Oklahoma City, OK

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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

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Oklahoma City-Bricktown, OK
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Oklahoma City-Bricktown, OK
2 out of 5
931 E Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104
The price is $74 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (681 reviews)
"5 star"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Oklahoma City-Bricktown, OK
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
4 out of 5
100 West Oklahoma City Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK, 73109
The price is $197 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (415 reviews)
"Loved the shower head ! Loved the robes, I bought 2! They are so soft and comfy great time!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
1 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102
The price is $93 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"Good location for conference center. Pleasant staff. Rooms are clean but a bit tired, property could use some renovation. No power socket available for laptop on desk, broken bath plug slowed drainage from shower, AC dripped water on carpet. But room comfortable."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
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Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
2.5 out of 5
4601 SW 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73128
The price is $139 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
"The freezer in the room was so loud we couldn't sleep through it. Front desk person said ok and nothing else when we told her about it. She was also on the phone the whole time I tried to speak with her about it and seemed not interested."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Towneplace Suites Oklahoma City Airport
Spacious Milam Castle on 5 Acres-Pool/Spa/Huge Entertainment/Theater Room
Spacious Milam Castle on 5 Acres-Pool/Spa/Huge Entertainment/Theater Room
Oklahoma City, OK
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a water park. Popular attractions Newcastle Casino and South ...
5/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Awesome!
"We we’re starting struck by this one! The castle is huge, has so much character, and really has everything you need right there! Joe and Teena thought of everything when listing this one! It accommodated our large family very well and we made unforgettable memories! Pool and spa were so fun, music ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Spacious Milam Castle on 5 Acres-Pool/Spa/Huge Entertainment/Theater Room
Downtown 3 Level Modern Condo 2 Private Balconies Unit B
Downtown 3 Level Modern Condo 2 Private Balconies Unit B
Oklahoma City, OK
The price is $139 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this condo in Oklahoma City. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Oklahoma City Zoo and Oklahoma City National Memorial ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Exceeded expectation
"Great walkable neighborhood, excellent view, plenty of space. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2022

Downtown 3 Level Modern Condo 2 Private Balconies Unit B
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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