Oklahoma is home to the longest driveable stretch of Route 66, America’s most beloved highway, with many popular attractions to explore along the way. Learn about the Mother Road’s fascinating history at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, drive by Lucille’s vintage service station in Hydro and stop for a soda at POPS in Arcadia while watching the iconic 66-foot pop bottle sculpture light up the night sky. Motorcycle fans will love the Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum in Miami , where they can peruse over 40 antique bikes including a 1917 Harley Davidson.
The Sooner State is steeped in Native American history – the name Oklahoma is derived from the Choctaw words for ‘red people’ and the area is home to 39 tribal headquarters. Visitors can explore this rich tribal heritage at a number of cultural centres dotted around the state, including the Cherokee Heritage Centre in Tahlequah and Chickasaw Cultural Centre in Sulphur. You can also experience first-hand the Native Americans’ deeply held traditions, such as watching powerful tribal dances at a sacred pow-wow, and follow the Trail of Tears along the route the tribes took into the state when they were forcibly relocated there.
A holiday to Oklahoma immerses guests in the region’s famous Wild West cowboy culture. Saddle-up for trail rides and take part in cattle drives on an authentic ranch, go shopping for a pair of cowboy boots and cheer on the bronc riders at a thrilling rodeo. Country and western music is another mainstay of the region, which is the birthplace of stars such as Carrie Underwood and Roger Miller, so scoot your boots at an outdoor festival or learn to line-dance in one of the lively dance halls.
Oklahoma’s foodie scene celebrates regional classics made with fresh local ingredients. An array of down-to-earth eateries serve up hearty favourites – chicken-fried steak at Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble, fried-onion burgers at Robert’s Grill in El Reno, Indian tacos at The Miller Grill in Yukon and succulent barbecue at BurnCo BBQ in Tulsa, to name a few.
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