Oklahoma City, the largest city in the state, is proud of its western heritage and adventurous spirit. During the land rush of the 1880s, the area was staked out by both the Boomers (pioneers who claimed unassigned Native American lands) and the Sooners (homesteaders who, when the government allowed settlers to move into these lands, claimed prime acreages early).
Today, the Boomer Sooner spirit is celebrated at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, which features art, firearms, and historic cowboy and Native American gear, as well as at the Centennial Land Run Monument. The Bricktown Canal and Entertainment District, once a warehouse area, is now the center of Oklahoma City nightlife, featuring bars, clubs, restaurants, and water taxis.
Visitors can get in a cowboy state of mind as soon as they touch down, as flights to Oklahoma City land at Will Rogers World Airport.