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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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Vintage baseball game set for Waveland State Historic Site
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Ky. communities benefit from visits to Lincoln Historic Park
HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky spent $13 million last year in nearby communities. The National Park Service report says the spending by the 241,264 visitors supported 227 jobs in the local area in central Kentucky.... Read More
Motor coach travel, Canada part of annual tourism conference
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism in New Hampshire is including sessions on group travel by motor coach and marketing to the Canadian visitor. Featured guests at the conference May 4-5 are Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association president and CEO, and Aaron Annable, acting consul... Read More
Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth
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New coaster set for SeaWorld Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando says it is building what will be the tallest roller coaster in Orlando. Officials said Friday the roller coaster will be 200 feet tall when it is completed next year. SeaWorld says it will release more details on the coaster next month. Read More
Nebraska book artist finds creative energy in the pages
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Book artist Marvel Maring loved her artist books so much she took them to bed with her. "I would take the new books that I just made and put them on my bedside table and fall asleep looking at them adoringly," she said. "They were magical. I think it's the intimacy of the object as well as the... Read More
Maine hosting New England tourism conference this month
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Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited
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Upgrading old bus routes a focus of transportation overhaul
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Besides roads and bridges, transportation advocates say many of Connecticut's bus routes and transit district systems are old and outdated, requiring a much-needed upgrade. In the eastern half of the state, for example, advocates say changes to the region's economy have changed where people... Read More
Graffiti-scarred Joshua Tree landmark is restored
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti. Barker Dam was put off limits several years ago after vandals carved their names into the cement of the historic landmark, built by Old... Read More


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