Flights to Tulsa
Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma and is located in the northeast of this US state. It’s been known as the Oil Capital of the World because of the booming oil industry here during most of the 20th century, and is now well known for its substantial amount of art deco architecture.
The Tulsa International Airport (airport code: TUL) is the main airport for international flights to Tulsa within the city, whilst the smaller Richard Jones Jr. Airport (RVS) is for local air traffic only. Flights to Tulsa are available on a few major airlines from South Africa, usually with 2 stops. Delta does have a 1-stop flight to Tulsa, with a connection in Atlanta. Alternatively, flights with either British Airways or British Midland will go through London and then Chicago.
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The Tourist Attractions in Tulsa:
Tulsa is a friendly city that actually has a good selection of attractions for tourists to visit. From beautiful buildings to interesting museums, this city makes a great alternative to the largest city in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
When the oil industry took off in Tulsa, so too did the construction boom. The big oil companies built ever more impressive buildings especially in the 1920’s, leading to an abundance of wonderful art deco architecture throughout the city. The best way to get to see these is on foot – take an art deco walking tour of downtown Tulsa and look out for such buildings as The Philtower, the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, and the Mid-Continent Tower.
Museums in Tulsa
Like many cities of its size Tulsa has a variety of museums, and visitors will find there’s something here to suit most tastes! If you like art and artefacts the Gilcrease Museum comes recommended. This museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of Native American and Western arts and artefacts. You’ll also find Native American art as well as art from around the world at the Philbrook Museum of Art, or for art with a Jewish focus visit the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.
Away from the art theme some of Tulsa’s other museums include the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, the Oriental Museum, and the Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.
Tulsa’s Outdoor Attractions
Tulsa Zoo is a popular place for a day visit, suitable for both children and adults. There are species from around the world including penguins, elephants, zebras, and giraffes, and speaking of penguins, look out for the numerous 6 foot tall penguin sculptures around the city. This local art project is intended to raise money for a new penguin habitat at the zoo.
If you’re visiting the zoo you could also take time to visit the Oxley Nature Centre, located just behind the zoo. There are trails for walks, opportunities for bird watching, and more here.
When Should You Visit?:
Tulsa is situated in the heart of Tornado Alley so visitors to the city should be prepared for extremes of weather here. During the spring and early summer temperatures are pleasant but there are frequent severe thunderstorms. Summer is hot and humid and can be uncomfortable, leaving autumn and winter as the best possibilities! October has very nice temperatures for example, but winters can get a little chilly from December through February.