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Embark on a journey through Oklahoma's enchanting landscapes, from serene lakes to historic sites. Explore the best-kept secrets in the heart of America.

About Oklahoma

Oklahoma offers a diverse range of attractions and experiences for visitors.

Oklahoma's unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty makes it an interesting and diverse place to visit in the United States.

It is a place where Native American traditions meet modern industries, and where the spirit of the Old West is still alive in many ways.

From its rich cowboy culture to its scenic byways and outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to explore and enjoy in Oklahoma state.

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Map of Oklahoma

Map of Oklahoma

Also known as the Sooner State, Oklahoma's nickname came about after some settlers went into Indian Territory sooner than others, in 1889, to claim their land.

The state capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City.

States neighbouring Oklahoma: New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.

Oklahoma Overview

Oklahoma is a state located in the southern central region of the United States, known for its diverse landscapes, rich history, and cultural heritage.

Oklahoma is bordered by Texas to the south, Arkansas to the east, Missouri to the north-east, Kansas to the north, Colorado to the north-west, and New Mexico to the west (at the 'panhandle' portion of Oklahoma).

Capital and Largest City

The capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, which is also the largest city in the state.

Cultural Festivals

The state hosts various cultural festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating its diverse heritage.

The Red Earth Festival, the Tulsa State Fair, and the Oklahoma State Fair are just a few examples.


Oklahoma has a diverse economy that includes sectors such as energy, agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, and technology.

The state is known for its significant oil and natural gas production, with cities like Tulsa being major hubs in the energy industry.


Oklahoma is home to several notable universities and educational institutions, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa.


Oklahoma's geography is quite varied, with plains, forests, mountains, and lakes.

The state is often divided into four main regions: the Great Plains in the west, the Ozark Plateau in the north-east, the Cross Timbers region in the central part, and the Ouachita Mountains in the south-east.

Music and Arts

The state has a rich musical heritage and is associated with various musical styles, including country, folk, and jazz.

Legendary musicians like Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, and Reba McEntire have roots in Oklahoma.

The state also has a vibrant arts scene, with museums, theatres, and galleries.

Native American Heritage

Oklahoma has a deep connection to Native American history and culture.

It is home to numerous Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations.

The state is often referred to as the 'Native America' or 'Indian Country' due to its large Native American population.


Sports are a significant part of Oklahoma's culture, with college football - particularly the rivalry between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys - being a major passion for many residents.

Oklahoma City is also home to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.


Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the United States on 16th November, 1907.


Oklahoma is part of 'Tornado Alley', a region in the central United States that experiences a high frequency of tornadoes.


Oklahoma offers a range of tourist attractions, including natural wonders like the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the Ouachita National Forest.

Historic sites like the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and the Oklahoma City National Memorial draw visitors to Oklahoma as well.

Visiting Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a diverse state with a rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and many interesting attractions.

Oklahoma  Highlights

Chickasaw Cultural Center

Located in Sulphur, the Chickasaw Cultural Center provides a deep dive into the history and heritage of the Chickasaw Nation.

You can learn about their traditions, art, and history.

Music and Festivals

Oklahoma has a lively music scene, especially in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Check out local venues for live music, and keep an eye on the calendar for festivals like the Oklahoma State Fair and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Native American Heritage

Oklahoma has a rich Native American heritage, with numerous tribes residing in the state.

You can explore this heritage at museums and cultural centers, such as the Cherokee Heritage Center or the Five Civilized Tribes Museum.

Natural Beauty

Oklahoma is home to several beautiful natural attractions, including the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the scenic Turner Falls Park.

These areas are perfect for hiking, wildlife viewing, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Oklahoma City

The state's capital and largest city, Oklahoma City, has a lot to offer.

You can explore the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, visit the Oklahoma City Zoo, or take a stroll along the Bricktown entertainment district with its restaurants, bars, and shops.

Oklahoma Cuisine

Try some traditional Oklahoma dishes like chicken-fried steak, barbecue, and fried okra.

The state also has a thriving Native American food scene.

Outdoor Activities

 If you enjoy outdoor activities, Oklahoma offers opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, and even hot air ballooning in various scenic locations.

Route 66

If you're a fan of iconic road trips, Oklahoma has a significant portion of the historic Route 66 running through it.

Be sure to explore the quirky roadside attractions and small towns along this historic route.


Tulsa is another major city in Oklahoma with a vibrant arts and culture scene.

The Philbrook Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum, and the Gathering Place park are popular attractions.

Don't forget to explore the historic Route 66 in Tulsa.

Western Heritage

Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City to learn about the history and culture of the American West.

Oklahoma City

In 1910, Oklahoma City replaced Guthrie as the state capital, although the name wasn't recognised by the US postal service until 1923.

Map of Oklahoma City

Map of Oklahoma City

Despite atrocities to the Native Indians, or perhaps because of it, many street names in Oklahoma have Indian terms, and the Trail of Tears is re-enacted throughout the state.

Points of Interest

The white limestone State Capitol that sits on an oil well, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the National Softball Hall of Fame.

Kirkpatrick Center

The multi-museum complex at 2100 N.E 52nd St. includes the Airspace Museum and International Photography Hall of Fame.

Around Oklahoma

Oklahoma gets its name from two Choctaw words meaning red people.

Scenic beauty, a moderate climate, a culture rich in history and the arts, and world-class sports and recreational opportunities make Oklahoma an exceptional place to live and do business.

The official website of the State of Oklahoma offers several ways to find information you need from Oklahoma government.

Visit Oklahoma

Whether planning a family vacation, a road trip with friends, or a romantic getaway for two, you'll find that Oklahoma is home to an amazing variety of attractions and activities.

Outdoors in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's lakes, ponds and rivers offer many possibilities for swimming, fishing and boating./p>

CChickasaw, Lake Texoma, Wichita Mountains, and the Salt Plains are popular places for hiking, climbing, and camping, with some possibilities for hunting and horse riding.

Travellers looking for something different at Oklahoma State Parks are in for a treat.

Oklahoma's state parks range from the gently sculpted sand dunes of Little Sahara to the cypress moss and crystal waters of Beavers Bend.

The Wild West

There are also a number of historical sites celebrating the heritage of Oklahoma.

On the visitors list are Fort Sill Military Reservation and National Historic Landmark, near Lawton; the Pawnee Bill Ranch, near Pawnee; and the Creek Council House Museum, in Okmulgee.

The Will Rogers Memorial, America's tribute to the silent cowboy, is located near Claremore.


The Port of Catoosa links the Tulsa area to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.

Creek people from Alabama settled in this part of the Indian Territory in the 1830s and referred to the site on the Arkansas River as Tulsee Town.

TThere are many parks and cultural attractions in Tulsa, and the architecture is a mixture of styles that portray its diverse heritage.

The Philbrook Museum of Art houses collections of Native American artefacts alongside Italian Renaissance art in the former Renaissance mansion of an oil magnate.

The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art (1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd.) forms an anthropological study of North America with its 250,000 Native American artefacts and 10,000 more contemporary paintings and sculptures.

Located in the B'nai Emunah Synagogue (1223 E. 17th Pl),  the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art preserves and promotes Jewish heritage, culture, history and community through art and education with one of the largest collections of Judaica in the United States.

Also visit the Tulsa Zoological Park and the Robert J. Lafortune North America Living Museum.

Oklahoma Travel Guides

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