If you’re ready for a certifiable taste of the Old West, then a visit to Oklahoma City is a must. With your rental RV from Outdoorsy, you can drive through the trails that were once dotted with pioneers and cowboys. Don’t forget your spurs and chaps.
A nice cookout, consisting of chili and cornbread will also help you relive some of the legacy of the Old West. Yet, Oklahoma City is much more than that with walkable neighborhoods, breweries, a modern facade and tasty eateries.
So, give Oklahoma City a whirl with these five underrated sites and attractions.
Attend a Native American festival
In case you didn’t already know, Oklahoma actually means “red people” in Choctaw. It was named as an Indian Territory in the 19th century, and the history is still alive and well today.
Okay, so, you won’t see much of true Native American wear unless you attend the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, which lasts for an exhilarating three days.
This festival is so popular, it has won numerous awards for its stunning display of Native American dance, clothing, food, heritage and art. The parade starts with a massive parade, including a bevy of tribal princesses. In terms of Native American festivals, this is one of the most popular in America.
And, don’t forget to enjoy some of their delicious delicacies. Fry bread, anyone? Pack up some food, and store it in your RV for later.
Drive to Oklahoma River
There is nothing like sitting outside your RV and enjoying a water view. The Oklahoma River is within Oklahoma City’s borders.
You might think this is nothing more than a lazy river, but you would be wrong–this river contributes to society as it is also a training site for Olympic and Paralympic athletes in rowing, kayaking and canoeing.
It’s only five minutes from Bricktown, and you’ll see a wide variety of adrenaline junkies taking part in a multitude of activities. You can dragonboat, kayak, paddle board and more. In fact, there is even a 700-foot zipline across the river.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
As you can see, we have sort of an outdoor theme here. Well, if you’re going to be riding around in your RV then you surely want to see and feel every place you visit.
And, you can do exactly that at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. This 15-acre area has waterfalls, fountains, a playground, a dog park and more. There are even 1,000 types of plants from six different continents.
Then, you’ll notice they have a dry zone and a wet zone. It’s so underrated because your jaw will drop when you walk through the magnificently curated conservatory and gardens.
It’s also quite easy to find being right in the middle of downtown Oklahoma City. If you happen to visit in the spring, check out the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.
Have yourself a steak
If you’re gonna be in cowboy country, then you’ve gotta do what the cowboys do–and, they love their beef. In addition, OKC is well-known for being home to a wide variety of popular steakhouses.
This is fresh, home-grown and often, grass-fed beef that gives you a true taste of Oklahoma. And, don’t worry if you don’t eat meat, every restaurant offers vegetarian options too.
But, if you’re in the mood for some meaty goodness then check out Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the Stockyards or Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse in Automobile Alley downtown. You will be in for a mouthwatering good time.
Head to The Paseo
This is a two-block area, which is a major, and we mean major arts and music district. This is also where you’ll find divine Spanish architecture you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
You could visit The Paseo five times over, and you’ll still notice something new about the balconies and stucco with bright pops of vivid color. Every First Friday, they have an art walk with new exhibits, live music and more.
There are also multiple bars and restaurants around the area for some libations and a hearty meal.
By visiting one or all the suggestions listed above, you’ll see a side of Oklahoma City most people never see. And, you won’t forget it either.