Looking to take a vacation in the Sooner State, but aren’t sure where to go? From floating cabins to luxurious spas, we found 10 of the best spots to go in Oklahoma for an unforgettable vacation (not in any particular order).
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1. Shiloh Morning Inn, Ardmore
Ardmore, nestled at the base of the Arbuckle Mountains, offers trendy shopping opportunities, museums and more. Lake Murray State Park is nearby with a 5,700-acre beautifully clear lake. Take in a round of gold or tour Tucker Tower Nature Center overlooking the beautiful lake scenery.
Featured accommodation: Shiloh Morning Inn is a romantic, secluded getaway just a stone’s throw from Lake Murray State Park and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. This 73-acre country inn is an oasis for just the two of you. They have five large suites in the main house and four separate, secluded cottages. The large front porch with rocking chairs is a great place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.
2. The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa: Sulphur
Few places can boast of the rich Native American history you’ll find in Sulphur. It is known as the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in southern Oklahoma. The area includes the Lake of the Arbuckles, Veterans Lake, Travertine Creek and Rock Creek. Partake in outdoor activities all year round, including water sports, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping. With over 30 miles of hiking trails, hikers of all levels can traverse the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains.
Featured accommodation: The Artesian Hotel & Casino is a luxurious hotel with timeless style, a world-class spa facility, prime shopping and a bustling casino. You will be delighted with the array of fabulous amenities and activities all within the hotel.
3. The Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City
As Oklahoma's largest city, OKC has the largest amount of tourist attractions. The favorite attractions in "The City" include: Bricktown, Frontier City, Myriad Botanical Gardens, OKC Zoo, OKC Museum of Art, OKC National Memorial, Science Museum and OKC Thunder NBA Basketball games.
Featured accommodation:The Colcord Hotel is located in downtown Oklahoma City and is rich in history. The building was erected in 1912 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though the building's trademark elegance and historic architectural elements have been preserved, the revamped Colcord now has an updated style and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that suit the needs of all guests.
4. Roman Nose State Park Lodge
As one of the original seven state parks, Roman Nose State Park is located near Watonga in the northwestern portion of the state. Set amidst a beautiful canyon, recreation activities at this state park include an 18 hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddle boats, mountain biking, horse stables and hayrides.
Featured accommodation: Roman Nose State Park Lodge, a 22-room lodge, originally constructed in 1956, has been completely renovated to reflect the natural landscape of the area. The newly decorated rooms feature large showers, comfy beds, contemporary furnishings with a mid-century design and large flat-screen televisions. A restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner is located within the lodge.
5. Lake Murray Floating Cabins, Lake Murray
Lake Murray is a 5,700-acre lake inside Lake Murray State Park in south central Oklahoma. Lake Murray State Park is the largest state park in Oklahoma. Fishing, boating and all water sports are allowed at Lake Murray. Other activities include swimming, golfing, picnics, camping, horseback riding, hayrides, hiking, biking, rollerblading, miniature golf and paddle boating.
Featured accommodation: Lake Murray Floating Cabins are floating vacation villas right on Lake Murray. You'll love the living rooms with panoramic views of the lake and its wooded coves, white pine vaulted ceilings, stairs that take you up to a cozy sleeping loft, and sweeping verandas and balconies from which you'll watch the sunset or the sunrise. They offer many size cabins for large or small parties.
6. Quartz Mountain Resort, Lone Wolf
On the shores of Lake Altus-Lugert, the Quartz Mountain Nature Park offers golfing, fishing, boating, bird watching and cycling. Other attractions include an amusement park, rock climbing, hiking and more. They also offer the seasonal ATV riding in the area.
Featured accommodation: Quartz Mountain Resort is southwest Oklahoma's premiere destination resort that retains an element of the mystical and sacred that contributes to the overall atmosphere of the lodge-style hotel. Custom, hand painted art donated to the resort provides a visual of the rich heritage. Enjoy a round of golf or boating and swimming on the lake. The grounds provide a beautiful place to take a leisurely stroll or dine on the patio for more breathtaking views.
7. The Campbell Hotel & Event Center, Tulsa
You could spend days in Tulsa on your splendid vacation. From aquariums to zoos to shopping, the possibilities are endless. Visit the Brady Arts District, The Blue Dome District, The Greenwood District or the Deco District for areas full of art, music and delicious urban restaurants.
Featured accommodation:The Campbell Hotel & Event Center, a luxurious boutique hotel and Tulsa attraction with 26 uniquely themed rooms, perfect for a romantic getaway, a guest room for out-of-town visitors, or your home away from home. Originally built in 1927, as the Max Campell Building, it was restored and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was featured for the 2011 Designer Showcase.
8. WinStar World Casino, Thackerville
Thackerville, Oklahoma is a quiet country town just North of the Texas border and the Red River just off Interstate 35.
Featured accommodation: WinStar World Casino is the world’s largest casino featuring over 500,000 square feet of gaming floor bustling with nonstop entertainment. Stay in a luxurious room, eat at several upscale restaurants, play the table games or slots, or relax at the pool and spa. You'll have so much to do, you'll never need to leave the luxurious casino.
9. Lago Vista, Broken Bow
Beautiful Broken Bow, part of McCurtain County, is nestled in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. It is the gateway city to Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers, and the Ouachita National Forest. The average summer temperature is 80 degrees and the scenery is breathtaking. You can experience a multitude of outdoor activities in the area, as it is the perfect spot for nature lovers.
Featured accommodation: Lago Vista Bed & Breakfast is surrounded by gorgeous National Forest and State Park lands in Broken Bow. This mountainside inn is the perfect setting for your getaway to southeast Oklahoma. The Tuscan architecture, antiques and amenities will delight you in a surprising way. This B&B is for adults only.
10. The Canebrake, Wagoner
Wagoner is located in northeastern Oklahoma and is a town full of history, dating back to the Civil War. Tourist attractions in the area include: Clear Creek Monastery, Lavender Farm and Winery, Livasey Orchards and the Peach Barn. The area is full of Cherokee culture, wiith many historic homes, landmarks, and activities.
Featured accommodation:The Canebrake is an award winning eco-friendly resort and spa. Enjoy the luxurious rooms and Ayurvedic spa treatments, take advantage of classes in their state-of-the-art Yoga Barn, or escape from the grind with workshops and live music. It is a one-of-a-kind Oklahoma getaway destination.