Lying at the convergence of 3 of America’s cultural regions, (the Midwest, the South, and the West), Oklahoma is a wonderful place to visit, with a beautiful and diverse landscape, a rich history, and cosmopolitan cities. Oklahoma sits along the route of Historic Route 66 and is the home of Will Rogers, the famous cowboy and actor. It is one of the richest states in terms of Native American Culture, as it is the capital of many tribes and over 25 different languages are spoken there. Whether you want to head out into nature or enjoy the sights of the city, Oklahoma has you covered. With cottages, bed and breakfasts, and apartments for rent, it is easy to find just what you need in the “Sooner State”.
Where to Stay
Where to stay all depends on what it is you will be doing in Oklahoma. The state has some great historic western towns due to its history as part of the American frontier. Stay in holiday homes, apartments, and bed and breakfasts in towns like Miami and Broken Arrow. Wander the main streets past historic buildings and imagine what it must have been like a century ago. Trade the laid back atmosphere of small town Oklahoma for apartments for rent in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Get to know the cities like the locals do and avoid overpriced and bland hotels. Stay in the heart of these bustling cities, close to museums, shopping, dining, and nightlife and make the most out of your trip to this fascinating state.
- The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
- Don’t forget, in Hawthahorne it is against the law to put a hypnotized person into a display case!
- More astronauts come from Oklahoma than from any other state.
- The highest wind speed ever was recorded in Moore in 1999 (318 mph).
- The name of the state comes from the Choctaw Indian words “okla”, meaning people, and “humma”, meaning red.
Things to See and Do
Oklahoma has a varied a beautiful landscape. Driving through the state, travellers encounter mountains, lakes, woods, plains, grasslands, rolling hills, and even desserts. Just outside Indiahoma, in the western part of the state is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It has a huge number of protected species and beautiful rocky scenery. Travellers who love the outdoors will find it here in spades, and the state has plenty of options for great hunting, fishing, and hiking. If you want to try to make a few extra bucks during your trip, head to one of the many casinos peppered across the landscape.
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city and offers a travelers lots to see and do. Visit the Adventure District to learn about the culture and background of the old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, or check out the popular Oklahoma City Zoo. Of course, the Oklahoma City bombing is imprinted on peoples’ minds, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum provides a sombre tribute to the victims. For some thrills, head to Frontier City, a Wild West themed amusement park with fun for the whole family.
Tulsa is a great combination of modern city life and old west charm. The concept of Southern hospitality rings true in this city. Fans of the Art Deco style will love Tulsa, as it is home to one of America’s largest collections of art deco buildings. There are great museums here, including the Gilcrease Museum (Western and Native American art) and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Head down to the Spotlight Theater on Saturdays to take in a performance of “The Drunkard”, the United States's longest running show.
If you are arriving by plane, chances are you will be arriving at either Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, or Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa. Once in the state, by far the best and most convenient way to get around is by car. The major cities do have public transportation options, but they tend to not be very extensive or frequent. A car allows travellers to explore the cities, and also head out to the countryside. The famous Route 66 runs straight through Oklahoma from Miami in the north-east, through Tulsa, and onwards through Oklahoma City. The state has the most original Route 66 road-bed in the country. The interstate system makes getting around the state quite easy. The cities are extremely car friendly and easy to navigate.