With a historic reputation that covers pretty much everything from rural farming, cattle barons, oil and gas, the North American center of pipelines, "fly over" territory, Indian Territory, post-Victorian statehood, and any number of applicable adjectives, Oklahoma is just now coming into a state of "cool" in terms of tourism.

I know, that's a statement that is probably going to make you raise an eyebrow, but it's true.

Getting out and exploring the state we live in is also a growing trend among both lifelong and newly adopted Okies.

As the state heads into our 117th year of statehood, all of the "old" has grown into feelings of kitsch and cool. The Sooner State is retro, and as communities across this land continue to make the effort to preserve as much of old Oklahoma as possible, the popularity only swells more.

If you're still lost in translation, that's OK. People who live in the more vibrant and well-preserved towns of this state look around and think "Isn't that a normal thing?" It's those of us living in towns that have lost their history that can see it.

Take Lawton for instance. This town is full of history, probably... but generations of city planners and politicians spent so much energy pushing our community forward that they forgot to preserve that history.

To their credit, city planners and politicians have tried to rebuild Lawton's history with various projects like the relatively new 2nd Street expansion, but it sort of lost the vintage vibe and mojo by the time the dollar stores moved in.

No big deal, we tried, and that's what is important. Besides, there are tons of beautiful communities around the state worthy of a day trip. Here's a quick list that will undoubtedly grow in time.

Oklahoma's Prettiest Small Towns

Since the late '90s, there has been a trend across the Sooner State to restore aging downtown areas and preserve the history of every town. Nearly thirty years later, efforts are being recognized in the form of tourism. Whether it's a day trip or something a little longer, here are the prettiest small towns in Oklahoma worth having a meal in and snapping some cool pics.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

Top 10 terrifying towns & creepy cities in Oklahoma

While Oklahoma is well known for its beauty and friendly people there are a few places in the Sooner State you'll want to avoid. These are the most terrifying towns and scary cities in the state. It's not that they're bad places, or plagued with crime and other negative factors. The towns and cities below have one single thing in common. They all have active paranormal and supernatural phenomenons. From ghost stories to urban legends and tragic tales. A lot of these places are well known to those who live in Oklahoma and even all over the nation. If you're looking to get scared or do a little ghost hunting you can start with the list below.

Gallery Credit: Don "Critter" Brown

Oklahoma's Infamous Haunted Grisso Mansion

While you've heard spooky tales of Oklahoma's haunted places, this Seminole, OK home might be THE most haunted place in the Sooner State.

Sporting four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a ballroom, and 11,000 square feet of living space, you too could have your own up-close experience with the woman and child ghosts that are rumored to still be wandering the villa today.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

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