The Best of Tulsa in 48 Hours

Looking for a place to getaway for a weekend? Look no further than Tulsa, Oklahoma. Located on the northeast corner of the state and just at the foot of the Ozarks region, Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma and the state’s cultural capital. Tourists often overlook Tulsa for larger, more popular cities like Houston or New Orleans, but once you get to know it, you will begin to understand why Tulsa is one of the Southern region’s best bargains for a weekend retreat. Below is an itinerary to help you enjoy the best of Tulsa in 48 hours.

Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: Downtown
Tulsa Art Deco

Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: Day 1

Pizza and the Blue Dome District

It is Friday night and you just arrived in Tulsa. Start your mini-vacation by heading to Andolini’s Pizza for dinner and drinks. The family owned pizzeria is swiftly becoming a Tulsa Oklahoma institution. Established in 2005 by the Bausch brothers, it features authentic Italian style pizzas and a great selection of beers on tap. After dinner, continue on to the Blue Dome District and enjoy good live music. Whether it is folk, country, or house music, you will be able to find them playing at any of the pubs, bars, or nightclubs in Tulsa’s hippest district. Check out Enso for a quieter option or Electric Circus if you feel the need to dance the night away.

Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: First Watch Chicken Quinoa
First Watch Chicken Quinoa

Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: Day 2

Morning Hike and a Power Brunch

Start your weekend by taking a morning hike on one of the trails at the unspoiled and undeveloped wilderness of Turkey Mountain, located just seven miles southwest of downtown Tulsa. See the best of Tulsa with scenic views of the Arkansas River and of the city itself. Be mindful however, because some of the trails are not well marked so it is possible to make a wrong turn or two. Bring extra water and a map just in case.

After spending a couple of hours at Turkey Mountain, head over to First Watch on South Lewis Ave and grab some brunch. They offer a traditional breakfast menu, a few unique combinations such as the Chickichanga, and a wide variety of healthier options such as Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl.

Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: The Philbrook Museum of Art
The Philbrook Museum of Art

A Bit of Culture, Relaxation, and Entertainment

Once you are tidied up and rested, spend a good portion of your afternoon relaxing amidst the beautiful gardens at the Philbrook Museum of Art. While visiting the gardens, pop around the art museum as well and be amazed by its luxurious details and architecture. The museum was once the home of oil tycoon Waite Phillips but was established as an art museum in the late 1930s. It has a great collection of art from around the world and will often have exhibits featuring local artists. Check their website’s calendar to know the exact dates of future exhibits.

If your stomach is starting to grumble, grab some coffee or tea and light snacks at Dragon Moon Tea Company. Fluffy quiche, fresh baked scones, and delectable desserts that go with the season are just a few of the reasons why this café is full of locals. Their rotating menu keeps customers guessing, but never disappointed. They are only open until 5pm.

For nighttime entertainment, look no further than the Tulsa Spotlight Theater and their production of “The Drunkard”. Based on a 19th century play about temperance, it was adapted in 1953 by Richard Mansfield Dickinson and has been playing continuously at the Spotlight Theater since. The play is in five acts and runs a total of four hours with intermission. After the show, it seems only fitting to head over Kilkenny’s Irish Pub to grab a post theater dinner and drinks. Try one of their hearty traditional Irish grub and wash it down with a pint of Smithwick’s ale.

The Best of Tulsa Oklahoma: The Drunkard
The Drunkard

Where to Stay in Tulsa Oklahoma

If you are already packing your bags, consider booking Tulsa accommodation in the downtown area. The historic district, with several of the well-known art deco buildings, is less than a mile from most of the hotels, while other cultural attractions are within a five-mile radius. The 11th Street Arkansas Bridge and the Arkansas River are just five minutes to the west and parts of historic Route 66 are easily accessible to the east. There is also less traffic in the area on weekends.

For more information on the best of Tulsa Oklahoma, go to Visit Tulsa’s website and find the latest calendar of festivals and events.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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