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Oklahoma City is the capital and principle city of the state of Oklahoma, located in the Frontier Country region of the state. Oklahoma City is the primary city of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee-Stillwater Combined Statistical Area containing most of central Oklahoma.

Skyline of Oklahoma City
Districts
Adventure District - A thriving tourist community; Oklahoma City Zoo, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Omniplex Science Museum, National Softball Hall of Fame and Stadium, and Remington Park Racing & Casino.
Asian District - The largest Asian population in the state and also a cultural area. Along Classen Blvd from about 22nd Street to N.W. 30th.
Bricktown - Warehouse district that has been converted into a restaurant and night club hot spot adjacent to downtown.
Downtown - Central Business District.
Arts District - Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City National Memorial, and the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Paseo Arts District - Arts district with cafes, galleries, etc beginning at NW 30th & Paseo to NW 27th & Walker.
NW 39th Street Enclave - The largest GLBT community in the state and a thriving entertainment area with dance clubs and bars and the largest gay resort in the Southwest.
Northwest
Capitol Hill Historic District - Hispanic downtown of Oklahoma City, located on the Southside.
South

Understand
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state, as well as its political, cultural, and economic engine. The city is the third largest city in land area (608 sq miles), just behind Jacksonville FL (759 sq miles) and way behind Anchorage AK (1698 sq miles). The city is the 29th largest city in population in the nation and the largest city in the 5 "plains states" (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota). After decades of suburban sprawl and an ill fated downtown "urban renewal", a 'sudden' burst of investment in the 1990s has given the city additional big city attractions as well as a pleasant quality of life that often is the envy if not surprise of visitors from other cities, making Oklahoma City more of a tourist destination in of itself. Oklahoma's state capitol building is the only capitol in the world with an oil well under it. Although its legal description is Capitol Site #1, it is referred to as Petunia #1 because it was originally drilled in the middle of a flower bed.

Geography
Oklahoma State Capital building
Oklahoma City is located in the Frontier Country region of Central Oklahoma, in the Southern Plains of North America. Contrary to popular belief, the geography is not flat and treeless (like in the true high plains) but rather gently rolling hills covered in places by dense low trees, shrubs, and grasses. The city is roughly bisected by the North Canadian River (recently partially renamed the Oklahoma! River in a flight of civic exuberance). The North Canadian is not very impressive as rivers go; it was once substantial enough to flood every year, wreaking destruction on surrounding homes, until the 1940s when the Civilian Conservation Corps dammed the river and turned it into essentially a wide ditch for the next 50 years. In the 1990's, as part of the citywide revitalization project known as MAPS, the city built a series of low water dams, returning water to the portion of the river flows near downtown. The city also has three large lakes, Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser, in the northwestern quarter of the city, and the largest - Lake Stanley Draper, in the sparsely populated far southeast of the city.

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By plane
Will Rogers World Airport offers over 180 flights a day including non-stop service to over 30 cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. The International airport (originally built in the 1960s) has completed the first phase of a major expansion and modernization project and is attracting additional non-stop flights to the city.

By train
Amtrak offers daily service to Fort Worth, Texas aboard the Heartland Flyer line, which can be boarded at the Santa Fe Station in Bricktown. The Flyer has multiple connections to other regional Amtrak lines in Fort Worth. Plans have been proposed to expand the line north to Kansas City via Tulsa and to Newton, KS, but with Amtrak's financial future in jeopardy due to budget cuts, the expansion of the service seems to have stalled.

By car
Oklahoma City is located at the intersection of two of the nations longest continuous interstate highways, I-40 and I-35, as well as I-44. It is also on historic Route 66.

By bus
Greyhound has service from the Union bus station in downtown Oklahoma City, as well as the suburbs of Guthrie, Edmond

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