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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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Oklahoma Persian Ceiling by Dale Chihuly at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Photo by Ginger Crichton.
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Cowgirl Benedict at Cheever's. Photo by Ginger Crichton.
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Oklahoma State Capitol's new dome. Photo by Ginger Crichton
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Day 2

Nearby Colcord Hotel’s Flint restaurant serves fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes with papaya chutney, a delicious way to start your day.

It’s free to wander the 17-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens across the street, but we recommend paying to enter the lush Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.

A short walk gets you to the Oklahoma Museum of Art and its stunning Dale Chihuly glass exhibit; color swirls overhead in the Oklahoma Persian Ceiling.

Cheever’s serves contemporary twists on comfort food (think Cowgirl Benedict) for lunch or brunch. Then tour the nearby Oklahoma State Capitol to find out why the 1917 building didn’t get a dome until 2002.

For the rest of the afternoon, pick from a variety of activities. Into bones? Visit the Museum of Osteology. Music? Head for the American Banjo Museum. Outdoor activity? Rent kayaks, water bicycles or paddleboards in the Boathouse District. Art? Explore galleries in the Spanish-style stucco buildings of the Paseo Arts District, where the charming Picasso Cafe serves excellent, inventive fare (try the Frito Pie!). 

See ratings and reviews of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Skirvin Hilton, Earl’s Rib Palace, Bricktown Water Taxi, Colcord Hotel, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Cheever’s, Oklahoma State Capitol, Museum of Osteology, American Banjo Museum and Picasso Café.

More information: Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau; (800) 225-5652; visitokc.com

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