Named for a Cherokee word meaning "sweet water,” Waynoka is a western Oklahoma gem. Home of Little Sahara State Park, this area is a great example of Oklahoma’s diverse landscape where visitors are treated to over 1,600 acres of sand dunes ranging from 25 to 75 feet high. Bring your own off-road vehicle or rent one nearby and drive it right to the park. Little Sahara State Park also offers over 200 campsites, picnic facilities and seasonal concessions.
Those looking for a helping of history will find it at the 1910 Harvey House and Santa Fe Depot. This complex houses the Waynoka Air Rail Museum, which is located on the BNSF main line and has 50 to 100 trains that pass by daily. The building also houses El Charro Mexican Restaurant. Another unexpected eatery in Waynoka is Cafe Bahnhof, an authentic German restaurant where you can feast on schnitzel, brawtwurst and all the ice cold beer you can drink. Be sure to snag a reservation, because this popular spot fills up fast.
Want to see the greatest light show on earth? Look to the night sky at one of Oklahoma’s secluded stargazing hotspots. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the back porch of a resort lodge with all the comforts of home, or take in the show from your backcountry campsite at a state park. Whether you join one of the orchestrated “star parties” in remote corners of the state or strike out on your own stargazing adventure, come to Oklahoma and see the universe in a whole new light.Learn More
There’s more than meets the eye at Oklahoma State Parks. Unique natural features are just some of the wonders waiting to be found.Learn More
There’s more than meets the eye at Oklahoma State Parks. Historic structures are just some of the wonders waiting to be found.Learn More
Escape the winter doldrums with these fun and unique ideas for wintry fun in the Sooner State. Whether you’re looking for a cozy, rustic getaway, a luxurious weekend in the city or something in-between, these three itineraries will point you in the right direction.Learn More