Combine the landscape of the Midwest with the cowboy culture and rich Native American history of the Old West, and you've stumbled upon Oklahoma City. While the largest livestock market in the world has long lured tourists, the bustling entertainment district of Bricktown—named one of America's Coolest Riverwalks by Travel + Leisure —is now at the top of travelers' to-do lists.
This summer, Escape to the state's largest city—just 106 miles from Tulsa and 203 miles from Fort Worth–and stay for one night in a two-bedroom apartment at Isola Bella ($61); pay just a little bit more to get away for July 4 ($72) or Labor Day ($72).
Located just minutes from Lake Hefner and 12 miles from Bricktown, Isola Bella is a corporate housing complex with hotel-style amenities—such as a 30,000-square-foot fitness center with a full-size basketball court, 30-meter lap pool, indoor tennis courts, and sauna. Each two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit sleeps up to four guests and includes a full-size kitchen, living room, dining room, washer and dryer, high-speed wireless Internet, and simple décor.
Isola Bella's free weekday breakfasts may include French toast, cereal, fruit, sausage or bacon, and biscuits with gravy, while the free weekday dinners can include dishes like beef and broccoli with noodles, rice, and egg rolls or rosemary rotisserie chicken with mac 'n' cheese. (Tip: Check the weekly menu online.)
For guests that go with the July 4 or Labor Day option, a complimentary shuttle will be on hand to whisk you to Bricktown (available June 29 to July 8 and August 31 to September 4), where you can explore the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum during the day and spend the evening at hot spots like TapWerks Ale House & Cafe and Bricktown Brewery.
In the afternoon, cool off in one of the property's five outdoor pools before taking one of Isola Bella's complimentary cars to White Water Bay or the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River—a US Olympic training site for rowers. There, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from Oklahoma City Riversport. Top athletes will be on hand to demonstrate techniques at the Stars & Stripes River Festival on July 30, boasting a roster of kid-friendly activities, music, and fireworks.
While it will forever be the home of cowboy boots and steakhouses, the city shows its expertise has recently evolved to a number of different categories.
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A One-Night Stay for Up to Four Guests
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