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By Lindsay Vidrine
Temperatures outside have started their slow descent which means it’s time to make plans for a fall getaway that takes advantage of the gorgeous weather and colorful foliage across the state.
From harvest festivals and pumpkin patches to recreational activities like hiking, fishing or camping, there are so many opportunities for rest and recreation. Luckily, there are several resources available to make your trip planning easier.
Perhaps one of the most vivid things fall brings is gorgeous foliage which makes for a great reason to take one of Oklahoma’s scenic drives. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s Fall Foliage brochure features 14 of the “best bets” in scenic drives. When planning, keep in mind that optimal viewing times for Oklahoma’s fall foliage are typically late October and early November. Conditions will vary depending on the weather, so for up-to-the-minute information about a specific foliage drive, call 1-800-652-6552 or visit TravelOK.com. Either resource will help you order the free brochure and provides the latest foliage conditions so you can plan a trip when the color is peaking.
For all-around family fun, Oklahoma’s Agritourism program is bursting with festivals and attractions in the fall, including picking pumpkins off the vine, exploring corn mazes, plus attending fall festivals and haunted hayrides. Check out Agritourism.TravelOK.com for a full list of attractions. While you’re there, you can order the free Oklahoma Land Bounty brochure which maps out locations for everything from pumpkin patches to corn mazes. You can also check out details on the Adventure Passport online contest for a chance to win monthly prize packages or the big grand prize which will be drawn in December.
A list of perfect fall getaways would not be complete without mentioning the cabins and lodges of Oklahoma’s state parks. We enjoy one of the most naturally diverse state park systems in the nation and fall is the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of the season while also enjoying the cooler weather and recreational activities. Order a free Oklahoma Outdoor Recreation Guide and get up to speed on everything from nature centers to hiking trails to bountiful fishing across the state.
Before you book, you should know that Oklahoma State Parks recently kicked off a special promotion to say “thank you” to U.S. troops both past and present. Now through February 28, 2011, active or retired military, as well as veterans are eligible for a 25 percent discount off of lodge rooms and cabin stays at any Oklahoma state park. Take advantage of the savings and the mild temperatures to make life-long memories with loved ones.
For more information free brochures, event information and other trip planning resources, visit TravelOK.com or call an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 1-800-652-6552.