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Could It Actually Be Tulsa Time?

Could It Actually Be Tulsa Time? May 24th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Robert Reid You know the drill. Mid-sized city revives a long-dormant warehouse district with art galleries, a baseball park, hipster bars, food trucks, even a Spaghetti Warehouse. Locals love it, then brace for a tourism boom that doesn't really come. But Tulsa's reviving Brady District is different. It has Woody Guthrie. In truth, this city in the Oklahoma hills where I grew up hasn't...

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options Mar 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Astronomers are calling 2013 "the year of the comet" as the first of two comets set to swing by Earth comes within view of the naked eye. Some avid sky watchers may be viewing with binoculars. Others may get an even closer view, thanks to a German travel agency. On March 16, Eclipse Travel of Bonn, Germany, will have Air Berlin's flight 1000 full of stargazers, giving them two hours closer...

The Kensington Runestone and other Viking mysteries in America

Mar 16th, 2012 at 10:00AM: When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher asked me what I thought was an easy question. "Who discovered America?" "The Indians!" I replied. My teacher frowned at me and asked, "No, what EUROPEAN discovered America?" "Oh, Leif Erikson. He was a Viking." Obviously annoyed, my teacher told me, "No! COLUMBUS discovered America." "But the Vikings came here in the year 1000....

Horse slaughter: the meat of the matter now that Congress has lifted controversial ban

Horse slaughter: the meat of the matter now that Congress has lifted controversial ban Dec 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: If you're of a certain age, you might recall that until the 1940's, horse was eaten in the United States--most notably during World War II, when beef prices rose and supply dwindled. By the eighties, dining on Mr. Ed definitely wasn't culturally acceptable, even if purchased for "pet food," and in 1998, California Proposition 6 outlawed horse meat and slaughter for human consumption. Why,...

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park Nov 7th, 2011 at 2:30PM: The Honey Springs Battlefield Park in Oklahoma may become a new addition to the National Park Service, the Tulsa World reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior said in a report that there's "potential action" for "support designation of Honey Springs as a National Battlefield Park." Now Oklahoma history buffs are scratching their heads over just what that means. The Tulsa World couldn't...

A Short Break From The Road In Oklahoma City

A Short Break From The Road In Oklahoma City Aug 29th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Seeing the recovery underway in Joplin, Missouri was an end point to a chapter of my trip. I'd done the Great Lakes, the East Coast, the South and, now, the Midwest. As I drove out of Missouri, the great expanse of the West loomed, a monstrous stretch of America to cover in the less than two weeks that remained in my trip. I wasn't looking forward to it. After eight weeks in the car, on...

The 5 ugliest states in the country

The 5 ugliest states in the country Aug 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. San Francisco Examiner writer and occasional Gadling contributor Bob Ecker doesn't behold much, at least for a few unlucky states. Ecker previously named the prettiest US states including coastal California, exotic Hawaii, diverse New York, historic Virginia, and verdant Washington. He's now determined the unfortunate ugliest states, measured by...

Visiting the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby

Visiting the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby Apr 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Each week, Gadling is taking a look at our favorite festivals around the world. From music festivals to cultural showcases to the just plain bizarre, we hope to inspire you to do some festival exploring of your own. Come back each Wednesday for our picks or find them all HERE. Each Spring, avid rattlesnake hunters and handlers gather in Mangum, Oklahoma for the annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby....

Travel to the Cherokee Nation: A new website helps you plan

Travel to the Cherokee Nation: A new website helps you plan Feb 3rd, 2009 at 3:30PM: In the 7,000 square miles of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, there are attractions scattered across it. From National Historic Landmark Fort Gibson that was built in 1824 as a staging area for military expeditions in the west, to Will Rogers birthplace, to the Tahequah Cultural District--the Cherokee Nation's capitol after the Cherokee were forced to relocate to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears,...

New state laws that affect travelers in 2009

New state laws that affect travelers in 2009 Jan 4th, 2009 at 11:30AM: There are slew of new state laws that have gone into effect with the change to 2009. Here are some of the ones that I've culled from this CBS News/AP article that could impact travelers depending upon which state you head to for a vacation this year. In California, do not read-or-write text messages while you drive. It's now illegal. Heavens! Can you imagine someone texting on a freeway in...

Top hell-holes on earth

Top hell-holes on earth May 7th, 2008 at 9:00AM: April Fool's Day, 2007, I wrote a post on Linfen, China. Although it was written as a joke, the premise is true. Linfen is a royal mess. Its mighty pollution problem has earned it the number 2 spot on the recent "Hells on Earth" list. The air quality in Linfen is so horrific that there is a perpetual feeling of dusk in this coal dust laden city. Here's the rest of the ten places that have a...

Oklahoma is O-K

Oklahoma is O-K May 3rd, 2008 at 11:30AM: L-A-H-O-M-A , Oklahoma! Yow! The fact that the song Oklahoma is playing in my head at this moment is John Ur's fault. Of course, I do still know a song medley of the musical by heart thanks to high school choir days, but over at Intelligent Travel, John Ur's mention of the lyrics to "Oklahoma" in his post about movies filmed in this state, put me in a red gingham dress and cowboy boots looking...

Latest Must Stop Place on Route 66: Soda Galore and One Huge Pop Bottle

Latest Must Stop Place on Route 66: Soda Galore and One Huge Pop Bottle Aug 20th, 2007 at 10:00AM: Saturday morning I saw a travel/human interest story with a Route 66 connection on TV. The mention of Route 66 was the first thing that pulled me away from buttering my English muffin from the complimentary breakfast bar at the Fairfield Inn in Owenboro, Kentucky. (I was there for a wedding.) I became more enamored about the Route 66 story when I heard about the 66-foot soda bottle outside this...

Where On Earth? (Week 9): Vinita, Oklahoma

Where On Earth? (Week 9): Vinita, Oklahoma May 25th, 2007 at 11:57AM: Wow, you guys were all over this one. We're going to have to start making these a LOT harder from now on. The first commenter, Tim, was dead on (at least in the terms I was looking for) with a guess of Vinita, Oklahoma. Chris chimed in next telling us that the photo was taken from the West-bound side of I-44, which is also true. And finally, Rita gave her two cents clarifying the exact location...

The 2007 Mangum Rattlesnake Derby & Flea Market

The 2007 Mangum Rattlesnake Derby & Flea Market Apr 3rd, 2007 at 6:16AM: Ophidiophiles rejoice! From April 27 to 29, Magnum, Oklahoma will be shaking its tail to make sure you have a slithery good time. Yup, on that weekend, the annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby will be back in town. What's more, the event will be returning with carnival rides, a square dance, a fun run, and a flea market. In other words: plenty of places for a mean, scared rattler to hide. (Just...

One Night Stand: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

One Night Stand: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Jun 11th, 2006 at 6:42PM: Despite all the negative things my overly biased friend and native of Oklahoma City had to say about the place I somehow managed to find more than enough activities to keep me entertained on a one day jaunt through the town. For starters I had to check out the Oklahoma City National Memorial. I was fairly young when the incident happened, but I was very surprised and pleased to find how well the...

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