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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.

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.

3 Airport Restaurants in Oklahoma

Unless you are a pilot or happen to know one, you may be missing out on good food and great views at some at restaurants on Oklahoma’s general aviation airports. While these gems are well known to the aviation community, you don’t need an aircraft to eat at these restaurants.

Discovering Alabaster Caverns, the World’s Largest Gypsum Cave

There are only 3 places on this planet where you’ll find a rare mineral called black alabaster – Italy, China and Freedom, Oklahoma. Touring the over 100,000 year old gypsum cavern at Alabaster Caverns State Park is only one of the great ways to spend a day here.

The Growth of Oklahoma City’s Plaza District

As writer David Christopher puts it, “if you live in Oklahoma City and haven’t been to the Plaza District, you’re out of touch.” The Plaza District has quickly become a center of local arts and unique new businesses.

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