The best things to do, see and eat

For a mid-sized city of over 680,000 people, Oklahoma City is packed with things to do, see, and eat. Top experiences include stops at the new Scissortail Park, a 70-acre green space with food trucks, a farmers market, and recreational activities; Oklahoma City Thunder basketball stadium; Oklahoma City National Museum and Memorial; and Bricktown, where you can find a water taxi that whisks you along a canal past restaurants, nightlife, and family attractions.

Stockyards City, home to Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Langston’s Western Wear, Oklahoma Opry, McClintock Saloon, Oklahoma Native American Fine Art, Jewelry & Pottery (see horsehair pottery), and Oklahoma National Stockyards, led by the city’s first-ever female president , Kelli Payne, is also worth a visit.

And, if museums and galleries are your thing, you’re in for a treat visiting The Modern Frontier. Choose from world-class institutions such as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Contemporary, Exhibit C Gallery, Porcelain Art Museum, Red Earth Art Center, Science Museum Oklahoma, American Banjo Museum and the ‘Oklahoma History Center.

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Morning, first day: the golden acorn

Start your adventure off right with breakfast at an Instagram-worthy hot spot that just opened: The Gilded Acorn. Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Andrew Black, is also the co-founder and Executive Chef of Black Walnut and Gray Sweater and he has brought his expertise and style to this new concept at Gilded Acorn. From smoked red salmon benedict, champagne-poached chicken, toast and caviar, to roasted beetroot and spinach salad, the refined menu offers something unique here.

Afternoon, Day 1: National Museum of Cowboys and Western Heritage

Unlike any other museum you’ve seen before, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is an Oklahoma City treasure. You will need a few hours to wander through each of the galleries. You will see a myriad of curated items that celebrate and honor our country’s unique Western history, art and culture. Check out the American Cowboy, American Rodeo, Art of the American West, Museum of the Frontier West, Native American, Prosperity Junction, Sculpture and Western Performers galleries.

The museum also has three Halls of Fame – Hall of Great Westerners, Hall of Great Western Performers, and Rodeo Hall of Fame – which commemorate prominent figures from the American West.

Museum exhibits, which can be seen in 2023, include outLAWman (until May 7), Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibit and Sale (until Jan. 2), Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains (until Jan. to January 8), Art of the Northwest Coast (until May 1) and Looking Through Windows to the West (until February 19).

Evening, first day: The National and Stock & Bond

Check into one of the finest hotels in the state, The National, Autograph Collection. Located in what was once the First National Bank building, built in 1931, The National at the First National Center offers well-appointed and tastefully decorated accommodations in a newly opened and restored historic building, filled with antiques and delights. golden. Borrow binoculars from reception and get a closer look at the elegant murals and painted ceilings.

Before dinner, enjoy a craft European cocktail or glass of wine in the Great Hall, widely considered “Oklahoma’s living room.” Full of gleaming Art Deco panache, you’ll love the ambiance as you connect with friends or family, flanked by magnificent marble bank columns and surrounded by four large murals painted by Edgar Spier Cameron in 1931 depicting the transfer of the Louisiana, the Sunset Trail, and the Oklahoma Land Course.

Stock & Bond, a modern steakhouse focused on sauce and ingredients, has become an Oklahoma City staple, which is saying a lot considering the number of steakhouses in the city. Accompany your meal with one of the 300 American whiskies, served neat or in a craft cocktail. People rave about the thoughtfully curated menu, featuring USDA Prime Black Angus beef, just as much as they rave about the friendly service. Stock & Bond is the perfect way to end your evening celebrating your first day in Oklahoma City.

Morning, second day: cashiers

Located inside the National near the original complex ticket offices, Tellers is an experience you won’t soon forget. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with homemade granola, avocado toast, crispy potatoes and a hot cappuccino. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Tellers is the place for a reliable meal in a beautiful setting.

Afternoon, day two: The First Americans Museum and Thirty Nine

The First Americans Museum will likely be a highlight of your stay in Oklahoma City. The building itself is an architectural marvel, beautiful and full of nods to American First Nations culture and history. At this museum, you’ll walk through a horseshoe-shaped floor plan and learn about the collective history of Oklahoma’s 39 American First Nations. The flagship exhibition, Okla Homma, located in the Tribal Nations Gallery, tells the stories of these tribes through art, interactive exhibits and film in the 270-degree Origins Theater. Visitors are invited to sit and listen to stories in one of the Moving Fire audio modules. Also see objects from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in the WINIKO: Life of an Object exhibit.

After seeing the galleries, you’ll probably be hungry and need a break. Thirty Nine, located inside the museum, offers native-inspired dishes using traditional ingredients found in Oklahoma’s 39 recognized tribes. Current menu options, expertly created by Regional Executive Chef, Brad Harris and Emmy Award-winning Chef, Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi Nation), include hominy stew, bison burgers and colorful salads.

Evening, day two: Library of Distilled Spirits

Located in the basement of the bank’s iconic vault, inside the First National Center, the Library of Distilled Spirits is all the magic you hope for. Sit back and open the menu full of multicolored sketches of adult beverages, presented in fun cocktail glasses. Choose your own adventure experience with two inimitable spaces, The Vault and The Archive, that set the stage for a fun night out.

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