Oklahoma City grew not overnight but in half a day. Literally. At noon of 22 April 1889, the territory’s population was zero; by sundown, the newly established town was settled by 10,000 homesteaders after they feverishly staked out their claims following that day’s “Land Rush.”
Since then, “OKC” grew to be the state’s capital and largest city, as well as its economic, political and social engine. The city is huge not just in terms of population but also in land area; it’s one of the 10 largest cities in the United States. To get a better sense of what makes this great city in the middle of the Great Plains so appealing, search for an Oklahoma City RV rental by owner, make OKC your base, and look in every direction for exciting possibilities.
In Plains Site: Where to Go Outside OKC
The Great Plains is a broad expanse of flat land with miles and miles of prairie and grass to break the semi-arid monotony, and Oklahoma is right in the heart of it. So it's a welcome break that water in its many forms is the main tourist draw in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, about 85 miles south of OKC. Its streams, springs and lakes beckon anglers, waders, swimmers, skiers and motorboaters to cool down, cast off and unwind.
Spelunkers would want to head out to the Alabaster Caverns State Park, 160 miles to the northwest. But you don't have to chase wild caving thrills to appreciate this natural gypsum cave, although the park has four designated caves for adrenaline seekers. If you want to stay overnight, the park welcomes campers in tent and powered sites for those with an Oklahoma City RV rental.
For history lovers, the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, about 135 miles west, shouldn't be missed. This hallowed ground is a somber reminder of how a clash of cultures – that of the Plains Native Americans and white settlers – could end tragically.
If you're looking for adventure beyond the state line, put your motorhome rental in Oklahoma City to good use and take the I-35 Corridor which connects OKC to its northern neighbor Wichita and Kansas City, KS, and Fort Worth and Dallas, TX to the south.
Or take one of the most epic American road trips ever and follow Route 66 (I-40 as it goes through OKC) all the way east to Chicago, IL or to the Pacific coast in Santa Monica, CA.
Where to Park Your RV
Scope out the north-south I-35 corridor and the east-west I-40 to find a suitable campground for your RV trailer rental in Oklahoma City. There are plenty of sites to choose from within 10 miles in any direction. Some of the closest to downtown are Lazy Days RV Park at six miles north, Roadrunner RV Park about six miles south, and Briscoe's RV and Fun Park at seven miles south, all along I-35. Even better, there is no shortage of Walmarts and gas stations along these busy corridors. You can easily find a gas station or Walmart within a mile or two, with most gas stations open 24 hours.
Alternatively, you can park your Oklahoma City camper rental in the Alabaster Caverns State Park where there are 11 RV sites with access to water and electricity. There's gas six miles up the road, on State Highway OK-50, and a Walmart Supercenter 30 miles away in the opposite direction.
From a Cow Town to Classy Capital
Buffalo Bill, the man who embodied the spirit of the West, is commemorated with a bronze statue in front of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, a fitting first stop for anyone visiting the heart of the Great Plains. Foodies may want to sit down for a taste of exotic "lamb fries" (which are different from lambs fry) at the century-old Cattlemen's Steakhouse. If you want to play it safe, go for the Oklahoma original, fried onion burgers.
Another OKC pride is the Thunder. When they are in town and you happen to be around, watch them battle against visiting NBA teams at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Oklahoma City's contemporary art scene currently revolves around crystal. Walk through a waterfall and hundreds of varieties of plant life inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, or be mesmerized by an extensive collection of colorful and ornate Chihuly glass sculptures at the OKC Museum of Art.
Take it slow on a buggy ride around historic Bricktown and a water taxi cruise on the Bricktown canal. But if you want to see more sights in a day, find a place to park your RV rental in Oklahoma City, and ride an Embark bus to get you around town faster. Explore OKC’s diverse museum scene, ranging from the usual fields of interest like art, science and history, to more niche subjects like women pilots, trains and train travel, banjos, and a nod to OKC’s past, animal skulls and skeletons.
Oklahoma City has become more than just a place where 19th-century homesteaders made a mad dash for greener pasture. Today, the city has become not only a hub for those taking a break on their long journeys, but also a destination on its own. Experience it all, find the best RV rentals in Oklahoma City, and like the pioneers of the past, seize the best that OKC has to offer.