Author Archives: Stephanie Craig

24 Charming Small Towns in Missouri For Quiet Missouri Escapes

Reed Spring Mill in foggy morning light; Reynolds County, Missouri

Since moving back to the US from Europe, I’ve been obsessed with visiting small towns, both those in Oklahoma and those a little further afield. Basically, if a small town is cute and less than four hours from OKC, I want to see it in person. These adorable smalls towns in Missouri are the stuff […]

The 18 National Parks in New Mexico: Why & How to Visit Each One!

New Mexico - New Mexico National Parks - Valles Caldera National Preserve

New Mexico is a stunning destination for anyone looking to explore a natural or cultural wonder. The state is practically bursting at the seams with beauty and awe-inspiring sites. Here are the US National Parks in New Mexico so you can plan your own New Mexico adventure! Can’t read now? Pin for later! How to […]

The 16 Colorado National Parks: Why & How to Visit Each One!

I’ve been to a few National Park Service sites in Colorado, and they never disappoint! Here are the US National Parks in Colorado so you can plan your own Colorado adventure. Can’t read now? Pin for later! How to Visit Colorado’s National Parks Well, if you’re a Colorado local then you probably already know that […]

21 Best Beaches in Texas for Sun-Filled Texas Beach Getaways

Texas - Texas - Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas

I’ve spent my entire life going to the beaches in Texas for vacations. Every summer (and some spring breaks and winter breaks), we would load up the family minivan and head down I-35. Sometimes the trips would end early due to hurricanes, other times we would extend our time because we just couldn’t bear to […]

7 Awesome Things to Do in Okeene, Oklahoma

Oklahoma - Okeene - St. Anthony's Catholic Church

This charming town is one of my favorite small towns in Oklahoma, due to it’s magnificent historic church, beautiful murals, and proximity to Gloss Mountain State Park, one of my favorite state parks in Oklahoma. If you find yourself in Okeene (or you’ll be passing through), here are the best things to do in Okeene, […]

13 Best Beaches in New Mexico for a Fun-Filled New Mexico Beach Weekend

New Mexico - Fishing Elephant Butte State Park, New Mexico

Whenever I think about a beach trip, I usually think about an escape to the Gulf Coast of Texas. But did you know there are actually some great sandy beaches in New Mexico you can enjoy that are so much closer to home? Yes, these are New Mexico lake beaches, but what’s more Americana than a lake […]

15 Best Beaches in Kansas for a Perfect Kansas Beach Getaway

Kansas - Sunset reflected in lake

Whenever I think about a beach trip, I usually think about an escape to the Gulf Coast of Texas. But did you know there are actually some great sandy beaches in Kansas you can enjoy that are so much closer to home? And while, yes, during my years in Kansas I did go to the Gulf to […]

7 Things to Know Before Visiting Bluestem Falls, Pawhuska’s Little Victoria

Oklahoma - Pawhuska - Bluestem Falls

Okay, so no one (that I know of) has ever referred to Bluestem Falls as Little Victoria except my husband. However, he’s from Zimbabwe and has been to the real Victoria Falls numerous times. He and I have been exploring Oklahoma’s waterfalls this year, and his favorite (by far) so far is Bluestem Falls. He […]

7 Things You Need to Know to Visit the Swinging Bridge in Pawhuska, Ok

Oklahoma - Pawhuska - Swinging Bridge

One of the best things to do in Pawhuska is to take a walk across the town’s famous bridge. Of course, it’s not just any bridge, it’s a swinging bridge. And oh boy, can you really feel the swinging! Here’s what you need to know to plan your own visit to the Swinging Bridge in […]

30 Best Day Trips from Oklahoma City for Any Kind of Adventurer!

Oklahoma - Fairview - Gloss Mountain State Park Entrance Sign

Are you looking for fun day trips from Oklahoma City? If so, look no further! Since moving back to Oklahoma we have gone on a dozen Oklahoma day trips, and I have a whole host of my favorite day trips from OKC that I’ve done when I was visiting my family over the past few […]