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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Pride of the Plains

Oklahoma City has never been “mighty pretty,” despite the shout-out from Bobby Troup’s iconic “Route 66.” To look at, it’s been more like the beer-gut metropolis spilling across the Great Plains. But things have changed.

The central Oklahoma River has a community boathouse and a new West River Trail. An 11-acre white-water rafting center is due in 2015. Local architect firms and coffee roasters that wouldn’t be out of place in Portlandia now line once dormant Automobile Alley. And then there’s MidTown. Not long ago a den of crackhouses and abandoned lots just north of downtown’s 1995 bombing site, MidTown has sprouted condos, a boutique hotel, and Dust Bowl Lanes, a Tulsan import, with its 1970s-style bowling alley. The city even plans to add a streetcar loop downtwon in 2017.

This is Oklahoma?

“We’re such a blank canvas that even people from Austin are moving here,” says Hunter Wheat, who launched MidTown’s Blue Garten last year, a one-block food truck complex with open-air movies and live bands. “I’m just happy to see it’s growing into the city I always knew it could be.” —Robert Reid

Travel Tips

When to Go: April 26, Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K, which supports the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum; June 10-14, deadCENTER Film Festival; October 2-5, Oklahoma Regatta Festival.

How to Get Around: From Will Rogers World Airport, rent a car or take the shuttle bus for the 15-minute ride downtown or to Bricktown, the city’s entertainment district. Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer also runs daily between Fort Worth, Texas, and Bricktown’s Sante Fe Depot. Downtown, walk or use Spokies, Oklahoma City’s bike-share program. Daily memberships are $5 and include unlimited 30-minute rides. For longer explorations, ride the Oklahoma City EMBARK public buses or rent a bike at Schlegel Bicycles in the Automobile Alley district.

Where to Stay: Housed in OKC’s first skyscraper (built in 1910) and restored to its original grandeur in 2006, the luxurious 12-story Colcord Hotel combines convenience (free downtown shuttle service) with pampering (complimentary coffee or tea wake-up calls delivered to your room). The Colcord is within walking distance of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, and Chesapeake Energy Arena, home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Where to Eat or Drink: Join the local “Que-heads” at Back Door BBQ, where the daily Beast-wich (such as pulled pork piled high and topped with mustard, mayo, spring mix, sweet pickle relish, red peppers, and red onions) could be enough to cover both lunch and dinner. Or follow the aroma of smoky pecan wood to the Wedge Deep Deuce Pizzeria, where handcrafted pies such as the Truffle-Shuffle (truffle oil, sage, cremini mushrooms, spinach, roasted chicken, parmesan, and mozzarella) are baked bubbly and golden brown in a wood-fired oven.

What to Buy: Support Keep It Local OK’s locally owned and operated shops, such as hip and playful Plenty Mercantile in the historic Automobile Alley district. Located in a building that housed a 1920s Chevrolet dealership, Plenty specializes in consciously produced home goods, foods, and gifts, including Oklahoma-made Strong Tonic, Kize Bars, and Always Greener turf doormats. There’s also a rooftop event space, where Plenty regularly hosts community workshops, gardening classes, wine tastings, intimate dinners, and brunch.

What to Read Before You Go: The hero of master storyteller Elmore Leonard’s 40th novel The Hot Kid (HarperTorch, reprint edition, 2006) is a quick-draw U.S. marshal in Depression-era Oklahoma.

Helpful Links: Oklahoma City Tourism and Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation

Fun Fact: It only took a day for Oklahoma City to become a city. The day was April 22, 1889, when the federal government held the first “land run” into the Unassigned Lands (territory not designated for a specific Indian nation) of modern-day western Oklahoma. More than 10,000 men, women, and children moved to Oklahoma City that day, founding the city that would become the state capital in 1910.

Insider Tip From Robert Reid: For very authentic Vietnamese food—like Saigon-style beef noodle pho or banh mi sandwiches—head to the so-called Asian District around N.W. 23rd Street and Classen Avenue.


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