Spring and Summer aren’t here yet but we are already dreaming about day trips and weekend escapes we can check out in Oklahoma. There are many destinations around the state within driving distance of Tulsa. We’ve picked out 5 road trips from Tulsa that are perfect for day trips and weekend getaways this spring. So round up the family, pack a cooler, grab a bag and hit the road.
1.Spend a Day Splashing at Turner Falls Park
Distance from Tulsa: 159 miles (2hr 45min drive)
Why: Travel to Davis Oklahoma and for an outdoor adventure. Turner Falls Park has the largest waterfall in Oklahoma which makes it an automatic must-see destination! Aside from the 77ft waterfall, there are hiking trails, swimming holes, caves waiting to be explored and more! You can rough it in a tent, or rent a cabin. It is fun for all ages and offers a cool getaway for Spring and Summer.
Bonus Tip: On your way out of town, swing into Bedre Fine Chocolate in Davis. Pick up some decadent sweets for the car ride home! The Dark Chocolate Espresso Meltaways are to die for.
2. Escape to Eufaula Lake
Distance from Tulsa: 84 miles (1hr 28min drive)
Why: Take a weekend trip along the shores of Eufaula Lake. The trip is well worth it and can fit many different itineraries. Whether you’re looking for family fun, a fishing expedition, a romantic getaway or a ladies weekend there is a lot do in the area. Eufaula Lake is the largest lake in Oklahoma with 600 miles of shoreline. You can boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, hunting, golfing and horseback riding in the area. Plus there are so many kinds of fish here, like catfish, sandbass, Kentucky bass and more, fishermen love coming here.
Bonus Tip: Check out South Beach Cabin Rental to find your home away from home for a weekend. For dinner one night, head south and go to Pete’s Place in Krebs. It is famous for its Italian food and Choc Beer. The owner has been brewing and serving a special brew of beer made from a recipe that was given to him by the local Choctaw Indians. IT is a yummy little spot with great food and drinks.
3. Hike in Red Rock Canyon State Park
Distance from Tulsa: 162 miles (2hr 29min drive)
Why: Red Rock Canyon State Park is the perfect destination for any outdoors adventurer. This tranquil park offers beautiful hiking through canyons with vibrant red rock walls. You can even see pieces of history here, like old wagon wheels left behind as settlers travelled through the area on the way to California. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can go rappelling down the canyon walls. You can also go fishing at the fishing pond in the park.
Bonus Tip: If you’re hoping to observe nature, check out this guide to birding in Red Rock Canyon State Park. It will help direct you to the best spots for birdwatching, and observing all the beauty that lives here.
4. Immerse yourself in Nature at Beavers Bend State Park
Distance from Tulsa: 208 miles (3hr 30min drive)
Why: Beavers Bend State Park is a beautiful park in the mountainous region of Southeast Oklahoma. Along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River, you’re feel like you’re in another world as you travel down the winding roads to get here. Both Beavers Bend and Hochatown State Park are among the most popular areas in Oklahoma. Pack a picnic for a day exploring the park. Go for a hike, enjoy biking, boating, fishing, water skiing, river float trips, canoeing and more. There are RV and tent campsites along the Mountain Fork River and the Lakeview Lodge for overnight stays as well.
Bonus Tip: Broken Bow Lake has crystal clear water and hidden coves which make it perfect for water activities and even scuba diving! There are so many activities here and there are companies to rent you any equipment or offer guided activities. If you’re spending the night, make your campsite a hit with some of these creative s’mores recipes.
5. Get Closer to Nature at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Distance from Tulsa: 202 miles (3hr 12min drive)
Why: The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is an absolutely gorgeous area in the state.The refuge covers over 59,000 acres and is home to Texas Longhorn cattle, free range buffalo, prairie dogs, elk, deer and more. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling in the refuge. There are varying hiking trails with different levels of difficulty and all with scenic views. A trip to the refuge is one of relaxation and serenity. There are guided tours, and the Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center that has featured exhibits, changing displays and helpful staff that can make your trip to the refuge even better.
Bonus Tip: For a spectacular view, visit the Forty-Foot Hole, which is a popular hiking spot during the summer months. This unique area in the refuge is Near Lost Lake and features tumbling waterfalls and rock formations in a small gorge where Cache Creek flows through.
There you have it! These are the 5 road trips from Tulsa that we think are perfect for spring and summer. Where do you want to take a day trip or weekend getaway around Oklahoma? Let us know in the comment section below! We’re ready to explore in 2016 so stay tuned to the blog for our next adventure.