Finding the Offbeat in Oklahoma

Contributed by November Blogger of the Month, Robyn Icks

My husband Sonny and I have driven 42,678 miles on our roadtrips. That’s similar to driving across the entire EARTH nearly twice. You know what though; it’s not the driving we like well enough to keep planning these roadtrips. It’s the adventure. The chance to explore. The discovery of new places and meeting new people. The destination.

Oklahoma travel

When I tell people we’ve driven to all 48 continental states, the sheer amount of national parks we’ve explored, the towns big and little we’ve stopped and said hello in, I frequently get the same response. A blank stare, then “That’s so cool, but I don’t like driving well enough to do any of that!” (Show of hands, who just had that thought??) Trust me; I generally don’t care for driving. My husband and I paper/scissors/rock over who has to drive up to the store for mac n’ cheese. But the impact of a roadtrip on our lives makes the driving part five million times worth it.

As a wedding photographer, I get overjoyed when I get inquiries for weddings in unique Oklahoma destinations. And when I get asked to pick the location for an engagement or anniversary portrait session with the only stipulation is that it has to be weird – hecks YES. Oklahoma is home to the quirky, the world’s biggest, the strangest, really just a bunch of obscure things you’re not sure why exists. And all should be visited.

Oklahoma destinations

Luckily for you and me both Oklahoma boasts an ABUNDANCE of awesome roadtrip-worthy destinations, all which can be driven to and oogled at within a day or weekend. My favorites are the offbeat quirky sights that aren’t usually the first things that spring to mind when you think of traveling in Oklahoma. I mean, we have Route 66 running from one corner to another, so we have our fair share of fun kitsch. So get your calendars out, and plan your next exploration of this fun state. And take endless photos, these things need to be shared with the rest of us!

Here’s a list of my favorites I tried to narrow down but failed to do so:

-The Blue Whale in Catoosa

-Heavener Runestone Park in Heavener

-American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City

-Paul Bunyan Muffler Man in Aline

-The Golden Driller in Tulsa

-Rose Rock Museum in Noble

-World’s Largest Round Barn in Arcadia

-Pops Soda Ranch in Arcadia

-Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton

-National Route 66 Museum in Elk City

-The Windmill Garden in Erick

-American Pigeon Museum in Oklahoma City

-Great Salt Plains in Jet

-Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore

-Geronimo’s Grave in Fort Sill

-Gene Autry Museum in Gene Autry

-Spider VW Bug in Lexington

-World’s Highest Hill in Poteau

-Sonic Center of the Universe in Tulsa

-Bowling Ball Yard Art of Nowata

-20 Feet Tall Transformers in Stillwater

-Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City

-The 24 Hour Prayer Teepee in Apache

-Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley

-Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park in Shattuck

-Holy City of the Wichitas in Cache

-World’s Largest Peanut in Durant

-America’s Tallest Buddha in Tulsa

-Twister the Movie Museum in Wakita

-Cloverleaf Shop in Ardmore

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I wanna hear ALL about your own Oklahoma adventures. Loved any of the afore mentioned places? Been anywhere not mentioned on this list but is completely worthy? Comment on this post and share your stories, people!

Robyn IcksRobyn was born and raised on the Oklahoma plains. She’s traveled far and wide, but always comes back home to her favorite state. Infatuated with being surrounded by true love, she is lucky enough to photograph weddings by day. By night, she reads, snuggles her five cats, and plans road trips with her hubby. Online you can mainly find her spending too much time oogling images on Instagram, and also on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

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4 comments

  1. Letty Watt says:

    I’m so glad to see someone exploring the back roads and paved roads of Oklahoma, and writing about it. We are Okies at heart, but spent 20 years in Kansas where we met Marci Penner with the Kansas Sampler Foundation. She has published the 8 Wonders of Kansas with fabulous photos and history. You might consider doing such a book or blog for Oklahoma.
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