Overlooking the festivities in the Bricktown Canal district in Oklahoma City
Seeing the sights while cruising the longest stretch of iconic Route 66
A horse waits at its hitching post in Kenton
The Automobile Alley district glowing at night in Oklahoma City
Thrilling kayak ride through rapids at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in Oklahoma City
Neon glow of the Route 66 Museum in Clinton
'East Meets West' sculpture, a wagon meeting a car, at the midpoint of Route 66 in Tulsa
Interactive storyboard display at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa
Tribal gathering at the Quapaw Powwow in Miami
Cattle-driving sculpture at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan
Experience Western history, Native American culture and Southern charm
American Indian Heritage and Cowboy Life
Oklahoma has the largest Native American population in the USA, serving as headquarters for 39 tribes. Discover rich heritage by attending a powwow or visiting the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Standing Bear Monument, Cherokee Heritage Center and Red Earth Art Center, home to the well-attended Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival every June. Pioneer history and cowboy culture is on display at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, two can’t-miss attractions for Western art and culture. Other ways to get a little bit country: Stay at an authentic working cattle ranch, see a rodeo and listen to live country music in just about every town, every night of the week.
Route 66 Landmarks
No other road in the USA has the mystique of Route 66, and Oklahoma has more of it than anywhere else – including the last remaining “ribbon road,” a 2.7-meter-wide section of pavement laid in 1922. Quirky roadside landmarks include a big blue whale, big round barn, large milk bottle on a small building, a totem pole park, the Vaudeville-era Coleman Theatre and the 23-meter-tall Golden Driller statue in Tulsa, a figure so iconic that it was adopted as the state monument in 1979. View the extensive collections of Mother Road memorabilia at the Route 66 Interpretive Center, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum or the National Route 66 Museum. When it’s time to eat, stop at Pops 66 Soda Ranch for a burger and choose from among 700 flavored sodas.
Life in the Big City
While much of Oklahoma is characterized by small towns and open landscapes, it’s not all country. In Oklahoma City, check out Bricktown, a warehouse-district-turned-entertainment-mecca with bars, clubs, boutiques and eateries as well as the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and a water taxi tour that cruises through the heart of Bricktown. Visit family-friendly attractions such as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Science Museum Oklahoma in the Adventure District. Get a photo of Skydance Bridge, a remarkable pedestrian bridge topped with a 60-meter star-like sculpture. Oklahoma City also has a booming culinary scene; just ask the locals for recommendations on their favorite barbecue, chicken-fried steak and fried onion burgers. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second-largest city, rocks with concerts at the BOK Center, Cain’s Ballroom and The Joint at Hard Rock Casino. Nature enthusiasts can find outdoor activities right in the city. Hike at Turkey Mountain Urban Park, pedal the Tulsa River Parks or fish below the dam in the Arkansas River.