City Escape: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Text: Susan Dragoo • Photography: Susan Dragoo

The rugged landscape in northeastern Oklahoma offers tree-canopied lanes of twisty asphalt alongside clear mountain streams—perfect for flowing rides sprinkled with diverse restaurants and historical sites dating to the days of Indian Territory. Moderate temperatures and bright foliage make fall the best time to ride this loop, but the temperate weather in Oklahoma (except for July and August) makes riding a pleasure most of the year.


Approximately 154 miles

Meetup Spot

Cherokee National History Museum, 101 S. Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah, OK.

Lunch Stop

The crops of corn, beans, and squash, known as the ìThree Sisters,î have provided the basis of Native American culinary traditions and anchor the menu at 3 Sisters Diner, which features fried squash, ìauthentic native tacos,î and ìnative onion blossomsî as complements to the usual burgers and BLTs. Find it at 32002 Hwy 82, Cookson, OK, (918) 457-0692,

Scenery (4 out of 5)

Secondary highways wind through wooded hills and high bluffs and along clear, flowing streams and lake shorelines. Colorful fall foliage is a bonus on autumn rides.

Difficulty (2 out of 5)

The areaís roads are pleasantly twisty but not particularly difficult.

Road Conditions (3 out of 5)

You can expect good paved roads and usually very little traffic on this route.