Strike a pose!
The secret to a captivating picture? Location, location, location.
Whether it’s for Instagram, your scrapbook or simply camera roll memories for your archive, finding the perfect backdrop to document your travels is an important part of any adventure. From local art displays to sweeping landscapes and Oklahoma landmarks, we’re taking you through some of our favorite spots to stop for the perfect picture. Flash a smile, and make sure that lens cap is off; here’s our Top 10.
With clear views of the Downtown OKC skyline during the day and the swirling neon Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel at night, this popular Wheeler District attraction is arguably one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city! Once you’ve captured the perfect pic, hop on the Wheel for a ride and see what OKC looks like from 100 feet above. Plus, if you get season passes, kids under 3 ride for free!
Not only is the Bricktown art gallery home to the work of Native American jewelers, potters and designers, both on display and for sale, it also features a colorful mural on its eastern wall. After winning a contest in 2017, artist Eric Tippeconnic began painting the 17-by-10-foot canvas while drawing inspiration from his own Comanche heritage.
“We’re not a remnant of the past. We’re not a romanticized people that are gone; we’re still here today. We’re professionals, we’re doctors, we’re lawyers, we’re professors.”
Stop in and see Exhibit C’s latest gallery, Home on the Range, which has been extended through October.
Plaza District Walls
As a gallery and mural project of the Plaza District, Plaza Walls frequently rotates the colorful (sometimes abstract, always fascinatingly beautiful) works of local artists. It’s a great motivation to explore the Plaza’s nooks and crannies in search of unique and vibrant murals. Keep an eye on its Instagram as they post all the latest happenings. There are always new ones to see!
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips brought big splashes of color to Automobile Alley when he, Rick Sinnett and Jake Harms collaborated on The Womb, a gallery/storage/party space. Since taking over in 2018, artist collective Factory Obscura has transformed the 9th street building into the immersive Mix-Tape experience. The giant neon boombox, window graphics and surrounding murals attract many visitors to the area for funky, whimsical pictures.
The Paramount Theatre
Once the distribution center for Paramount Pictures in OKC from the early 1920s to mid 1950s, the Paramount Pictures Building on Film Row is adorned with portraits of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, actress Joan Crawford and songwriter/performer Woody Guthrie. The mural, just a few doors down from The Jones Assembly, is the work of prominent New Zealand artist Mr. G.
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Arguably our state’s most recognizable landmark, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum tells the story of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and symbolizes the resilience of Oklahoma City and its people. The Museum and Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, comprised of the Gates of Time, Field of Empty Chairs, Survivor Tree and Reflecting Pool, attract visitors from around the world. It’s not a trip to OKC without stopping by for a moment of reflection.
The Vault Art Space and Gathering Place
Oklahoma’s Rick Sinnett (known as @mothman333 on Instagram) is the artist behind The Butterfly Mandala adorning the alley wall of The Vault Art Space and Gathering Place. Owner Susie Agee wanted to pay tribute to her immigrant great-grandparents, who were mural painters in downtown Tulsa during the 1930s. Today, the colorful piece is a fantastic spot to stop for a photo while visiting Pauls Valley.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
With over 20 miles of trails on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, you’ll be able to hike your way to gorgeous cliffside views. The natural scenery provides a picturesque backdrop to showcase your adventurous spirit and a peaceful space for relaxation and meditation. If you’re in the Sulphur area, be sure to make your way through the park to enjoy the many trails and swimming areas that so many love about this beautiful place.
Located just a few steps west of 777 Zip, hundreds of feet above Turner Falls, is an overhang that’s perfect for capturing an aerial view of the area’s most iconic waterfall. The layered textures of the Arbuckle Mountains on the horizon are perfect for panoramic shots that showcase the beauty Davis has to offer. Don’t forget your Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie on the way home!
Have you uncovered any other great photo ops along Adventure Road? We’d love to see them! Let us know down below or tag us on social.