There’s no better time to reflect on the many things we are grateful for than the week of Thanksgiving. As the saying goes, “There is always, always, ALWAYS, something to be grateful for.” Oklahoma holds a special place in our hearts and we wanted to take the time to appreciate a few things we love about the Sooner State:
1. Our BIG, HUGE blue sky!
I know, everybody has a big sky, but not as beautiful as ours!
2. Stunning architecture.
You will find many architectural wonders in Oklahoma's large and small cities. From stunning downtown buildings in Tulsa to the Price Tower in Bartlesville to the Belvidere Mansion in Claremore, beauty abounds in many styles.
3. Our water world.
Not only do we have over 200 lakes in Oklahoma but we also have many rivers, swimming holes and water parks.
4. Our short commutes and little to no traffic.
We have some of the best commute times in the nation and even when we have traffic in the big cities, it's minimal.
5. Our great tasting tap water.
If you don't think this is important, visit a city with smelly sulfur water. Oklahoma City has won the award 2x for "Best of the Best" Tasting Tap Water from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
6. Our sports.
We not only have our own NBA team - GoThunder!, but we have nationally ranked college football, minor-league baseball, soccer, hockey and much more.
This hip, awesome historic part of downtown OKC has put us on the map as an actual destination to visit.
8. World-class art.
Our art is transformative and brilliant. Visit one of these museums to see world-class art: Oklahoma City Museum of Art;
Philbrook Museum of Art;
OSU Museum of Art;
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
9. Our first responders and law enforcement.
We are grateful for the men and women of Oklahoma that keep us safe and put their lives at risk every day.
10. Lots of natural beauty and resources.
We are blessed with many resources in our land and breathtaking beauty for our enjoyment.
11. Our music.
Oklahoma is steeped in musical tradition. Although we are best known for country music, we are actually very diverse. We have several musical festivals during the year, which include: The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival; Center of the Universe Festival; The Backwoods Music Festival; Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival; Medicine Stone. You can also visit one of several museums featuring Oklahoma’s history in music: Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa; Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee; American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City.
12. Our low cost of living.
We are especially grateful for our low gas prices.
13. The Mother Road.
We are the mother of the "Mother Road." We are home to the longest stretch of Route 66 in the nation, which means we get to enjoy lots of sights along the vast stretch (over 400 miles) of Route 66. Consider stops at Stroud’s Rock Café, POPS restaurant and fueling station in Arcadia and the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton.
14. Oklahoma families.
Even if you don't have an actual family living in the state, you have your "Oklahoma" family and an open door that welcomes you with love.
Of course, this only scratches the surface of reasons we are thankful to live in Oklahoma. What is the top reason you’re thankful for Oklahoma?