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By Lindsay Vidrine
It’s time to set your New Year’s resolutions and I hope one will be to get out and explore this great state in 2011. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department wants to make your trip planning easier with several new publications.
The 2011 Oklahoma Travel Guide, Discover Oklahoma Destination Dining Guide, and Oklahoma Indian Country Guide are hot off the press and free for the taking.
The 2011 Oklahoma Travel Guide is a glossy magazine filled with helpful tips, photography, contact information and travel ideas covering the entire state. Special features in this year’s guide include extended coverage of Oklahoma’s most popular sites from outdoor recreation activities to Agritourism destinations to the hottest in urban nightlife.
The Discover Oklahoma Destination Dining Guide has also been updated with the latest and greatest in delectable eats. This food lover’s companion was compiled by the Oklahoma experts from the Discover Oklahoma television show, and is the ultimate guide to exploring more than 120 uniquely Oklahoman diners, soda fountains, drive-ins, and restaurants from around the state.
Oklahoma also receives year-round interest from travelers seeking American Indian experiences so the Tourism Department created a new specialty brochure to meet the need. The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is free of charge and assists travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma’s 90+ tribal museums, historic sites, art galleries and more, including a casino guide. Visitors can learn about the state’s distinct culture and history through profiles detailing the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma, more than any other state. The guide also features breathtaking artwork, historic photography, maps, and major events and festivals.
“These attractive, easy-to-read guides are filled with information about our great state from border to border and are essential planning resources for travelers,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “Both publications capture the beauty and personality of Oklahoma while also offering a diverse range of itinerary ideas.”
All three brochures are free and can be ordered online at www.TravelOK.com or by calling an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 1-800-652-6552. They are also being distributed through the 12 Tourism Information Centers statewide.
In addition to these annual publications, travelers can also order specialty brochures like the popular Oklahoma Route 66 Guide or Oklahoma Agritourism guides which plot out wineries, guest ranches, hunting destinations and much more all across the state. These brochures are free resources to help plan a day trip or getaway in Oklahoma.
For more great travel ideas, tune in to the weekly television program Discover Oklahoma or click on www.TravelOK.com for coupons and planning tools.