Once known as the ‘oil capital of the world’, Tulsa is now the cultural arts center of Oklahoma. This metropolitan area is the second largest city in the state with a generous offering of museums and performing arts to enjoy. As a result of the significant building boom Tulsa experienced in the 1930s, they now boast a fantastic skyline with one of the nation’s largest collections of art deco architecture. Situated near the heart of ‘tornado alley’, this city offers a temperate but humid climate with more than 135 parks and recreational areas to explore.
With its extensive system of thoroughfares and raised highways, traveling by car is the dominant method of transportation in Tulsa. Historic ‘Route 66’ runs through the city as well, and continues to be a drivable road with many classic landmarks to observe. The city of Tulsa introduced a new trolley car system in 2012 in an effort to revive the popularity of once dominant streetcars. This new trolley program provides limited service to the city’s most popular entertainment districts and is free of charge on Fridays and Saturdays. The primary form of public transportation is through a network of bus routes, but the downtown and midtown areas are considered quite ‘walkable’ as well.