Oklahoma gets its name from the Choctaw name for 'Red People.' One look at the state's vividly red earth and you'll wonder if the name is more of a sartorial than an ethnic comment. Still, with 39 tribes located here, it is a place with deep Native American significance. Museums, cultural displays and more abound.
The other side of the Old West coin, cowboys, also figure prominently in the Sooner State. Although pickups have replaced horses, there's still a great sense of the open range, interrupted only by urban Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Oklahoma's share of Route 66 links some of the Mother Road's iconic highlights and there are myriad atmospheric old towns. And just when it seems the vistas go on forever, mountains in the south and far west add texture.
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76-Second Travel Show: 'Boley, Oklahoma's black rodeo'
Most people equate Oklahoma with 'Native America.' The state's home to the biggest Native American population in the US, its name is Choctaw for 'red people,' and long after most of its neighbors were US states, 'Oklahoma' was known as Indian Territory. But that's not the full story.
Historic Route 66
Grab your cowboy hat and hit the road on the historic Route 66 - America's most famous highway. Follow in the tyre-marks of settlers, cowboys, migrants and travellers on 'the main street of America' and learn about the importance of this pathway through America's heartland.
Robert Reid's top 22 Oklahoma experiences
If you do much travel in the USA, particularly by road, you WILL at some point make it through central Oklahoma, where I grew up and went to college. I left years ago, but never shook off the notion that it's 'home' to me, down deep.