In Oklahoma, a range of forces and events including natural disasters, economic hardships and booms and terrorism have shaped the history of the state, but its motto, "labor conquers all things," formulated the attitude that has led it to flourish through adversity.
Though this state has experienced significant tragedy in its young life, Oklahomans are dedicated to both preserving the legacy of lost loved-ones and forging ahead to establish a better Oklahoma in their honor.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (Oklahoma City)
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to venerate those who were killed, those who survived and those changed foreverby the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The memorial and museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected.
As much as Oklahoma has been fashioned by misfortune, even more of it is built on bringing joy to those who visit. If there is one thing that Oklahomans take pleasure in, it is creating something worth talking about. Many unique locations dot the Oklahoma landscape and attract swarms of onlookers every year.
Golden Driller (Tulsa)
A visit to Tulsa is incomplete without visiting the city’s Golden Driller. Standing 76 feet tall, this golden oil worker has withstood the ravages of tornadoes, vandals, and critics for over 50 years.
Giant Milk Bottle (Oklahoma City)
Visitors to the heart of Oklahoma City are often intrigued by the Giant Milk Bottle. Situated atop a tiny building just west of the capitol, on Classen Boulevard, the bottle now unofficially marks the entrance to Oklahoma City’s Asian District.
Perhaps one of America’s most beloved ways to explore the off-beat is by taking a road-trip. No place is more acclimated to the road-trip culture than America’s Mother Road, Route 66. Oklahoma is the proud home to the most drivable miles (over 400) of this nostalgic stretch of pavement. Along the Route, voyagers can explore such sites as Arcadia’s Round Barn, Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Claremore’s Will Rogers Memorial, Foyil’s Totem Pole Park, Stroud’s Rock Café and both the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum and the National Route 66 Museum.
World’s (Formerly) Largest McDonalds (Vinita)
Formerly, the world’s largest McDonald’s was also located in Oklahoma. While this Vinita eatery is still in business, it has recently been encompassed in size by a larger store in Florida. Don’t let the loss of its title stop you from visiting this location—it is still worth the trip. The restaurant was built overarching Interstate 44 just north of Tulsa. While you eat, regular traffic still flows underneath the floor of the restaurant. Inside, you’ll of course find food, but you can also purchase souvenirs and view a large collection of nostalgic McDonald’s merchandise.