The 54-mile stretch from eastern Oklahoma to western Arkansas turns fall colors that rival those of New England.
The only prehistoric Native American archaeological site open to the public in the state, the mounds, which were created and used by Caddoan-speaking Indians between A. 8, are one of the most important American Indian sites in the nation.In Lawton, the Museum of the Great Plains delves into the natural history of life in the West for Native Americans and pioneers; outside there are historic buildings including a train depot, trading post, and schoolhouse to explore.Also in town is the small but worthwhile Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, where, among other of the tribe’s achievements, you can learn about the Comanche code talkers of World War II.As much as this is Cherokee country, it’s also Illinois River country, and Tahlequah is a popular jumping-off point for canoe, kayak, and raft float trips on the scenic river. Once you’re back in town, stop in at Sam & Ella’s Chicken Palace.Even though the name’s a joke (sounds like — get it? Carrie Underwood once waited tables here, but the pizza’s the real claim to fame.