Top 10 places to see in Oklahoma

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  1. BIG OIL

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    I just got fired from my job and couldn't be happier about it!

    I have 16 states left before reaching my goal of having ridden a motorcycle in all 50.

    OK is 1 of the 16, so I'm planning now and probably leaving sometime around the January 1st, 2018.

    This will most likely be a multi-month trip with OK being the first state I have not ridden on my way to the Southwest.

    Would yous mind sharing a few places yous like to ride on 2 wheels?

    I'd appreciate it so I can begin route planning.
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  2. jay547

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    Of course, the Talimena Drive.
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  3. Philb772

    Philb772 Been here awhile

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    Second on Talimena. Dress warmly, OK in January can be cold and windy but if you're coming from the Great Lakes region, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. :1drink
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  4. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    What are you riding?
    If dualsport then tackle the k-trail (it's in same area as Talimena) just the next mtn range looking south.


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  5. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

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    Jan/Feb are about my least favorite months to ride in OK, but if you have heated gear, then you will have more luck.

    One thing I’ll add- OK is one of the most ecologically diverse states. We have 12 ecoregions and I’d suggest you visit as many of these as possible to get the greatest sense of the state. Much of it is pretty flat and our mountains are quite small, but there are still many natural features to appreciate.

    ftp://newftp.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/ORD/Ecoregions/ok/ok_eco_pg.pdf
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  6. BIG OIL

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    Thanks fellas. Talimena is on my list, I plan on spending quite a few days in the SE corner of OK. From what I've heard and read, it's amazing riding and scenery in the SE corner. I've already been warned about snow and ice in upper elevations of NM and AZ, so I'm going to delay the trip. I'll be riding OK around April.

    I will be riding a KTM Super ADventure R 1290, so not looking for foot deep sand or single track!! I'm trying to find a nice used dirt bike so I can bring both bikes.

    Currently I have the following routes planned for OK in no particular order:

    1. Newcastle to Hinton to Anadarko to Tabler to Newcastle.

    2. Mena, AR to Talihina, OK to Clayton to Antlers to Broken Bow to Smithville.

    3. Smithville to Clayton to Mcalester to Homer to Atoka to Antlers to Clayton.

    4. Clayton to Stigler to Quinton to Clayton

    5. Westville to Chewey to Tahlequa to Westville

    6. Stroud to Stillwater to Mulhall to Guthrie to Arcadia to Stroud.
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  7. jay547

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    It looks like you've got the good stuff pretty well covered. When you're in the Anadarko area, you might consider riding through the Wichita Mountains/Mt. Scott area. It's not worth going out of your way for it though.
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  8. metal_ftw

    metal_ftw Been here awhile

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    Willing to share your routes / gpx files?
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  9. Krabill

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    If you've got a minute while you're here, the Tall Grass Prairie in Pawhuska is unique to Oklahoma. Not an overly spectacular ride, but interesting for sure. And you can stop in Bad Brad's BBQ for lunch, which isn't a bad thing.
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  10. jimroid

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    Pawnee Bill’s Museum/ranch,( Clicks for lunch or dinner) Stay a night in Price Tower and visit the Phillips 66 museum in Bartlesville, catch a basketball game at Oklahoma State.Osage Hills, Beavers Bend, Roman Nose, Alabaster Caverns,Great Salt Plains,state parks. To name only a few good ones. Ride through Glass mntns and hike up to the top. Catch drag races at Tulsa Raceway Park or Thunder Valley in Noble. Indian Museum in Tahlequah.And for gosh sakes, spend a day at WOOLAROC while you are near Bartlesville.Plenty of great roads and scenery in every direction throughout the state. Good choice backing up your start date.
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    jimroid Been here awhile

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    While you are in Arcadia stop at Pops for lunch,visiting, tire kicking. Snap a picture.And as mentioned above , museums. Lots of them, covering anything and everything. If you go to Mt. Scott, there is a great road on the north side heading out (115?) Quartz Mountain is another nice park.
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  12. tomski74

    tomski74 Silesian American

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  13. reddirtjoe

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    A lot of truth in what Tomski says.
    He is a transplant, and explores the Oklahoma we natives take for granted.
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  14. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Go to Eskimo Joes in Stillwater for sure, and I enjoyed the Cowboy Hall of Fame museum but cannot recall what town. I have family in Stillwater and I can say they have some great restaurants in town high class joints.
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  17. Blasters Fan

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    The Tulsa car show is about that time. Started 1916.

    Motorcycle show in Dallas is also about that time. I went last year and had a great time.

    Add to number 5- Salina to Spavinaw. If you ride from Jay around the southern edge of Grand Lake to get to Spavinaw that is nice, too.

    I live near the lake in the foothills of the Ozarks. Across the border in McDonald County, Missouri, and NW Arkansas are some great rides.

    Here is a link to my YouTube channel with some local rides.

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  18. advmgm

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    The Little Sahara State park sand dunes area in should be on this list.

    Waynoka OK

    Travel can be chilly in January...

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  19. jay547

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    The most fun riding there is, in my opinion.

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