Take This Hidden Gems Road Trip When You Want To See Some Little-Known Places In Oklahoma
If you’re looking to get away for a weekend trip and discover some new places in Oklahoma, check out this hidden gems road trip we put together. You’ll travel just over 500 miles and spend two days exploring some cool and fascinating hidden gems in Oklahoma. Follow along below, then gas up and check them out for yourself.
The total length of the trip is 511 miles and almost 10 hours of driving time. We recommend you split it up into two days, to allow extra time at each attraction.
1. The Holy City of the Wichitas, Cache
The Holy City of the Wichitas, 262 Holy City Rd, Cache, OK 73527, USA
One unique place to visit in the Sooner State is
The Holy City of The Wichitas
, which is located just outside of Lawton. It was built in 1926 as the set for an Easter Passion Play and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the grounds of this extraordinary place, you’ll find a little church and several structures that are absolute works of art. It was built to resemble Israel during Biblical times.
2. Parallel Forest, Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton
Parallel Forest, Meers Rd, Lawton, OK 73507, USA
Travel just down the road to the haunted
- a uniform forest that looks like something out of a horror movie. The Parallel Forest has over 20,000 trees, planted exactly six feet apart in every direction, and it’s rumored to be haunted. It was built by the federal government as an experiment to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl.
3. Magnetic Hill, Springer
Magnetic Hill, OK, Pit Rd, Springer, OK 73458, USA
In the small town of Springer (near Ardmore) lies an
ordinary hill with a strange phenomenon
. If you put your vehicle in neutral at the bottom of the hill, it will suddenly appear to defy gravity as it rolls backward, uphill. it's a fun place to visit, so be sure and check it out.
4. Collings Castle, Davis
Collings Castle, Davis, OK 73030, USA
Next, travel to Turner Falls Park to
. The waterfall is very popular but most people don't know there is an old castle hiding in the mountains that you can hike to. The building was abandoned in 1980 but still stands today in the park. Collings Castle is just a short hike down the path from the falls. It's included in the admission to the park and is a must-see historic attraction.
5. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Spiro
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 N 1st St, Spiro, OK 74959, USA
Did you know Oklahoma is home to one of the most important American Indian sites in the nation? It’s true.
is known worldwide for its vast collection of artifacts that were dug from one of the dozen mounds on the land. It’s the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site open to the public in Oklahoma, and you can take an easy walk along a trail to see these magnificent treasures.
6. Younger's Bend Trail, Stigler
Younger Bend Trail, OK-71, Stigler, OK 74462, USA
Take a trip to
and see the final resting place of Outlaw Belle Star. This lawbreaking legend was shot in the back in this area and laid to rest here in front of her cabin. It's a cool place to hike and imagine all the outlaws that once walked the land.
7. J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve, Tahlequah
J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve, Tahlequah, OK 74464, USA
J.T. Nickel Preserve
is located near Tahlequah in the Ozarks and comprises 17,000 acres of astounding beauty and environmental protection areas that are filled with spring-fed creeks, forests, woodlands, prairies, wildlife species and so much more.
8. Ribbon Road/Sidewalk Highway, Ottawa County
Route 66 Ribbon Road/Sidewalk Highway Landmark, E 140 Rd, Miami, OK 74354, USA
was completed in 1922; and, at nine feet wide, it's only a little wider than your average sidewalk. There is now only a three-mile section remaining of the original 15 miles on Historic Route 66. Look for the historical marker on E. 140 Road near Miami.
Feel free to use
this interactive map for the exact route or to change it up.
Looking for more road trips in Oklahoma? If so, check out
this haunted road trip that will take you to some creepy places in the state.
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The Best Attractions In Oklahoma
What are the best man-made attractions in Oklahoma?
The best man-made attractions in Oklahoma include:
The Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton provides interactive natural history exhibits that educate visitors about Native American and pioneer life.
Myriad Botanical Gardens is in the heart of Oklahoma City and its 15 acres of walking paths and lush plant life provide a respite from the noise of the city.
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, near Bartlesville, has 3,700 acres of land where bison, longhorn cattle, elk, and other animals roam across the landscape.
Take a look at some more of the best man-made attractions in Oklahoma.
What are the best natural attractions in Oklahoma?
Here are some of the best natural attractions in Oklahoma:
Chickasaw National Recreation Area contains several hot springs, some freshwater, and some sulfur water, surrounded by lush trees for a relaxing getaway.
Bathtub Rocks has a naturally-formed rock waterslide that locals love to ride on during the summer months.
Great Salt Plains State Park is 840 acres of salt that contains hourglass-shaped selenite crystals that visitors love to dig for.
Find out more about these and other places that are the best natural attractions in Oklahoma.
What are the best Route 66 attractions in Oklahoma?
The best Route 66 attractions in Oklahoma are:
Route 66 Museum, located in Clinton, contains a ton of Americana and Oklahoma history with information about the Big Band era, 1950s diners, and various other exhibits.
The Round Barn is an iconic Oklahoma roadside attraction that stands 43 feet high and is 60 feet in diameter. Built in 1898 by William H. Odor, it has been a peculiar attraction ever since.
Totem Pole Park has several concrete totem poles, including the world’s largest at 90 feet tall. It was built by Ed Galloway in 1948.
Find out about these and nine more of the best Route 66 attractions in Oklahoma.