Oklahoma is a one-of-a-kind state with lots of rich history and beautiful plains, lakes, and forests. Although more western than most of our Southern states, Oklahoma is full of charm and character just waiting to be explored. Most notably, the Sooner state has dozens of museums that you won't find anywhere else. Stop in at the National Route 66 Museum to learn a little about the iconic American highway that runs from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois. Or, grab a juicy burger at Meers (trust us, you won't regret it!). If you're taking a road trip, be sure to stop in Oklahoma – it has a little something for all members of the family.
1. American Banjo Museum
This Oklahoma City museum is home to the largest collection of banjos on public display, along with over 400 banjo artifacts and recordings.
2. Prairie Artisan Ales
This watering hole serves locally made craft beer in the heart of downtown Tulsa. It was named one of the world’s top 100 breweries.
3. Chickasaw Cultural Center
Explore Oklahoma’s rich Native American history through interactive exhibits in Sulphur.
4. Talimena National Scenic Byway
Cruise along one of the highest mountain peaks in Oklahoma on this 186-mile stretch of scenic byway in the Ouachita Mountains.
5. National Route 66 Museum
This retro spot in Elk City along the “Mother Road” takes tourists through the history of this national treasure. But, it’s not to be mistaken with the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, which is just 25 miles east.
6. Museum of Osteology
This Oklahoma City museum is the first of its kind in America, displaying hundreds of skeletons and skulls from all over the world.
7. Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this museum and memorial, which were built to commemorate the historical Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.
8. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Explore the rich history of the Western United States at this Tulsa museum. You’ll learn about the American rodeo and the art of the American west.
9. Muskogee Azalea Festival
This festival is one of the most beautiful ways to celebrate spring in the South. The park has over 625 varieties of azaleas, as well as tulips, dogwoods, and wisteria.
10. Meers Store and Restaurant
This Meers restaurant is worth the trip to Southern Oklahoma for burger buffs. Voted the #1 hamburger in Oklahoma, this storefront has been standing since the 1890s.
Voted a top spot for children in Oklahoma, this Tuttle zoo offers family fun for everyone. Take a safari tour, feed the animals, even hold a snake at this interactive zoo.