Alva

Bring the whole family to the city of Alva, located in northwest Oklahoma, in the middle of the tourism triangle that includes Great Salt Plains State Park, Alabaster Caverns and Little Sahara State Parks. Start with a trip to The Menagerie: Bradt’s Mammals & More where you’ll come face-to-face with farm and exotic animals, including miniature donkeys, zebras and even a camel. If it’s museums you prefer, Alva has got you covered. Established in 1902, the Northwestern Oklahoma State Museum is the second oldest in Oklahoma. After learning about fossils, shift your gaze upward at the Alva Regional Airport Museum for a dose of local aviation history.

Alva is also home to the Cherokee Strip Museum, which has one of the best collections of pioneer exhibits and Indian art and artifacts in the state. When it comes time to rest and refuel, Alva offers several hotel options, and restaurants like Gambino’s Pizza and Northern Chophouse are sure to please. As an added treat, around town you’ll also find an impressive series of more than a dozen historical murals that will add a wonderful touch of authenticity to your tour.

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