Tulsa, OK

Travel Guide
Tulsa showing a city, a fountain and a high rise building
Cowboys, oil and the Art Deco movement have all left their mark on Oklahoma’s second largest city.

Tulsa has changed its appearance on more than one occasion. It has transitioned from its Native American foundations to a frontier town to the “Oil Capital of the World.” Today, it’s no longer dependent on black gold (oil), but business is still booming thanks to aerospace, finance, high-tech and telecommunications industries.

Tulsa’s streets are easy to navigate as they are laid out in a simple grid system. Explore the downtown area on foot. It is situated near the banks of the Arkansas River and home to numerous attractions including a baseball park, shops, restaurants and art galleries. Look up and marvel at the Art Deco skyscrapers. The city has the third largest collections of Art Deco buildings in the U.S. When Tulsa settlers struck oil in the early twentieth century, the city spent some of the profits on the huge ornate structures. This includes the Philcade Building, financed by oil tycoon Waite Phillips.

Tulsa has many attractions for the whole family. Observe jaguars, lions, kangaroos, emus and hundreds of other animals at Tulsa Zoo. Set the heart beating faster on the rides at Bell’s Amusement Park and the Big Splash Water Park. Discover Tulsa’s aviation history at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. You’ll learn about the city’s early aviators and its contributions to space exploration.

Tulsa is also well known for its much larger than life statues. The Golden Driller is a 76-foot (26-meter) statue of an oil worker. The bronze sculpture known as Praying Hands at the entrance of Oral Roberts University stands 60 feet (18.3 meters) high.

For some evening and nighttime fun, be sure to put the Blue Dome District on your itinerary. Named after an old 1920s gas station that used to attract early Route 66 travelers, it is now the center of downtown Tulsa’s nightlife. There’s a diverse mix of bars, clubs and restaurants. The district is also known for the annual Blue Dome Arts Festival that runs in the middle of May.

Where to stay in Tulsa

Osage Casino Downtown Tulsa
Osage Casino Downtown Tulsa
3.5 out of 5
951 West 36th Street North, Tulsa, OK, 74127
The price is $92 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$92
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Tulsa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,149 reviews)
"Proximity to good places was good. Nice place to stay."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Osage Casino Downtown Tulsa
River Spirit Casino Resort
River Spirit Casino Resort
4 out of 5
8330 Riverside Parkway, Tulsa, OK, 74137
The price is $145 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$145
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Tulsa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,984 reviews)
"Room was clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

River Spirit Casino Resort
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa
4 out of 5
777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK, 74015
The price is $129 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28
$129
per night
Dec 27 - Dec 28
Stay at this 4-star golf resort in Catoosa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Service at the restaurants could have been better, but otherwise great stay."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy Modern Apt Downtown Tulsa
Cozy Modern Apt Downtown Tulsa
Tulsa, OK
Stay at this apartment in Tulsa. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Tulsa Geoscience Center and Philtower are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Great location!
"Lovely place with all necessities! Quiet. Walking distance of bars, restaurants, unique shops. Host was awesome!"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Cozy Modern Apt Downtown Tulsa
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Broken Arrow
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Broken Arrow
2.5 out of 5
2251 Stone Wood Cir, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Broken Arrow. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (297 reviews)
We will definitely be back!!!
"This was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff was super friendly and the breakfast was great. We will definitely stay here everytime we pass through Tulsa!!"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Towneplace Suites by Marriott Broken Arrow
Cozy Condo Experience 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Cozy Condo Experience 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
6737 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74136
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Tulsa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and Johnson Park ...
Cozy Condo Experience 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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