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Travel To Oklahoma And Explore Culture, Entertainment, And The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The cowboy culture is presented through art and history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In Tulsa, the world's largest collection of fine art, artifacts and archives devoted to the American West is found at the Gilcrease Museum of Art. Did you know that 80 percent of the world's western art is found in Oklahoma? And, for artist and art lovers a visit to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma is a chance to view many historic treasures. Among the treasurers we discovered was the oldest painted object in the New World; a 10,000-year-old skull of an extinct bison is painted with a zig-zag or 'lightning bolt' pattern.

The state's unique political and cultural history has made for a rich, colorful and outright exuberant heritage that Oklahomans delight in sharing. The state has more than 300 museums and historic sites, ranging from the unique outdoor windmill museum in Shattuck to Apache warrior Geronimo's grave site at Fort Sill.

Route 66's architect, Cyrus Avery, was born in Oklahoma and lived in Tulsa. If you're traveling across Oklahoma you're certain to run along Route 66, which is where you'll find two Museums dedicated to America's Highway; the National Route 66 Museum and a state Route 66 Museum. The fabled "Main Street of America" crosses Oklahoma for 392-plus miles. Route 66 enthusiasts have said there's no better place to cruise than along Route 66 in Oklahoma. Bring along your camera to capture the nostalgic sites along the way like neon-lit diners, drive-in theaters, mom-and-pop gas stations and many of the famed Route 66 icons within Oklahoma's borders.

For entertainment head to Oklahoma City's Bricktown Entertainment District where you could spend a day exploring the sites. There's plenty of shopping options, a thriving night life and dining options, a canal with water taxis ideal for a romantic cruise, and the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City Redhawks, a triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Each visit to the Bricktown Entertainment District is a new experience because new businesses and attractions are still being added, so you never know what you'll find next to enjoy with family and friends.

While on your trip you'll have plenty of chances to savory some of Oklahoma's down home county cooking across the state. Oklahoma's official state food is chicken-fried steak: Oklahoma beef, batter-fried and smothered in cream gravy. If you spot wood smoke curling into the sky and a parking lot full of pick-up trucks you've come across a barbecue "joint." Among the selections usually found cooking on the grill will be beef, pork and chicken smoked over hickory or mesquite and served up with white bread, coleslaw and delicious tangy sauce.

Oklahoma is also a rich Agritourism Destination where you'll find many vineyards and wineries. A unique options at many wineries is the ability to not only sample the wines, but also bottle your own wine. Ready for a refreshing adventure across Oklahoma?

By Melody Schubert

Getting There:

Oklahoma offers an exceptional journey for travelers that is filled with everything you'd expect and so much more. To learn more about traveling in Oklahoma, visit or call toll-free 800-652-6552 to speak to a travel counselor.