The old business district on Main Street in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Image credit Roberto Galan via Shutterstock

8 Underappreciated Towns to Visit in Oklahoma

Sitting pretty in the ranks of the most iconic regions of the United States of America, coupled with the history of dramatic development in the state, Oklahoma makes the perfect destination for regular visitors and even first-timers.

The state is also known for its great economy, thriving agriculture sector, and energy industry. From Chandler to Davis, Yukon, and Tishomingo, Oklahoma is filled with many small charming towns, including these eight underappreciated towns to visit for your next vacation.


Aerial view of Tucker Tower, a historical attraction, on Lake Murray in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Tucker Tower, a historical attraction, on Lake Murray in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Ardmore is a vibrant town surrounded by natural beauty mixed with a deep railroad story that dates back to the late 19th century. It has an immense architectural heritage.

The Greater Southwest Historical Museum is a must visit especially if you love history. With fascinating exhibits on the area's Native American heritage, pioneer, and oil industry, visitors can explore artifacts and photographs that are reminders of Ardmore's past. Nature lovers will love nearby Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma's first and largest state park, which is a wonder. For a taste of local culture, the Ardmore Farmers Market is the perfect spot, as you can buy local foods and crafts and interact with the locals.


Downtown Chandler, Oklahoma.
Downtown Chandler, Oklahoma. Image credit Roberto Galan via

Chandler is a historic town set at the heart of Oklahoma's Lincoln County. Known for its rural charm, historical monuments, and recreation opportunities, Chandler also retains its nostalgic charm and old buildings, which are well preserved, serving as a reminder of the town's era as a railroad town in the 19th century.

One of the town's main attractions is the Route 66 Interpretive Center. This site showcases the heritage of the iconic Mother Road to visitors through vintage artifacts and memorabilia. To enjoy the natural beauty of Chandler, you might want to visit the Bell Cow Lake and Park, where you can go fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking. The Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History is a good spot for historical tales. The annual Ice Cream Festival, held in June, is ideal for getting the family together for sweet treats, live music, and other family-friendly activities.

Broken Bow

Camping site in Broken Bow Lake near the town of Broken Brow, Oklahoma.
Camping site in Broken Bow Lake near the town of Broken Brow, Oklahoma.

Broken Bow is a beautiful small town in southeastern Oklahoma, enclosed in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains. With a population of over 4,000 people, it is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a relaxing getaway. Interestingly, Broken Bow is named after a nearby creek, which was named by the Native American tribe, the Choctaw.

Beavers Bend State Park is a must-see when you arrive in town. It is a popular destination among tourists for camping, hiking, and water sports. Cedar Creek Golf Course is fantastic for golfers of all skill levels and has one of the best views of the mountains. The Beavers Bend Folk Festival, held every November, and the Kiamichi River Festival are excellent opportunities to connect with locals, eat local food, and enjoy good music. You can get access to some of the best housing and entertainment at Beavers Bend State Park Lodge and the famous Broken Bow Cabin.

Medicine Park

The beautiful town of Medicine Park, Oklahoma.
The beautiful town of Medicine Park, Oklahoma.

Medicine Park is an old-fashioned town situated in the Wichita Mountains. With a modest population, it is a tourist haven. Medicine Park always attracts visitors from across the country.

Begin your peaceful retreat by visiting the Medicine Park Historic District, which charms visitors with its historic buildings and restaurants. The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge and Medicine Creek are great for adventures, as you can learn and explore at the same time. The Old Plantation Restaurant is a local favorite spot for Southern cuisine and live music. You might like to try it, as well as the Wichita Mountains RV Park and Plantation Inn.


The old business district on main street in Davis, Oklahoma.
The old business district on main street in Davis, Oklahoma. Image credit Roberto Galan via

Davis is a serene town known for outdoor recreation and its rich cultural heritage. Formed in the late 19th century as a railroad stop, Davis has evolved into a popular destination. Turner Falls Park is home to the stunning Turner Falls, Oklahoma's tallest waterfall, and for all the fun you think you can have, the view offers more. You can swim in natural swimming pools and explore caves and rock formations.

Adventure is definitely a thing in this town, and you will enjoy exploring the Arbuckle Wilderness. You can encounter exotic animals such as giraffes, zebras, and buffaloes. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area, 12 minutes away, is also good for camping, picnicking, and boating while overlooking the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Arbuckle Historical Museum is a must-visit to learn about the town.


Main street with red brick buildings in Yukon, Oklahoma.
Main street with red brick buildings in Yukon, Oklahoma. Image credit RaksyBH via

Located in central Oklahoma, Yukon is a charming town with a rich Western heritage, lively festivals, and hospitality, making it an ideal tourist destination, although underappreciated.

Chisholm Trail Park and Bledsoe Park, a great place for picnics, walks, and family bonding, are excellent attractions in this town. Want a taste of flavor? You might like The Flower Shop Winery & Pizzeria for mouthwatering pizza and salad with wine. The Czech Hall and Museum is a fantastic spot to gain insight into the town's Czech heritage. Yukon hosts the annual Czech Festival in October where you can join the town in celebrating its Czech culture while you get dazzled with music and local food.


A scene from Main Street in Perry, Oklahoma.
Main Street in Perry, Oklahoma. Image credit Sabrina Janelle Gordon via

Perry is a small town in north-central Oklahoma. Founded in 1886, Perry has a population of around 4,437 people and is known as the "Wheat Capital of Oklahoma."

While in Perry, you may like to see the Cherokee Strip Museum for a glimpse into the history of the Cherokee Strip Land Run. The Perry Golf & Country Club is not only great for golfing but also offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside, while the Perry Wrestling Monument Park is superb for picnics and walks. You can get a closer feel of the town's culture by booking the Comfort Inn & Suites Perry or Super 8 by Wyndham Perry.


The main street of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
The main street of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Image credit RaksyBH via

Tishomingo, with a population of less than 3,200 people, is a small town in southern Oklahoma. The city is a peaceful retreat for the outdoor lover. Looking at its past, Tishomingo was once the capital of the Chickasaw Nation and was named after the Chickasaw chief, Tishomingo.

The best attractions here include the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, where you can see the protected wildlife and take photos of the animals. The Tishomingo Historical Museum is an ideal spot for history lovers as you can explore exhibits that showcase the town's culture and Chickasaw heritage. The Tishomingo Inn is one of the most comfortable accommodation spots in town, while the Tishomingo Fall Festival, held in the Fall, and the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, held in September, are festivals held in the town to celebrate and enjoy live entertainment.

Oklahoma is a beautiful place, and with these small charming towns, there is little wonder how it attracts thousands of tourists every year. With each town unique in its own way, Oklahoma offers a breathtaking experience for everyone regardless of their preferences.

If you need a new travel destination, you should definitely try Oklahoma. Towns like Davis and Yukon will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Experience nature and see history re-enacted in Oklahoma.

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