Staycations

Staycations:

Oklahoma is a beautiful state with so much to see and do, from the relaxed and charming Tulsa, to the more frenetic Oklahoma City with its lively Bricktown district. Whether you're roughing it in a tent in one of our state parks, or riding the length of historic Route 66, travel in Oklahoma is rewarding. We've tried to make it even more so with our Know It: Staycations guide, by giving you the knowledge to make the most out of your Oklahoma Staycation.
Kim Christensen take a photo of her son Stoddard, 5, on the lion statue  at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman.
Kim Christensen take a photo of her son Stoddard, 5, on the lion statue at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman.

Spend less, travel more

Updated: Thu, May 21, 2009 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

With money being tight for many Oklahomans, more people are planning “staycations,” the newest form of a vacation that costs less. Staycation is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environment has to offer.” Many wonder exactly what that is, since the typical point of a vacation is to travel. However, it’s possible to get away even when staying close.

Ribbon-cutting set for new pro shop and course renovations at Lake Murray State Park

Ribbon-cutting set for new pro shop and course renovations at Lake Murray State Park

Sports: Golf | Updated: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department officially will open the new pro shop and show off its restructured 18-hold golf course at Lake Murray State Park in ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 5.

Volunteer campground host opportunities at Chickasaw NRA

Life: Travel | Updated: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Sulphur, Okla. - July 21, 2005. Travertine Nature Center at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur. By Ty Russell/The Oklahoman

Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK, is now accepting applications for campground host positions for the winter 2010/2011 season. Positions are available at the Buckhorn and Rock Creek campgrounds.

Downstream Casino Resort offers the excitement of Vegas

Life | Updated: Sat, Sep 4, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
The hotel lobby of Downstream Casino Resort features a large vessel sculpture in a swirl design.   - PHOTO PROVIDED

QUAPAW — It rises out of nowhere, this clay-colored tower of a building in the northeastern corner of the state, where Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri rub elbows.

OK Lottery and OK Tourism join efforts to promote state parks

Life: Travel | Updated: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
OK Lottery and OK Tourism join efforts to promote state parks

The Oklahoma Lottery and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department have developed a partnership to promote Oklahoma State Parks through an entertaining line of lottery tickets — the "Explore Oklahoma" scratchers.

Staycation in Oklahoma

Staycation in Oklahoma

Updated: Wed, May 20, 2009 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Explore these six distinct regions for travel values and fun destinations in Oklahoma:
Frontier Country Great Plains CountryGreen CountryKiamichi CountryLake & Trail CountryRed Carpet Country

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