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BEST Places to Visit in Oklahoma: Chickasaw Country 3-Day Itinerary

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Last updated on September 4th, 2023 at 06:46 pm

Are you ready to shake things up and explore a new destination? Look no further than Chickasaw Country! Nestled in south-central Oklahoma, Chickasaw Country is a region rich in Native American heritage.

This one-of-a-kind region offers the perfect mix of history, culture, breathtaking natural wonders, and modern-day entertainment.

In this travel guide, we share a detailed 3-day travel itinerary to help you plan an exciting visit to Chickasaw Country. Prepare to be swept off your feet!

Disclosure: This travel guide is in partnership with Chickasaw Country. However, all opinions herein are those of Afrostylicity® and are not influenced by any being or brand. 

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A Brief Introduction to Chickasaw Country 

Chickasaw Country is located in south-central Oklahoma. It stretches over 7,648 square miles and encompasses 13 counties.

Notably, some of the most interesting Oklahoma attractions are in the Chickasaw Country region. Additionally, some celebrities have ties to the area. These include the following:

  • Chickasaw Country is home to the world’s largest casino in terms of number of electronic and table games — WinStar World Casino and Resort, in Thackerville, OK. 
  • Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s first and largest state park.
  • Country music legend Blake Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma although he now lives in Tishomingo and on Lake Texoma.
  • Greg’s Rockin’ Goat Coffee in Kingston, Oklahoma, is owned by Greg Upchurch, drummer for the band 3 Doors Down. 

 

3-Day Chickasaw Country Itinerary 

A sensational adventure awaits you on this 3-day journey through Chickasaw Country. Be sure to buckle up and get ready to explore! 

Day 1 in Chickasaw Country

Dining and Entertainment

Greg’s Rockin Goat Coffee, Kingston, OK

To kickstart your exciting Chickasaw Country adventure, dive headfirst into the energizing vibes of Greg’s Rockin Goat Coffee.

It is a beloved local coffee spot loved for its artisanal blends and warm, inviting ambiance.

Indulge in the mouth-watering flavors of their signature brews and delectable pastries before setting off on your journey of exploration.

greg's rockin coffee in kingston oklahoma

Our Experience at Greg’s Rockin Goat Coffee

Let’s talk about the vibe before we even get into the coffee. This spot has an inviting atmosphere that begs to be explored. We couldn’t resist snapping some Instagram-worthy photos outside the coffee shop, with the vibrant aqua walls as a backdrop. 

We enjoyed perusing the Three Doors Down memorabilia collection that lined the store’s walls. If there were a nomination for a unique coffee shop concept, Greg’s Rockin Goat Coffee would have our vote! 

Now, let’s focus on the real star of the show: the coffee and pastries! We treated ourselves to almond milk lattes and their melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip muffins. And the best part? Our purchase didn’t break the bank!

Snapper Shack Grill & Oyster Bar, Tishomingo, OK 

A lip-smacking menu awaits you at Snapper Shack Grill & Oyster Bar. Choose from various options, including savory salmon, succulent rainbow trout, tender snapper, tasty shrimp, fresh catfish, and delectable oysters. The seafood delicacies will transport your taste buds to a coastal paradise! 

Our Experience at Snapper Shack Grill & Oyster Bar

We enjoyed a delicious meal at this laid-back joint with a seafood-centric menu. We went for the blackened fish, which was flavorful and cooked to perfection. Accompanied by a side of rice and veggies (with squash in the mix!) Our taste buds were doing the happy dance! To wash it all down, we indulged in some Mexican orange soda. 

We highly recommend Snapper Shack for a no-frills yet satisfyingly delicious meal!

FYI: The restaurant is across the street from Pennington Inn

snapper shack restaurant in chickasaw country

Cafe Alley, Ardmore, OK

As hunger pangs set in, make a beeline for Cafe Alley in downtown Ardmore. It is a charming restaurant set in a time-honored building that has been preserved to maintain its rich history.

Choose from a menu of diverse culinary offerings, including the juiciest hand-cut steaks and the freshest shore-to-door in 24 (hours) seafood. 

Our Experience at Cafe Alley

We were treated to a feast of flavors at Cafe Alley! We ordered the fish of the day – the Mahi Mahi. Our meal was perfectly cooked with a zesty tang, leaving us wanting more.

And to top it off, the cherry on the cake (or the sauce on the fish?), the owner came out to greet us! It was such a memorable experience!

Later, our server, an absolute gem, convinced us to save room for dessert. “Begrudgingly” (tongue in cheek), we gave in to “pressure.” And boy, were we glad we did!

The carrot cake was out of this world good – it was so moist and mouth-watering, and the portion size was undeniably generous!

Overall, we loved our experience at Cafe Alley. The food was tasty, and the service was top-notch.

Mulberry Wine Bar, Tishomingo, OK 

Let your libation adventures unfold at Mulberry Wine Bar!

Set in downtown Tishomingo (next door to Pennington Inn), this small-town wine bar packs a punch! From fine wines to artisanal beers and an array of liquor, Mulberry Wine Bar’s offerings will surely electrify your taste buds! 

Our Experience at Mulberry Wine Bar

Mulberry Wine Bar is one of those places where you walk in and immediately feel like you have found your new go-to spot.

We enjoyed both a wine flight and a couple of mocktailsAnd trust us, these weren’t your run-of-the-mill Shirley Temples. Not at all! Their mocktails were just as complex and flavorful as their boozy counterparts.

To cut a long story short, Mulberry Wine Bar is certainly worth checking out. 

mulberry wine bar in chickasaw country

Activities and Exploration

Chickasaw White House, Milburn, OK

Unveil the history of the Chickasaw White House, a historic landmark that once served as the residence of the Chickasaw Nation’s governor. Explore the well-preserved rooms, admire the architecture, and gain valuable insight into the region’s past.

Our Experience at Chickasaw White House

We enjoyed a guided tour of the Chickasaw White House. Our guide was an absolute expert and knew everything there was to know about this historical landmark.

She narrated the mansion’s history as we marveled at the well-preserved rooms, their intricately designed furnishings, and decor.

chickasaw country white house

Chickasaw Bank Museum, Tishomingo, OK 

Delve deeper into history at the Chickasaw Bank Museum, where the prosperity and innovation of years past have been memorialized.

Stand in awe of its architectural brilliance and imagine the bustling hub it once was, filled with the clinking of coins and the excitement of financial transactions.

Tip: For more information about places to see in Tishomingo, visit the welcome center opposite the Bank Building.

Our Experience at Chickasaw Bank Museum

Can you imagine being in the same room as some of the oldest and rarest Chickasaw Nation artifacts? That’s exactly what we got to experience at the Chickasaw Bank Museum!

As we explored the lower level of the building, our jaws dropped at the sight of a century-old money-counting machine, still in pristine condition.

We couldn’t resist peeking inside the adjacent vault, imagining all the precious treasures it once safeguarded.

And don’t even get us started on the first telephone ever made. It was like we were witnessing history in real time! 

But the real showstopper was the museum on the second floor. There, we were blown away by an assortment of historical pieces, including classic fashion styles of yesteryear. It was all so fascinating! 

Chickasaw National Capitol, Tishomingo, OK  

Visit the magnificent Chickasaw National Capitol, which served as the epicenter of tribal governance until the dawn of Oklahoma statehood.

Fast forward to today, and this iconic building has become a captivating museum. It is a living testament to the Chickasaw people’s relentless spirit and unwavering pride.

If you’re a history buff or simply enjoy immersing yourself in the fascinating stories of the past, a visit to the Chickasaw National Capitol is an absolute must. 

chickasw national building

Our Experience at Chickasaw National Capitol

We felt deep awe and wonder as we toured the Chickasaw National Capitol. This venue housed the meetings of influential Chickasaw Nation leaders. Let that sink in.

We were equally impressed by the plethora of priceless artifacts that offer insight into the Chickasaw people of a bygone era. 

Chickasaw Council House & Museum, Tishomingo, OK

Behold one of the most expansive collections of Chickasaw art, artifacts, traditional clothing, and archival treasures! These are housed within the great walls of the Chickasaw Council House Museum.

Prepare to be amazed as history comes alive right before your eyes, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the people of Chickasaw. 

There is also an onsite gift shop with an impressive selection of souvenirs, including handmade crafts and traditional Chickasaw items. 

Our Experience at Chickasaw Council House 

We were teleported to a different time and place when we entered the building. The air was thick with the rich history of the Chickasaw Nation, and we couldn’t wait to learn more. 

The exhibits were thoughtfully curated, detailing their culture, practices, and notable accomplishments. We were blown away by the depth of information provided and spent hours devouring every piece of knowledge we could find. We highly recommend a visit!

Accommodation

Pennington Inn 

If you’re seeking an escape from the ordinary, a sanctuary where comfort, charm, and personalized hospitality intersect, Pennington Inn is the perfect place to be!

This unique 3-room inn offers an unmatched tranquil ambiance. It may be the backdrop to some of your most cherished wanderlust memories!

pennington in tishomingo

Our Experience at Pennington Inn 

Pennington Inn is hands down one of the most unique places we’ve stayed at! This gem is conveniently located smack dab in the heart of Tishomingo.

Now, we know what you’re thinking – “3 rooms? That sounds pretty small.” But trust us when we say that’s part of the charm. 

This quaint little gem offered a welcoming home-away-from-home atmosphere, with little touches like cozy bedding and fluffy towels. We loved the decor, which was a perfect mix of vintage and modern.  

And get this, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from notable landmarks such as the Capitol and the Bank Building! Overall, we absolutely loved our stay at Pennington Inn.

Check out our detailed Pennington Inn Review here.

Pennington inn in chickasaw oklahoma

Day 2 in Chickasaw Country 

Dining and Entertainment 

Latte Da, Tishomingo, OK

Imagine a cozy cafe where baristas work their magic, crafting each cup with precision and passion. Well, this place exists — Latte Da in downtown Tishomingo, OK. 

From velvety lattes to rich and robust espressos, every sip is an explosion of bold flavor.

Note that Latte Da is not just about the coffee – it’s also a haven of delectable pastries that will tempt even the most disciplined of palates. Indulge in flaky croissants, melt-in-your-mouth danishes, and an assortment of baked treats. 

morning cofffee at latte day chickasaw country

Our Experience at Latte Da

Oh, Latte Da, what a jewel of a coffee shop!

It is a mere stone’s throw away from Pennington Inn (our accommodation in Tishomingo). It was, therefore, the obvious choice for breakfast.

We opted for a continental breakfast of perfectly flaky croissants that melted in our mouths like butter and followed it up with aromatic cups of morning joe.

Beyond breakfast, we adored the “Mom and Pop” small-town vibe of the place. 

Aaimpa Cafe at Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, OK 

While at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, refuel at the onsite Aaimpa Cafe. Experience a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors that celebrate heritage with a modern twist.

Some unique menu options include Indian tacos, fry bread, grape dumplings, and three sisters’ stew.

Our Experience at Aaimpa Cafe

Our mouths were watering as we perused the menu, filled with a dazzling array of tasty dishes that combined traditional Native American flavors with exciting modern twists. We can’t wait to go back and try more dishes! 

Rusty Nail Winery, Sulphur, OK

Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of the Rusty Nail Winery in downtown Sulphur. Here you can savor an array of masterfully-crafted wines. 

Tip: Overnight guests of The Artesian Hotel get a complimentary Wine Tasting Flight at Rusty Nail Winery. 

Our Experience at Rusty Nail Winery

They had us at “free wine flights for Artesian Hotel guests.” You’re probably wondering if the wine was any good? That would be a resounding YES! We indulged in a few glasses, with each sip being pure paradise. 

Springs at the Artesian, Sulphur, OK 

Springs at the Artesian is an upscale fine-dining restaurant within the Artesian Hotel. The generously portioned, homestyle-inspired dishes are delicious from breakfast to dinner and everything in between! 

Our Experience at Springs at the Artesian

Dinner at Springs at the Artesian was the perfect combination of upscale dining and gastronomic excellence. From the savory appetizers and entrees to the decadent desserts, the chefs whipped up culinary masterpieces!

Activities and Exploration 

Chickasaw Cultural Center

Expect an unforgettable experience at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. You will have an opportunity to explore dynamic exhibits, witness soulful Chickasaw stomp dances, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the grounds, and find unique souvenirs from the gift shop.

chickasaw cultural center

Our Experience at Chickasaw Cultural Center

From the traditional stomp dance demonstration to the statues, sculptures, and exhibits, the center truly showcases the soul and spirit of the Chickasaw people. We were truly impressed by the rich history and heritage preserved within the center’s walls.

chickasaw cultural center

Turner Falls Park, Davis, OK

What is a visit to Oklahoma without a visit to Turner Falls? Incomplete, that’s what! Why? Maybe because it is the largest waterfall in Oklahoma and frequently appears on travel bucket lists.

Beyond that, it’s a breathtaking sight. Nature’s masterpiece.

AND in Chickasaw Country, too? 

Score! 

Swimming in the Turner Falls swimming hole or hiking and exploring the scenic nature trails at the park are additional activities to consider.

view of turner falls in oklahoma

777 Zipline, Davis, OK

The excitement doesn’t end at Turner Falls!

A short distance away, a heart-thumping ziplining experience awaits! At 777 Zipline, you will soar through the skies and enjoy stunning aerial views of Turner Falls.

If you are a thrill-seeker, this is one adrenaline-rush adventure you won’t soon forget! 

Tip: Save money off your ziplining ticket price when you pay in cash. 

Our Experience at 777 Zipline

Our round-trip zipline ride was nothing short of amazing! Soaring over the Chickasaw Country landscape and enjoying a bird’s eye view of Turner Falls was an experience like no other.

Sole’renity Spa, Sulphur, OK

Experience the ultimate self-care indulgence at Sole’renity Spa at Artesian Hotel. Surrender to the soothing power of relaxation and rejuvenation with body treatments, massages, and skin care. 

solerenity spa oklahoma

Our Experience at Sole’renity Spa

After a long day of pounding the exploration trails, an ultimate pampering spa experience was just what we needed.

We started with foot soaks, which felt like paradise as our feet were gently immersed in a fragrant blend of oils and soothing bubbles.

Later, we made our way over to the whirlpool, where any leftover tension was melted away. The bubbling water worked its magic, leaving us completely rejuvenated. 

Accommodation 

The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa, Sulphur, OK

Are you seeking a slice of Chickasaw Country luxury? Step into a world of refined elegance at the historic Artesian Hotel. Unwind in lavish accommodations that combine elegance with warm hospitality.

Relax, unwind, explore, and let the day’s memories swirl around you as you drift into a peaceful slumber.

the artesian hotel chickasaw

Our Experience at The Artesian Hotel

In addition to the dining options and upscale accommodations, we loved how friendly and helpful the staff was. They went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we had a wonderful stay. And boy, did we ever! 

Day 3 in Chickasaw Country

Dining and Entertainment 

The Lookout Kitchen at Lake Murray Lodge, Ardmore, OK

Treat yourself to a delightful summer dining experience at The Lookout Kitchen at Lake Murray Lodge.

Indulge in a hearty meal while overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Murray, savoring both your meal and the picturesque scenery.

Our Experience at The Lookout Kitchen

Care to dine at a waterfront restaurant with spectacular views and delicious food in equal measure? Yes, please! Each morsel of food was bursting with fresh, authentic flavor.

The Lookout Kitchen restaurant at Lake Murray was undoubtedly top on our list of Chickasaw Country favorites.

Coffee at Dulce Organically Sweet, Ardmore, OK

Sip a perfectly brewed tea or coffee at Lake Murray’s Coffee at Dulce Organically Sweet. Pair your drink with a sweet treat from the finest, freshest, locally-sourced, and organic non-GMO ingredients.

Our Experience at Coffee at Dulce Organically Sweet

We tried out the oat milk latte and matcha, which were worth every penny! But it wasn’t just the drinks that had us enamored. Their classic croissants were flaky, buttery perfection!

Activities and Exploration 

Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore, OK 

Release your inner explorer into the wild at Oklahoma’s first and largest state park – Lake Murray State Park.

Lose yourself in beautiful trails, glide across pristine waters, and find solace in nature’s breathtaking beauty. It is quite a sight for sore eyes! 

Lake Murray Boat Cruise 

Elevate your Lake Murray adventure with a relaxing boat cruise. Sail away and surrender to the serenity of the tranquil waters. All while taking in the breathtaking sights of the scenic vistas. 

Fun fact: The Lake Murray floating cabins can be considered Chickasaw’s version of Bora Bora’s overwater bungalows.

lake murray chickasaw country boat cruise

Our Experience on a Lake Murray Boat Cruise

We can’t recall exactly how often we said,

How did we not know about Lake Murray before this?” …but we know we said it a lot. 

The crystal clear water (our boat captain scooped up water in a clear bottle to demonstrate) as far as the eye could see, was mind-blowing!

We loved the cruise so much that we plan to go back and relive the experience soon. 

WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, OK 

What if we told you that the largest casino in the world (based on the number of electronic games and table games) is in Chickasaw Country? Well, we just did! 

Cue WinStar Casino —where the stakes are high, and the excitement is contagious! 

Try your luck at the gaming tables or slot machines, and experience world-class entertainment and dining options. Oh, and if you choose to stay at Winstar longer, the hotel is equally impressive! 

winstar casino oklahoma

Our Experience at WinStar Casino

On our way out of Chickasaw Country, we stopped at WinStar Casino. As soon as we walked in, we were dazzled by the glitz and glamour of the place.

The excitement was palpable: the flashing lights, the ringing slot machines, the winning shrieks of joy. Good times abound!

Final Thoughts About Chickasaw Country

As we reflect on our unbelievable experiences, the essence of Chickasaw Country is coursing through our veins. It is a place where the past and present coexist perfectly and where the beauty of nature reigns supreme.

We hope that you will find this travel itinerary a helpful guide as you navigate through your own Chickasaw Country adventure. Perhaps you too, will add the Southeastern United States to your travel favorites list!

Plan Your Trip to Chickasaw Country 

Drive to Chickasaw

You can opt to drive your vehicle or to rent a car. 

Our experience: Given that we are Dallas residents, driving to Chickasaw country was the most convenient option. We got a fuel-efficient rental car that helped keep our transportation costs minimal. 

Check out our Road Trips Tips and Road Trips Packing List Guides to take the stress out of preparing for a road trip.

Fly 

You can fly into Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Airport. Choose Oklahoma City as your destination. 

Alternatively, because of Chickasaw Country’s proximity to Dallas, TX, you can fly to Dallas and then drive up to Oklahoma. Note that Dallas is served by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field Airport. 

 Bon Voyage!

More Things To Do in Chickasaw

Looking for even more things to do while you are in Chickasaw Country? Check out our detailed Chickasaw activities guide here.

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