This, from the state Tourism Department:
Autumn’s beauty makes Oklahoma a great driving destination which is why the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has mapped out 14 different driving routes perfect for viewing the fall color change across the state. The Oklahoma Fall Foliage Tours brochure is now available to visitors for free in all 12 Tourism Information Centers statewide, by clicking on www.TravelOK.com or calling 800-652-6552.
“Late summer rains in practically every quadrant of the state have primed our trees for gold, orange and red hues this fall, and this brochure will help travelers find the best routes to enjoy Oklahoma’s fall beauty,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
The foliage brochure includes famous drives like the Talimena National Scenic Byway through the Ouachita National Forest in southeastern Oklahoma, or western Oklahoma’s Red Rock Canyon route, near Hinton, which showcases striking color contrasts due to the area’s sugar maples. Other paths are also charted in the brochure, helping visitors find and experience unique treks where the vibrant foliage may surprise them.
Optimal viewing times for Oklahoma’s foliage are late October and early November, but these vary depending on weather conditions. For up-to-the-minute information about a specific drive, call the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department at 800-652-6552.
“The changing of the seasons means new opportunities for rest and recreation in Oklahoma. From harvest festivals and pumpkin patches to outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, horseback riding or camping, there are so many ways to enjoy the state’s wonderful fall weather and beautiful foliage,” said Watkins.
For more information on foliage tours and other great Oklahoma fall getaway ideas visit www.TravelOK.com. Discounts on vacation packages can be found under the “Hot Deals” section, or call 1-800-652-6552 to speak to an Oklahoma Travel Counselor.