Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Situated about 6 miles from the center of Oklahoma City, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham offers convenience and comfort in the form of spacious suites with a microwave, refrigerator, and sitting area with a couch and coffee table. You can escape a hot summer day at the indoor pool and stay in shape at the fitness center. On Wednesday evenings, the staff encourages visitors to mingle by setting out complimentary snacks and cocktails—just the sort of treat that helped the hotel garner a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
- Free high-speed WiFi: can be accessed inside the guest rooms and public areas
- Set a tee time at the Tinker Golf Course, which also encompasses a driving range and clubhouse
- Myriad Botanical Gardens: This nearby 17-acre botanical garden and interactive park hosts programs for kids and adults such as outdoor movies, yoga classes, and bike rides
- Befriend an animal at the Oklahoma City Zoo, home to more than 1,900 animals, including rhinoceros, apes, hyenas, and exotic birds.
Midwest City, Oklahoma: A World War II Landmark on the Outskirts of Oklahoma City
Midwest City’s tagline is “where the spirit flies high,” which isn’t just a turn of phrase. The Oklahoma City suburb is home to Tinker Air Force Base, which honors Major General Clarence L. Tinker, the first American general lost in action in World War II. In its early years, the city hosted the Douglas Aircraft Company Plant, which built C-47 Skytrain cargo planes for the US Army. Today, the Air Force base supports the community with events such as food-truck festivals and air shows, including the annual Star Spangled Salute on July 4.
Though its setting is mostly residential, Midwest City is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, located fewer than 7 miles from downtown. Oklahoma City is a relatively young town, founded a little more than a century ago in 1889. It’s both the capital and the largest city of the Sooner State, and it’s chock full of contemporary museums, modern art displays, and vibrant neighborhoods. Head to the historical Bricktown district to stroll along a picturesque river walk that goes past eateries and shops.