Oklahoma City may not compare favorably with some cities when it comes to high culture or architectural beauty, but its character and vibrant connection to its “old west” roots more than make up for its short-comings. The future and the past of this city co-exist comfortably and proudly. The historic Stockyard City is home to the beloved Cowboy Christmas Parade, and its Cattleman’s Steakhouse still has the best steak money can buy. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma Museum of History are must-see attractions for the American History buffs. The Omniplex is an enormous complex featuring a planetarium and air-and-space museum, but it is also the home of the Red Earth Center, which focuses on the preservation of Native American culture and history. Horse lovers should visit in November for the World Championship Quarter Horse Show.
This isn’t to say the city is has nothing to offer but its western past. The acclaimed Oklahoma City Art Museum offers both permanent and traveling exhibits of world-class art. The Myriad Botanical Gardens feature three distinct ecosystems housed in the beautiful seven-story Crystal Bridge. Little Saigon may not be the prettiest district, but the authentic Vietnamese food. Jazz lovers won’t want to miss the first week of June when the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival returns to the city.