10. Drive south
Follow Interstate 35 toward Texas and you’ll find a mix of outdoor beauty, upscale luxury and good-time grandeur in Chickasaw Country. Davis alone features the towering Turner Falls Park and Collings Castle, Arbuckle Wilderness drive-thru exotic animal park, the Forgotten Wheels Museum and Bedré Fine Chocolates.
The Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Murray State Park and Lake Texoma State Park all are clustered in the south-central part of the state. Sulphur is the gateway to the “Oklahoma oasis” that is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area as well as the home of the classy Artesian Hotel, Casino & Sole’renity Spa. (The Chickasaw Cultural Center is closed due to COVID-19).
In Thackerville, the more than 600,000-square-foot WinStar World Casino & Resort is the largest casino in the United States, while country music star Blake Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant, bar and live music venue makes one of the country’s biggest and baddest bloody Marys, topped with olives, pickled okra, fried chicken strips and more goodies.