Your boundless curiosity and thirst for knowledge leads you to immerse yourself in local culture, but anything drab is stricken from your menu. You see and judge things according to their unique details and prefer to paint your experiences in shades of bright color. If it’s where the locals go, you’re ready to pull up a seat. An outlaw at heart, you go through life searching for experiences that pop, but aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort for adventure. You prefer driving on the road less traveled in an air conditioned vehicle, chasing fresh and compelling vacation stories the entire way. Oklahoma will plunge you into an awe-inspiring journey that will leave your adventurous spirit satisfied and thirsty for more.
Get a taste of life on the trail, learn to rope a steer and discover what it takes to be a genuine cowboy at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan. With exhibits detailing the cowboy way of life, this museum and interactive experience will take you on a journey across the Oklahoma prairie. Take to the plains and drive a herd of cattle in the center’s Experience Theater. Engage your senses as you gaze at the screen and be wowed as you smell bacon frying, notice a roaring breeze blast through the theater and feel your chair start to shake. As a cowboy falls from his horse into the river below, brace yourself for a watery surprise!
Make your way to downtown Oklahoma City in June for the annual Red Earth Festival and witness the richness of American Indian culture firsthand. Peruse the works of celebrated Indian artists and marvel at the traditional regalia of the participants. Feel the overwhelming energy as hundreds of dancers stomp and twirl to tribal rhythms. If you’re still searching for that defining Oklahoma experience, head on over to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie for a world-famous rodeo. Watch as real cowboys go for the top prize in events such as bull riding and steer roping.
Hop in the car and hit the Mother Road for a few off-the-beaten path haunts. Your adventurous taste buds will shout for joy at POPS, Arcadia’s newest Route 66 attraction. This ultra modern gas station is seemingly out of place amongst the backdrop of the surrounding Oklahoma countryside. However, once inside you’ll understand why POPS is quickly becoming a quirky roadside attraction that has the locals coming back for more. With thousands of soda bottles lining the glass walls, visitors can choose from an endless array of soda flavors including blue bubble gum, chocolate cream and huckleberry. Stick around until after the sun goes down and see the giant 66 foot soda bottle outside light up with a rainbow of LED colors.
Tap into your inner Steve McQueen and travel up Route 66 to Miami for a visit to Route 66 Vintage Iron. With over 25 antique motorcycles on display and one of the largest Steve McQueen collections in the country, Route 66 Vintage Iron will inspire the road warrior within. Also try Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum in Afton and check out 50 full-size exotic and custom car vehicles. From street rods to sports cars, pickups to concept vehicles of the future, this museum will speak to your inquisitive nature and leave you amazed at these works of art.
Searching for a spine-tingling good time? Well look no further, these attractions will leave you breathless and exhilarated. As a Redbud Renegade, you don’t easily shy away from the unusual or untamed. So climb aboard a trolley for the Tulsa Spirit Tour and put your nerves to the test. Paranormal investigators will transport you on a ghostly tour behind the scenes of Tulsa landmarks while filling your imagination with tales from beyond the grave. Let yourself be taken away by the haunting atmosphere and try not to scream! Book a room at the Stone Lion Inn of Guthrie and sign yourself up for a thrilling Murder Mystery weekend. Arrive dressed in character, mingle with the other guests over cocktails and wait for the lights to go out. Solve the mystery before the murderer sets his sights on you!