National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
The pinnacle of the preservation of cowboy tradition is located within the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, artifacts and documents are combined to provide the most complete look at America’s cowboys.
Adventurous travelers can spend a weekend—or a couple of weeks—at a guest ranch. Places like the Flying W Ranch in Sayre provide visitors the opportunity to try their hand at trail rides, wagon rides and rodeo events. Of course, if you don’t want to get that personal with the livestock, spectators are welcome.
In Oklahoma, the rodeo is a way of life for many people. Twelve months a year rodeo enthusiasts can find action at one of the state’s many arenas. The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie hosts national and international events of all kinds.
Cattle drives led Oklahoma City to become the home to the world’s largest stocker/feeder cattle market. In Stockyards City guests can shop for items including western wear, jewelry and more, eat at the famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse or attend a livestock auction.
The Oil Boom Era
This era brought Oklahoma into the 20th century with a splash. Once "black gold" was discovered underneath the state’s ruddy soil, Oklahoma became home to many oil companies and their barons. To get a glimpse of how oil helped Oklahoma, visitors can stop by the former homes of one of the state’s oil barons.
The Philbrook Museum
This museum is a 1927 Tuscan-style estate that once served as the residence of oilman Waite Phillips. Today the Tulsa home is one of the top 60 art museums in the country. Waite’s relative, Frank Phillips, made his home in Bartlesville. This 26 room neoclassical mansion was completed in 1909. It is now open to the public and houses an award-winning interpretive exhibit, "Frank and Jane Phillips, Oklahoma Oil Pioneers."