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Much to Smile About

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Whether a person’s interest is shopping, fishing, scenery, wildlife, local history or just something delicious to eat, Tishomingo and the southeastern Oklahoma hills that surround Johnston County beckon. Throw in some live country music and your journey will surely be memorable. Tishomingo is one of the oldest towns in Oklahoma, with its first post office established in 1857. It was...

The Rock (and Roll) of Gibraltar

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When you think of Gibraltar, you might envision the emblematic rock. The monolithic limestone promontory on the Iberian Peninsula is steeped in history. However, this British enclave is much more than its significant landmark. Gibraltar is the southernmost tip of Spain, but also the southernmost point of Europe. When people refer to something being “like the rock of Gibraltar,”...

Autumn Colors Road Trip

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The season of changing colors is upon us again, and now is the perfect time to take in the sights. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, a road trip around the states to take in the beautiful views of nature – plenty far away from anyone else – is an excellent way to get out of that...

Cowboy Country

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While COVID-19 remains a significant health threat, the travel industry is nevertheless showing a pulse – and Stillwater should be high on anyone’s list of weekend or day-trip destinations in Oklahoma. The Payne County seat of just over 45,000 is brimming with activity, says Cristy Morrison, longtime president and CEO of Visit Stillwater, the city’s official tourism promoter. She says...

How Oklahoman Are You?

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 Beloved Tourist Hotspots Tourist spots are popular for a reason – they’re great! These include the Tulsa and Oklahoma City zoos – which offer just about every animal under the sun and amazing amenities – the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, the Myriad Botanical Garden in OKC and the Tulsa Botanic Garden. They’re worth the lines and crowds – trust...

Dynamic and Historic

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While travel may be in flux due to the pandemic, this time can be used to ponder and plan your next international trip. If you’re contemplating a sojourn to Peru, visit Cusco. Meaning “navel of the world,” Cusco was the sacred city of the Incas. With excitement as high as the elevation –11,200 feet – the sepia-toned splendor of the...

Sights Around the Region

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All signs point to vacations closer to home this summer. Oklahoma and its neighboring states offer scenic beauty, culture, history and even some quirky attractions just a few mini-van hours away. We explore some high points in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Kansas, as well as gems along Route 66 and some tourist spots to hit right here at home....

Capturing la Vida Pura

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When you find yourself eating juicy starfruit plucked from a tree after a midday rain has lulled you into a misty trance, you’ve embraced the pace of Costa Rica. Go during shoulder season – late September is often ideal – which is the temperate period between distinct dry and wet times of year. Following is a suggested itinerary for a...

Ayuh, Get the Lobstah

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Get some fresh Maine lobster, straight from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, add melted butter and you have the recognized king of seafood. Just as we go to New Orleans for gumbo and Philadelphia for cheesesteak, it’s only right to go to Maine for lobster. And when GetMaineLobster.com offers a tour of Portland and its environs at a...

Vive Le Tour de France

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A trip built around this month’s Tour de France is a cultural way to combine a love of off-the-beaten-path experiences with an international bicycling event. You can enjoy crepes, Edith Piaf music, sunflowers and some of the world’s best athletes – all authentically intertwined with the French spirit. The trophy of such a trip is time spent driving in the...