Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is a great place that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Also known as the “Bombtown” of the 1970’s and 80’s, OKC was home to the Sooners, who took an eight year vacation from college and rode the trough with the development of the Interstate. Tourists can now enjoy visiting the roots of this great American Family. The cultural groups abound and more so the music of the city is enjoyed by all. There is a wide variety in that of the sounds of jazz, blues, and symphony. If you are visiting Oklahoma City, there are certain spots you must see, one of which is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Canyon Apartments. This is definitely a cool place to visit. We have been there three times and stayed in there two times.

Once you have seen Oak Canyon you must see some of the other magnificent buildings that Wright likes to call “outhouses” or “apartments”. In Wright’s vision, these were housing sites for working people and they were generally situated in the east side. There are a few of them around town, notably the Regional Education Center and the National Building. So you must see them when you are in this area. When you need directions, there are plenty of gas stations around, but you may prefer to get your bearings from a good bicycling map. Good luck.

Now let’s talk about some of the fine establishments Triangle City has to offer. You can find a great variety in the food and beverage (restaurant and bar) sections. Good chocolates, fine coffee, and even some excellent restaurants. Be sure to eat in the city because there are many communal eating places and you need to be at least semi-friendly with the locals to get better service. Enjoy the city by walking and biking, taking in art galleries and museums, and shopping in funky boutiques. Whatever you do, go to the movies and enjoy the local theater scene.

Getting to OKC

o Downtown is very easy. It has plenty of both restaurants and shopping.

o The Express Bus is a good alternative to renting a car. It goes to the edge of the city in the summer and in the winter it serves as an ice cream cart to go into town. You can get there with the Monrail train from Independence Avenue station. In the winter, it’s a lot quieter than in downtown.

o G Ultimate Tour is a biking tour that takes you to three of Oklahoma’s best nature preserve areas.

o OK Open Carry is a group that hosts a carry party at dangerous locations such as the State Capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, and a tree in downtown. They generally run from what is called the Tom Lee Park to the Tower of Freedom. In OKC, this is a good alternative to visiting the Diamondez Messed Cemetery or the Capitol Mall.

o Innels hitting the floor of the Capitol Mall, you can get a view from the top of the mall and see all of downtown. In OKC, you can also park on the street and walk around the mall.

Other OKC Attractions

o Argosy Gallery is the local artists enclave, with artists only Local OKC artists accept exhibit fees. This is a solid place to shop for locally made jewelry, art, and clothes.

o The Stratosphere Tower is probably the tallest structure in the world, it has a closed sight to the public, but it has an privately fundeded observation deck and puts on regularly.

o misconceptions unique to OKC that target the younger adults or those who live in the cities surrounding it seem to be plentiful. One of these is that OKC is somehow hip and cool and places like frequent OKC Oktoberfest are a regular occurrence. Since this couldn’t be further from the truth, visit OKC in the summer and see how it feels to be a local then take a day trip to one of the other cities nearby.

You won’t be disappointed in OKC if you don’t recognize it. The place is filled with museums, performing arts, offer great OKCourier County attractions and a ton of great coffee.

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