3-DAY Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ITINERARY
Oklahoma City is the capital of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It's known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. The reflecting pool and empty glass and bronze chairs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial recall the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Survivor Tree, an American elm nearly destroyed in the attack, is also part of the memorial, per Google.
To read about My Travels, click here.
Must do, must see, must try:
THE LONG WAY
The historical Route 66 is worth a stop - and it's also a top Instagram photo opportunity.
FOOD MUST: SONIC
An American eatery is born! Make sure to go with it's the drink happy hour! Ocean water is everything.
Take a moment to reflect on what happened to OKC and see this beautiful and powerful memorial.
The Perfect 3-Day Oklahoma City Itinerary
Tourism peaks during spring and early summer, and during football season. July is best for warmer temperatures but the winter snow is also nice. Tornado season is March through August.
Oklahoma is spread out so if you can rent a car then do so. Drivers are nice and share the lanes. For the evening activities, use a Lyft to the outskirts.
Language is English
Currency: US Dollar
OKC has lovely, kind people that are very welcoming. They have history and strong divides bettwen the Sooners and the Pokes.
Oklahoma City is a charming city nestled between university rivals - the Sooners and the Cowboys. In addition to the historical significance, Oklahoma City offers some great attractions, beautiful museums and enthusiastic sport venues.
OKC is a lovely city that is growing and a fun location to visit because I have lovely friends that live there. Every time I get to see them, they take me to a new eatery place and new sight. I love it! While you might not have OKC on your bucket list, if you get the opportunity to drive through it, take a moment and see the sights.
7 AM - Hit the open road for Oklahoma City
11 AM - Arrive at friend's house
Noon Lunch: Pops
Get your photo with the 66-ft. tall soda bottle
2 PM - stretch your legs with a leisurely walk around Lake Hefner
Try the wind surfing if you're feeling adventurous
4 PM - Walk around Bricktown in Downtown OKC
Find the Land Run Monument
Check out Events in Bricktown - always something fun happening
Drinks: Vast ($$, American Cocktails) on the 49th floor of Devon Energy Center
Try to grab a seat by the window - you don't want to miss this view
If you're under-dressed, go to The Lounge ($$, Cocktails) for a less formal but still yummy cocktail
Head over to Rock & Brews ($$, Burgers & Bar) for some live entertainment
Fun fact: owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS
8 AM Breakfast: Daylight Donuts ($, Donuts & Coffee) and Coffee
9 AM - Oklahoma City Zoo; time spent is 3-4 hours, $25 USD
Bring a packed lunch and enjoy by the elephants
1 PM - Science Museum; time spent 2-3 hours, $16 USD
Look at the show times before jumping into the museum
The Mad Scientist & Planetarium are very entertaining
3:30 PM - Myriad Botanical Gardens; time spent 1-2 hours, $8 USD
9 AM Breakfast: Hatch OKC ($$, Breakfast & Brunch)
Must get here early, tables go fast or call ahead and be added to the waiting list
10 AM - Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; time spent 1-2 hours, $15 USD
If you don't have time to go into the museum, make time for the FREE memorial
Noon Lunch: Braum's ($, Burgers & Ice Cream) - it's a classic
Option: S&B's Burgers Joint ($$, Burgers)
Goodbye Oklahoma City. Head home.
Travel a GO-Go
Use the Google map on the left to get a lay of the land and see all the fun spots that you'll visit. Download the free PDF by clicking the icon below to have this itinerary at your finger-tips.
How to Use the Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner to view the layers (days, points of interest, route).
If you click the star, this map will be added to your Google Map account. To view, open your Google Maps, click the menu button "Your Places", select the map and it will open.
Oklahoma City is the place that you go and feel safe - like at grandma and grandpas house. You get feed home cooked meals, everyone smiles at you, the birds are chipping your favorite songs. Then you realize you're in the middle of the United States, tornadoes happen and there are cow pastures as your neighbors. But it's kind of amazing.
I can honestly say I like Oklahoma. Funny enough, when I told friends and family that OKC was on my bucket list, everyone responded with a joke. "Do they have electricity?", "Hope you know how to ride a horse.", "Eat your veggies, they will be covered in gravy." Like, WHAT? I laughed it off but after my visit, I'm on a mission to change everyone's mind.
Oklahoma is a pioneer state that is accounts for 18.4% of the electricity generated in OK. That's a lot for you states that are at 0%. Two of the top supported universities are huge reviles, but everyone is beyond friendly. There were Sooner and Pokes shirts cut in half with the saying 'House Divided'; showing support for both.
The zoo, museums, Frank Lloyd Wright, food - this state may be windy but it's going to blow your mind when you visit and realize a weekend wasn't enough time to do it all. Favorite moment was the Thunder basketball game. I'm not a fan, I don't follow basketball but everyone around me had the best mood that is was contagious. You'll be cheering on the boys in blue before you know it.
Least favorite moment was the weather. It can change in the blink of an eye. It was suppose to be a warm, pleasant day and then the skies turned dark. No, the tornado sirens didn't go off (yes, they are a thing and have done wonders) but the weather can be unpredictable. Bring a umbrella in addition to your flip-flops.