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Oklahoma City, OK
Travel Guide

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Although it has made great modernizing strides, this spirited and revitalized city still pays homage to its fascinating frontier heritage.

While it’s inextricably associated with the bombing of 1995, Oklahoma City has managed to bounce back from tragedy and is more cosmopolitan, contemporary and cultured than ever. Learn about its Native American heritage and its development during the Old West era at the city’s museums, then sample its more modern entertainment and dining options.

The story of Oklahoma City’s development is a fascinating one. The settlement came to be during the Great Land Run of April 22, 1889, when thousands of people ran across the border to lay claim to the unassigned land. By the time the day was over, some 10,000 people had settled here and the city was born.

In the present day, the event from Oklahoma City’s past that stands out most is the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The blast, which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, claimed 168 lives. Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum to find out more about the event, and pay tribute to the victims at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.

Delve into Oklahoma City’s Western heritage at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Its collection includes more than 28,000 pieces of Western and Native American art. Learn more about Native American culture at the Red Earth Art Center. The Red Earth organization also hosts a popular annual festival, Red Earth, which celebrates the traditions of Native arts and cultures.

Get a feel for modern-day life in Oklahoma City at the Bricktown District. Once a dilapidated area with out-of-use warehouses, it has been redeveloped as an entertainment district. Stroll along the canal-side walkway, stop for a drink or dinner or see the Oklahoma City Dodgers play at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

To get to Oklahoma City, drive 205 miles (330 kilometers) north from Dallas or 353 miles (568 kilometers) south from Kansas City. Fly into Will Rogers World Airport or ride the Amtrak train. Once here, use the local bus network and Spirit Trolleys to get around.

Where to stay in Oklahoma City

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Airport
2.5 out of 5
808 S. Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $74 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Central Oklahoma City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Celebration Station and White Water Bay. EB Jeffrey Park and State Fair Park are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (600 reviews)
"Room is very nice and clean."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Airport
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
4 out of 5
100 West Oklahoma City Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $161 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Downtown Oklahoma City, this spa hotel is steps from Scissortail Park and Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma State Fair Arena (The Big House) and Oklahoma ...
4.3/5Excellent! (44 reviews)
"Super clean and stylish hotel! The restaurant on the first floor (the tap room) was amazing, great drinks and food! Pool views are awesome. Staff was very sweet. Had a great time!"

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
Wyndham Grand Oklahoma City Downtown
Wyndham Grand Oklahoma City Downtown
4 out of 5
10 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $90 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
Located in Downtown Oklahoma City, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chesapeake Energy Arena and Oklahoma State Fair Arena (The Big House). Oklahoma ...
4/5Very Good! (951 reviews)
"Great location very clean and friendly staff! Highly recommend for the price!!"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Wyndham Grand Oklahoma City Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
OYO Hotel Edmond - University of Central Oklahoma
OYO Hotel Edmond - University of Central Oklahoma
2 out of 5
1300 East Ayers Street, Edmond, OK
The price is $38 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Edmond, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, and E.C. Hafer Park. ...
2.8/5 (48 reviews)
"Larger than average room size. Nice and quiet."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

OYO Hotel Edmond - University of Central Oklahoma
Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
2.5 out of 5
4601 SW 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $89 per night from May 27 to May 27
Located in Central Oklahoma City, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Celebration Station, White Water Bay, and EB Jeffrey Park. Chesapeake Energy Arena ...
4/5Very Good! (86 reviews)
A good getaway
"The accommodations were excellent the person that checked us in cared enough to check on the room cleanliness before we were books or signed to that room"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
Park Place. Close to Everything. Historic Area Near Plaza
Park Place. Close to Everything. Historic Area Near Plaza
Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $85 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Central Oklahoma City, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from State Fair Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Very clean home for a very good price.
"Communication with the owner was straightforward. The inside of the home was spotless and organized—plenty of towels for our family of four."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Park Place. Close to Everything. Historic Area Near Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Oklahoma City

Realistically, you need to rent a car to get the most out of Oklahoma City. Rental companies operate downtown and at the airport. There are some alternatives, but they won’t bring the same freedom. The EMBARK bus network covers a lot of the city, but waits between buses can be long and there are no services on Sundays. Consider using taxis or rent a bike through the Spokies bike share program. Visit the EMBARK website.Browse Oklahoma City rental cars.

Best time to visit

Late fall is an excellent time to visit Oklahoma City. Between October and early November there will be warm daytime temperatures without the intense heat and occasional storms of the spring and summer months. Visit at this time and you will be treated to a lively display of fall colors, too. Daytime temperatures throughout winter are moderate, but after dark the city does get very cold.

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Reviews of Oklahoma City

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 36.05216622458002%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.325375773651636%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.213085764809902%
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2 - Disappointing 1.3483642793987622%
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1 - Terrible 1.0610079575596818%

4/5 - Good

Kevin

Jun 6, 2020

Good shopping options, spent time at Penn Square Mall

5/5 - Excellent

Barker

Jun 5, 2020

I LOVE the Bricktown area! Something for everyone.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Incredible parks and very nice Botanical Garden

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful scenery, friendly locals.. enjoyed my time there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I live here we had to use our favorite hotel, because Of sewer backup. That got fixed right away so we are back home.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Has a bit of a homeless person issue where I stayed along Meridian Ave.

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