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Overnight Getaway to Oklahoma City

Top-notch museums and a revitalized downtown area draw visitors to Oklahoma’s capital (population 590,000).

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National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Photo by Ginger Crichton
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Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Photo by Chris Crichton.
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Skirvin Hilton. Photo courtesy of Skirvin Hilton.
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Day 1

Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, filled with captivating exhibits on rodeos, movie cowboys, a pioneer town, Western art—even barbed wire designs.

Continue the theme with lunch at the legendary Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyard City, where you can savor a perfectly cooked steak and a slice of creamy coconut cream pie. Then take some time to browse Stockyard City’s shops, which sell a colorful array of boots, saddles, hats and other cowpoke gear.

For a look at another, more sobering part of Oklahoma City history, drive downtown to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to immerse yourself in a moving tribute to those who died, those who survived and those whose lives were changed by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Experience downtown’s renaissance by staying at the luxuriously renovated 1911 Skirvin Hilton and strolling to neighboring Bricktown Entertainment District, where you can choose from more than 40 bars and restaurants, including Earl’s Rib Palace (hearty portions of ribs and brisket at reasonable prices).

Bricktown Water Taxi’s drivers narrate sights along 1-mile canal. Sports fans will applaud the RedHawks at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the NBA’s Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, or the Barons at the Cox Convention Center.

Click ahead for Day 2.

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