Oklahoma City is the quintessential ‘Modern Frontier.’ It’s contemporary, clean, progressive, and extremely cultural, with excellent cuisine, nice amenities, and unique activities. All these things with rich and rugged western cowboy roots. It’s the best of both worlds! Just 205 miles north of Dallas, it’s an easy drive heading north on I-35. Or, kick back and ride Amtrak’s ‘Heartland Flyer’ Train as it runs daily from Oklahoma City to Ft. Worth. I fell in love with this beautiful city years ago when our daughter attended the University of Oklahoma, and then moved to Oklahoma City after graduation. When visiting her throughout the years, I got to experience this city firsthand and quickly realized that Oklahoma City was something very special. Travel and Leisure has named Oklahoma City as one of the 50 best places to travel. One example is the brand new “First Americans Museum.” At this state-of-the-art museum, visitors can learn all about the cultural diversity, history, and contributions of the First Americans. Another Oklahoma City jewel is the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Here you can truly experience the West. This is the nation’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture.
For your adventurous spirit, OKC visitors must try Riversport Adventures! This is an impressive and unique attraction. You can have a wet-and-wild experience white water rafting, surfing, skiing, ziplining, or climbing a six-story adventure course. In fact, Riversport Adventures has been designated as one of only a few Olympic training sites, so here you will find some of America’s next generation of Olympic hopefuls in training. There are so many grand hotels in Oklahoma City with classic architecture, period details, and undeniable charm. Travel back in time to the golden era of travel and experience the unique history of Oklahoma City in one of its historic hotels. Here are my top two favorites, both in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The Skirvin Hotel – an official member of Historic Hotels of America. Throughout the years, I have stayed here countless times.
I even saw NBA superstar Coby Bryant when the LA Lakers were in town playing the beloved Oklahoma Thunder. The Skirvin’s rich décor and timeless vibe is warm and welcoming. I never want to leave. It has a Waldorf Astoria feel in America’s Heartland. Built in 1911, the Skirvin is OKC’s oldest hotel. The National Hotel – part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection. This historic landmark building is now a luxe hotel after major renovations. Built in 1931, this iconic 32-story building was the largest and tallest building in OKC’s skyline for decades and was known as the First National Bank Building.
our jaw will drop as you ride up the escalator to the second floor to check-in. The lobby area, called the Great Hall, is simply stunning, massive, and magnificent. The National is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This vacation destination is easy to get to and fun to explore. You are sure to experience the warm and welcoming Oklahoma Spirit in The Modern Frontier! Follow @travelwithterri on social media (fb and Instagram icons)
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