The USA is full of surprises when you have the imagination to take a few steps away from the usual tourist trail. Oklahoma is a case in point. Home to the rolling plains of traditional cowboy country, it boasts stunning nature, a rich and interesting history and some surprising leisure facilities for a great night out. Here, we highlight our top four things to do when you pay a visit to the Sooner State.
Step back in time at Lawton
Standing isolated amid the endless beauty of the Great Plains, Lawton is as authentic a step back in time as you will find anywhere. Lawton is Oklahoma’s fifth-largest city and stands as a testament to its past. There are five very different museums that explore Oklahoma from different angles, including its natural history and its Native American roots. If you only have time to visit one, the Museum of the Great Plains is unforgettable, thanks to its interactive exhibitions and displays of archaeological artifacts. The Fort Sill Museum is also well worth a stop for all its period buildings to explore.
Related Read: Things to Do in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Try your luck at the biggest casino in the world
Did you know Oklahoma is home to the biggest casino in the whole world? The WinStar World Casino comprises a mile of gaming floor containing nine different plazas. There are more than 10,000 electronic games plus 100 gaming tables and several poker rooms catering to everyone from absolute beginners to experienced high rollers. If you’re not familiar with casino games, Tight Poker can offer some useful information, plus links to sites where you can get in some practice online before your visit. WinStar also hosts some of the world’s top entertainment acts. Recent big names include Bob Dylan, Jay Leno and KISS.
Get your kicks
America’s most famous highway runs through eight US states as it winds its way from Chicago to Los Angeles. The longest stretch of Route 66 cuts through the heart of Oklahoma. If you are considering an Oklahoma road trip, it is the obvious choice as it takes in so much, from buzzing cities like Tulsa to remote towns and villages in the depths of farming country. There are also some fabulous museums dedicated to Route 66 in Clinton and Elk City, so be sure to stop for a look around.
Related Read: Most Beautiful Places in The United States
Get a taste of the Wild West at Frontier City
Oklahoma City has a wealth of attractions and is an essential stop-off for a couple of days. From history to culture to live music to world cuisine, you’ll find it by the hatful in the state capital. But a lesser-known feature that is definitely worth seeking out for some family fun is the Frontier City theme park. The theme in question is the Old West, but there are special events all year round to celebrate everything from St Patrick’s Day to Independence Day to the opening weekend of the NFL season. When they say “something for everyone,” they really mean it.