OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA (February 25, 2013) – Oklahoma Today magazine, the official magazine of the state of Oklahoma, released its annual travel issue last week. The issue’s cover story, titled “The Oklahoma Bucket List,” highlights what the magazine’s editors are calling “twenty-six essential Oklahoma experiences” and covers many of the state’s natural wonders (Black Mesa, the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, and the Talimena Scenic Drive); cultural touchstones (Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa’s Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, and the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection); and historic sites (the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark & Museum, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum). Oklahoma Today’s editors say it was important that every item on the list involve travel in some way.

“It’s our hope that it will inspire readers to visit, or revisit, these unique Oklahoma destinations,” said Oklahoma Today editor Steffie Corcoran. “The truth is, given no space constraints, we could have included a hundred or more essential Oklahoma experiences. Hopefully readers will share theirs.”

Oklahoma Today editors began creating the list last fall, even soliciting nominations from the magazine’s more than 8,000 Facebook fans. The task of writing the piece fell to Oklahoma Today managing editor Nathan Gunter.

“This was one of the most complicated, and one of the most enjoyable, writing assignments I’ve ever had,” said Gunter. “I did almost thirty interviews and spent a lot of time on the phone and in the car. But it was a great time, and I hope Okies will give it a look when they’re planning where to go this spring and summer.”

In addition to the bucket list feature, Oklahoma Today’s March/April issue contains a twenty-six-page photography portfolio of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur by photographer Iris Greenwell and a tour of Tulsa’s revitalized Brady Arts District by former Associated Press correspondent Kelly Kurt. The issue is on newsstands now.

Oklahoma Today, the Magazine of Oklahoma since 1956, focuses on the people, places, and culture of Oklahoma. A paid-circulation magazine, it has subscribers in every state and several foreign countries. It is published bimonthly by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.