Literally halfway between New York and Los Angeles, Oklahoma City—affectionately known as OKC to locals—is the second largest city in the continental United States when it comes to geographic size. Blending western charm with a lively atmosphere, Oklahoma City is a place where culture and commerce thrive.
A little more than a million people call the city and the surrounding suburbs home—a far cry from the city’s humble frontier beginnings back in 1889. It’s a little known fact that Oklahoma City was born in a single day during the historic land run when 50,000 homesteaders raced across the country on foot, horseback and wagon to stake a claim in the American frontier. That pioneering spirit created a legacy of pride that can be found throughout the city to this day, and the many quality museums and galleries, including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma History Center, offer a telling tribute to the history of the area and the enduring legacy of early settlers. Once you catch that cowboy spirit, no trip to Oklahoma City is complete without a bite at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse—which has been serving up the best cuts of meat for 100 years.
While the pioneer heritage is evident, the city also has a spirited vibe with plenty of arts and entertainment options everywhere you turn. Art-lovers should stroll through some of the more than 20 galleries in the Paseo district. If you’re in the mood for some action, head to the fastest-growing entertainment district—Bricktown. A mile-long canal winds through the area, which is lined with restaurants, nightclubs, a movie theater and the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Or if you are ready to check out the local shopping scene, head to Nichols Hills Plaza for upscale boutiques. Whether you’re traveling with the entire family or on a romantic getaway for two, there’s something for everyone in this land of lakes, forests, red rock canyons and beautiful sunsets.