You could hop in your fringed-top Surrey and start exploring, but it's probably quicker to just a flight to Oklahoma. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma!” made the state a household name, but travelers were settling in Oklahoma way before the music and lyrics hit the stage. Book your flight to Oklahoma to take part in the tradition.
Originally, it was oil that made Oklahoma a rich state but today, natural-gas production has surpassed it. Oklahoma's plains function today producing wheat, hay, cotton and peanuts. Travelers booking flights to Oklahoma are in for a southern treat. Take a step back into Indian Territory at the Cherokee Cultural Center and Cherokee village or don your 10-gallon hat and visit the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Visitors booking Oklahoma flights, accommodations and tourist attractions will get more than they bargained for in the Sooner State.
Oklahoma has cold winters and hot summers. January temperatures range from the mid-20s to mid-40s. By May it is warming up to the high 70s, and August can go into the 90s. September is cooler, and October temperatures range from the 50s to low 70s.Typical Oklahoma weather is dry and sunny. Precipitation varies from about 15 inches in the panhandle to over 50 inches in the southeast. Oklahoma City gets about 9 inches of snowfall and is one of the windiest cities in the U.S.Most of Oklahoma’s severe weather is in the form of high winds. Oklahoma is in the tornado alley, and the peak tornado season is March to May.
Best Time to Fly to Oklahoma
May through September is the high season and when most travelers book flights to Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City has the Festival of the Arts in April, the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival and Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in June, and the World Championship Quarter Horse Show in November.
The Oklahoma State Fair draws crowds from September to October.
In spring you can get to most attractions with fewer crowds and lower prices on Ohio flights and hotels. Fall is also a good time to visit. It may take some searching, but you can find things to do in winter.
Getting around Oklahoma
To explore Oklahoma you need a car, but what better way to go down Route 66. There is train service to Oklahoma City, and bus service to the major cities, but little to the rest of the state.
Oklahoma City has the Metro Transit rubber-tire trolleys that loop the downtown area and go between downtown and several hotels. There is also a bus service that will take you to most destinations. Tulsa has some local bus service and a self-guided walking tour of downtown.
If hiking, biking, and horseback riding are your preferred mode of transit, there are urban, mountain, pine wood, and prairie trails. With all the lakes and waterways, boating, rafting, and kayaking are also popular.
Oklahoma Travel Information
- It ended here: the Trail of Tears, the forced march, ended at Tahlequah. The Cherokee Heritage Center incorporates the Cherokee National Museum and Tsa La Gi Ancient Village. Muskogee is where the Five Civilized Tribes Museum is. The tribes are the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. For souvenirs such as Indian jewelry, T-shirts, moccasins, rugs, pottery, Indian art, Pendleton blankets, beads and craft supplies, Lyon's Indian Store in Tulsa has been in operation since 1916. Tulsa is also the home of Gilcrease Museum, which houses the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of American Western and Native American art, artifacts, manuscripts, documents, and maps.
- Indian City U.S.A. in Anadarko was established in 1954. It was designed as an outdoor museum of reconstructed American Indian Villages to provide an insight into the routines, religious beliefs, and social life of the First Nations peoples.
- The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is in Stillwater. It promises that you will “feel the heat, smell the sweat and experience the excitement of ancient and modern wrestling”.
- Fishing and water sports are very popular on Oklahoma’s lakes. The state has about 200 lakes. The largest is Eufaula Lake. Water sports available include boating and canoeing, kite surfing, parasailing, water/jet skiing and scuba diving.
- The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is said to be the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left in the world. Tallgrass prairie originally covered 400,000 square miles in the U.S., but with urban sprawl and agriculture, less than 4 percent remains. In 1996, the Government created this reserve of nearly 11,000 acres. More than 2,000 bison roam free on the land and a "patch-burn" model approach to prescribed burning protects the ecosystem.