4 Bucketlist Day Trips From Leedey, OK to Escape Small Town Livin’

Finding cheap accommodation, like my steal of an Airbnb during my long-term stay in Leedey, Oklahoma, is hard to find. The low cost of living allowed me to spend money elsewhere, like on day trips to the city to enjoy sightseeing and excursions during my travels.

Another reason I chose to stay in Leedey was because it was centralized to many cities and other states. During my long-term stay, I was able to explore several bucket list locations during my day trips while lying my head on my pillow back in Leedey at night.

To be frank: Sometimes it’s just nice to escape the small-town-500-person-population vibes (and no, I’m not joking. The population in Leedey REALLY IS 500 people).

After my 1.5 month-long stay in Leedey, I felt it was necessary to share the best one day trips to escape the small town life. After all, if I can budget-travel full-time, so can you!!!

Let’s dive right in.

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    Tulsa, Oklahoma | Day Trips

    3.5-Hour Drive From Leedey

    Male jogger crossing the street in traffic in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    Photo Credit: Drew Harbour/Unsplash

    Fun Facts About Tulsa:

    • Tulsa invented the Yield sign.
    • Garth Brooks is from Tulsa.
    • It’s illegal to go to bed with your boots on in Tulsa.

    Things To Do In Tulsa:

    Jazz Hall of Fame

    Exterior of Jazz Hall of Fame building in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 111 E 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74103 | Hours of Operation: TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATION | Admission:

    This non profit museum places jazz, blues, and gospel musicians on a pedestal. The hall of fame music venue is located in the former Tulsa Union Depot. The museum features exhibits displaying photographs, biographies, artifacts, and memorabilia from iconic musicians like Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald.

    Woody Guthrie Center

    Exterior of Woody Guthrie Center building in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 102 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103 | Hours of Operation: Wed-Sun 10AM-6PM Admission: $12 for adults

    This public museum in Tulsa highlights the legacy of American Folk Singer-Songwriter Woody Guthrie.

    Located at 102 East Reconciliation Way, the Woody Guthrie Center is fixated in the Tulsa Arts Museum. Musical instruments, samples of original work, notebooks, lyrics written in Guthrie’s handwriting, and photographs are a few of the artist’s memorabilia featured at the museum.

    Tulsa Air and Space Museum

    Airplane models inside the Tulsa Air and Space Museum
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 3624 N 74th E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74115 Hours of Operation: Tues-Sat 10AM-4PM Admission: $8 for adults

    This 19,000 square-foot space showcases vintage aircraft and historical information on air and space.

    Some current and former exhibits include topics on Pearl Harbor survivors, WWII, Commercial Aviation, among others.

    Prayer Tower

    The exterior of the Prayer Tower surrounded by trees in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    Photo Credit: Daniel Nieto/Unsplash

    Address: 7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74171 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat Noon-5PM Admission: FREE!

    Located on the campus of Oral Roberts University, the Prayer Tower is a 200-foot glass and steal structure that opened in 1967. The tower has an observation deck that provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the area.

    The tower is located at the center of campus to symbolize the role of prayer at the private Christian University.

    Best Hotel Accommodation If You Need to Spend More Than A Day in Tulsa:

    Dog Friendly: Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown

    Budget Friendly: Ramada by Wyndham Tulsa

    Luxury: Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Day Trips

    2-Hour Drive From Leedey

    Trina Thomas jumping in front of the Greetings From Oklahoma wall mural in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    Fun Facts About Oklahoma City:

    • Oklahoma City is the state capital of Oklahoma.
    • Hobby Lobby’s headquarters are located in Oklahoma City.
    • The capitol building located at 23rd and Lincoln is the only capitol building in the U.S. with a working oil well on it’s property.

    Things To Do in Oklahoma City:

    Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

    The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial in Om

    Address: 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun Noon-5PM Admission: $15 for adults

    The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum honors the lives lost and those who survived the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19,1995.

    The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a quiet area to reflect on that day. Located where the Murrah Building at one time stood, the memorial has a field of empty chairs to represent each life lost in the bombing.

    The Memorial Museum provides visitors with an interactive learning experience. There are self-guided tours covering information on the bombing and its aftermath.

    Lake Hefner Lighthouse

    Trina Thomas walking up to the Lake Hefner Lighthouse.

    Address: 4491 S Lake Hefner Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73116-1530 Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 5:30AM-11PM, Sat 8AM-11PM, Sun 6AM-11PM Admission: FREE!

    Lake Hefner was named after former Oklahoma City Mayor Robert Hefner. Created in the mid-1990s, the man-made lake is used for boating and fishing.

    The Lake Hefner Lighthouse stands 40 feet tall and is nestled between restaurants and a marina. The design of the hexagonal tower was inspired by the second oldest lighthouse in the United States called the Brand Point Lighthouse.

    P.S. To get to the lighthouse, enter the restaurant “Louie’s Grill and Bar” and it will take you right there!


    The Bricktown Watertower in the Bricktown district of Oklahoma City.

    Address: 429 E. California, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Hours of Operation: 24/7 Admission: FREE!

    Located in the center of Oklahoma City, this lively entertainment district provides visitors with restaurants, retail store, and wine bar experiences. There is a water taxi that can take riders down the Bricktown Canal for tours, dinner cruises, or a method to get from point A to point B.

    RIVERSPORT Adventures

    Riversport Adventures in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 800 Riversport Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73129 Hours of Operation: 11 AM-6PM Daily Admission: Depends on activity

    Located in the Boathouse District, RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks provides guests with adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, tubing, surfing, adventure courses, zip lining, slides, extreme jumping, wall climbing, pump tracks, sailing, flat water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, indoor alpine skiing, and more.

    Best Hotel Accommodations If You Need to Spend More Than A Day in Oklahoma City:

    Dog Friendly: Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown Bricktown

    Budget Friendly: Wingate by Wyndham Oklahoma City Airport

    Luxury: The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

    A recap of my time in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Amarillo, Texas | Day Trips

    3-Hour Drive From Leedey

    Trina Thomas and her dog, McCoy, at the Texas/Oklahoma state line.
    McCoy and me at the Oklahoma/Texas state line.

    Fun Facts About Amarillo

    • Amarillo was once called the “Helium Capital of the World” for having one of the nation’s most productive helium fields.
    • Amarillo is one of the largest meat-packing cities in the United States.
    • The major industries in Amarillo are Ranching and Farming, Education, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Medical and Tourism.

    Things To Do In Amarillo:

    Cadillac Ranch

    9 Cadillac Vehicle upside down in the sand at the Cadillac Ranch installation in Amarillo, Texas.
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124 Hours of Operation: 24/7 Admission: FREE!

    This Amarillo roadside attraction stands along historic Route 66. Designed and built by art-hippies from San Francisco, the art display pays tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin.

    There are 10 Cadillacs that are half buried in the ground, nose down. People stop off the highway to views the Cadillac’s and can spray paint them. It’s every graffiti-enthusiasts’ dream.

    Texas Air and Space Museum

    Airplane inside the Texas Air and Space Museum
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 10001 American Dr, Amarillo, TX 79111 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM Admission: Free! Donations accepted.

    This aviation museum is located by the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Displaying civilian and military aircraft, the museum was created in 1989.

    Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

    RVs inside the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV museum.
    Photo Credit: Iack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum Facebookh

    Address: 14501 I-27, Amarillo, TX 79119 Hours of Operation: Thurs-Sat 10AM-3PM Admission: FREE!

    Jack Sisemore and his son Trent began collecting and restoring vintage RVs more than 25 years ago. The Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum showcases the father-son duo’s collection. Visitors can expect to see the first-ever Itasca motor home, the oldest Fleetwood that exists, and the Flexible Bus from the movie RV.

    The museum is free of charge and open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Route 66 Historic District

    Route 66 Historic District
    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    Address: 3511 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106 Hours of Operation: 24/7 Admission: FREE!

    This historic neighborhood of Amarillo includes 6th Ave, a one-mile stretch of Route 66. The district includes antique and collectible stores, restaurants, and retail shops.

    Best Hotel Accommodations If You Need to Spend More Than A Day in Amarillo:

    Dog Friendly: Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown

    Budget Friendly: Comfort Inn & Suites

    Luxury: Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo

    Dallas, Texas | Day Trips

    4.75 hour drive from Leedey

    Love wall mural at Dealey Plaza.

    Fun Facts About Dallas

    • The frozen margarita machine was created in Dallas.
    • There are 24.9 million visitors a year to Dallas, with 48.9 million visiting the Dallas-Metro area.
    • With a central location in the United States, most flight times from Dallas are approximately four hours.

    Things To Do In Dallas:

    Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

    Exterior of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza building from across the street.

    Address: 411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202 Hours of Operation: Wed-Sun 10AM-5PM Admission: $18 for adults

    If you’re a former President John F. Kennedy fanatic, the museum located within the former Texas School Book Depository is the place for you.

    The main exhibit, John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation is on the sixth floor. The museum shares historical facts surrounding the assassination and legacy of the 35th President of the United States. Collections include over 90,000 items that relate to the assassination and its aftermath on the local and global front.

    George W. Bush Presidential Center

    Exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.
    Photo Credit: Wikipedia

    Address: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM Sun Noon-5PM Admission: $26 for adults

    This museum is located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The museum features a high definition video wall that is 20-feet tall and provides a 360 degree view.

    There are 43,000 artifacts in the “Nation Under Attack” exhibit that displays steel from the World Trade Center.

    “As the 13th Presidential Library, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum promotes an understanding of the American presidency, examines the specific time in history during which President Bush served, and provides access to official records and artifacts from the George W. Bush Administration.”

    Reunion Tower

    The Reunion Tower from the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza.

    Address: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207 Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 2:30PM-8:00PM Admission: $19-$35 for adult general admission tickets

    The Reunion Tower is a 561-foot observation tower in Dallas. Located at 300 Reunion Blvd, the Reunion Tower sits in the heart of the downtown Reunion district. The tower is the 15th tallest building and is part be Hyatt Regency Hotel. Visitors can make their way up tot he GeO Deck which is 470 feet up in the sky and provides 360-degree panoramic views. There are special activities like Painting with a View and Sunrise Yoga that take place at the Reunion Tower. Adults can take advantage of the Love is in the Air package for a romantic date night.

    Best Hotel Accommodations If You Need to Spend More Than A Day in Dallas:

    Dog Friendly: La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Dallas – Addison Galleria

    Budget Friendly: Best Western Plus Addison Dallas Hotel

    Luxury: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

    A recap of my time in Dallas, Texas.

    4 Bucketlist Day Trips From Leedey, OK to Escape Small Town Livin’ Summary:

    If you’re lookin’ to save a dollar on accommodation, consider staying in Leedey, Oklahoma. You’ll be able to take advantage of spending your money elsewhere like these 4 day trips from Leedey:

    • Tulsa
    • Oklahoma City
    • Amarillo
    • Dallas

    What cities do you love to visit when taking day trips from Leedey? Share with me in the comments! Happy travels :).

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