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Old 05-19-2019, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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If you want to take the Tulsa/Salina route, go west on I-40 from Fort Smith, and turn north on highway 351. That highway will run north until it becomes the Muskogee Turnpike. That will take you northwest until you hit the southeast suburbs of Tulsa...Broken Arrow to be exact. If you go that way, look for a place in Osage County, which is northwest of Tulsa, called Woolaroc. It's Frank Phillips, of Phillips 66 fame, old ranch. Buffalo herd, museum, hiking trails, etc etc. Worth the stop if you're into that kinda stuff. If you take highway 412 west from Tulsa, it will eventually run into I-35 coming north out of OKC and take you into Kansas. Northwest of Wichita there's a cosmodrome in Hutchison KS. Bout the only reason why I would go to Kansas.
I think I would keep going west at I35 to see the buttes of northwestern Oklahoma. Kansas is just too consistently flat and boring.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:57 PM
 
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I agree that the best you can do for scenery is head west to I25, because as people say it is scenic going north through NM up to Denver. I recommend that you avoid Kansas which is entirely boring. I would recommend angling up NW from Amarillo through Dalhart to Raton, rather than going through Santa Rosa, NM, if you don't mind leaving the interstate. The diagonal saves you some driving, and you can make good time on that highway if not quite as fast as on the interstate. It takes you past Capulin Volcano Nat. Monument which SluggoF16 recommended. Capulin Mtn. is an old cinder cone about a thousand feet above the plains, and offers a nice little break from the driving as well as a nice view of a desolate old volcanic field.



If you have time, you might enjoy the big Palo Duro Canyon State Park about 20 miles southeast of Amarillo. It's scenic and "Western" looking.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I agree that the best you can do for scenery is head west to I25, because as people say it is scenic going north through NM up to Denver. I recommend that you avoid Kansas which is entirely boring. I would recommend angling up NW from Amarillo through Dalhart to Raton, rather than going through Santa Rosa, NM, if you don't mind leaving the interstate. The diagonal saves you some driving, and you can make good time on that highway if not quite as fast as on the interstate. It takes you past Capulin Volcano Nat. Monument which SluggoF16 recommended. Capulin Mtn. is an old cinder cone about a thousand feet above the plains, and offers a nice little break from the driving as well as a nice view of a desolate old volcanic field.



If you have time, you might enjoy the big Palo Duro Canyon State Park about 20 miles southeast of Amarillo. It's scenic and "Western" looking.
I live in west of OKC and this route is the route I take if I'm going to Colorado and want to get there there in the shortest order. And I have to dispute the worries about the Texas panhandle isolation. There is a town or a gas station every 20 or 30 miles on I-40. It just doesn't seem like it since the country is so vast.

And they have that really nice rest stop in the canyon west of McLean that comes with free rattlesnakes.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:02 AM
 
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Yes, Plains rest areas can be a memorable part of a vacation. We once found one that came with a free black widow next to the toilet seat. :-)
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