Tulsa is the second-most populous city in the state of Oklahoma and the 47th most populous city in the United States of America. While the city's economy was driven by the energy sector initially and it was once called the Oil capital of the world, the city today has diversified sectors consisting of finance, telecom, aviation, and technology.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, Tulsa has you covered with its vibrant music scene, art-deco architecture, culture, booming culinary scene, and rich history. Tulsa is a walkable city and has an abundance of small cafes and diners while you roam around the city soaking in the incredible architecture and the stories about the city.
Here is a list of some of the best places to visit during your next trip to Tulsa.
The Golden Driller
The 75-foot-tall Golden Driller monument is a tribute to the oil-rich history of Tulsa. The statue weighs over 43,500 pounds and depicts a 20th-century oil worker. The Golden Driller monument is a great place to have some pictures and your trip to Tulsa would not be complete unless you visit this behemoth. If you are lucky, you may catch one of the tradeshows, expos, or other events held by the city near the monument.
The Cave House
Speaking of picturesque attractions, the Cave House is another popular place to visit for tourists. Built in the 1920s, the Cave House used to be a chicken restaurant and is currently occupied. The owner, however, offers tours and visitors can listen to the stories of its interesting history. Several locals have been bothered by the sight of the Cave House due to its odd looks.
Philbrook Museum of Art
Once the home of Tulsa's oil magnate, Waite Phillips, Philbrook Museum of Art consists of great Italian architecture surrounded by 23 acres of gorgeous gardens. This 3 story, 72-room villa houses American, Asian, European, and Native American artworks. The collections at the museum include antiques, sculptures, jewelry, artifacts, and several other artworks. Visitors can stroll through the gardens and recharge while looking at some great sculptures.
One of the original highways in the US Highway System, Route 66 captures the spirit of classic America. There are several fun attractions and sights along the Route. There are some great art deco along the route and make sure to check out Campbell Hotel and Ollie's Station Restaurant. One of the newest attractions is the Route 66 Historical Village which is a must-visit for history buffs. The village contains full-size replicas and restored structures from Tulsa's oil boom era from the 1920s and 1930s. This outdoor museum is a great place to spend an hour or two and get some food.
Inspired by a similar London establishment, the Boxyard contains reused shipping containers to support small businesses. Opened in 2016, this unique shopping destination contains a vast array of retail and food options for shoppers. There are over 30 shipping crates and it is a great place to visit just because of the unique concept of shopping out of shipping containers.
Gilcrease Museum contains the largest collection of art of the American West. Founded in 1949 by Thomas Gilcrease, the museum contains more than 250,000 art pieces and artifacts. The museum contains pieces dating back as far as 12,000 BC. Visitors can explore American diversity through exhibits portraying the cultures of African Americans, Mexicans, Europeans, and other ethnic groups. The museum is surrounded by 23 acres of gardens reflecting different time periods of American History.
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