By Car, Oklahoma City
The USA is a car oriented country. Mass transit is almost frowned upon and in times of cheap gas and US car dominance, it not only sounded good, it was the American way of life, part of the American Dream. So, a car is what you need. The buses and trains won't take you all the places you'll want to see. You don't need a four wheel drive or a fancy SUV. I've done this drive three other times in a small Honda Civic that finally was sold with over 250,000 miles on it, and 47 states under its belt. This trip was in a Toyota Camry which was luxurious in comparison. It garnered the two drivable (well, Hawaii is not on any road west I know of!) states my old car never made it to in grand fashion.
Driving cross country is one of those dreams and unfortunately most don't ever get to do it or if they do, it's when they are too old to enjoy all the country has to offer. I've been lucky now to do it four times and this last trip was the best. Having a great partner in crime makes all the difference and my wife was just that, and more.
I am not the most patient person in the world, I admit. HOWEVER, there are no freakin' on ramps for the freeway in OKC. In particular, going WEST on I-40 from downtown. If you do not find the on ramp right beside the Ford Center good luck! It was just really frustrating so beware...
Most of the time, I have to make a decision of whether to fly or drive to Oklahoma City. I live about 40 miles away from the Dallas airport, and about 190 miles away from OKC. So, by the time I drive to DFW, get in the airport, on my plane, land, get a rental car, and get to my destination, I likely could have been 90% of the way there in my own car.... so most of the time I drive.
Oklahoma City is located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-40 and is a part of Historic Route 66, so you will likely have a chance to cross its path while doing any sort of cross country journey.
Stop in for a while! On the link provided below, I have included the Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation's travel advisory link, so you can read up before planning your travel and avoid congestion!
Like the rest of America, Oklahoma City is generally best explored with a car. If you're looking for the best economy in your exploration, we have a Metro Transit bus system, but for ease and convenience, it's best to rent a car at the airport or from one of the rental agencies in town.
Oklahoma City is near the center of the state and so most major highways go through or near it. There is an airport there but I have always driven and never been to the airport.
Like a lot of cities in the Western part of the US things are spread out and you are going to need a car to get around.
Travelers can reach Oklahoma City by flying into Will Rogers World Airport (served by most major carriers) or by car. I-40, I-35, and I-44 all pass through Oklahoma City, making the city one of America's crossroads.
Oklahoma City is very large in area, and exploring necessitates the use of a car. Public transportation is minimal, although a trolley system exists to ferry passengers from the I-40/Meridian 'hotel corridor' to various Downtown/Bricktown venues and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.
Easily accessible by car with three major interstates intersecting the city. Good connections by air from Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Denver, Salt Lake City and New York City, Cincinatti, Memphis. All have non stop flights with good connections elsewhere.
Car is the best, although several areas are served by a renovated trolley system.
I-35 is a good route, but once you pass Guthrie going south and Moore going north, watch for unmarked cars. I-40 is also a very good route, with much less police presence from the east. No experience from the west.
No real bus service to speak of. The streets are laid out square throughout the city, so it is not hard to find your way around. I-240 comes in VERY handy on the south side of the city, since traffic lights are EVERY mile, no exceptions, and timing them is hard to do. I-235 is not too useful, avoid and take I-35 if going farther than extreme south part of Edmond.
Coming from the North or South Use I-35, East or West Use I-40 they Cross in Okla. City. Coming from North East or South West use I-44. The transportation system in Okla. City only operates from 6:00 am until 6:30 pm other than special shuttle buses for Bricktown and baseball park during baseball season
Best way to get around is rent a car as Oklahoma City is spread out and takes in a large area. If you love antiques visit Guthrie, Okla. 25 miles to the north on I35. Or Yukon, Okla. home of Garth Brooks 14 minutes to the west on I40.
The wide open spaces of Oklahoma, cause quit expensive Cab rides....
Poor local transportation. Get a car.