Your Travel Guide To Oklahoma

You’ve been dreaming about studying in the USA, but (somehow!) you’ve ended up in Oklahoma. And now you feel stuck there… Well, don’t be! Oklahoma is a very cool state, contrary to what you may think. There are plenty of things to do and see – especially if you are fond of Native Americans history!

First of all, American university life in Oklahoma is almost the stereotypical American university life portrayed in movies. The same for High School. You won’t be escaping the traditional football games, homecoming weeks and Greek parties. So, if your dream was to experience the American way of study, well, you will!

Buuuut if your second dream was to visit the most famous and cool places in the US, that might be a little bit tricky if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. But I’ll stop you right there: Oklahoma is awesome. You won’t get bored, I promise!

If you’re a fan of road trips, or just of the traditional tourist stuff, you’ll be happy to know that Route 66 crosses the whole state. In fact, the state which possesses the biggest section of this famous road is Oklahoma. So, you could plan a road trip and stop at the best places on Oklahoma’s Route 66 to tick that off your bucket list.

Some of them are located in the two biggest cities of the state: Oklahoma City and Tulsa. If you’re fond of arts, you’ll find everything that will satisfy your artistic heart in Tulsa. Two famous museums that are worth the detour are Philbrook Museum of Art and Gilcrease Museum. The Philbrook Museum of Art’s architecture is as impressive as its collection. The Gilcrease Museum specializes more on Native American history. It has pieces of art, but also anthropological artifacts.

But there’s a lot more to do in Tulsa. First, if you’re both fond of museums and music, stop at the Woody Guthrie Center. It’s a really nice museum with a lot of interactive activities and music to please your ears. Also, don’t forget to stand literally in the center of the universe. Yep, as stupid as it might sound, this point exists, and it’s right in Tulsa, Oklahoma! As you guessed it, it’s not really the center of the universe. I don’t want to spoil the fun for you, but just try and go there. Place yourself in the center of circle, and scream. You’ll see; the echo will be impressive!

Well, as you may already know, there’s way more to see in Tulsa, such as Dowtown and the golden driller. But there’s also a lot to see in Oklahoma City, too. Start with the National Memorial. It recounts all the tragic events that have unfolded in the United States. There’s also a lot of museums worth visiting in Oklahoma City, including Oklahoma City’s Museum of Art, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Science Museum.

But enough of museums! Want to see nature and true, authentic western landscapes? Then Oklahoma is the place for you!

I guess you don’t expect to leave Oklahoma without seeing a single buffalo. I get that. That’s why you should check out some different preserves where you can see them in their natural element. The best include: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, in Pawhuska; Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve, in Bartlesville; and Pawnee Bill Ranch Historic Site and Museum, in Pawnee. There’s plenty of them. Of course, there are other animals to see other than buffalo. You can seek out some unique birds or go to some zoos, like the one in Oklahoma City.

There’s also a lot of wonderful landscapes to look at in Oklahoma. Starting with the Turner Falls. The Turner Falls having nothing on Niagara but they’re still pretty impressive, too. There’s also a lot of state parks where you can go to for a relax in the sun. Local favourites include Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park, Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park and Alabaster Caverns State Park. Thought, honestly, I can’t list all the pretty spots where you can go, because there are too many for that. I just hope I gave you a glimpse of that cool state, because it really is worth it.

I know, I’ve repeated the word ”Oklahoma” too much (all my apologies for that). It was superfluous. But, in my mind, it’s worth it because you’ll now only have this one word in your mind and you won’t be able to hold off visiting this amazing American state!

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Laura is a French Literature student. She is a big dreamer, and her main dream is to be a reporter who travels all over the world. She studied in the US for a semester, and since then she is convinced that she has to fulfill her dream. Otherwise, you can find her anywhere with her camera, trying desperatly to take the perfect shot - a book always hidden in her bag.

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