Located in the southwest, Oklahoma has a strong western and Indian heritage and was formed out of the Indian territory in 1907. Its name is from the Choctaw okla humma meaning red man in Choctaw. It was the 46th state to join the nation.
Located largely in the great plains, it has some small mountains, 50 state parks, 6 national parks and vast spanses of protected areas, grasslands and preserves. All the enjoyment of the out of doors and of this unusual state await you in these open spaces..
It also has two large major cities you will enjoy, with many cultural attractions. The capitol, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.
The Oklahoma City Memorial is a 3.3 acre sanctuary in Oklahoma City commemorating the 1995 bombing and those who lost their lives. The Overholser Mansion, also in Oklahoma City, .is a palatial turn of the century home now open to view the murals, home and ornate architecture. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a great place to visit in Oklahoma City. It is the premier museum in America dedicated to Western art and heritage and scholarly research on our western past. And the state Capitol is also full of Oklahoma history.
The Philbrook Museum in Tulsa is an Italianate villa built in 1927 by an Oklahoma oil baron and has great art to enjoy, a museum shop and 23 acres of beautiful gardens to tour. Also to be enjoyed here are The Gilcrease Museum and the Tulsa Zoo .
The Will Rogers Museum is a must for many visitors. This is also the resting place for this American icon and is located in Claremore. Also of interest is his birthplace and ranch, now a nature preserve, located near Oologah.
The Science Museum Oklahoma is known as the Smithsonian of the West and contains a science museum, an aerospace museum and a photography hall of fame. It also houses the Red Earth Indian Center, and is located in Oklahoma City. Of unique interest too is the Chisholm Heritage Trail Center which traces the history of this famous cattle trail in 1870′s 80′s. This is located in Duncan.
Also of special interest are the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City and the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa, both of which attract over a million people each year.