One of Oklahoma City’s lesser-known gems, the American Banjo Museum’s collection contains more than 400 instruments, including many ornately carved and decorated Jazz Age
banjos, and traces the instrument and its music’s roots from African slaves to more recent
bluegrass, folk, and world music.
You really can’t visit Oklahoma City without trying
one of the onion burgers the region has been known
for since the 1920s. Tucker’s Onion Burgers’ three-patty Mother Tucker challenges you with a full pound
of meat that still hasn’t broken $10 (though for
one dollar extra, you can make it a Cheesy Mother
Tucker), despite sourcing the main ingredients within
a 300-mile radius.
WALK THROUGH HISTORY
The Buffalo Bill statue outside the impressive National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
may be its icon, but its most famous work is The End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser, an
instantly recognizable statue of a Native American warrior slumping exhausted on his saddle.
The territory at the end of the Trail of Tears,
Oklahoma got its name from the words okla
and humma, meaning “red people” in the
native Choctaw language. Take time to visit
the Red Earth Art Center, dedicated to
promoting and preserving the traditions
of Native Americanart and culture.
RIDE ’EM, COWBOY!
If you happen to be in Oklahoma City during one of its famous horse shows and
rodeos — and they host enough for there
to be a pretty good chance that you will be
— head over to the world-class equestrian
facilities at State Fair Park.
While the action is still fresh in your mind,
visit nearby Stockyards City and shop for
traditional cowboy boots at the century-old
Langston’s. You know you want a pair.
Head across the street to Cattlemen’s
Steakhouse, another centenarian that has won
the Oklahoma Gazette’s “Best Steak Award”
for 17 consecutive years (for the adventurous,
its “lamb fries” are worth a try, too).
HEADING TO INDIANAPOLIS, HOUSTON, MYRTLE BEACH, OR BALTIMORE?
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In a city whose population grew from zero to 10,000 on April 22, 1889 — the first day of
the Oklahoma Land Rush — the settler and cowboy culture that links the Great Plains to
the American West runs deep. But so does this city’s love of art, culture, and great food.
By Leo Jakobson