The 46th state to enter the union has churned out the likes of Chuck Norris, Brad Pitt and Sonic, America’s Drive-In. In a nod to the Sooner State, here are seven reasons to visit Oklahoma.Catoosa Blue Whale (Image: KB35)
1. To get your kicks on Route 66.
America’s most iconic highway stretches more than 400 miles across Oklahoma, with plenty of quirky sights and diners worth a stop along the way. Among the most notable attractions are the Catoosa Blue Whale and the Old Round Barn in Arcadia.
2. To see bison in the wild.
With its endless stretches of prairies and grass, Oklahoma is truly where the buffalo roam. If you’re looking to spot buffalo during your trip, don’t miss the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, which boasts one of the country’s largest herds.
3. To visit the original Sonic.
America’s nostalgic drive-in, complete with carhops on roller skates and classic American hamburgers, was born in Oklahoma. Today, you can still visit the original drive-in in Stillwater.
4. To see Chihuly glass.
While Washington state usually takes the credit for Chihuly glass collections, you’ll find an impressive array of the artist’s renowned blown glass in Oklahoma. The pièce de résistance? The 55-foot glass tower at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
5. To enjoy the beautiful lakes.
Oklahoma has plenty of natural beauty to enjoy, especially from the hundreds of lakes sprinkled throughout the state. Popular destinations include Lake Hefner, Lake Tenkiller, Grand Lake and Lake Eufaula.
6. To relax in Green Country.
Speaking of natural beauty, Oklahoma’s northeast is filled with tranquil rivers, lush rolling hills and stretches of prairie. Here, you can enjoy the best of the outdoors.
7. To expand your horizons.
Oklahoma offers a museum for just about everything, from art and history to cowboys and native Americans. Must-visit museums include the Will Rogers Memorial, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma Oil Museum and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
(Main image: Warren Brown Photography)