This is a perfect time to consider making Oklahoma your next vacation destination as the state begins observing its centennial, celebrating a century that has carried it from cowboys on horseback to the space age.
Visit the centennial Web site - http://www.oklahomacentennial.com/ - and click on Tulsa, where the yearlong observance kicked off on Nov. 9. At the main centennial page and click on “Statewide” to sample some of the events being planned. And just below the line where those topics appear, you can click on links for landmarks and festivals.
Don't neglect the noncentennial side of Tulsa - http://ww3.visittulsa.com/ - where you look under “Visitors” to find the lodging and shopping sections. That's also where you'll find “Tulsa Jewels” with descriptions of spots such as the local leg of historic Route 66, and “Shopping” for the downtown area of suburban Jenks, home of antique and specialty shops.
Hit Tulsa's “Day Excursions” for tips on exploring places such as Bartlesville, home of the 4,000-acre Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Okmulgee, capital of the Creek Nation, Tahlequah and the Cherokee Nation, and Pawhuska for the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
Another of the suggested day excursions from Tulsa will take you to Claremore and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum - http://www.willrogers.com/ - for the cowboy humorist. Look for the link to his birthplace ranch at Oologah, where the log-walled house still stands.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Association - http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/ - will help you visit surviving sections of the historic highway that stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles before interstates.
Click on “The Road” for a town-by-down guide across the state.