[caption id="attachment_125930" align="alignleft" width="250"] Oklahoma City has a rich western heritage. A[c] 2017 Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors BureauFeature image (above): Take a water taxi down bricktown's mile-long canal. // A[c] 2017 Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau[/caption]
No longer just a pit stop on Route 66, Oklahoma's capital city is on the rise thanks to a host of new amenities and attractions. For starters, the city has recently added a river walk, a landmark skyline bridge, an urban park and an aquatic adventure center. Plus, there's a new downtown streetcar slated to open by late 2018. Combine this with the city's rich heritage and down-home hospitality, and it's easy to see why Oklahoma City is one of America's best under-the-radar travel destinations.
First-timers should begin by exploring Oklahoma City's western roots at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In addition to showcasing a vast collection of western and American Indian artworks and artifacts, the museum houses a life-size, turn-of-the-century cattle town that's complete with a railroad depot, blacksmith shop, livery stable and saloon.
Another must-see spot is Stockyards City, a historic district filled with western-themed shops, bars and restaurants. It's also home to the world's largest stocker and feeder cattle market. Stop by on Monday or Tuesday morning, when you can watch a few of the livestock auctions in action. And for country music lovers, there's Centennial Rodeo Opry, a live-music venue that puts on family-friendly western shows every Saturday night.
Next up is Oklahoma City Museum of Art to see one of the largest collections of Dale Chihuly glass works in the world. Don't worry about the kids getting bored; the museum keeps them entertained with hands-on activities and a variety of kid-friendly programs.
Speaking of art, there's a venerable treasure trove inside the Oklahoma State Capitol building. It's also the only state capitol in the nation surrounded by active oil rigs.
After checking off these places from the bucket list, head over to Science Museum Oklahoma, a massive 8-acre complex featuring more than 350 hands-on science exhibits. Visitors can learn how to drive a Segway, explore a miniature city, create their own inventions and even step into an artificial tornado.
And make no bones about it, The Museum of Osteology (The Bone Museum) is arguably one of Oklahoma City's most popular as well as most bizarre...