The skyline of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma © Caleb Long
While Oklahoma City is known for its award-winning
events and amazing attractions, Tulsa is often considered a
cultural oasis. The second largest city in Oklahoma, it has an air
of sophistication and flair for the arts.
With the discovery of oil in the early 1900s, Tulsa
transformed from a frontier town to a wealthy and thriving city.
Elegant mansions and spectacular business headquarters built up,
leaving a collection of Art Deco structures rivalled only by New
York and Miami.
Tulsa is also one of the smallest cities in the
country to support fulltime ballet and opera companies. The
critically acclaimed Tulsa Ballet and the Tulsa Opera rank among
the top ten regional opera companies in America.
The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is home to a number
of performing arts organisations in addition to a touring Broadway
series. The city's rich cultural life extends to the visual arts as
well. The Philbrook Museum of Art offers a historic mansion and
gardens, once the Italianate villa and estate of an oil baron.
Additionally, the Gilcrease Museum houses the largest
collection of Western American art in the world. It's easy to
imagine Tulsa's creative atmosphere being inspired by the natural
beauty surrounding the city. Tulsa is nestled in northeast Oklahoma
among rolling hills and forests, with the Arkansas River running
through its centre.
Its 800-acre river parks system features picnic
areas, playgrounds, and sports fields, as well as extensive trails
for walkers, runners, and cyclers. The city is also something of a
golf haven, with 19 public courses as well as multiple
award-winning private courses.