Oklahoma

United States of America
Tulsa which includes a fountain, a city and a high-rise building

The oddly shaped Panhandle State offers golden prairies, a richheritage of oil and cattle and numerous cultural attractions.

Visitors to Oklahoma often expectto see the prairie of the stage musical, Oklahoma!Come to enjoy not only rodeos and acres of tall grasses, but also big-city sophistication.

Look for cultural activities inthe capital, Oklahoma City, in thecenter of the state. Here find several museums and galleries and an annual downtownart festival. The Paseo Arts District features more than 15 eclectic galleries.Walk through the Myriad Botanical Gardensfor a peaceful break in the heart of the city. Look for the lighthouse on LakeHefner. See the famous Oklahoma National Stock Yards, with cattle sales on aregular basis.

Tour the imposing State Capitol; the building’s beautifullandscaping includes working oil wells. Oklahoma has been producing oil for morethan a century. See iconic derricks pumping around the clock as you driveacross the state. Windmills are building a presence as well. Understand howimportant wind power has been to Oklahoma at the Windmill Museum in Shattuck with more than 30 vintagewindmills. Look for modern windmills in the prairies of the southwestern partof the state.

In Tulsa, the 76-foot (23-meter) Golden Driller statue furthercelebrates the oil heritage. For cultural pursuits, view a large collection ofNative American and American West art at the Gilcrease Museum. The PhilbrookMuseum of Art showcases works from classic to contemporary inside andbeautiful landscaping outside. View the lights of Downtown Tulsa with reflections shimmering in the Arkansas River.

Travel around the state to enjoyOklahoma’s quirky festivals. Try fishing by hand at the Okie NoodlingTournament in Pauls Valley. Watchwildlife during Woodward’s LesserPrairie-Chicken Festival. Participate in or chuckle at Beaver’s WorldChampionship Cow Chip Throwing Contest. Watch the Boley Rodeo and BBQ Festival inthis town established by blacks after Oklahoma became a state.

Across the state you can also tryspelunking, skydiving, hiking, boating on the Illinois River, bird-watching andbat-watching. As you leave, you’ll be singing along with the musical… “You’redoin’ fine, Oklahoma…O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!”

Popular cities in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City showing a sunset, a high-rise building and a city
Oklahoma City
Known for Shopping, Sports and Live music
Although it has made great modernizing strides, this spirited and revitalized city still pays homage to its fascinating frontier heritage.

Reasons to visit

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Tulsa which includes a fountain, a city and a high-rise building
Tulsa
Known for Theatres, Live music and Sports
Cowboys, oil and the Art Deco movement have all left their mark on Oklahoma’s second largest city.

Reasons to visit

  • Woody Guthrie Center
  • Centennial Park
  • Tulsa Expo Center
Bizzell Library showing a garden and heritage architecture
Norman
Known for Sports, Universities and Football
With a range of attractions for sports fans, a cluster of casinos and an assortment of interesting museums, this small college town has lots to offer visitors.

Reasons to visit

  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Turner Falls which includes a waterfall, swimming and a lake or waterhole
Ardmore
Known for Casinos, Live music and Waterfalls
As well as a thriving arts scene and strong community spirit, this small town offers access to beautiful Lake Murray State Park and the Arbuckle Mountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Greater Southwest Historical Museum
Enid
Enid
Known for Family-friendly, Business and Shopping
Escape to quaint Enid! Enjoy its museums, sports and dining.
Lawton
Lawton
Known for Dining, Family-friendly and Casinos
Get away to Lawton! Enjoy the museums, casinos and university life.