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Muskogee Information

About Muskogee

Muskogee is a city in Oklahoma, roughly 50 miles southeast of Tulsa and 140 miles east of Oklahoma City. Even with a small-town population of fewer than 40,000 residents, it’s one of the largest cities in the state of Oklahoma. Whether you’re passing through town or vacationing in Muskogee, you’ll likely find it a charming and friendly place.

Home to liberal arts school Bacone College and a Northeastern State University satellite campus, Muskogee has a youthful population; over 60% of residents are under the age of 45. The city was named after the Muscogee language, spoken by Creek and Seminole people in east central Oklahoma.

In pop culture, you might know Muskogee best as the subject of Merle Haggard’s tune “Okie from Muskogee.” Three small films were shot in town – Jim Thorpe from 1951; Salvation, made in 2007, and Denizen, a film from 2010. The city recently won awards for its food festival (the Soul Food Cook-Off), water activities, and historic preservation.

Things to do in Muskogee

Popular dining spots include local barbecue restaurants Mahylon’s and My Place BBQ, as well as classic American food joints like The Beacon Drive In and Miss Addie’s Café & Pub. Max’s Garage is a popular local bar and grill that doubles as a dance hall.

Muskogee residents can always escape the heat in summer with a swim. From fishing in the creeks and streams to boating along the Arkansas River or enjoying water sports at Fort Gibson Lake, outdoor enthusiasts can find something to love in Muskogee. But perhaps the greatest water attraction in town is the River Country Water Park, complete with water slides and a lazy river.

With a $5,000 prize and culinary arts education scholarships at stake, competitors in the National Soul Food Cook-Off in Muskogee, OK aren’t messing around. It’s a family friendly event with plenty of sweet potato pie and fried chicken for all attendees. If you’re feeling confident enough to enter, check out the recipes page on the cook-off’s website to get started!

Day trips from Muskogee

Take a drive to Fort Gibson Lake, just a few miles from the historic Fort Gibson (created in 1824 to keep the peace in the American West) for a range of activities including swimming, fishing, hunting and hiking through the picturesque hills of eastern Oklahoma. You can camp overnight before returning to Muskogee, or make it a day trip in a quick 40-minute round trip drive.

Tulsa is one of Oklahoma’s greatest locales for American arts and culture. From the Gilcrease Museum of Native American and Western art to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center showcasing dance, theater and music to the various statues at parks and trails, you can’t miss this city’s passion for art. Tulsa is packed with activities for families and other travelers young and old, from festivals to museums to big city nightlife – just 50 miles from Muskogee.

The perfect American tourism experience is just a 45-minute drive out of town: The Blue Whale, located on historic Route 66. One of America’s greatest roadside attractions, the giant whale statue was built as an anniversary gift for the creator’s wife, who loved whale figurines, but it soon became a tourist attraction complete with a beach, swimming hole and picnic area. The park was restored after the creator’s death and has since been featured in several TV shows.

Muskogee accommodations

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Stay in the Hayes House Luxury Suites for a luxurious and anachronistic vacation experience. Hayes House, a historic spot that was restored 20 years ago, is a hotspot for weddings and special occasions. also features cottages available for a work retreat, family reunion or girls’ weekend. Whatever your trip entails, you can book easily online.

Transportation in Muskogee

Muskogee is located about an hour west of Arkansas or 100 miles south of Kansas. If you’re lucky enough to be passing through Muskogee on a great American road trip, you can find the town from Interstate 40 by way of Route 64 or the Muskogee Turnpike, which connects I-40 to Tulsa. The closest major airports are the Tulsa International Airport and the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Motorcyclists in Muskogee know that a tour of Oklahoma is best done by bike. From the Ozarks to the Ouachita Mountains – a National Scenic Byway – much of eastern Oklahoma is an excellent destination for a motorcycle tour.

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Vacation Rentals in Muskogee

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For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Muskogee has 31 gorgeous homes with 19 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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