Made up of 12 established districts each with their own unique vibe, Oklahoma City is perhaps not what you’d expect.

A place once denied the opportunity to be the headquarters of a major corporation because members of the company simply could not imagine living there has seen city-wide renovations as a result. As the city comes into its own, it is bursting with a fervor that cannot be tamed.

Stay

Make The Skirvin Hilton your home base during your next trip to Oklahoma City. This fully restored historic hotel opened in 1911 as “the newest, finest hotel in the Southwest” and has seen visitors that include Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bop Hope and more. Experience its charm and grandeur firsthand when you book a stay at The Skirvin Hilton. Located minutes from the State Capitol and in the heart of downtown, you’ll never be far from local attractions. To make a reservation, visit skirvinhilton.com.

Twenty-four years ago, Oklahoma City was changed forever by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum serves as a place "to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity."
 
Kitchen No. 324 is an American Rustic café, craft bakery and coffee curator, serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Everything they serve is handcrafted each day starting at 4 a.m. 
 

Do

At 9:01 a.m. on April 19, 1995, 168 people would lose their lives and 700 others would be injured as a result of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Today, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum pays tribute to those who were affected by the blast and tells the story of what happened there more than two decades ago. The memorial and museum sits on the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building which was destroyed as a result of the bombing. A visit to the museum is both informative and moving -- it is open seven days a week. For hours and ticketing information, visit oklahomanationalmemorial.org.

Ride the streetcar! The trolleys in Oklahoma City know no bounds -- for just $1 per ride or $3 per day, you can get to just about anywhere in the city. There are two lines and the streetcar stops include Bricktown, Ballpark, Myriad Gardens, Automobile Alley and the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. For a route map or more information, visit okcstreetcar.com.

For more than 30 years, the Red Earth Festival has been taking place in Oklahoma City. The festival celebrates the native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Eric Oesch, Co-Director, explains, “There are 39 Oklahoma tribes that are all very diverse and that work to keep their cultures alive.” During the festival, expect to see dancers from all over singing in their native language while dressed in regalia they often make themselves. To learn more, visit redearth.org.

 
The Painted Door, a locally owned gift boutique, opened its doors in September 1991. It is filled with a wonderful selection of decorative accessories, home furnishings, gourmet foods, bath and body care, fragrant candles, children's clothing and...more!
The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown Entertainment District. It is the home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team
 

See one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world when you visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art which houses more than 30 years of Dale Chihuly’s finest work. Get up close and personal with some of the objects from his collection when you view them from all sides. To learn more or for ticketing information, visit okcmoa.com.

Eat

Kitchen 324 is the perfect place for breakfast and where you’ll find the Joenut, a lovely homemade donut named after its baker. This cafe, bakery and coffee curator offers handcrafted menu items made from ingredients they source locally, sustainably and organically when possible. To see the full menu, visit kitchen324.com.

Nonesuch, named America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit, is making big waves for their ambitious approach to cuisine. If you’re looking for a memorable dining experience, this is it. Visit nonesuchokc.com for more information. 

Experience Class II-IV whitewater rafting in the heart of Oklahoma City at RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center. Your guide will help you properly fit your helmet and PFD, then it’s off to the raft for your adventure. A conveyor belt will take you to the top of the rapids where your guide will take you on an exciting, authentic whitewater rafting experience!
This award-winning festival features American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world. During the Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City is the center of Native American art and culture in America. Through the years, Red Earth has matured into one of the most respected visual and performing arts event of its type – setting the standard for many of today’s Indian art shows held throughout the nation.  At Red Earth, guests can sample the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market.

 

At Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, expect live music and cold drinks! Beer starts at just $2.50 and margaritas start at $7. But you’ll have to beat the crowds if you hope to sit at Toby’s table upstairs so get there early! For more information, visit tobykeithsbar.com.

Cheever’s Cafe sits in the Cheever’s Building, formerly owned by one of the oldest families in Oklahoma City. What was once a flower shop is now a bustling cafe serving brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert! To see the full menu, visit cheeverscafe.com.

Cattleman’s Steakhouse is home to some of the best steaks you’ll sink your teeth into! Opened in 1910, they are the oldest continuously operated steakhouse in Oklahoma. Reservations are not accepted. For more information, visit cattlemansrestaurant.com.

A smoke-filled room and a lucky roll of the dice were all it took to move a little diner from cowtown obscurity to annals of western folklore. Today, Cattlemen's is known not only for its unique history, but mainly for its terrific food - perfectly aged steaks, legendary breakfasts, and the best cup of coffee that Seattle couldn't touch.
The water taxis on the Bricktown Canal are regularly-scheduled, entertaining and historically-themed narrated cruises through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district! They also feature private charters and dinner cruises. Hop aboard!

 

Shop

For the cutest gift shop in the city, try the Painted Door located right on the trolley system. The owner, a former stay-at-home mom, always had a passion for retail. When her youngest child entered highschool, she finally pursued her dream and opened her own shop! Visit painteddoor.com to learn more. 

Ready to plan your trip to Oklahoma City and experience all that it has to offer for yourself? Go to visitokc.com for more information. 

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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