Going on a long road trip is a staple of any good summer. But after being in the car for hours at a time, the appeal of road trips can wear off — unless you adequately prepared by reading this list of tips. Here’s how to ensure your road trip is enjoyable from start to finish.
Bring a paper map.
If you plan to drive somewhere remote, you can’t necessarily rely on your phone for navigation. You can download maps for use offline, but where’s the fun in that? Paper maps are a good backup and add a lot of flavor to navigation that a phone simply can’t match.
Prep the playlist.
Having a good playlist is a critical aspect of any road trip. You simply can’t rely on the radio to give you tunes that fit the moment — besides, who wants to listen to ads just when things are getting good? Download a playlist before you head out. Just make sure everyone coming along gets to have a say in the song selection.
Have a loose plan.
It’s always good to plan your route and have a few interesting spots on your radar to check out. Still, any plan you make should be flexible enough for last-minute changes and spontaneous decision-making. The magic of road trips is making things happen on the go.
Get your car checked.
Nothing sours a road trip quite as much as your car breaking down on the way. Sure, you should pack a tool kit just in case — but wouldn’t it be better not to need it? Have your car or RV checked by a professional mechanic before hitting the road to ensure everything goes smooth as butter.
For all of your car repair and maintenance needs, visit the Wilson Cadillac service center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We’ll make sure your ride is ready for your next road trip.
Home to several colleges and universities, museums, and bodies of water, Stillwater is the perfect place to live or to visit. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Stillwater.
Even if you’re not a museum person, you might want to visit this important Stillwater landmark: the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. There are some more conventional options too, like the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. And for football fans, you can learn about 130 years of OSU football history at the Heritage Hall Museum.
Parks and lakes
Spend a day at Boomer Lake Park in the heart of Stillwater, or drive a few minutes West to the much larger Lake McMurtry or Carl Blackwell Lake. All three are perfect for spending a day with the kids, taking the boat out, camping, and more.
Gardens and zoos
The Botanic Garden at OSU is a fantastic spot to see beautiful local flowers and other plants and even take classes. Kids will love the Lost Creek Safari, an animal park home to kangaroos, lemurs, camels, llamas, all kinds of reptiles, and much more.
If you’re looking for a kid-free activity, hang out with the college kids for the night at one of the bars. The College Bar and The Cigar Box are great hangouts, or if you want to try a wide range of local beers, hit up the Iron Monk Brewing Company.
This holiday season might look a little different this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the spirit by checking out twinkling lights. Check out these nearby holiday light displays in Stillwater and beyond.
Stillwater Holiday Light Displays.
Our very own city of Stillwater has plenty of holiday light displays to check out. Plan to see them all this winter to bring some much-needed brightness to even the darkest days. You can find a map of all Stillwater light displays on the Visit Stillwater website.
Downtown in December in Oklahoma City.
Don’t let the name fool you— Downtown in December actually runs from Nov. 6 to Jan. 31 in Oklahoma City. The city is lit up in splendor to celebrate the holiday. Check out the Bricktown Canal Lights until Jan. 10, the myriad of lights in the Deep Deuce district, and the Lights on Broadway on select nights.
Festival of Angels in Ponca City.
In nearby Ponca City, you can visit the Festival of Angels, which is a free event that runs throughout the month of December. With over 300 festive light displays in three different locations, you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit when you check out this festival.
Philbrook Festival in Tulsa.
Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art is hosting its annual festival on select nights from Nov. 27 to Dec. 26. This year, you’ll need to buy tickets in advance and arrive at a specified time in order to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions. The festival includes thousands of holiday lights, as well as festive music and visits with Santa.
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The last few months of the year are hectic. From Halloween until New Year’s, it can seem like the holidays are nonstop. To help cut expenses, here are fun ways to decorate for Thanksgiving by using Halloween decor.
Sticking LED candles such as electronic tea lights around the house can give it an eerie vibe for October. In November, you can put the candles in displays with red, orange, and brown leaves or fall-colored ribbons. This will work as table centerpieces, as a decoration above the mantle, by windows, or anywhere you want to add an extra glow.
Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o’-lantern carving. Uncarved pumpkins will last through November on your front porch. You can also go to grocery stores that stock pumpkins and buy any leftover after Halloween. If you’re still worried your pumpkins won’t last, you can spray them with WD-40 and keep them out of rain and direct sunlight to help them last longer.
Sometimes people like to use hay bales as part of Halloween decor. Hay bales can prop up skeletons or serve as a backdrop for spooky scarecrows. Then, when you put the Halloween decorations away, you can repurpose the hay bales to display some pumpkins and faux foliage.