The spirit of the Wild West is alive and well on Adventure Road. Here’s where a love of open spaces meets a modern home on the range, where a passion for freedom and the promise of adventure floats with the wind across the plains.
Learn this well … the last ride is never the last ride and the end is not the end.– Richard Rowland
Take a ride with the cowboys, traveling the same path as thousands of heads of cattle, scores of rugged roughriders and trailblazers forging their own way in the world. Channel the fearless spirit of the West and see where you end up.
Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam, where the Deer and the Antelope play; where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the sky is not cloudy all day.– Dr. Brewster Higley
Experience the one-and-only “Horse Show Capital of the World” at State Fair Park.
Appreciate that timeless country twang at the American Banjo Museum.
Imagine the pounding hooves of millions of cattle at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
Take a tour through history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, honoring the rugged American cowboy, the Wild West and the brave frontiersmen who made their mark on our great state.
Boots and spurs are optional but always welcome. Go ahead and hit the trail.
Artifacts of all varieties can be found at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum, ranging from an early electric car to a steam-pumper fire engine to the Wichita Falls Spudder Rig that was widely used in the Ardmore area oil fields from the 1920s to the 1940s. The centerpiece, however, is the Sam Noble Hall, featuring exhibits that recreate Western life at the turn of the century.
The tiny southern Oklahoma town of Gene Autry is home to none other than the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum, a special space dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of cowboys and cowgirls in popular culture. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of vintage cowboys in entertainment memorabilia from the 1920s to the present day.
If you're a cowboy or history buff, make it a point to tour the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West in Duncan, Oklahoma. This interactive museum immerses visitors in the rough-and-tumble world of the historic Chisholm Trail, which was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from Texas ranches to Kansas railheads.
A trip to the Arbuckle Mountains isn't complete without booking an afternoon at the Arbuckle Trail Rides, a rustic, guided experience that will take you for a relaxing ride through mountainous scenery and lush green landscapes.
One of downtown Oklahoma City's most unique treasures, the American Banjo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of publicly displayed banjos, featuring over 400 individual instruments. The 21,000-square-foot facility honors the vibrant spirit and rich history of this beloved American symbol, from its humble African roots to its heyday during the Roaring ‘20s to its current standing in bluegrass, folk and jazz music.
The Centennial Rodeo Opry grew from a love of music and family and has become an important part of Oklahoma’s musical culture and history. At home in the Rodeo Theater in Oklahoma City’s historic Stockyards City, the Opry hosts a weekly family-friendly live music show that has been proclaimed “Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show.” Enjoy a bit of classic western heritage with the Rodeo Opry!
Cattlemen's Steakhouse has been an Oklahoma City institution for over 100 years. Established in 1910 as Cattlemen's Café, the restaurant served as a hitching post for hungry cowboys and ranchers traveling through Stockyards City. Today, it continues to feed patrons from all walks of life, serving up some of the freshest steaks around.
Stockyards City lets you experience the old-time spirit of the American West in the middle of modern-day Oklahoma. Enjoy shopping for a new pair of boots, take in some country music, witness a live cattle auction, or take in a meal at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, an Oklahoma City favorite for over 100 years and recognized by both “Bon Appetit” and “Southern Living” magazines.
State Fair Park is a 435-acre 21st Century Entertainment Complex that hosts over 200 events each year, including the annual Oklahoma State Fair, considered by many to be “Oklahoma’s Premier Family Attraction,” featuring Disney On Ice, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour and a large carnival midway. The park is also known as the "Horse Show Capital of the World," annually hosting more equine events than any place in the world.
Harn Homestead, claimed during the Land Run of 1889, is a 10-acre historical homestead in Oklahoma City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harn now serves as a museum and popular field trip destination where kids can learn about life during the territorial days of Oklahoma.
Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.
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