5 Bucketlist Attractions in Oklahoma (for Western OK travelers)

If you’re planning to make your way through the Western part of the state, make sure to tackle my five favorite attractions in Oklahoma while I visited the state for two months.

Aside from the attractions, I’ll provide important information like the hours, address, and recommended excursions and overnight accommodations that are nearby.

Let’s dive right in.

Trina Thomas and labrador retriever, McCoy, at Little Sahara State Park in Oklahoma.
McCoy and me at Little Sahara State Park

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    5 Bucketlist Attractions in Oklahoma

    A rural road between Leedey, Oklahoma and Clinton, Oklahoma.
    A rural road while driving from Leedey, Oklahoma, to Clinton, Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

    Address: 2229 W Gary Blvd, Clinton, Oklahoma 73601 Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am – 5 pm Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and older), $4 for students ages 6-18 Phone: 580-323-7866

    Exterior of the Oklahoma Route 66 building in Clinton, Oklahoma.
    Exterior of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

    Located in Clinton, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum takes visitors on a journey through the country’s most famous highway. Historical topics and attractions you’ll discover during your visit include the Dust Bowl, the Big Band era, a 1950s diner, and Route 66 exhibits.

    What They’re Saying

    This is a good experience. The museum is well laid out, and well maintained taking you on a path chronology through the years. To enhance your experience, make sure you find the QR codes in most of the rooms. Not the largest of Rt 66 museums, but one of the nicest.

    VillagerRick, July 4, 2022, review on TripAdvisor

    Nearby Overnight Accommodations

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Historic Route 66
    Vrbo: New! Spacious House – 1 mi to Lake and Boat Ramp!

    Relevant Oklahoma Excursion: Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

    Getting There

    National Route 66 and Transportation Museum

    Address: 2717 W 3rd St, Elk City, Oklahoma 73644 Hours: Mon-Sat, 9AM-5PM, Sun, 1PM-5PM Admission: $5 for adults Phone: 580-225-3542

    The National Route 66 and Transportation Museum sign located in Elk City, Oklahoma. 

    Similar to the Route 66 museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, the National Route 66 and Transportation Museum is located in Elk City, Oklahoma. 

    According to the Elk City website, the museum includes:

    • Roadside attractions
    • A gift shop
    • Memoirbelia of Popeye 
    • Historical documents

    What They’re Saying

    Amazing little museum! They detail the construction of the route, the development of the locations along the route, the growth of Americana and tradition. Many actual articles and autos to look at as well as loads of newspaper clippings to add to a timely flavor. Most definitely worth a stop!

    Laura D., July 15, 2022, review on TripAdvisor

    Nearby Overnight Accommodations

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Elk City
    Vrbo: NEW! Rustic Home w/ Patio, 1 Mi to Sunset Beach!

    Relevant Oklahoma Excursion: Oklahoma City Scavenger Hunt

    Getting There

    Little Sahara State Park

    Address: 101 Main St, Waynoka, Oklahoma 73860 Hours: 24/7 Admission: $10 Phone: 580-824-1472

    Trina Thomas and labrador retriever, McCoy at Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka, Oklahoma.

    With over 1,600 acres of sand dunes that range from 25-75 feet tall, Little Sahara State Park was my favorite attraction during my time in Oklahoma.

    According to the Park’s website, “The vast dunes have formed over time from terrace deposits, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area.”

    Make sure you head to the park’s main office to purchase admission ticket which is $10 for most visitors.

    Park Safety Rules and Regulations:

    • Every vehicle must have attached whip to the ORV. This must extend 10 feet from ground to top of whip.
    • Vehicles are required to have 6 x 12 bright orange flag attached within 10’ of whip’s tip.
    • Vehicles are required to have bright white front and red rear lights for night use.
    • Dune buggies, 4×4 vehicles are required a roll bar that can support vehicle weight and have a seatbelt for each passenger. 
    • All operators under 18 are required to wear a helmet. 
    • Double ATV riding is not permitted unless the vehicle specifically manufactured to allow other passengers.

    What They’re Saying

    The park is designed for off road vehicles and ATVs. There are restrooms, ATV rentals, and RV hookups. There aren’t really any hiking trails through the dunes. The observation deck may have been above the dunes at one time, but now the sand is off in the distance. If you’ve never been to a sand dune area it’s definitely worth a visit, but watch out for ATVs! We wish the park was a little more pedestrian friendly.

    Traveling Gingerbread, Jan. 2021 review on TripAdvisor

    Nearby Overnight Accommodations

    Hotel: Trails Inn & Suites Motel
    Vrbo: NEW! ‘Dunes Stay’ Waynoka Home Near Little Sahara!

    Relevant Oklahoma Excursion: Oklahoma City Indoor Skydiving with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

    Getting There

    Plains Indians & Pioneers

    Address: 2009 Williams Ave, Woodward, Oklahoma Hours: Tues-Sat 10 AM to 5 PM Admission: FREE Phone: 580-256-6136

    The Pioneer Museum located in Woodward, Oklahoma.

    The Plains, Indians, and Pioneer Museum shares the Northwest Oklahoma history through semi-permanent exhibits, that were made possible through Oklahoma Humanities Council planning and implementation matching grants. The “Northwest Passages” Exhibit received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local History in 1987. The Oklahoma Historical Society in 1993 named the museum the “state’s best local history museum.”


    What They’re Saying

    My husband and I were taking a visit to Guthrie just to look at the older homes and decided to stop to visit the museum. It was well put together and a very interesting afternoon. It’s not a large Museum but we found ourselves reading all of the placards on the wall. They have a well-put-together collection of artifacts from the pioneers and Native Americans that lived in this area a century ago. Well worth the time. Go visit!

    Evelyn G., June 2019 review on TripAdvisor

    Nearby Overnight Accommodations

    Hotel: Candlewood Suites
    Vrbo: Relaxing Rural Family Home with a great outdoor experience

    Relevant Oklahoma Excursion: Dallas Shuttle To Oklahoma’s WinStar World Casino From The Westin Galleria

    Getting There

    George Geotzinger Memorial Walking Trails

    Address: 2800 22nd St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801 Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 AM-5 PM Admission: Free

    Trina Thomas and Labrador retriever, McCoy, walking the George Geotzinger Memorial Walking Trails/

    Located in and around the Great Plains Field Station, the Goetzinger Walking Trails are paved throughout Woodward, Oklahoma. The trail spans over 5.5 miles and 1.5 miles of nature trails.

    What They’re Saying

    Best walking trail in NW Oklahoma.

    Stacey Gunter, June 2014 review on Foursquare

    Nearby Overnight Accommodations

    Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites
    Vrbo: Meadowview House

    Relevant Oklahoma Excursion: Oklahoma Art and Architecture Tour

    Getting There

    5 Bucketlist Attractions in Oklahoma: Summary

    While traveling through the Sooner State, be sure to visit the following attractions in Oklahoma:

    What are your favorite attractions in Oklahoma? Share with me below in the comments!

    Happy Travels :).

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