Seeing Oklahoma City today it might be hard to believe that before 1887 this land was almost completely inhabited. Then, overnight, its borders were opened and more than 10,000 people raced on foot, by horseback, in wagons and even on bicycle to set up camp in the new fertile farmland. Many who settled here took comfort in the remote and spacious greenery that made up the vast and lush land.
For the most part, the city seemed to keep to itself, but its solitude came to a screeching halt in 1995 when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed by domestic terrorists, killing 168 people. The revitalization process has been one of constant hope and togetherness of the city’s residents, and is has come a long way since then.
Today you can experience the city’s new growth, such as the Bricktown entertainment district, or Red Earth, the largest Native American festival in the world. Its seasonal climate, cowboy roots, and western culture make Oklahoma City an intriguing spot for travel any time of a year.
Oklahoma City’s weather changes all year long. In the summer, between June and September, temperatures soar into the 80’s, while in the winter, from December to February, the cold sets in with temperatures dropping to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and rare occasions of snowfall in January. The most precipitation, however, falls in May and June, and leads into the sticky humid months of June and July.
If you’re hoping to spend most of your time outside, then book your flight during the summer months of June until September, when the weather is warm.
Most travelers book flights to Oklahoma City between July and October, when the warm weather casts a happy glow on the thriving city.
Because rainfall can put a damper on just about any outdoor fun, cheap flights to Oklahoma City are commonly found in May and June, when it rains the most.
After you land at the airport, you can hop on an airport express shuttle or take a taxi to get to your hotel. Once you’re downtown, ride the Oklahoma Spirit trolleys, which take you through downtown and the Bricktown entertainment district. A great way to get to other cities like Santa Fe or Fort Worth is aboard the Amtrak Heartland Flyer train. Oklahoma City doesn’t have an Amtrak office, so you can just buy your tickets on the train or online. Greyhound buses also depart daily.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum: Saddle up and get ready for a tour that will make you feel like a local. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is the perfect place to enhance your Oklahoma City travel roster and to learn all about the artistic influences and history of the cowboy culture. A collection of western painting and sculptures are displayed, and a cluster of historical galleries showcase authentic artifacts like barbed wire, rodeo gear, and cowboy hats.
Crystal Bridge: Nature lovers booking flights to Oklahoma City should look no further than the Crystal Bridge, where plant life coexists in harmony with exotic breeds, making a wonderful blend of colors, smells and arrangements. In this gorgeous seven-story conservatory, plants from every continent (except Antarctica, of course) grow together and cohabit in breathtaking settlements. More than 17 acres of Myriad Botanical Gardens are home to these stunning wildflowers, greens, and vines that are sure to bring you down to earth.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum: April 19, 1995, is a day that will live in the hearts of Oklahoma City locals for many years. On that day, the city that rarely made international headlines gained a sad and eerie spotlight focused around mystery and loss. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum honors those victims, survivors, and rescuers that were sadly lost during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The heart-breaking death toll reached 168, and now that exact number of empty chairs surrounds the building, representing each life that was lost. Within the museum’s boundaries eyewitness accounts, news footage, exhibitions, and documents are displayed in order to fully portray the remembrance of the tragic victims. While hardly a happy tourist sight, the museum is a must-see for anyone planning to travel to Oklahoma City.