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North Oklahoma Tour
Sooner State Small Town Charm
From the Oklahoma panhandle to the Chikaskia River, northern Oklahoma serves up everything from Old West museums and one of the largest PRCA rodeos in the state to art galleries, city festivals, and plenty of parkland.
Set in the Heart of the Panhandle, Guymon is a northern Oklahoma town with plenty to see and do.
Guymon is busting with attractions in Texas County. Make certain to explore the Main Street District of Guymon, walk through the No Man's Land Museum, and browse the Wild Horse Art Gallery.
Guymon is known as the Saddle Bronc Capital of the World, and also hosts the annual Pioneer Days Celebration & PRCA Rodeo over the first weekend of May.
One of the largest rodeos in Oklahoma – and certainly the biggest annual event in Texas County – the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is held at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. The rest of the city is bustling with events like the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant, a carnival, parade, tournaments, and more.
If you’re looking for a little outdoor time, Guymon offers 13 parks across 160 acres. Be sure to check out the 32-acre Sunset Lake & Thompson Park – best for fishing, paddle boating, and picnicking.
Attention golfers, Guymon also features the 18-hole Sunset Hills Course – a municipal golf course with a par of 71 over 6,236 yards of golf.
From Guymon, hop on U.S. Route 64 and head east for 250 miles until you reach Blackwell. You’ll get to know northern Oklahoma along this four-hour stretch passing through Buffalo, Alva, and the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.
Set right on Main Street, the Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum is housed within the Electric Park Pavilion – constructed in 1912.
Showcasing items dating back to the late 1800s, this free museum features agricultural, Native American, and early Blackwell artifacts. Invest in a guided tour, or hit the Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum store.
Blackwell is an incredibly festive city to boot. Don’t miss the Kay County Free Fair during the fall, Tulips Abloom Festival during the spring, and Blackwell's Fourth of July for all your Independence Day summertime adolescent hijinks.
Blackwell is simply packed with parks. Picnics and playgrounds are found at Bagby Park and Beatty Rodgers Park. Try swimming and hiking at Legion Park, more swimming plus skateboarding and horseshoes at Memorial Park, and some ball fields at Riverside Park.
And if you’re looking to hit the links, check out the Blackwell Municipal Golf Course.
Set in northern Oklahoma (as the name of the tour would imply), the city of Stillwater is a cultural, historical, and educational hub. Found at the US-177 and State Highway 51 intersection – and about an hour north of Oklahoma City along I-35 – Stilly features plenty to see and do.
Covering about 1,500 acres, Oklahoma State University features a “small city” campus to its many students, faculty, and visitors. Head over to OSU to check out the many historic buildings, cheer on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and browse the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum.
Stillwater is nicknamed the "Home of Red Dirt Music" – due to both the color of the soil in this region of Oklahoma, and the various country/folk/blue artists to emerge from this city.
Local music venues include the Tumbleweed Dance Hall & Concert Arena, Eskimo Joe’s, and Willie’s Saloon – where country-legend Garth Brooks was discovered.
Stillwater also features some incredible golf courses – made incredible but its breezy climate and many area lakes. Check out the 18-hole Karsten Creek Golf Club, the 18-hole Lakeside Golf Course, and the 18-hole Links At Stillwater course.
Set in the far northeast corner of Oklahoma, about 1.5 hours from Tulsa along Interstate 44, Grove is a historic Old West town deemed thought provoking by history buffs and those interested in the American West.
The massive (by that we mean over 46,000 acres) Grand Lake o' the Cherokees attracts outdoor lovers from around the world. This stunning body of water is ideal for sail boating, bass fishing, and recreation along its 460 miles of shoreline.
Several festivals occur throughout the year at Grand Lake, including the American Heritage Music Festival, Cajun Fest, and Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest.
Several unique attractions dot the Grove landscape, including the 1893 Cayuga Mission Church and Downtown Grove – full of boutique and eateries. While in Grove, be sure to explore the three-acre Lendonwood Gardens, the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, and Har-ber Village Museum – known as Grove, Oklahoma's Pioneer Museum.
Grove is settled amongst the many outlets and branches of the Neosho River, meaning water recreation abounds. In addition to Grand Lake, check out the the Wolf Creek Park & Boating Facility, Honey Creek State Park, and Bernice State Park.