Elk City is the epitome of Oklahoma and its rich heritage. From the establishment of what was once a rural community in 1901 to the development of Route 66 as the nation's first highway system to world champion cowboys, Elk City represents the heart of the great state of Oklahoma.
For entertainment, visitors can "get their kicks" at a variety of museums including the National Route 66 Museum, Old Town Complex and the one-of-a-kind Transportation Museum, which gives a great education in the history of how automobiles, trains and plains impacted travel in the United States. The Farm and Ranch Museum showcases decades of equipment used to harvest crops in the second largest industry in the state and the Blacksmith Museum takes you back to a time forgotten.
Elk City also hosts many events each year for tourists and visitors to enjoy. The Southwest Farm and Home Expo in April, the award winning annual PRCA Rodeo of Champions on Labor Day weekend, the Fall Festival in September, featuring the best in arts and crafts and the Oklahoma National Junior Heifer Show in November bring visitors from all over to showcase their stock. The largest Christmas light display in southwest Oklahoma, Christmas in the Park brings back old fashioned family traditions with train rides on the Candy Cane Express, old fashion horse-drawn carriages, light tours on the double decker bus and of course, kids of all ages enjoy a spin on the beautiful Centennial Carousel or a round of golf on the Putt-Putt golf course.
Elk City's vibrant downtown shopping district boasts everything from rustic cowboy decor to boutiques showcasing the latest in fashion. Make a day of shopping in Elk City during Route 66 Days in June, the Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Sale in July and scare up some frightful deals during Moonlight Madness in October.
Be sure to bring a hearty appetite as Elk City offers a variety of restaurants guaranteed to satisfy everyone from cowboys to city slickers. When you're ready to hang your hat, Elk City has over 850 rooms for the visitor to choose from. Located on Interstate 40, Elk City's endless blue skies, rich rolling hills and red earth make this community a great place to hang your hat any time of year. So plan your trip to Elk City and let us share our Western Oklahoma hospitality.