Regional Advantages in Oklahoma
Lakes & Rivers
Oklahoma boasts more shoreline than the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts combined. With 1 million surface acres of rivers and lakes statewide, pristine water destinations–and lush surrounding vegetation–abound.
Prominent lakes and rivers:
Lake Eufaula, Lake Tenkiller, Eufaula Lake, Lake Texoma, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Arkansas River, Canadian River, Red River
Mountains & Mesas
From the verdant Ouachitas in the east to the arid Black Mesa in the west, Oklahoma’s cliffs, peaks and mountain ranges provide countless striking geological destinations, all within a day’s drive of Oklahoma City.
Prominent mountains, mesas and ranges:
Quartz Mountains, Wichita Mountains, Ouachita Mountains, Black Mesa, Arbuckle range, Glass Mountains
Plains & Prairies
Interspersed across the state are sweeping, cinematic grasslands where vistas of land and sky stretch on for miles. Two hours northeast of OKC, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is one of the last remaining prairies in the country.
Prominent plains and prairies:
Red River Valley Region, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Western High Plains, Central Great Plains, Southwestern Tablelands, East Central Texas Plains
Towns like Guthrie and Pawhuska are rich in Americana and old charm. Historic main streets transport visitors to another time, while a rich connection to the land means miles of untouched countryside are never far away.
Prominent rural towns:
Guthrie, Pawhuska, Sulphur, Medicine Park, Eufaula, Broken Bow, Pauls Valley
Landmarks & Historical Districts
Oklahoma is home to a rich, offbeat architectural and cultural history. OKC alone holds seven historic districts and a wealth of Mid-Century architecture, Tulsa is famed for Art Deco style, and landmarks like the Golden Driller and Oklahoma City National Memorial stand tribute to our past.
Prominent landmarks and historic districts:
Oklahoma City National Memorial, Historic Route 66, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, Henry Overholser Mansion, Brady Theater, The Golden Driller, Sequoyah’s Cabin, Guthrie Historic District, The Skirvin Hilton