The most beautiful places to visit in Oklahoma

Top 17 of the most beautiful places to visit in Oklahoma

Beavers Bend Resort Park – one of the most stunning places to explore in Oklahoma

Beaver Bend State Park Oklahoma

Nestled along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River, the Beavers Bend Resort Park is located on the rugged terrain of southeast Oklahoma. With winding roads, crystal clear waters, towering pines, and hardwood trees, Beavers Bend is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Enjoy the water recreation activities along a 180-mile pine-studded shoreline or indulge in bird-watching and nature center activities in solitude. With numerous hiking trails including the South Park Trail, Skyline Trail and Forest Heritage Tree Trail, Beaver’s Bend is a haven for avid hikers and campers.

Medicine Park – a fascinating cobblestone town and one of the best places to visit in Oklahoma

Medicine Park Oklahoma Often referred to as the cobblestone community, the dotting red rocks town of Medicine Park lies on the foothills of Mount Scott in Comanche County. Founded by Elmer Thomas, this historical cobblestone town is named Medicine Creek that flows right through the heart of the town.

Take a lazy stroll by the Medicine Creek, swim in the Bath Lake, or enjoy the mesmerizing scenery with beautiful horizons in this vintage cobblestone town. Bask in the glow of sunset with a beautiful backdrop of Wichita Mountains or explore the antique shops of this pretty town, the friendly spirit of this town will make you visit over and over again.

Oklahoma City – the revitalized capital of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

This is a friendly big small city with plenty of Southern Charm. It’s mostly known for its cowboy culture, being home to the state capitol, and being located on the iconic Route 66.

The city also has a fun side with a collection of great restaurants, kitschy roadside attractions, history, culture, and plenty of things to do at night too. Enjoy! 

Wichita Mountains – a pristine Oklahoma beauty spot with a rich cultural heritage

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains Oklahoma

Named by the American Indian tribe that inhabited this region for centuries, the Wichita Mountains constitute southwestern Oklahoma capped by millions of years old igneous granite rocks. Fort Sill, one of Oklahoma’s renowned military forts is located in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains.

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a unique protected habitat to diverse wildlife since 1901. Located near Lawton, the refuge hosts remnant mix grass prairie, lush forests, and rolling grasslands. Part of the wildlife refuge, the Holy City of the Wichitas will take you back during biblical times. The 22,400 acres of the refuge offer recreational activities including wildlife watching, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and picnicking.

Route 66 – the iconic road-trip in Oklahoma’s stretch of Mother Road

Route 66 Oklahoma

A mecca for the old-road fans, the iconic U.S. Route 66 runs from west to northeast across the state of Oklahoma. With more than 400 miles of drivable miles, Route 66 runs from west to northeast across the state. Make your way past charming towns, quirky landmarks, and historical attractions in this famed highway of Oklahoma.

Take a nostalgic ride to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, the National Transportation and Route 66 Museum in Elk City, and Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler with a mix of historic and modern experiences. Experience the authentic towns of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Elk City, Miami, and many small friendly towns as you ride along the Mother Road. 

Tallgrass Prairie – a beautiful under-the-radar Oklahoma gem 

Tallgrass Prairie Oklahoma

Home to the largest tract of remnant tallgrass prairie preserve in the world, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve spans over 40,000 acres of vast land. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies in the Osage County near Pawhuska.

Established in 1989, the landscape harbors a rich diversity of plants and animals. Take a scenic drive to the heart of the Preserve and watch the American Bisons, take a self-guided nature trail, enjoy a picnic or visit the historic 1920 ranch bunkhouse, this expansive landscape provides panoramic views of grasses and wildflowers as far as the eye can see.

Glass Mountains State Park – one of the most ruggedly beautiful places to visit in Oklahoma

Glass Mountains State Park

The Glass Mountain in the rural town of Fairview is a northwest Oklahoma treasure. Often referred to as Gloss Hills, the Glass Mountains contain high selenite that looks like a shiny glass exterior. Rising starkly from the relatively flat surroundings, the multi-hued selenite crystals can be found on the slopes and top of the mesas of this sparkling mountain.

With spectacular views of the valley floor, prairie stretch, and Lone Peak Mountain, the state park captures charming scenery. Take a hike to Cathedral Mountain or watch the wildlife, this sparkly state park is worth a drive from Enid city.

Talimena National Scenic Byway – the most beautiful road journey in the state

Talimena National Scenic Byway

Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Oklahoma, especially during the Fall. Travel along the ultra-scenic 54 mile long Talimena National Scenic Byway and you’ll be treated to some seriously spectacular views. 

In fact, the road was made to make the most of the incredible scenery in this part of Oklahoma and the road crosses through the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Expect beautiful mountains, foliage, and wonderful views. 

Grand Lake of the Cherokees – a beautiful and popular family vacation spot in Oklahoma

Grand Lake of the Cherokees

One of the largest lakes of Oklahoma, the Grand Lake of the Cherokees is indeed grand. Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range, the Grand Lake is located in northeast Oklahoma. With over 1,300 miles of shorelines, the Grand Lake offers plenty of opportunities for nature seekers as well as thrill-seekers.

Whether you camp at the Honey Creek, explore the rustic bridge on the Horse Creek Cove, or launch a boat at the Elk River Area, the Grand Lake offers exceptional days of lake activities. With the adjacent five state parks including the Grand Lake State Park, the Grand Lake offers a luxurious stay around the winding and scenic shorelines.

Natural Falls State Park – a gorgeous gem filled with beautiful Oklahoma sceneryNatural Falls state park in Oklahoma

Among the scenic Ozarks in the Delaware County of Eastern Oklahoma, the bright and scenic Natural Falls cascades at 77-feet through rock formations. Tucked away in the picturesque setting, the area surrounding the waterfall is the Natural Falls State Park.

One of the beautiful locations of Oklahoma, the park includes the waterfall, hiking trails, camping grounds, picnic shelters, playground, gardens, and much more. Locally called the Dripping Springs, the moist setting provides a thriving area for ferns, mosses and may other plants and wildlife. Look for the lamp posts at the lower portions of the falls and get a chance to witness the falls at night. 

Oklahoma State capitol building – one of the most beautiful buildings in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State capitol

Housing the Oklahoma state’s legislative and executive branch offices, the Oklahoma State Capitol building lies along Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The unique state capitol building is adorned with permanent sculptures, murals, a majestic black granite staircase and marble fixtures. A true reflection of the rich history of Oklahoma, the statue of the Guardian sits atop the beautiful dome.

Built-in 1917, the Capitol complex holds is the only US State Capitol ground with active oil rigs. To the north of the capital is the Oklahoma Veterans Memorials that depict the times of World Wars, Korea War, and the Vietnam War

Chickasaw National Recreation Area – a stunning nature adventure to explore in southern Oklahoma

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Oklahoma’s oldest national park, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is located near the town of Sulphur in Murray County. Established in 1902, the national park protects numerous freshwater springs, forests, hilltops and countryside surroundings.

Visitors at Chickasaw get to witness the Platt Historic District and the Lake of the Arbuckles in Oklahoma’s vast wilderness. A special family park, the Chickasaw National Park offers a variety of activities including swimming, skiing, sailing, hiking, camping, and biking. Take a soothing dip in one of the calm pools or stroll along the shoreline, this quaint national park is an ideal blend of water, wildlife, and foliage.

Turner Falls – a popular family-friendly attraction to visti in OklahomaTurner Falls Oklahoma

A quick getaway for those living in Oklahoma and surrounding states, Turner Falls is located approx. six miles south of Davis. Nestled on the Honey Creek in the Arbuckle Mountains, the Turner Falls is Oklahoma’s tallest waterfall.

Surrounding the falls is the Turner Falls Park with plenty of nature trails, rock formations, and a natural swimming pool with a beautiful backdrop of some of the oldest mountains on earth. Discover the ancient Collings Castle and the hidden caves above the waterfall as you explore this natural wonder.

Quartz Mountain State Park – a natural haven perfect for outdoor lovers

Quartz Mountain State Park

Protecting the western shores of Lake Altus-Lugert, Quartz Mountain State Park is an oasis of fun at the western end of the Wichita Mountains. Located 13 miles east of Mangum, the Quartz Mountain state park was established in 1937.

A gateway to the Wichita Mountains, the Quartz Mountain State Park offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, and water recreation opportunities for the novice as wells as experts. Camp under the stars or float across the beautiful waters, this peaceful getaway is a serene escape from the city. 

Quanah Parker Lake – a lovely retreat in the Wichita Mountains Quanah Parker Lake

Tucked away inside the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Quanah Parker Lake is a small lake located in Comanche County. Named after the last native Quahadi Comanche tribe, the Quanah Parker Lake was built on the Quanah Creek during the 1930s. Offering 89 surface acres of water within three miles of shorelines, the lake offers a quiet spot amid the towering mountains.

From scenic mountain tops to hidden waterfalls, the sunrises over this lake is something heavenly. Take an early hike to the mountains or picnic along the shores, there’s serene beauty around every corner. 

Robbers Cave State Park – A soothing family getaway in the mystical woodlands

Robbers Cave State Park

Once a hideout place for the famous outlaws, the Robbers Cave State Park is nestled in the hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains. Featuring stiff cliffs, lush forests, and scenic lakes, Robbers Cave is a relaxing destination to reconnect with nature. Spanning across 8,246 acres, the park offers beautiful views of Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace, and Coon Creek.

The famous outlaw cave hidden in the formations of sandstone hills and cliffs is the center of this park. The park and adjoining areas offer excellent hiking trails, rock climbing, fall foliage viewing, and an abundance of outdoor to keep you entertained. 

Thunderbird Lake – a tranquil retreat located amongst beautiful Oklahoma countryside

Thunderbird Lake

A man-made lake located in Norman city of Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird provides waters to the adjoining Norman, Del City and Midwest City. Formed by an earth-fill embankment, the reservoir was created on the Little River in 1965.

Named after the supernatural bird of power and strength, Thunderbird Lake is a part of the Thunderbird State Park. Featuring a variety of water activities and outdoors, the park offers excellent recreation for those craving some outdoor thrill and peace. 

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Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.

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    Clara

    15 January, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Great article! I have not had the pleasure of visiting Oklahoma but seeing its images I put it on my list of destination to visit. Greetings from Spain and sorry for my English. 🙂

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