Formerly known as “the oil capital of the world” during most of the 20th Century, and because of its success in the energy industry, Tulsa prompted the construction boom of the popular Art Deco style of the time, becoming the mecca of the arts in Oklahoma. The city is settled in the northeastern part of Oklahoma, right in the heart of “Green Country”, where Tulsans enjoy about 227 days of sunshine and an average of 61 degrees temperature year round.
The Financial and Business District houses the majority of the city’s arts, history, architecture, and landmarks. Most of the convention centers are located in this area and visitors can also visit Greenwood Historical District, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the Blue Dome District, the Brady Arts District, the Oil Capital Historic District, and ONEOK Field (home of the Tulsa Drillers.)
Midtown houses the city’s more upscale neighborhoods and most of them display art deco architecture and were built at early 20th century. Midtown also hosts the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University, Philbrook Museum as well as some upscale shopping districts such as Utica Square and Cherry Street, and Woodland Hills Mall, one of the state’s largest shopping malls.
The beautiful Tulsa Zoo features a zoo train and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For great views while hiking and mountain biking, visitors should visit Turkey Mountain. There is a new complex, river walk crossing in Riverside where you can find bars, restaurants, live music and a movie theater, called River Parks. Finally, visitors can head to Woodward Park during the spring time see blooming roses.
There are a variety of great day trips available to visitors from Tulsa. Visitors can head to The Great Salt Plains which are located close to the Kansas border. The Great Salt Plains is the largest saline flat in central lowlands in the United States.
Turner Falls is one of the state’s most impressive natural wonders offering a family getaway for hiking, swimming and more.
Other great day trips from Tulsa include the Oklahoma Aquarium, just outside Tulsa in Jenks as well as Sand Springs, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Catoosa.
Due to Tulsa being a hub for business conventions, there are a plethora of high end and midrange hotels. Visitors will find the majority of these types of hotels in the Downtown area of the city. There are also vacation rentals available in the city, as well as bed and breakfast establishments and inns.
Public transportation is not a major form of transportation in the city. Nevertheless, according to a 2011 study by Walk Score and thanks to urban planning, Tulsa is the 32nd most walkable city in the United States. Moreover, the city has an active bicycling community thanks to an extensive interconnected bike trail system. At Rivertrail, riders are allowed to rent a bike up to 24 hours in advance.
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