4 Places to See Near the Wichita Mountains
Only about an hour and a half southwest of the Oklahoma City metro, the Wichita Mountains offer natural beauty and historical sights only a day trip away. Here are a few stops to add to your plan.
The Holy City of the Wichitas
You don’t have to cross the ocean to get a glimpse at what the Holy Land may have looked like when Christ was alive. The Wichita Mountains outside of Lawton, Oklahoma closely resemble the rocky slopes of Israel. And it’s that resemblance that makes Holy City of the Wichitas unique.
In 1950 George Shamus, after having earning a display case full of medals and surviving over a year in a German prisoner of war camp, opened a drive-in restaurant on The Mother Road. And his family is still serving burgers and corn dogs to eager road trippers today.
The First Rule of Travel in Flyover Country
Our professor slowed to a stop at the intersection of two country roads outside Murray, Kentucky, and asked for the road map. I can’t speak for the rest of my classmates, but I remember what was on my mind at the time – where in the hell are we going?
The Talimena Scenic Byway
When I told friends in family in my native Kentucky that was heading west to Oklahoma, I became very familiar with flat jokes. At the time, I believed them. But the Talimena Scenic Byway in southeast Oklahoma is the best example of how wrong that assumption was.
Roman Nose State Park
A sharp turn onto Highway 8A about 10 minutes north of Watonga, OK will steer you towards Roman Nose State Park. And if you love the outdoors, there’s something for you here in the canyon.
Cars Out to Pasture at Cadillac Ranch
When Crystal first requested a stop at Cadillac Ranch, I was a little confused – it sounded like something you’d name a bordello. Wrong ranch, apparently. This ranch is much tamer.
5 Things to Do in Guthrie, Oklahoma
The crowd from the Gentlemen of the Road Tour has cleared out. But there’s still plenty of interesting things to see in Guthrie, from authentic old west history to a haunted hospital.
The Endless Grass of the Llano Estacado
As we drove through the western Texas Panhandle, my Foursquare app listed a couple of the nearest “locations” as “the middle of nowhere.” He didn’t have an app to express it, but Coronado felt the same way over 450 years ago.
The Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie, OK
Like many of the late 19th and early 20th century buildings still standing in Guthrie, the Blue Belle Saloon is packed full of authentic Wild West history, down to the bullet holes in the ceiling.