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About Oklahoma

Oklahoma is located in the central-south of the United States. Named from the Choctaw phrase okla humma, literally meaning red people, this is a place with important Native American ties. Boasting a beautiful landscape with 33 state parks, expansive plains, striking red earth and picturesque mountains. Its feel is undoubtedly Southern with powwows, rodeos and country music in abundance. It also has a rich Western history best seen in one of the many Western Museums across the region. Besides its natural draws, the state is home to the start of Route 66 and two major metropolitan hubs, Oklahoma City and Tulsa which offer a more contemporary side to this Southern state. The best hotels in Oklahoma range from luxury modern offerings within the cities to secluded escapes set in the wilderness.

For those wanting to experience some real-life cowboy action or learn about Native American history, this is the state to come to. The state has the largest population of Native American's across the country and houses the headquarters of 39 tribes. To get a sense of the real culture plan to attend a powwow or the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival which happens every June. Otherwise, the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Standing Bear Monument, Cherokee Heritage Center and Red Earth Art Center all make for fascinating visits. Meanwhile, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City provide a fascinating insight into cowboy life. For those more actively inclined a stay at a working ranch is a unique experience.

Route 66 is synonymous with American culture and travel and Oklahoma is home to the longest stretch of this iconic road. Some of the most famed roadside landmarks can be found within the state from the 23-meter-tall Golden Driller statue in Tulsa to the Vaudeville-era Coleman Theatre.

Contrastingly Oklahoma City and Tulsa are all things contemporary yet with a strong sense of tradition and culture. Head to Oklahoma City, located in the heart of the state, for a real blend of cowboy culture and contemporary living. Meanwhile, Tulsa is known for its green spaces, art deco architecture and its connection with oil.

Where to stay?

  • Oklahoma City is a great place to start any trip to this state. Filled with fascinating museums documenting the region's Native American heritage and cowboy culture.
  • For outdoor living, within a contemporary city, Tulsa is a great choice. Known as three things predominantly: the 'Buckle of the Bible Belt', the 'Oil Capital of the World', and the 'Green Country', this is a fascinating city bound to entertain.

What not to miss?

  • Jump on Route 66 and explore the small town culture of the state.
  • Spend some time at a ranch and live the real cowboy life.
  • Get a feel for the region's Native American culture at a powwow or the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (in June).
  • Visit Tulsa, the 'Buckle of the Bible Belt'.
  • See how a 'cow town' became contemporary in Oklahoma City.
  • Spend some time in the wild in one of the 33 state parks.

This is a popular region to come to, especially during the summer when there are a number of festivals happening. So, to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Oklahoma we recommend planning your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

  • 21C Museum Hotel is part museum, part hotel and 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 an energetic weekend in the city.

Bartlesville

  • Inn at Price Tower is situated in the only realised skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright and is something of an American institution. The style is modern with stylishly decorated rooms and a trendy bar. One for the architectural historians.

For a holiday home or an apartment

  • If you're travelling with a larger group of family or friends, or simply want something a little more flexible and independent, then perhaps the answer is a holiday home or apartment. We recommend the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • The weather in Oklahoma is temperate year round, however, for the warmest months plan your trip between June-August when temperatures range from 22-35 degrees. It is also during this period that most festivals take place.
  • Fly to the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City or the Tulsa International Airport. There are also a number of smaller international and domestic hubs across the state.
  • For those interested in having a drive along Route 66, for hire car prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

  • Expand your search to include Missouri or Texas.
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  • Alternatively, call or email one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Oklahoma

  • Inn at Price Tower 19 rooms from £135

    Bartlesville, Oklahoma

    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.

    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.
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  • 21c Museum Hotel 135 rooms from £269

    Oklahoma City

    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.

    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.
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