Why It's Worth It

Oklahoma City is hitting its stride: OKC has poured $350 million into itself through 20 years of capital improvement projects, creating an Olympic-trial-worthy whitewater rafting course and vibrant dining, art, and entertainment scenes, as well as the city’s first professional team, OKC’s Thunder. Add to that world-class museums, a rich history in cattle ranching, oil, and gas, and Native American culture, and you have a town that is quickly making many must-visit lists around the country. —Kayte Spillman