Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Not long ago I was meeting with a family considering a move to Edmond from the west coast.  Of course we chatted about the schools and the real estate market for a little while.  But what they really wanted to know was, "where do you go from here on a long weekend?"  They were used to loading everyone in the car and taking a road trip at a moment's notice.  They thought for sure a move to Oklahoma would be the end to that lifestyle.  I was quick to point out that from Oklahoma City it's an easy drive to Dallas, Branson, St. Louis, and Kansas City for a long weekend.  I also let them know they wouldn't need to leave the state for a quick getaway.  There are plenty of places you can hop in the car and get to right here in Oklahoma.  

Since Spring Break is upon us, I thought you might be interested in the 5 popular Road Trips from OKC I told them about.  Just in case you need an idea or two to entertain those kiddos!

  1. Explore Route 66:  Historic Route 66, AKA the Mother Road, winds right through Tulsa and the Oklahoma City metro (turn by turn map).  Along the way you can see popular attractions like the Blue Whale in Catoosa (on my bucket list, really), the Round Barn in Arcadia, and the world's largest concrete totem pole in Foyil.  Whatever you do, don't forget to stop at Pop's on your way home!
  2. Lake Eufaula:  Head due east for almost two hours (map) to Checotah and you will find one of Oklahoma's largest lakes, Lake Eufaula.  The lake is a popular destination for fishing, camping and boating.  The historic town of Eufaula is a great place for antiquing and shopping.
  3. Alabaster Caverns:  Located in Freedom, this state park is a three hour drive from Oklahoma City (map).  The rockstar of this park is a tour of the 3/4 mile cavern made of Alabaster.
  4. Arbuckle Wilderness:  Kids of all ages will love driving through the Arbuckle safari.  They also have animal exhibits and rides for the whole family.  It will take you about an hour to get to Davis from the metro (map)
  5. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge:  This is a family favorite.  We make this trip every spring.  The drive is just about two hours from Oklahoma City (map).  While there you can drive to the top of Mt. Scott, go hiking, and maybe see a bison or two.  You won't want to miss the Holy City and be sure to stop for a burger in Meers.  You'll have to wait a bit to be seated, but it will be worth it!
Did I leave one of your favorite Oklahoma Roadtrips off the list?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

Talk to you soon!


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