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Vacation destinations you could drive to?

DH and I are thinking about taking a vacation this summer without DS.  We'd need something pretty inexpensive that you could drive to fairly quickly, since we wouldn't have tons of time.  We go to Dallas and Tulsa a lot already, so for others I thought of Colorado, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Austin, San Antonio.  Any recommendations or advice?

Re: Vacation destinations you could drive to?

  • I was going to ask a similar question.  Right now DH and I are considering taking a long weekend to San Antonio for our anniversary, but I'm interested in other suggestions.
  • DH and I have driven to both Santa Fe and San Antonio. Neither is a "quick" drive, but both were managable. And we really enjoyed both places. I think we probably spent more money in San Antonio because we did Sea World and ate several times on the Riverwalk. Santa Fe is more artsy and outdoorsy. It really depends on what you would like to do while on vacation. I would definitely recommend either place, but I think my preference would be Santa Fe.

    I don't have any advice on St. Louis (I've only driven through) or Austin, but I do have a trip to Denver planned around the end of April so maybe then I can give you some recommendations regarding Colorado.
  • Try travelok.com   There are tons of places in Oklahoma to have fun.  We got the 2008 literature last weekend and there were so many places and festivals to go to that I don't ever think I could make them all.

    If that isn't your style, try Kansas City.  The drive is only about 4 hours from OKC.  We go all the time to visit my aunt and uncle and we love it.  You could catch a Royals game or go to Worlds of Fun.  GL deciding.
  • There is Kansas City, as the previous poster said. 

    I have traveled quite a bit.  I've never really been to St. Louis or Austin.  I've been to Colorado several times as well as Sante Fe, and I've been San Antonio once.

    If you go to San Antonio, it's about 7 hours depending on how you drive and it's easy just straight down I-35, so maybe only 6 hours.  It's fun.  We booked our hotel on Priceline and stayed at a Fairfield Marriot.  It's wasn't downtown, but that was okay with us.  We went to the Riverwalk nearly everynight and visited the Alamo.  The first night at the Riverwalk we ate at a delicious mexican restaurant then rode the boat down through the river.  The other nights we ate a more generic places like Chili's and got ice cream, and walk the river.  It was relaxing, the mall is right there and it's free entertainment!  They have this beautiful music playing, we would just sit and talk, I loved it.  During the day, we went to Six Flags Fiesta Texas one day, Sea World one day, and New Braunfels at went to Schlitterbaugn (it's a water park), then we went one day to the San Marcos and went shopping at the outlet malls.  There really is alot to do and enjoy, we loved it.
    Also, you could hit up Fredricksburg. I don't know what you like to do, but they have wine tasting.  I don't drink, so we didn't indulge in that, but we did stop and walk the street.  Fun little shops to go to and bed and breakfasts you could stay at for a night.

    Santa Fe is basically a straight drive on I-40 and about 7 hours, maybe a little more.  I have been there many times, but must admit we never do much.  There is alot to do and it's beautiful.  Completely different from San Antonio in that there's not the attractions (riverwalk, sea world, etc), but it is beautiful and you could really enjoy the nature and out doors.  Take some hikes or sight see.  The culture there is beautiful, especially downtown.  Lots to look at.  Check this website out

    Then there's Colorado, I love Colorado.  If you have never been, it's a must.  From OKC to Colorado Springs, it's about 9 hours.  It will be your furthest drive, but definiately worth it.  It is completely different from the other destinations you mentioned.  Nothing compares to the Rocky Mountains.  And your options are ENDLESS.  There is the Garden of the Gods http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm, Cave of the Winds http://www.caveofthewinds.com/, the Royal Gorge http://www.hellocoloradosprings.com/specialplaces/royalgorge/royalgorge.htm, Seven Falls http://sevenfalls.com/, and check out the website for Colorado Springs http://www.experiencecoloradosprings.com/
    There is so much to do, you are bound to have a great time.  I love it there!

    If I may, can I please recommend Branson, MO.  Maybe you have been countless times and that is why you haven't mentioned it, but it is a fun place to go!  Close to OKC, it's under 5 hours away and there is too much to do say.  If you haven't been there and would like more info, just page me, I've been several times.  Here's a website to check out though, http://www.branson.com/ , http://www.explorebranson.com/

    Good luck and let us know what you decide on!


  • Galveston is great! Its about 8 hours from Tulsa, not sure how far it is from OKC. My husband and I love it there. You have the beach, but it isn't as touristy like many beaches. There are several great restaurants (however I do not recommend Gaido's unless you like fried and only fried seafood). I love Galveston and are going there after I graduate this May, our cruise leaves from there, and we are going down a couple days early to get to hang in Galveston again.
  • I ditto Kansas City. The environment is SO different than OKC, you really feel like it's a big change of scenery & people. Be sure to see the plaza. Great shopping.

    I also liked San Antonio. In addition to the Riverwalk & Alamo, it has a a lot of German influences (which really surprised me).

    I've also been to New Orleans (pre-Katrina and non-Mardi Gras), and loved it. Lots of antique shops, tour old plantations, see the French Quarter & Jackson Square. Although it is known for being a party destination, I found it to be really romantic, especially if you did a B&B in the French Quarter.

    In Colorado, I've seen Pike's Peak & Royal Gorge, and once we got there it was cool, but it seems like the drive was looong & boring. Maybe that was just me. =)

    I thought Branson was fun, too. There are some hokey shows there, but do some research - you'll find things you'd like too. And, again if you're looking for some romance, rent a cabin at Big Cedar Lodge. Beautiful views & very romantic.

    Based on drives, KC, NO, and Branson are good bets.

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  • Uh, wait...I just remembered my trip to New Orleans was part of a visit with friends in Baton Rouge, so we broke up the driving over a couple of days. A straight drive to NO would be REALLY long. Sorry about that.

    Okay, so if you want a short drive, go KC or Branson. For a longer drive, go SA.

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