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

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

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
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
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
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

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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California weighs permanent restrictions for water wasters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials are considering whether to adopt a range of permanent restrictions against wasting water as signs point again to fears that California may be creeping into drought. The restrictions include prohibitions on watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using... Read More
Forget tourism: Pyeongchang's legacy probably debt and anger
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its successful 2011... Read More
Motown Museum event to honor black family-owned businesses
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's Motown Museum is organizing an event to celebrate the entrepreneurial legacy of the Gordy family and black family-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Feb. 28 at TechTown. The program will be moderated by Paul... Read More
Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Researchers are working to use DNA to identify whether a human bone recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck belongs to the infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The Whydah (WIH'-duh) Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, publicly displayed the bone Monday. It was found near what's... Read More
Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave system's historical... Read More
Carnival to review security response to brawls on Australia-based ship
Cruise giant Carnival is promising an investigation into its handling of a series of brawls that broke out last week on a ship based in Australia. Read More
Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire
BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size. The blaze scorched 3½ square miles (9 square kilometers) of chaparral bush and shrub... Read More
New exhibit examines Native American imagery in US culture
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River. Provocative, yes, says the... Read More
London Fashion: Erdem shows fancy florals; Kane goes for sex
LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week saw a flurry of shows Monday emphasizing romance and femininity, often with exquisite workmanship and dashes of mystery and drama. Dresses dominated the runway. Christopher Kane offered a strong collection of very feminine, sometimes very revealing dresses at his catwalk show at... Read More
Hawaii faces chance of flash flooding after dramatic rescue
HONOLULU (AP) — All of Hawaii faced a flash flood watch Monday, a day after Honolulu firefighters rescued three people trapped on a highway by fast-moving floodwaters. The National Weather Service said widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected in the islands after rain over the weekend had already... Read More


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