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Visitor Information

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, 120 N. Robinson Ave., 6th Floor, P.O. Box 52002, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 (tel. 800/652-6552; www.travelok.com), sends out copies of their annually updated Oklahoma Travel Guide, which includes a state map. They also have plenty of brochures focusing on specific interests, such as hiking trails, special events, parks and resorts, campgrounds, and too many more to name. Be sure to tell their reps what you're interested in, or just check out the website and click on the free brochures you'd like to receive in the mail.

Getting There

By Plane -- Oklahoma is serviced by the Will Rogers World Airport (tel. 405/680-3200; www.flyokc.com), named for the state's favorite cowboy son. Set on 8,000 acres in Oklahoma City, the airport is undergoing a much-needed renovation, adding nine gates, extra car-rental counters, new food vendors and retail shops, and extra baggage-claim space, among other comfort-minded improvements. Tulsa International Airport (tel. 918/838-5000; www.tulsaairports.com) offers WiFi service in its terminals.

By Train -- Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com) runs one route, the American Flyer, from the Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas, which makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, and Ardmore.

By Car -- From north the south, I-35 enters the state from Kansas, runs through Oklahoma City in the center, and exits into Texas. I-44, also known as the Will Rogers Turnpike, starts in the northeast corner from Missouri and running diagonally south through Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and then exiting into Kansas. From east to west, I-40 enters the state from Arkansas, runs through Shawnee and Oklahoma City, and exits into Texas around Shamrock.

Special Events

At the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (www.redearth.org), held the first weekend in June annually in Oklahoma City, over 100 native tribes gather to celebrate Native American history and culture. Filled with colorful native dress, dance, storytelling, art, and music, it's the largest of its kind in the country.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.