I’ve blinked and 2019 is here! How did this happen? This year, I’m setting a goal to travel more and to use all my vacation days. Did you know that last year more than 705 million vacation days went unused in the US? I’ve found planning PTO at the beginning of the year helps keep me on track, and research conducted by the USTA supports this; a 2017 study found that those who planned their trips in advance were far more likely to use their all vacation days, especially for travel. And we know that travel is a great way to improve our sense of well-being, relieve stress, and even increase productivity. If you want to get ahead of the curve in making 2019 your best travel year yet, join me in planning your 2019 vacation days on National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29!
There are so many places I want to see in the coming year, but sometimes the best destinations are in our own backyard! Chickasaw Country is one of my favorite places in Oklahoma. There are so many towns, boutiques, restaurants and events that make this area so special and surprising. Below is a list of 6 different types of getways in Chickasaw Country. Read below to find your ideal trip in Chickasaw Country, and tag along with me as I explore even more incredible destinations in south-central Oklahoma this year!
Are you the type of person who loves to be outside? We have just the right vacation for you! From hiking to fishing to camping and everything in between, Chickasaw Country is the place for your outdoor activities. From early spring through the fall and sometimes into winter (depending on Oklahoma’s crazy weather), you can be outside exploring year-round in south-central Oklahoma. A few of our favorite places to are the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Turner Falls Park in Davis, Lake Murray State Park near Ardmore, and Lake Texoma State Park near Kingston. The waterfalls and lakes provide the perfect backdrop for any outdoor trip. Chickasaw Country has wonderful hiking trails, camping locations, and fishing spots to take your trip to the next level. You can make your trip complete by staying at a cabin!
Do you want a thrilling vacation? We can make that happen - Chickasaw Country is home to Oklahoma’s longest zipline! That’s right, in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains you will find the Air Donkey Zipline. If you want a zipline that’s a little more low key, you can ride the 777 Zipline at Turner Falls. If ziplines aren’t your thing, rent a sailboat or a kayak from Lake Murray Water Sports and take a trip around the lake. Then, take to the water with Water Wings at Lake Texoma. You can fly high in the air using a hydro-flight jet pack! If the water isn’t your favorite, have fun at Cross Bar Ranch in Davis. You can have hours of fun at the ATV park. Early spring through the end of summer are the best times to visit these locations.
Is your dream vacation relaxing by the pool and drinking wine? We feel ya! Chickasaw Country is no stranger to spas, cute boutiques, golf clubs and wineries. We recommend taking a trip to Sulphur, Oklahoma. The historic Artesian Hotel in downtown Sulphur has a beautiful spa, pool, and of course, luxurious hotel rooms. If you want to stay somewhere that isn’t a hotel, the Echo Canyon Spa Resort is just down the road from the Artesian. They also have a beautiful spa area, restaurant and pool. While you’re at it, don’t forget to shop at the cute boutiques on historic Muskogee Street in downtown Sulphur. The Rusty Nail Winery is a great place to wind down after a day of shopping and spa treatments.
Family Friendly Fiesta
Want to make more memories with your kiddos this year? The fun begins in south-central Oklahoma. You can take a day trip or a full-on vacation with your kids to Chickasaw Country to make memories that will last a lifetime. Let the kids run off steam at Urban Air Adventure Park in Ardmore. They will also have tons of fun at Lazer Zone Family Fun Centerin Ada for laser tag, bowling and play arcade games. If you want to have a more relaxing time, head over to the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley or the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. All of these locations are great for a trip no matter what time of year!
Do you love a summer festival? Same! Chickasaw Country is home to many unique food festivals throughout the summer months including the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, the Stratford Peach Festival, and the Tuttle Ice Cream Festival. Take a long weekend, rent a cabin, and attend one of these unique festivals. My suggestions – drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, bring cash, an ice chest for all the food you will buy and take lots of pictures!
Holiday celebrations never get old! Make each holiday even better by taking off a few extra days for a mini vaca! Spend the 4thof July on a boat at Lake Texoma, at a parade in Tishomingo, or at the fireworks in Blanchard. End the year with a Christmas vacation (not like the Griswold family) at the Artesian Hotel’s Classic Christmas in Sulphur, or the Chickasha Festival of Light in Chickasha. Take off a few extra days to stay in the area and do a little Christmas shopping.
Just like that the year will be over, and we will be wondering the same question we are now – how did the year go by so fast? Before the year slips away, start thinking about where you want to explore in 2019 on National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29th.
As always, while you are out and about traveling, remember to tag us in your photos by using #VisitChickasaw!