Tulsa has two must-see museums. The Gilcrease has the world's largest collection devoted to the American West and is a treasure trove of art, artefacts and archives including works by Frederic Remington and Thomas Moran. The Philbrook has a gorgeous setting in an Italian-style villa complete with landscaped gardens and is stacked with precious art and antiques from around the world.
Listen to the Music
Tulsa has some top venues where you can hear live music, from vintage dime-a-dance joints to colossal arenas like the BOK Center. Grab a ticket to the historic Brady Theater or iconic Cain's Ballroom, with their deep musical roots, to hear international and local artists of every persuasion. Or check in at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for classical and opera.
If you want it, you can get it in Tulsa. Outdoor Utica Square has upscale boutiques and a branch of Saks Fifth Avenue; the Woodland Hills Mall has over 165 big-name stores including Sears and Macy's; or if you want Native American souvenirs, head to Lyon's Indian Store for jewellery and crafts, and the Art Market for paintings, sculpture and pottery.
Out and About
There's plenty of day trips you can do from Tulsa. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest tract of native tallgrass prairie left in America and you can hike the trails amongst grazing bison to see Oklahoma as it used to be. Or head to the Cherokee Heritage Centre at Tahlequah to experience Native American life in the days before the Europeans arrived.
The Woody Guthrie Centre celebrates the life, work and legacy of an iconic figure of American folk music and the man who inspired Bob Dylan. Interactive displays and historical information tell the story of a true American original born in Oklahoma.