Bring the whole family to Alva, a northwest Oklahoma city located in the middle of the Great Salt Plains State Park, Alabaster Caverns State Park and Little Sahara State Park tourism triangle. Start with a trip to Bradt's Menagerie, 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 NWOSU Museum of Natural History 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 Holder Drug Soda Fountain and You Pick Restaurant 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.
While making your way across Oklahoma, stop and gaze at vibrant mural artworks that bring building walls to life. Explore Oklahoma’s exciting past as you take in historical murals and appreciate the unique creative visions of some of Oklahoma’s most talented artists.
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.