Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Day 33 – Tulsa to Oklahoma City

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Just round the corned from our hotel in Tulsa we spotted some more crazy mural art and went to take some pictures – the whole town is covered in great art and I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Before we left for Oklahoma City we decided to go and have a look at Oral Roberts University – a place I’d read about in my travel guides. Oral Roberts is “considered the godfather of the charismatic movement and one of the most recognized preachers worldwide” but the reason I wanted to see the university was the amazing architecture – and it didn’t disappoint! The Praying Hands and the Prayer Tower are the two highlights but the whole place is worth seeing and strangely (for a Sunday, or perhaps because it was a Sunday?) there was nobody about and we didn’t see a single soul while walking around campus. The gardens are also immaculately kept and it is just a beautiful place.

I don’t remember much of the drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, so I’m sure it was fairly dull, but we arrived, checked into a fairly nice hotel and made our way to the Bricktown part of town which is an entertainment district that used to be a major warehouse district. Bricktown contains a lot of eateries and pubs and has a canal you can walk along which is pretty cool (and cool in the heat!) and it was bustling. We’re always happy to find somewhere that is lively on a Sunday as it can be a bit hit and miss whether there’s much open or happening.

Since Oklahoma is known for its beef we had to have a steak dinner at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill – it was fairly cheap (compared to the crazy steak prices in this country!) and generally a good experience, though we had no idea who Toby Keith was until we got there of course!

After dinner we walked around some more, saw some incredible restored classic cars, Brian saw a Harley that made his jaw drop, and we ended up in JJ’s Alley which is a great pub with live music on a Sunday (open mic) and a great vibe. It was incredibly hot even though it was getting late and we didn’t get to see much more of Oklahoma City after JJ’s! Oklahoma City is another place we really enjoyed but I’m sure there’s more to the place than the tiny part we enjoyed.

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