Tulsa, OK

Unless you are a businessperson, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is what most likely brought you to NWA. While you are visiting the area, save a day to make the one-and-a-half-hour drive to Tulsa and visit the Gilcrease Museum and many other area attractions.

Tulsa is also home to the new BOK Center, designed by Cesar Pelli. It is a state-of-the-art venue for national sporting events and major concerts.

Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second largest city, and it is well known for its bustling shopping and entertainment districts. For example, the Blue Dome Entertainment District offers nine blocks of unique shopping opportunities, eateries to tempt even the most discriminating taste buds, indie boutiques, local pubs and trendy nightspots. It is fast becoming the place to be in Tulsa.

Visitors to Tulsa should always catch a live show, because Tulsa is known as one of the top 10 music entertainment cities in the U.S. The biggest names in music come to Cain’s Ballroom with their energetic sounds; Tulsa’s Brady Theater attracts acts like the Deftones and Tenacious D.; the Tulsa Performing Arts hosts the Tulsa Ballet and international talent.

While in Tulsa visit the Gilcrease Museum, which celebrates the American West, American Indian legend, and the U.S. frontier lore. Wander through the vast galleries filled to the brim with more than 10,000 works of art, including an unparalleled anthropology collection. Before you leave, take the time to stroll through the eleven different themed gardens.

If you long for a full-fledged shopping spree, there is no destination more capable of satisfying your retail urge than Utica Square. Fashion and home decoration enthusiasts alike enjoy the higher-end boutiques, department stores and unique specialty shops.

If the exhilaration of trying your hand at blackjack, winning at the slots or showing a royal flush at the poker table is more in line with your idea of fun, then the excitement of gambling is alive and well in Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Take your entire family to visit the highly rated Tulsa Zoo. Let the kids see African lions, South American jaguars and Malayan tigers as you stroll through more than 80 acres of wild exhibits. Ride the popular Safari Train and visit the memorable walk-through caves, interactive petting areas, recreated Masai village, pre-Colombian ruins and much, much more.

Tulsa will keep you entertained from daylight until the wee hours of the morning. Take a day trip to Tulsa and you will definitely be back for more!