Oklahoma lies at a unique crossroads–not only because it’s practically in the middle of the United States, but also for its fascinating mixture of Western history, Native American culture, and Southern charm. With powwows and rodeos, Western museums and country music, Southern comfort food and vestiges of Route 66, Oklahoma’s cultural medley is genuinely American. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s wrapped up in a pretty package, with 33 state parks, rugged mountains, abundant wildlife, and those famously vast plains. Thriving Oklahoma City and Tulsa add an urban vibe to country life, and the friendly locals will make sure your pet friendly trip to Oklahoma is one you never forget.
Best Time To Visit
There really isn't a bad time for a pet friendly trip to Oklahoma. Spring is mild and lovely as the trees and wildflowers bloom, though it does come with an increased chance of tornadoes. Summers can be a bit hot, making it the perfect time to explore the mountains and lakes in the eastern part of the state. Fall in the mountains is spectacular, with the hardwood forests bursting into bright colors. And even winter is nice, with reliably dry skies and pleasantly cool days in the 50s. With tourism spread pretty evenly throughout the year, Oklahoma's hotel rates also stay reasonable year-round.
Things Not To Miss
Meander the paths through 23 acres of themed gardens at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, where the gardening styles and techniques common in the American West are on display.
Don't miss PAW Park and Dog Beach in Oklahoma City! This two-acre, fenced dog park has separate areas for smaller and larger dogs and a pond with a gravel beach where pups can swim and play in the water.
Enjoy one of the last remaining native mixed-grass prairies in the United States at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Along with miles of pet friendly hiking trails, lakes for boating and paddling, and spectacular mountain views, you'll find wildlife unlike any you've seen before.
Hit the road on Route 66! More miles of "The Mother Road" are located in Oklahoma than any other state in the country.
Explore golden valleys, discover historic towns, and marvel at most breathtaking vistas in the state along the 50-mile Talimena National Scenic Byway.