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Opinion

May 21, 2014

From the Capitol: Staycation in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — With the summer travel season quickly approaching, many Oklahomans are making plans for their summer vacations. I would encourage Oklahomans to look in our own backyard and explore all that Oklahoma has to offer this summer. All ages and all travel enthusiasts can find something of interest here at home.

You can get a great perspective on Oklahoma’s diverse terrain by visiting one of our 35 state parks. From the highest point in Oklahoma at Black Mesa, to the southeastern corner at Beavers Bend, there are a variety of venues located all across the state. Whether you like to camp or if you would rather stay in a cabin or lodge room, there is a wide range of options for groups of all sizes.

Privately-owned concessions at many parks offer a variety of entertaining activities for guests on and off the water. Family-oriented venues in some parks include miniature golf, snow cone stands, bumper boats, trains, canoes, kayaks and water sports. If you love the lake but don’t own a boat, you can still enjoy fun on the waves. Marina operations in several parks offer fishing boats, houseboat and personal watercraft rentals, gas docks, ship stores and slip rentals.

With so many activities available at state parks, everyone in the family can find an activity that they are interested in and all will have a great time.

By staying in Oklahoma to vacation this summer, families will get more bang for their buck. Instead of paying for pricy airline tickets, you can stretch your dollars by enjoying many affordable options right here at home. Plus, by staying in Oklahoma, you make an impact on our economy. Tourism in Oklahoma is big business: in 2012, Tourism generated $7.1 billion dollars for Oklahoma’s economy.

Vacation planning is made easy by visiting Oklahoma’s official travel website — www.TravelOK.com. There are options to search by Festivals and Events, Family Activities, History and Heritage, Road Trips, Arts and Culture, and many more. Each option allows to search for exactly what you are looking for and gives you helpful hints and suggestions to help you find the perfect trip for you and your family.

On www.TravelOK.com , you can also order guides and brochures to help plan your road trip. Two of the most popular guides are the Travel Guide and the Outdoor Guide. These publications feature attractions from across the state and will help you plan a memorable Oklahoma vacation.

As always, my office is open and ready to help you in any way we can. I am excited to hear your ideas on how we can increase economic development across the state.

Feel free to visit our website at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@LtGovToddLamb) or call our office at 405.521.2161.

Todd Lamb is the lieutenant governor of Oklahoma.

 

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