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Find a slice of small-town America in Edmond, Oklahoma

Oklahoma, perhaps more than any other state, symbolizes a side of America that is hard to find these days. Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City, embodies the spirit of small town independence and pride, while celebrating arts and culture. It is close enough to major cities to keep you in the thick of the action, and small enough to be as warm and welcoming as a prairie-state town should be.

The Arcadia Inn, located in a historic building in the heart of Edmond, offers rooms designed to pamper you, and is the perfect spot for a romantic couple’s getaway. Overlooking a park, the “Garden” room is spacious and airy, and comes complete with a two-person whirlpool tub. Rates start at just $159, so you’ll have plenty left over to buy your sweetheart some flowers.

The Edmond Historical Society Museum is filled with interactive exhibits that trace Oklahoma’s history. Through August 9, the museum is housing the “Why We Fought” exhibit, which honors the experiences of American soldiers through WWII with memorabilia and photos. Admission to the museum is free.

Shakespeare might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Oklahoma in the summertime, but Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performs the Bard’s classics all summer long in nearby Oklahoma City. Performances are held in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, which covers 17 acres and more than 1,000 species of plants. Tickets to the performances are only $10, and touring the Botanical Gardens is free.

For more planning tips, go to the Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

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