Vance AFB Relocation Guide 2019-2020 - Page 44

DAY TRIPS Miles and miles of good ol’ pioneer fun awaits you in Northwest Oklahoma. Affectionately known as “Red Carpet Country,” Northwest Oklahoma has one-of-a-kind plans for your weekend or next vacation—from dune buggy tours in Little Sahara State Park and crystal digging at Salt Plains State Park to rattlesnake hunts and a mile-long alabaster cavern under- ground tour, Northwest Oklahoma is sure to impress even the most skeptical of visitors. If you’re the less outdoorsy type, events like the Watonga Cheese Festival and the Ponca City Fine Arts Festival are sure to keep your weekends action- packed. Visit www.redcarpetcountry. com or www.tourism.state.ok.us for more information or stop by The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and pick up an Oklahoma visitor’s guide. In the meantime, get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s a list of fish- ing lakes and state parks within a day’s drive. Spend a day (or camp for the week- end!) at Roman Nose State Park – near Watonga and Canton. There you will find great hiking and biking trails. Follow the signs toward the pool and natural springs – the cold springs are frigid and refreshing after a hike in the hot sun. The water will gush over your toes and you can follow it into a small cave-like area with a waterfall. Canton Lake is only an hour from Enid and offers a great swimming and boating lake. Bring your fishing pole, your sunscreen and your beach towels. There are also many different camping sites complete with fire pits, grills and picnic tables. A slightly longer drive, but a definite adventure is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. You’ll hike along beautiful trails with free-roaming buf- falo, longhorn steer and hundreds of 44 prairie dogs! The landscape is beau- tiful and you will certainly enjoy an afternoon of hiking – or a weekend of camping. There are also some great lodging options nearby if you look at www.medicinepark.com. If you’re headed to Oklahoma City (Oak City, “The City,” OKC), take U.S. Highway 81 south into Okarche. Stop at Eischen’s Bar for the state’s best fried chicken and okra. Don’t be ordering any fancy drinks or ask for a side salad…this finger-lickin’-good chicken comes with pickles and onions, a few slices of bread, paper plates and plastic silverware. Order a cold one and you’re set to go. Mmmmm. Take a Left at the stoplight in Okarche and it’s on your right side attached to the IGA. Oklahoma City and Tulsa offer a lot of shopping and dining options, if that’s what you like to do. Brick- town in OKC has some fun and tasty restaurants – it’s near the Chesapeake Arena, home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and close to the ball- park. There are several shopping malls (Quail Springs, Penn Square, and more) to shop to your heart’s content. If you head toward Tulsa, check out Utica Square for distinctive shops like Restoration Hardware, White House/ Black Market and a natural foods store. Fishing Lakes (call ahead to check water levels) Canton Lake—580-886-2989 Great Salt Plains Lake—580-626-4731 Kaw Lake—580-762-5611 Lake Carl Blackwell—405-372-5157 Sooner Lake—918-724-6786 State Parks Alabaster Caverns—580-621-3381 Beaver State Park—580-625-3373 Black Mesa—580-426-2222 Boiling Springs—580-256-7664 Great Salt Plains—580-626-4731 Little Sahara State Park—580-824-1471 Roman Nose State Park—580-623-7281