Every Friday in 2013, the Let’s Fly Away Across the USA series will feature a different state, documenting the things we love about each sate and what you should do or see when you visit.
The timing of this post is especially appropriate considering I’m officially staying in Oklahoma at least another year as I’m moving to a new apartment today! I moved here last May and spent a number of summers here growing up. One thing you may not know or expect about Oklahoma is it’s actually very scenic, at least here in the eastern part (I haven’t seen much of the rest of the state yet!). I love driving around here — you never know what you’ll see at the top of the next hill. Though I’m still exploring the state, I have to second Echo’s recommendation to visit the OKC memorial — you won’t forget it. Pops is next on my list — it’s a restaurant on Route 66 that serves 600 types of soda!
I’m Echo from Barely Mommy. I live in a little town outside Ada, Oklahoma (also the birth place of Blake Shelton) and with the exception of about 5 years living in Missouri, I’ve lived here all my life. I love Oklahoma and just about everything it offers (except the +100° summer days!). It will always be home to me.
No matter where you are in Oklahoma, there is plenty to do to keep you occupied, especially if you’re an outdoorsy kind of person. Oklahoma is full of rich history and incredible scenery. We also have the best of both worlds when it comes to different lifestyles. We have big cities with shopping and big business, but anywhere you look, you can find a small Mayberry kind of town where everyone knows your kids and will call you if they’re misbehaving. Oklahoma is one of those states where everyone treats you like family, and in times of need, we take care of you like family. The people in this state always band together to take care of our own.
1. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, OK. This is pretty much a wonderland for outdoorsy types. Swimming, hiking, bike trails, camping and just about anything else you can imagine. If you’re the swimming type, you can take a dip in the springs, just be prepared… It’s cold! We usually spend a good portion of our summers here.
2. Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma City. I personally love going to the zoo. We load up and take our kiddo for our enjoyment as much as his! Once of my favorite exhibits is the giraffes. The zoo keepers will give you little branches and when the giraffes walk up, they’ll eat them right out of your hand.
The zoo is always hosting fun classes, safaris, or exhibits, like Art Gone Wild where they sell paintings done by different animals (think elephants, sea lions, snakes, etc).
3. Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma City. Even for someone who wasn’t personally affected by the April 1995 bombing, this memorial will still bring you close to tears. You can’t put an experience like that into words. It’s heart wrenching, and so beautiful at the same time.
For bonus points
Since our temperatures are usually record-breaking, I suggest you hit one of our (many) lakes. I recommend Texoma or Eufala where you can usually find a great lakeside concert. The weather in Spring and Fall make them the perfect time to go camping without risking a heat stroke and waking up in pools of sweat.