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The OK -- The Travel Issue

As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple.

In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say less than popular.

Regardless, I'm a Kansas State Wildcat fan through and through and if you haven't visited Manhattan, you're truly missing one of the hidden gems of the Midwest.

But truth be told, I'm partial to a few other schools as well. Consider ‘em like family, really. Sure, we may fight with each other, but when it comes to taking on outsiders, just know I'm always backing the team from the Big 12. (OK, maybe not when Kansas plays.)

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In this edition of The OK, the travel and tourism issue, sports columnist extraordinaire Berry Tramel takes us on his own Big 12 road trip, offering up insights from his years of visiting the university towns and tournament cities that make up the country's greatest college athletic conference.

Elsewhere inside, Steve Lackmeyer looks at Oklahoma City's recent transformation into a trending tourist mecca, Darla Slipke gives us a glimpse of the history and future of the city's aerial gateway _ Will Rogers World Airport _ and Ken Raymond explains why he may not be the ideal travel companion.

Whitney Bryen shows us some of the best places to soak up local suds, resident curmudgeon and travel blogger Matt Patterson offers some tips for tourists and Josh Dulaney offers up a vivid profile of vivacious El Reno native and TV shopping channel star Toni Brattin.

There are also stories about real estate, fashion, food, technology and more.

Enjoy. And go Cats!

Phillip O'Connor

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Phillip O'Connor

O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently... Read more ›