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Nestled in the south-central part of USA, Oklahoma is the 20th largest state by area and the 28th largest by population. Surrounded entirely by land, Oklahoma is bordered by Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The state capital Oklahoma City is also the largest city. Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow and Lawton are the other major cities. Arkansas, Canadian and Red River are the three rivers that flow in the state.
Oklahoma has the distinction of having the largest American Indian population in the entire nation. Its name is derived from the Choctaw words meaning â€śRed Indianâ€ť. Oklahoma has rich natural gas resources and has flourishing agricultural, aviation and telecommunications industries.
Oklahoma is considered to be one of the windiest states in the country and its continental climate presents it with cold winters and hot summers. There are about 50 State Parks and 6 national parks which offer some great recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, hiking and golfing. There are pine forests, lakes, rugged mountain peaks and prairie grasslands that all together add magic to the outdoors. The celebrated Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has over a hundred years of history in preserving rare wildlife forms in their natural habitat.
Historically, Oklahoma is a rich land with several sites related to the past. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma City National Memorial Center, Sequoyah Home Site and Will Rogers Memorial and Birthplace are some of the most visited locations.
Authentic American Indian experience can be had in Oklahoma, with natural treasures adding to the excitement.