Whether you live in or are simply visiting Oklahoma City, there are an abundance of romantic small towns and bustling cities nearby to visit. Within five hours’ worth of driving, you can find a variety of towns and communities perfect for an unforgettable getaway. After staying at one of many incredible Oklahoma City vacation rentals for a day, venture to one of the most romantic weekend getaway spots in the surrounding area.

1. Dallas, Texas

dallas city skylineIn a little less than three hours of driving, you can explore the thriving metropolis of Dallas. Romance and chocolate go hand-in-hand so book a tour with Dallas By Chocolate. The guide takes you to a minimum of four spots known for their rich, luxurious chocolates and chocolate desserts. In the evening, spice up your romance with an evening at Viva Dallas Burlesque with its witty comedy acts and provocative dancing. If the two of you prefer outdoor activities, then Trinity River Expeditions can take you on a kayak tour of the Trinity River, or enjoy a gondola ride at the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn.

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2. Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Just an hour and a half south of your home, Tulsa is a great spot to slow down and make time for each other. Take a tour of the Philbrook Museum of Art with its permanent collection of stunning artwork and its manicured gardens, or opt to visit the Gilcrease Museum with its extensive collection of American West artwork. Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium provide exhibits, a theater, and aircraft from bygone eras to teach you more about space, planets, and the history of space travel. To add a little fun to your romance, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy at the Blue Whale of Catoosa. Located on Route 66, this waterfront structure is the best place for a photo op.

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3. Enid, Oklahoma

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In a little less than two hours, arrive in the town of Enid for a weekend to explore the Great Salt Plains State Park. This is the largest salt plain of its kind in North America. While visiting the park, spend some time digging for selenite crystals and take home crystals weighing up to 10 pounds. This unique habitat has its own wildlife and bird species so bring your binoculars to get a better look. Experience the romance of trains with a visit to the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma with its large selection of old railroad cars, exhibits, and artifacts.

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4. Wichita, Kansas

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It only takes two and a half hours to leave Oklahoma behind and arrive in Wichita, Kansas, for a romantic weekend. Let floral fragrances set the mood for a romantic stroll through Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. Walk past flowering plants and bushes and stop beside a water font to rest for a few minutes or appreciate the natural beauty around you. You can end your visit to the gardens in the butterfly house and giggle as a feather-light butterfly lands on your shoulder. Next, step back in time at the Old Cowtown Museum that replicates life in Kansas during the 1880s with restored buildings, photographs, and some barn animals to tend to.

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5. Springfield, Missouri

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Surprisingly, you’re only a four-hour drive from the hip town of Springfield in Missouri. Start with a tour of the Fantastic Caverns. These caverns are so large that they’re the only ones that utilize a tram system for the tour, which takes about an hour, and the two of you can cuddle closer together for warmth. While visiting the downtown area, learn more about the history of the area with a tour of the History Museum on the Square. On a warm day, visit the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield to find out more about the battles of the American Civil War fought in the area and see the photographs that date back to this period at the visitor’s center.

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6. Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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Bartlesville is a cool little small town with a lot to do, and your romantic weekend begins with a mere two and a half hour drive to your vacation destination. Start your visit with a tour of the Price Tower. At an astonishing 221 feet, this skyscraper is the only one of its kind designed by famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Plan to spend the better part of a day at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve with its museum, artwork, trail rides, and much more. The art collection contains some amazing Western artwork from artists, such as Frederic Remington. At the wildlife preserve, see buffalo, elk, and cattle grazing on the land. For a romantic evening, eat dinner at Murphy’s Steak House and order a plate of fries smothered in gravy.

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7. Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock capitolHead almost five hours east for a weekend away in Little Rock. Hold each other up after donning skates at the Arkansas Skatium. Depending on the time of year, those will be either roller skates or ice skates. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some downtown while eating in the shade of the Pugh’s Old Mill in T.R. Pugh Memorial Park. You might recognize this mill from the opening credits for “Gone With the Wind” – it’s one of the few remaining buildings from the movie. For a romantic dinner, Vesuvio Bistro is an upscale Italian restaurant with white linen tablecloths and an extensive wine list.

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