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Exploring OKC & Central Oklahoma
The Sooner State is almost bisected by Historic Route 66 – where the travelers of which may find big city attractions and lots of small-town charm. Explore historic sites like Fort Reno, visit the Oklahoma State Capitol in OKC, or splash around Oklahoma’s largest body of water at Lake Eufaula State Park.
Set amongst the Oklahoma Plains, Weatherford is our first stop along our Route 66 tour. Home to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford is an interesting city with plenty to see and do.
Weatherford is home to the Stafford Air & Space Museum – a 40,000-square-foot learning center named for famed astronaut and local legend Thomas P. Stafford. The museum features several historic air and spacecraft, plus flight suits, a Titan II missile, a moon rock, and more.
This scenic town is also home to Oklahoma’s second-largest wind farms, the Weatherford Wind Energy Center. The farm can generate enough energy for over 40,000 homes in a single day, and is an obligatory photo op during your Route 66 road trip.
For a sense of the size of these things, check out the turbine blade at the Weatherford Wind Energy Center kiosk neighboring City Hall.
Set just south of Weatherford, the Crowder Lake State Park consists of the 158-acre Crowder Lake and the accompanying 22-acre park. Visitors can anticipate boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and even rappelling.
Set in Canadian County, Oklahoma, El Reno is a historic Old West city full of historic sites, shopping and dining, and Outdoor fun to boot.
Constructed in the summer of 1875, Fort Reno is a U.S. Historic district found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A former Indian Wars Era military camp, the Historic Fort Reno consists of 25 structures – best explored with a campus tour.
There is a lot to do in El Reno, from shopping in Historic Downtown El Reno to catching a ride on the Heritage Express Trolley. Other stops in El Reno include Canadian County Historical Museum, the Centre Theatre, and great local eateries like Gilmore's Pub & Barefoot Bar, Montana Mike's Steakhouse, and Johnnie's Grill.
Encompassing 333 acres, Lake El Reno is located southwest of downtown El Reno. Head for the water during the warmer months for boating, fishing, water and jet skiing, and even buffalo sightings.
The Sooner State’s capital and largest city, Oklahoma City is our major city along this Route 66 road trip. The 27th largest city in the country, OKC consists of a bustling downtown, and surrounding cities like Moore, Midwest City, Edmond, and Yukon.
OKC features massive festivals, plenty of cultural attractions, and professional sports, and historic sites – it’s almost hard to know where to start.
Oklahoma City is busting with major attractions. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and of course, the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Traveling with children? Head for the Oklahoma City Zoo, Frontier City amusement park, or hit the Ferris Wheel at the Oklahoma State Fair. Sports fan? Grab a seat at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, or catch a baseball game with the Oklahoma City Redhawks at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
OKC is also a big golf city. Swing by the fairways of Trosper Park Golf Course, Earlywine Park Golf Course, Lakeside Golf Course, and Brookside Golf Course.
Didn’t bring the clubs? The Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park of OKC is always open.
From Oklahoma City, continue east on Interstate 40, or Historic Route 66, passing over Seminole on U.S. Route 377. After 115 miles, hang a right on U.S. Route 69 to Eufaula. If you're in Route 66, be sure to stop at Pops on Route 66 in Arcadia – one of 24 things to do in Oklahoma in 24 hours!
Lake Eufaula – Oklahoma’s largest lake thanks to Eufaula Dam – features tons of recreational activities. Enjoy fishing for bass, catfish, and crappie, boating (speed, kayak, and canoe), and water sports like water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding.
An annual event in Eufaula, Whole Hawg Days is a summer festival held on Lake Eufaula. The Whole Hawg Days Festival offers a parade, poker run, barbeque cook-off, vendors, and a carnival.
WHD also features the Eufaula Round-Up Club Rodeo at McIntosh Fairgrounds, an arts festival at Posey Park, and breakfast at the Eufaula Community Center.
Set on Lake Eufaula, you can find hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVing at the neighboring Lake Eufaula State Park.
Remain on Interstate 40/Route 66, moving east over the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, and plenty of Route 66 roadside fun. For another sample of small-town Oklahoma, head south on U.S. Route 59 – passing over the Arkansas River – and head for Poteau.
Poteau has many attractions from which to choose. Check out Cavanal Hill (known as the World's Highest Hill), Heavener Runestone Park, and Old West artifacts at the LeFlore County Museum.
You can continue your Oklahoma road trip along the Talimena Scenic Drive – a 54-mile scenic byway through the eastern Sooner State. Course your way through the scenery of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain – both in the Ouachita National Forest.
Head for the trees at Lake Wister State Park. Visitors may hike, bike, and mini-golf amongst 33,000 acres of parkland, or head for Lake Wister itself. The 7,000-acre Lake Wister features over 150 miles of shoreline, and activities like swimming, boating water skiing, and a splash park for kids.