Oklahoma City is the largest and capital of Oklahoma. It is pretty much bang in the middle of the US width wise and then a little lower (kinda like the belly button). Heading there I knew nothing/had no idea what to expect but any expectations that I did have were blown out of the water. The city reminded me a little of Salt Lake in that it was so clean, wide and modern. The downtown area was very walkable and pretty fun to explore. It is often abbreviated to OKC (not OkCupid) and a fun place to check out.
The number one thing I would recommend going to is the National Memorial. It honours the victims, survivors, rescuers and all those affected by the bombing in 1995. Having been raised in the UK (and born in 1992) I didn’t know anything about this. The memorial/park does an amazing job of teaching you and also providing a very peaceful experience. There are two giant arches on either side that act as entrances (or as they call them – The Gates of Time). One reads 9:01 and the other 9:03, as the bombing happened at 9:02. Inbetween them is a reflecting pool, field of empty chairs that represent those who lost their lives, a surviving tree and the museum. On the outside are these fences that people have stuck trinkets, memories and letters to. I don’t want to go in depth on this place but for more information you can click here, and I would 100% recommend a visit.
Walking downtown was really enjoyable in OKC (minus the fact it was so hot). From the memorial if you head south it’s really nice to just wander and explore. The streets are wide and everywhere feels so spaceage. I honestly felt like I was in Divergent or the Capitol from Hunger Games as all the buildings were large, metallic and ‘futuristic’. The Myriad Garden area was really beautiful and in full bloom – so many people were enjoying their lunches and soaking up the rays. A little drive away is the Oklahoma Capitol which looks pretty similar to Missouri except the inside is very bright and decorated (I loved the rainbow inside of the dome).
Just a short drive away is the Museum of Osteology. I got serious child flashbacks as it reminded me of this small museum in Brighton called the Booth Museum which had taxidermy animals – but this is just the bones! There’s a huge collection of different animal bones and then little tidbits about them. The receptionist told us that her father ran the museum and he gets most of his specimen from donations but occasionally buys them. It is a small place and only takes about an hour to walk around but definitely a unique experience. The craziest part is they use flesh eating bugs to truly clean the bones (you can see them below).
A little out of the city on Route 66 (oh yeah) is POPS. It is a stop with the iconic soda bottle seen below and inside there are hundreds of different drinks available. They have a variety of flavours from the normal – coke, orange, strawberry to the wacky – plum, bacon and leek. It’s a fun place to hit up and buy a few drinks for the road or get a good Instagram whilst being on 66!
Sorry this was a short one. Food wise I forgot to photograph but we went to Empire Slice House and got their brussels westbrook pizza which had brussels sprouts, bacon, onion and banana peppers – mmm. It’s in a really upcoming area with ‘hipster’ shops and other yummy food places like pies and ice-cream. That area is by NW 16th St in case you want to check it out!
I’ll leave you with this book I found in one of the stores there and I truly related to it… Coming up on Monday another city and if you missed any of the previous ones they can be found here – Memphis, St. Louis and Kansas City!