Cowboy Countries: Texas and Oklahoma

I was lucky enough to win the Brand USA MegaFam for the second year in a row! Whereas last year I explored the West Coast, this time I visited four “Cowboy Countries” – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri – before meeting all 100 competition winners in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the MegaFam finale!

On the 9th of May, I met the group at London Heathrow, and we departed for Dallas, Texas, with American Airlines!


We arrived in Dallas, and there was no time for jet-lag thanks to a fantastic Segway tour of Downtown Dallas with Segway Nation! After a bit of practise, we were soon whizzing along the zebra crossings and streets of Dallas checking out all the sights! It was so fun! I’d definitely recommend if you want a quick, informative tour of the city.


After enjoying our first meal at The Rustic, we went back to our hotel. We stayed for 2 nights at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas; our rooms were very spacious and modern!

The next day, we had a lovely breakfast at Oddfellows in Bishop Arts District. This district is a great hidden gem in Dallas, home to many quirky boutiques, restaurants and shops. There are many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities here!


In the afternoon, we went to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. This museum focuses on the life, death and legacy of President John F Kennedy and is located at the very spot where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President. I found this museum really interesting; the self-guided audio tour was very informative!

We concluded our short time in Texas by trying local cuisine and culture! Firstly, we tried on some dazzling cowboy boots at Wild Bill’s Western Store. Then, we had a real taste of the Deep South at Pecan Lodge, Deep Ellum! We were served a mountain of red meat – beef brisket, ribs and more. Portion sizes were ginormous, and vegetarian options were certainly limited!


By the third day of our trip, it was goodbye Texas and hello Oklahoma! We enjoyed a yummy lunch at Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch – yes, more red meat! Then we headed to Chickasaw Cultural Center which bought the history of the Chickasaw people to life through demonstrations and community activities. Combined with a large outdoor area, the Center offered fun for all the family! We concluded the day with a tasty meal at the Ole Red in Tishomingo, a brand new flagship restaurant with live music! Then, we stayed for one night at The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa – a luxurious, boutique hotel located in Sulphur!


Next stop, Oklahoma City! We spent the next two days enjoying a completely varied range of activities around Oklahoma City. From the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, to the rooftop O Bar in the Ambassador Hotel! We were even able to experience a working stocker cattle trading centre and auction house at Oklahoma National Stockyards! This is the closest we got to “real” cowboys…the stockyard was absolutely huge – as far as the eye could see! A visit to the Stockyards isn’t for everyone, but it was very interesting to see behind the scenes!


We concluded our time in Oklahoma in Tulsa! We had one night’s stay at Fairfield Inn and Suites Tulsa Downtown and a lovely meal at the award-winning Juniper Restaurant! As a destination stop on Route 66, Tulsa has some great photo opportunities and attractions. From the 75 foot-tall “Golden Driller” statue to “Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66”…come see them for yourself!


By Sophie Clarke


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