When talking about Oklahoma, the first things that come to mind are cowboys and oil mine. But the state has so much more to offer than these common tags. Oklahoma is such a beautiful state with rich lands and vast ranch fields. It is mainly associated with country and western style. Pair this with mild temperate weather all year round, the local government hosts plenty of rodeo shows and music festivals.
Travelers looking for a place to stay in Oklahoma can stay in a luxurious country club offering an 18-hole golf course in the famous Grand Lake area. Here is a list of the places you should not miss when you go to Oklahoma.
Pawnee Bill Mansion
This building was built in 1910 by Gordon Lillie, a Wild West entertainer. The mansion is home to his original furniture and artifacts, including those he used in his famous character. The original house is set in a 500-acre ranch where you can find longhorn cattle, bison and horses.
Nathaniel Gist, who was born in 1770 in Tennessee and moved to Oklahoma in 1829, built this cabin where he developed an alphabet for the Cherokee language. Although he was not of Indian descent, he had much passion for them. He was a blacksmith, silversmith and artist. He adopted the name Sequoyah while preparing the Cherokee alphabet.
Other interesting places to include in your itinerary are the prominent military sites in the area. Here in Oklahoma, you can find the famous Fort Washita, Fort Gibson, Fort Supply and Cabin Creek Battlefield. These military sites are open to welcome visitors.
No city is complete without its very own zoo. The Oklahoma Zoo is home to around 1,900 species of exotic animals including 54 endangered and threatened species. The park also boasts of the Centennial ChooChoo ride around the park. The site also has lush vegetation, and you can walk around under the shade of the trees and explore at your own pleasure. A visit to this site is a must for traveling families with small children.
Oklahoma Railroad Museum
Visitors to the Railroad Museum will be treated to fabulous train engines, coaches and impressive memorabilia. Most of the time, the place is teeming with families and small children who are amazed at the various railroad exhibits. You can explore “hands-on” train engines and ride them, too. It is an outdoor museum, so it is best to check the weather before heading here to avoid disappointment in case of rains.
National Cowboys and Western Heritage Museum
A trip to Oklahoma will not be complete without visiting this museum. This place has a massive collection of Western and American Indian artifacts and exhibits. They showcase the history of cowboys in Oklahoma and other important events in the state’s history.
Oklahoma is a truly unique state, and it shows in the hospitality of the people. A short vacation will give your family a chance to create great memories amidst rolling prairies, cowboy ranches and amazing cabin resorts.