Southwest Region

Golden short-grass prairie, ancient granite mountains, Native history and artifacts, and dramatic sunsets weave an alluring travel tapestry. Get ready to be romanced by the West in all its glory at a host of historic sites and museums in Great Plains Country. Explore the captivating towns dotting this magnificently rugged landscape or take a trek on the old Chisholm Trail, and then top off your travels with the ultimate road trip along the always-engaging Route 66.

For more information, visit the
Great Plains Country Association.


When an 1891 flash flood threatened Frazer, the town moved to higher ground and renamed itself “Altus,” the Latin word for “high place.” Today, Altus is also home to high-flying planes and the Altus Air Force Base, a major training location for the ...

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Settled on the western plains of Oklahoma, Anadarko has a rich Native American history. It is the self-proclaimed “Indian Capital of the Nation” and Native Americans make up the near-majority of the population. The Southern Plains Indian Museum ...

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Nestled next to the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Black Kettle National Grassland and Red Hills Country, the picturesque town of Cheyenne offers a profoundly poignant and meaningful American Indian experience. The battlefield's ...

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Known as the “Hub City of Western Oklahoma,” Clinton has become a major city along Route 66 and is home to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Let the audio tour and exhibits guide you through over sixty years of history, catch a movie at the drive-in ...

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Small-town allure and Old West charm combine to make Duncan a one-of-a-kind destination. Unique lodging options, stunning scenery and Main Street shopping make Duncan a standout among small Oklahoma towns. Duncan is considered the “Crapemyrtle ...

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Elk City

Step back in time in the Route 66 town of Elk City, where the Elk City Museum Complex keeps history alive. The multi-museum property allows visitors to steer through all eight states of the Mother Road at the National Route 66 & Transportation ...

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Welcome to the friendly city of Frederick, the county seat of Tillman County in southwest Oklahoma. Plan your visit to Frederick to experience attractions like the Ramona Theatre, the Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area & Center and the ...

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No trip to Hinton is complete without a visit to the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park. This outdoor oasis offers camping, fishing, rappelling and hiking trails containing wagon wheel ruts left by travelers touring along the historic ...

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Head to the southwest Oklahoma town of Hobart to visit the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum. Located in a series of historic downtown buildings, this 9,500 square foot facility showcases items from Hobart native General Franks’ ...

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Lawton Fort Sill

Lawton, Oklahoma is your passport to adventure. Learn area history at The Museum of the Great Plains, which features archaeological and cultural artifacts and a trading post replica. Read a chapter of Oklahoma's rich military history at Fort Sill ...

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Welcome to Marlow, a city steeped in tradition. This small southwest Oklahoma community has a big history dating back to its founding citizens, the Marlow brothers. Their fascinating story has even been told on the big screen as “The Sons of Katie ...

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Medicine Park

Known as America's cobblestone community for the round red rocks dotting this tiny picturesque town, Medicine Park, Oklahoma has a fascinating history. The Plains Indians were well acquainted with this quiet oasis long before its time as a colorful ...

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Historic Route 66 runs through the heart of Sayre, Oklahoma, which was founded in 1901. East Main Street holds an iconic reminder of Sayre's significance on the road – the Beckham County Courthouse, which briefly appeared in the classic film, ...

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Cruise Route 66, and get your kicks in Weatherford. Blast off into Smithsonian-quality exhibits at the Stafford Air & Space Museum, which chronicles the career of its namesake Weatherford native and U.S. astronaut. At Southwestern Oklahoma State ...

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