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10 Oklahoma locations to visit before summer ends

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I think we can all agree this summer hasn't been too bad! Thanks to all the rain, our days and nights have been cooler, and (much to the chagrin of allergy sufferers everywhere) some beautiful flora has been sprouting.

But summer is coming to an end in a couple of weeks so, if you have an itch to get out and explore, here are 10 awesome Oklahoma locations to check out.

10. Toy and Action Figure Museum

The name of this place says it all.

Located in Pauls Valley, Okla., the Toy and Action Figure Museum is a one-of-a-kind gem located on Oklahoma's Adventure Road, and is loved by the young and old alike.

9. Alabaster Caverns State Park

Alabaster Caverns State Park, located in northwestern Oklahoma, is a 200-acre area that is noted for its massive alabaster cavern. The cavern is so large, it's actually the largest of its kind (formed of gypsum) in the world that is open to the public.

8. Great Salt Plains State Park

Want to see something incredibly unique? Check out Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet, Okla. A great area for boating, camping and fishing, the park has a salt-water lake and opportunities for visitors to dig for selenite crystals.

7. Collings Castle

Many Oklahomans know of the beauty that is Turner Falls in Davis, Okla. But hiding behind the trees and built along the rock is something worth exploring: Collings Castle.

6. Black mesa Summit Trail

Have a fun hike in the Panhandle on the Black Mesa Summit Trail.

5. Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail

Tulsa is home to a lot of great points of interest, one of them being its large urban wilderness area.

4. Natural Falls State Park

Natural Falls State Park offers ample areas for hiking, beautiful waterfalls, camping and much more.

3. Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

If you're new to Oklahoma, are interested in the state's history of just want to experience something both mesmerizing and solemn, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

2. Endangered Ark Foundation

Hugo, Okla., has something special going on: the Endangered Ark Foundation, a "private non-profit dedicated to ensuring the future of Asian elephants in North America, providing a retirement ranch for circus elephants, and educating the public about this endangered species."

1. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

You like the outdoors? Like animals? Then visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and go on one of their guided tours.

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Richard Hall

Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Read more ›

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