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About Oklahoma

Named for the Choctaw phrase ‘okra humma’, Oklahoma is steeped in Native American history, as well as boasting picturesque mountains, expansive plains, dramatic red earth and an impressive 33 state parks. A hugely popular destination, Oklahoma offers a wide range of accommodation options, spanning from quirky self-catering apartments to opulent luxury hotels. Whether you’re eager to zip along Route 66 or to catch a rodeo, our pick of the best places to stay in Oklahoma features some striking city hotels, promising a taste of the region’s hubs before you venture out to discover its natural wonders.

Oklahoma has the largest population of Native Americans in the USA and is a brilliant place to discover Indigenous American history and culture. The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, held every June, is an excellent place to start, with a captivating programme of events for the whole family to enjoy. The Chickasaw Cultural Centre, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Standing Bear Monument, Cherokee Heritage Centre and Red Earth Art Centre all make for fascinating visits, too. For a sense of the region’s Old West history, on the other hand, head to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, or to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Stay on a working ranch for the ultimate cowboy experience, attend a buzzing rodeo event, or listen to some classic country music at a bar or live music venue. Oklahoma has a buzzing annual events scene — do look into what’s on before you plan your trip!

Lovers of the great outdoors will adore exploring leafy Beavers Bend State Park or Turner Falls Park, whilst you can admire the Ouachita Mountains from your car on the Talimena National Scenic Byway, a 186-mile stretch of beautiful road with panoramic viewpoints and various sites of historic interest. The byway is at its most glorious in the autumn, as the foliage changes colour. Don’t miss the chance to drive along the legendary Route 66, either. More than 400 miles of the iconic highway are located in Oklahoma, with the most impressive stretch being between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, along the Will Rogers Turnpike. Marvel at the Golden Driller statue in Tulsa and spot the super-kitsch Blue Whale of Catoosa as you ride across the region.

Home to abundant natural wonders, Oklahoma also has some lively metropolitan hubs, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, as well as the intriguing city of Bartlesville. Oklahoma City promises a fascinating blend of Southern hospitality, cowboy culture and contemporary living, whilst Tulsa boasts the imposing Philbrook Museum of Art and super-cool Cain’s Ballroom, one of the USA’s top music venues — an epic place to catch a gig. Oklahoma’s first state capital, charming Guthrie, is also well worth a visit for its cultural sites and elegant Victorian-era architecture.

Whether you’re attracted by the history, the state parks or an adventure along Route 66, the best places to stay in Oklahoma promise a seriously special place to lay your head after an action-packed day of discovery. Oklahoma is especially popular with visitors during the summer months, so book your stay well in advance to avoid missing out!

The best places to stay in Oklahoma

For Oklahoma City

  • 21C Museum Hotel is part museum, part hotel and is thought to be one of Oklahoma City's finest establishments. The chic industrial conversion features stylish rooms, trendy art installations and atmospheric communal areas. Ideal for an energetic weekend in the city.
  • The Ambassador promises a luxurious base in the heart of Oklahoma City's Midtown district. Spacious rooms have a contemporary classic feel, and the outdoor pool is a real highlight. You're close to the city's key sites, but the hotel does offer a complimentary shuttle if you're not keen to walk! Grown-up and indulgent.

For Bartlesville

  • Inn at Price Tower is situated in the only realised skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and has become something of an American institution since its creation in 1956. Think nineteen stylish, modern rooms with bold splashes of colour, and a trendy bar in an architectural landmark. Perfectly located for visiting the impressive Price Tower Arts Center, this is one for architecture aficionados.

For a holiday home or apartment

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City or to the Tulsa International Airport. There are also a number of smaller international and domestic hubs across the state. You can easily travel by bus or taxi from the airport to your hotel or apartment.
  • There is so much to see beyond the limits of Oklahoma's cities -- from state parks to sites of national Native American importance and a large portion of the iconic Route 66 -- and most of these places are best accessed by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car and maximise your ability to explore.
  • Oklahoma is a great year-round destination, but most of the region's annual festivals take place during the summer months. This is also the hottest time of the year, with temperatures averaging at around 30°C between June and September. Come in the spring or autumn for cooler climes and fewer crowds.

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Best Hotels in Oklahoma

  • Inn at Price Tower Bartlesville, Oklahoma 19 rooms from £135

    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring Bartlesville and the Price Tower Cultural centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Woolaroc, which houses a selection of artwork and the most complete collection of Colt firearms in the world.
    Full of character

    Situated in the only realized skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright, Price Tower is something of an American institution. The style is modern with stylishly decorated rooms and a trendy bar. One for the architectural historians. See More

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  • The Ambassador Oklahoma City (OK) 54 rooms from £151

    Local exploring  -  Ideally set in Midtown district, close to many of the city's main attractions, and perfect for exploring the city on foot
    Sights nearby  -  Wander by Oklahoma State Capitol and admire the impressive architecture
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the pictureusque Myriad Botanical Gardens
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool

    A luxury hotel set in an Art Deco building in Oklahoma City's Midtown District. Rooms have a contemporary feel with soft grey hues, crisp white linen and large bathrooms complete with rain showers. Located minutes from many of the major attractions, with a complimentary shuttle too! Superb. See More

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  • 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City 135 rooms from £269

    City Style  -  Right in the heart of the city it's perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Oklahoma City.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
    Spa

    Part museum, part hotel, 21c Museum Hotel stands as one of Oklahoma City's finest establishments. The chic industrial conversion features stylish rooms, trendy art installations and atmospheric communal areas. Ideal for a energetic weekend in the city. See More

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