There are a few well-known nicknames for the next state on our travel list. “Sooner State,” “Land of the Red Man,” and “Native American” are a few, but Oklahoma is most commonly referred to as the “Sooner State.” “Sooners” was the name given to those who entered the unassigned territory of Oklahoma before the border was actually opened. In fact, the settlers who legally entered the land on time looked down on the “Sooners,” but that changed when The University of Oklahoma adopted that name for its football team in 1908 and by 1920 the name no longer held a negative connotation. Oklahoma is described as the “authentic gateway to the west” with red dirt, wild animals, and even a running oil well in front of the State Capital building. However, with all the country land, there are still the bustling cities like Tulsa and Oklahoma City and of course, you can’t miss the stretch of Route 66. So let’s not waste any more time, and start our tour for Oklahoma!
The first stop is the State Capitol building located along Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The original construction of the building was completed in 1917, but the dome on top of the building was added in 2002. The building covers 452,508 square feet and is home to murals, paintings, and artifacts of Oklahoma’s history. As we mentioned, it is also the only capitol building in the world surrounded by working oil wells. One of the oil wells is also nicknamed Petunia #1 because it was drilled in the middle of a sunflower bed. Admission and tours of the building are free so make sure you take advantage of this amazing piece of history!
While you won’t be able to do the full length of Route 66, you can visit the stretch in Oklahoma, which is the longest part of the highway. There are tons of roadside attractions such as The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the history of the highway. You can also enjoy a great meal at the ’50s themed diner! Don’t forget to stop by the Blue Whale of Catoosa and take a few photos with the 20-foot tall 80-foot long blue whale that has been a major attraction since 1972. The whale quickly became a major attraction for families to picnic, fish, swim, and play, and while you can still visit the whale and enjoy a nice picnic or fish, swimming and playing in the whale is no longer permitted. There is also a gift shop, so make sure to stop in to get a few souvenirs!
Since we’re on the subject of animals, why not take a stop to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The zoo covers 4,791,600 square feet and 119 acres. It is home to over 1,900 animals and 512 species. There are also many hands on exhibits such as, feeding giraffes and touching stingrays, you can also hop on a boat ride around the zoo’s lake and make sure to pick up a drink pass so you can try all the best drinks around the park!
If you’re traveling during the warmer months, take a trip to The Big Splash Water Park located in Tulsa. It is the city’s only water park and has been open since 1984! The park has rides for people of every age, including water rides, rollercoasters, and the park surrounds an H20 wave pool that is a must-try! There are also live animal shows that you can attend and see all the reduced animals.
We hope you enjoyed your trip around Oklahoma. If you visited any of our suggestions, make sure you share them with us, we would love to see all the fun you had on your trip. Or if you’ve visited Oklahoma and tried something that wasn’t on our list, share that with us too!
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