for 23 miles between Page, Oklahoma and Octavia, Oklahoma. The byway goes through the Ouachita Mountains and also cuts through the 26,445-acre Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area. Several scenic turnouts are located along the route providing beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys wilderness areas.
7. Hwy 325 from Boise City to Kenton in the Oklahoma Panhandle
The rugged beauty of the western landscape in the Oklahoma Panhandle is worth the drive. Head northwest and enjoy the drive up state Highway 325 from Boise City to Kenton. During this 38-mile drive, you'll enjoy views of Black Mesa, the highest point in the state.
8. Talimena Scenic Byway
The Talimena Scenic Byway winds 54 miles along the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest. Without stops at the many vistas and attractions along the way, the route takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive. A leisurely drive can take all day. It is the most popular scenic drive in the state of Oklahoma.
Which scenic drive do you think is the most beautiful in Oklahoma? If you have any more scenic routes to add to this list, please comment below.