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Whether you are a first-time visitor, frequent guest or resident of the state, there are plenty of fun and free things to do in Oklahoma. There is no need to spend a ton of money to have fun on your next road trip.

1. Route 66

A large portion of Route 66 runs right through Oklahoma for nearly 375 miles, offering Americans a glimpse of the country’s recent history. Driver’s can feel nostalgic by the sights of the road, stopping to picnic and take photos at a roadside stand. The most frequented attractions include the Blue Whale, located in Catoosa, and the Totem Pole Park in Foyil.

2. Martin Park

There are plenty of local parks to enjoy the state’s natural surroundings. Martin Park is one of the best spots for hiking on nature trails and taking in everything that the woodlands have to offer. Bird watchers will have plenty to observe here.

3. Gene Autry Museum

There are plenty of museums to visit in Oklahoma, one of the most popular being the Gene Autry Museum. It celebrates much of the state’s western culture.

4. The Oklahoma State Capitol

The Oklahoma State Capitol building and Governor’s Mansion both offer free tours of the buildings and grounds. The Capitol features amazing Greco-Roman architecture and a dome that is not to be missed.

5. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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Many opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, outdoor photography and wildlife viewing exist within the wildlife refuges of Oklahoma. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is one of the most popular in the area, offering guests glimpses of buffalo and longhorn cattle across the park’s 60,000 acres.

6. Lake Eufaula

The state’s largest lake, Eufaula, is a free recreational area for those interested in fishing, swimming and laying out in the summer sun.

7. Tulsa’s Garden Center

There are also plenty of free gardens nearby. Tulsa’s Garden Center is the state’s most popular, featuring fountains, flowers and more than 200 types of delicate roses.

8. Mount Olivet

Oklahoma cemeteries are full of historical information, especially Mount Olivet in the city of Hugo. The town was such a big railroad hub in the early 1900s that many rodeo and circus performers are buried here. Some of the headstones are quite eclectic.

9. Sans Bois Mountains

For those in the mood for some adventure, the Sans Bois Mountains are full of opportunities. A cave located on the grounds once served as a hideout for criminals, giving the park the name Robbers Cave. Jesse James himself is said to have used the cave as a retreat. The park is just five miles from the town of Wilburton. Today, visitors can climb, bike and hike through the park.

10. Art Districts

Creative types will enjoy the various arts districts offered by Oklahoma’s cities. Art lovers will be able to attend events throughout the year. Norman and Oklahoma City both feature extensive art districts. Here, patrons can view paintings and photography while listening to the sounds of street musicians.

Many people perceive the state of Oklahoma as dry and barren, but this simply is not so. Natural beauty, from forests to wild fields, makes up a significant portion of the state’s land. There is so much to do for free in the Sooner State that visitors will surely find themselves coming back for more.

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Chicago is another great American city, worth a visit or a road trip to!

From its museums, to sports, to family activities, Chicago is a place that will not let you donw. The food! Oh the food!

There is the Field Museum, the Legoland Center, the Lincoln Zoo near the park and some great restaurants and shopping centers.

You can’t go to Chicago and not try a traditional Chicago style deep dish pizza!

The best natural history museums in the nation are located in Chicago, so it really can be a trip that is fun for the whole family.

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Don’t be one of the people who actually believe in:

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

Nope! That should be re-written to:

What happens in Vegas Ends Up on Facebook

C’mon people! Vegas can be fun, but don’t be a dummie who ends up broke, with a hangover the size of an elephant and with embarrassing evidence that will haunt you for years to come!

Believe it or not, if you play like a responsible adult, Vegas will not end up bankrupting you. If you can hold your own, this is one of the best places if you want to have a relatively inexpensive vacation!

There’s so much to do in Vegas, and many different ways to get deals that will let you explore the entire city! From the Black Canyon at the Colorado River which has great rafting, to a go karting course 5 or 10 minutes’ drive from the strip, to shows and more.

There are some great hotels to visit and stay at, with most 5 star hotels having 2/3 star hotel rates.

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You may not have expected to see Washington D. C. on our list, and if that’s the case, you’ll be surprised with what D. C. has to offer.

In fact, Washington D. C. turns out to be one of the cheapest major cities in the United States for a tourist for visit. That’s partly because there is so much to do for free! Most of the museums are free, and it’s a must do trip with your kids for all Americans (and foreigners too!).

Here are some of the best museums you won’t want to miss:

For the adventure seekers, there is a Six Flags Magic Mountain nearby, lodging is not too pricey either if you’re willing to downgrade a few stars. All in all, a great place to visit!

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There is no place like New York City. With its majestic beauty and bustling energy, the city is steeped in history and innovation. If you are on a short visit, then there are limited things you will be able to see. This guide below will hopefully give you a good start on the top five things you need to see and do while in New York.

1. The Statue of Liberty

An offering from France to the United States, the Statue of Liberty is certainly one of the grandest attractions in New York City. The visage of the statue is rich with symbolism and history. The face on Lady Liberty is said to be based upon the face of the sculptor’s mother. The spiked crown symbolizes the seven seas. The torch that is held in the right hand stands for knowledge while the tablets in the left hand stand for the Declaration of Independence.

Photo courtesy of: YoungGov.org

Photo courtesy of: YoungGov.org

2. The Rockefeller Center

This huge building, encompassing 22 acres of land, is bordered by 48th and 51st streets, with Fifth Avenue to the East and Sixth Avenue to the West. Visitors flock to Rockefeller Center to ice skate and to go to the observation decks via elevators for the scenic views. In 2005 the observation area was made-over to include a multimedia center and exhibition exploring the history of the Center.

Photo courtesy of: DiseselPunks.org

Photo courtesy of: DiseselPunks.org

3. The Brooklyn Bridge

The perfect spot to view the city, you can walk along the Brooklyn Bridge for a solid mile stretching from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The bridge is a symbol of New York City, an engineering marvel, and a symbol in movies of romance and love. The walkway of the bridge is raised above the roadway. You can get to the walkway by a set of stairs close to the High Street Subway Station in Brooklyn. The majestic bridge looks unbelievable from afar, but up-close it is truly a stunning piece of work.

Photo courtesy of: Sue Waters

Photo courtesy of: Sue Waters

4. Central Park

One of the most famous attractions in the world, Central Park sits on over 843 acres of prime real estate. Before it was the modern day oasis that it is now, sheep used to graze upon the grass here from 1860 until around 1934. Central Park contains a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary, an outdoor theater where “Shakespeare in the Park” is performed during the summer, and natural woods for walking and relaxing. A historic Carousel, enclosed playgrounds, and grassy areas for picnics and play make this an extremely friendly environment in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Photo courtesy of: ZeroOne on Flickr

Photo courtesy of: ZeroOne on Flickr

5. The Empire State Building

Built in 1931 and opening during the Great Depression, the Empire State Building was at one time the tallest building in existence. in 1945, a 5-52 bomber flew into the building between the 79th and 80th floors. The Empire State Building has been featured in many movies around the world. Every year millions come to visit the building with its observation decks and breathtaking views of the city.

There is so much more to do and see in this great and historic city, but if you can only do these five things you will have a great start and a great visit. Just make sure to come back and see more of the great New York City!

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