Where To Stay
- Candlewood Suites Oklahoma CityOffered at the Candlewood Suites Oklahoma City Hotel are numerous amenities for all guests, such as a health and fitness center, business center, and high-speed Internet access. Also, this hotel can be found 2.5 miles from Will Rogers International Airport, and it provides a complimentary shuttle to locations within 5 miles.
- Holiday Inn Express Oklahoma CityThe Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located just off of interstate 40, 4.5 miles from the airport. Numerous amenities are offered here, including free Wi-Fi access, a fitness center, a business center, and complimentary breakfast options. Plus nearby are attractions such as Oklahoma City Zoological Park and the Bricktown District to supplement your stay here.
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About Will Rogers World Airport
Located about 12 miles (or about 20 minutes by car) from the Oklahoma City center, Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) is the main hub serving the principal city and capital of the Sooner State. The international hub provides non-stop flights to more than 30 cities, include major metropolises such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In total, more than 180 commercial flights through five carriers are offered at Will Rogers airport every day, departing and arriving from three major runways. Military, freight and corporate traffic also passes through this hub.
The facility was erected in the 1960s and has recently undergone a major modernization project and expansion. As you're passing through, stop by the center food court for a quick bite at Moe's Southwest Grill or Bar 1907, or head to Salt Lick Barbecue, which the Travel Channel awarded the title "Tastiest Barbecue in America," for some smoked sausage, brisket or turkey. For a drink, grab a stool at Red Bud Bar, or savor some Southern Californian coffee at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. If you're in a hurry, Cafe Oklahoma offers locally brewed gourmet coffees right in the ticket lobby. Then, make your way to one of the many luxurious hotels near Will Rogers World Airport, such as Staybridge Suites just 3 miles from the airport, or Holiday Inn Express Oklahoma City 4.5 miles from the hub.
Welcome to Oklahoma City
Whether you're visiting Oklahoma City on vacation or for a business trip, there's plenty to see and do during your stay. As the largest city in the state, this is Oklahoma's hub for culture, politics and government. It's home to the state's capitol building, which is the only one in the world to be built atop an oil well. Many people are surprised to find that this destination is bursting with exciting attractions and upscale features; the city has a reputation for being run-down, but redevelopment that began in the 1990s has helped Oklahoma City bloom and prosper. Quality of life is, for the most part, high among locals, which may have something to do with their friendly attitude - say hello to passersby and they're likely to say hello back.
Keep in mind that this city is best suited for traveling by car, as the grid layout of the streets is easy to navigate: numbered streets run east and west, while named streets run north and south. There's also a reliable bus service that runs throughout downtown, and another option is to bike your way around town - many locals use bicycles as their mode of transportation, and hotels often lend bikes out to guests.
Things to Do in Oklahoma City
No matter how you get around, be sure to check out the hottest attractions during your stay. The downtown area is home to a majority of the top sites, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (here, you'll find the world's biggest collection of Chihuly glass), the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the beautiful Myriad Gardens, an urban park that contains a seven-story botanical garden. Bricktown is the city's rapidly expanding entertainment mecca - catch some live music at Bricktown Music Hall or a movie at Harkins Movie Theatre, then stop by Bricktown Raw for some of the city's best Japanese cuisine followed by a nightcap at Bricktown Brewery.
If you're seeking a little escape to nature during your stay in Oklahoma City, head to the northwest quarter of the metropolis where you can find two lakes: Hefner and Overholser. Bring your fishing pole for a relaxing afternoon by the lakefront or your skates in winter when the waters are transformed into family-friendly skating rinks. While you're in town, be sure to stop by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for a look into the history of the Wild West, have a blast at western-themed amusement park Frontier City, and take a few moments of silence at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to pay respect to the victims and survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.