It’s in the book

New guide to state of­fers bucket lists, more

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SUNDAY LIFE - BY DINO LALLI Dino Lalli is the pro­ducer, co-host and one of the re­porters for the travel pro­gram DIS­COVER OK­LA­HOMA.

It is my sin­cere wish that one of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions is to travel more in Ok­la­homa! And one of the best ways to help you plan some of those trav­els is to get the new 2018 Ok­la­homa Travel Guide. It is your in­dis­pens­able, on­estop source for folks trav­el­ing in Ok­la­homa. And I’ll ex­plain how you can or­der your free copy.

On­the Ta­ble of Con­tents page, you’ll find the fol­low­ing sec­tions: Western Her­itage, Na­tive Amer­i­can, Route 66, Ur­ban Ad­ven­ture, Out­door Ad­ven­ture, Arts & En­ter­tain­ment and Travel Re­gions. For your con­ve­nience and ref­er­ence, this is the per­fect guide to keep not only at home, but also in your car. I can’t tell you how many of my friends keep this guide in their carand have told me that the travel guide is sim­ply es­sen­tial to have on hand.

One of the many items that caught my eye in this year’s guide was the one ti­tled “Make Your Bucket List,” as the guide is filled with ad­ven­tures, at­trac­tions, events, and all kinds of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties around the state that you really see or do.Each sec­tion in the book has mini-bucket lists on spe­cific top­ics.

The guide also lists all kinds of things to do for free. On page 18, you’ll find “Un­for­get­table Free Ad­ven­tures." You’ll also find in­for­ma­tion on how www. Trav­elOK.com, the of­fi­cial web­site of the Ok­la­homa Tourism and Recre­ation De­part­ment,let's you lo­cate all kinds of ar­ti­cles that can help with plan­ning a va­ca­tion or get­away.

One of the many ar­ti­cles found on Trav­elOK.com is “50 Free Things To Do in Ok­la­homa.” Some of those in­clude tak­ing a self-guided tour through Tulsa’s Art Deco area. The Fred Jones Jr. Mu­seum of Art in Nor­man is a won­der­ful place to spend a day or af­ter­noon and see their out­stand­ing ex­hibits and col­lec­tions.You also canex­plore Na­tive Amer­i­can art at the Red Earth Art Cen­ter in Ok­la­homa City.

All the great Ok­la­homa State Parks are listed with in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion on each. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the page de­voted to “7 Out-of-the-Or­di­nary State Park Ad­ven­tures.” I’ve had the plea­sure of par­tic­i­pat­ing in many of them while do­ing sto­ries for “Dis­cover Ok­la­homa.” And some of those fa­vorites in­cluded “Golf­ing at a canyon-style course,” “Off-road­ing on sand dunes,” and “Zip Lin­ing.” In fact, I’ll be writ­ing about a rel­a­tively new zip line in the Bro­ken Bow area called Ru­garu Ad­ven­tures Zi­plin­ing Tour,” in a fu­ture ar­ti­cle!

I also want to point out there are sec­tions in the guide that help you in other ways with great pieces of in­for­ma­tion from travel tips, web­sites, how to or­der tourism-re­lated brochures, city list­ings, an at­trac­tion in­dex, ac­com­mo­da­tion list­ings and more. There are pages de­voted to Ok­la­homa To­day Mag­a­zine and The Ok­la­homa Film and Mu­sic Of­fice and as men­tioned ear­lier, Ok­la­homa State Parks.

One last area of the guide I want to tell you about be­gins on page 58 an­dis ti­tled “Get Off The Beaten Path, 19 Ways to Revel in Ok­la­homa’s Great Out­doors.” And then on page 60, you’ll find ex­tremely help­ful in­for­ma­tion called “Seek Out Ad­ven­ture.” As I have trav­eled through­out the state for “Dis­cover Ok­la­homa,” I have al­ways thor­oughly en­joyed the nat­u­ral beauty of our state as well creat­ing mem­o­rable ad­ven­tures!

To get your free copy of the 2018 Ok­la­homa Travel Guide, go to www.Trav­elOK.com and in the up­per left area, click on “Re­quest Free Brochures.” It’s there you’ll be able to click on the travel guide as well as the many other pub­li­ca­tions you can re­ceive for free. It usu­ally takes about two week­sto re­ceivey­our pub­li­ca­tions.

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