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Navigating the US: Getting Around in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Getting Around Oklahoma City

Getting Around Oklahoma City Photo by Paul L. McCord Jr.

Western charm meets metropolitan in Oklahoma’s capital, Oklahoma City. The city’s hip, spirited environment and deep western roots make for a unique experience. Oklahoma City offers something for everyone, from renowned festivals and sporting events to impressive museums and shopping.

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Recommended Modes of Transportation

Getting around Oklahoma City is easiest by car. If you’re driving in, you’ll have no trouble – and if you’re flying, we recommend grabbing a rental car. The streets downtown are laid out in a grid and are easy to understand. Be aware that when driving the city on the north side, the numbered streets increase from south to north, but on the south side, they increase from north to south.

Public transportation is limited, but there is a decent bus system around downtown if you won’t be leaving the area.

Major Highways and Roadways to Know

Oklahoma City Street

Oklahoma City Street Photo by Jose Joseph

The major highways and thoroughfares include; I-35, I-44, I-40, I-235, I-240, Highway 77 (Broadway Extension), Highway 74 (Lake Hefner Parkway), Highway 3 (Northwest Expressway), and Kilpatrick Turnpike. Find a description of each major roadway here, along with any possible toll information.

Alternative Ways of Seeing the City has a great feature that allows users to put together a walking tour itinerary based on their interests. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to learn more about the city and visit some of Oklahoma City’s highlights, all while burning off some of the delicious food you’ve been packing away (it is vacation, after all).

Best Places to Park

Parking is a snap in the car-friendly Oklahoma City, and allows you to find garages and lots and their rates and hours. The website also offers helpful tips on current traffic conditions or construction areas.

Airports and Car Rentals

Will Rogers World Airport serves Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, offering over 180 flights a day including non-stop service to over 30 cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. The airport has completed the first phase of a major expansion and modernization project and as such, is attracting additional non-stop flights to the city.

Will Rodgers World Airport is home to most major rental car agencies, and rentals tend to be quite affordable. We recommend making a reservation in advance to be sure you’ll have a car waiting for you.

Hotels and Attractions

Oklahoma City Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo Photo by Katsrcool Photography

Oklahoma City is host to a variety of attractions, restaurants, and shopping. There is no shortage of activities for a long weekend, or even a week stay. Below are some of our must-see attractions.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum – Many people associate Oklahoma City with the horrific 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. While the city is not defined by the tragedy and has come a long way since that devastation, one of the most visited sites in the city is the memorial built in tribute of the victims.

Museum of Osteology – Described as “America’s only skeleton museum”, the museum is incredibly unique. Featuring hundreds of skulls and skeletons from every corner of the world, kids and adults alike will be captivated.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – This massive museum holds the key to the history of the Wild West. Famous for its western art display, you will not be disappointed.

Oklahoma City Zoo – This 110 acre zoo is often referred to as a living museum and offers something for the entire family.

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