The oil boom that fueled Tulsa’s early growth has faded. But the self-styled Oil Capital of the World is still one of the fifty largest cities in the United States. That size makes it a good jumping off point to explore the Ozarks. Tulsa is also known as the cultural capital of Oklahoma--check out some of the attractions listed below. All told, Tulsa is a great place to book an RV..
Experience the Sites and Scenery
No trip to the Tulsa area is complete without a peek at the Blue Whale of Catoosa which is in, you guessed it, nearby Catoosa. It’s a combination waterpark and Route 66 oddity. Slide off his fins or through his head and into the cool swimming pond below. Or, get your picture taken in his toothy mouth. Wait, we didn’t know that whales had teeth...
Turkey Mountain Park is right on the bank of the Arkansas River. It’s home to a number of trail running clubs. Park your Tulsa rental RV nearby and run a mile or a hundred miles with a group whose motto is ‘no runner gets left behind’. The pet-friendly trails are also ideal for mountain bikers and horseback riders. The trails are raw but the facilities are very nice, so Turkey Mountain Park is a great place for a day of adventure and relaxation.
The 800-acre Oxley Nature Center is not far away. It’s a combination learning area and wildlife preserve. The Interpretive Building has a number of hands-on exhibits, as well as classroom space and other facilities. The North Woods has many trees that are over a century old, and The Swamp was originally a fish hatchery before nature reclaimed it. When you take your Tulsa RV rental to this area, don’t miss the Nora Warren Memorial Bridge, Observation Tower, and Blackbird Marsh.
The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is on the other side of town. A one-mile trail allows visitors to explore several different wildlife habitats, such as a floodplain, limestone cliffs, and dense forest. To keep things as natural as possible, the trail is almost entirely unimproved, so watch out for steep, rocky, and slick parts.
Tulsa’s many museums have the same kinds of exhibits you’ll find at much larger facilities. The main difference is that Tulsa’s museums are not crazy crowded and you don’t have to rent a scooter to see the whole thing. But, you do need to rent an RV in Tulsa to properly experience these places. The Gilcrease Museum is a good place to start. It houses thousands of Native American artifacts. Many are from the Creek Indians who came to the area in the early 1800s. Its 10,000 books, maps, and other documents are available to both sightseers and researchers. The Philbrook Museum of Art is in a sumptuous mansion off Peoria Avenue. It was recently expanded and now includes art and collectibles from Africa, Europe, America, and other parts of the world. The Brady Arts District is in downtown Tulsa. During the day, it’s an eclectic mixture of art houses and shops. At night, the area throbs with live music and other entertainment and dining options. Much like the aforementioned blue whale, the Woodie Guthrie Center is uniquely Oklahoman. The Center includes many of Guthrie’s instruments, as well as his original writings and artwork. An infotaining film sheds light on the life of the legendary folk singer. It also identifies a few of the many musicians that he’s influenced over the years.
Your Tulsa RV rental helps you explore all these places, and more like them. During such an excursion, you can connect with these people and places in ways that a hotel room simply does not allow. In many ways, Oklahoma was the last outpost of the West. It did not become a state until 1907. That spirit is still alive in the state, but you need a Tulsa motorhome rental to truly feel it.
Where to Park It
The Tulsa RV Ranch is in Beggs. It’s a roomy park that has a great atmosphere. It has over one hundred full hookup sites, as well as a dozen two-bedroom villas. Other amenities include a large general store, spacious bathroom and shower facilities, a well-equipped fitness area, clubhouse, meeting room, and laundry area. Down the road in Sand Springs, you’ll find the Riverview RV Park. Keep your Tulsa rental RV here and take advantage of amenities like a huge cookout gazebo, walking trails, a spacious bathroom facility, and large kids’ play areas.
Back in the oil boom days, gourmet food in Tulsa was a hot dog with brown mustard. That was then, and this is now. Oklahoma is a crossroads of culture, so food from everywhere is available to savor. Prepare it in your own Tulsa RV rental, use a community grill at a park, or sample one of the local restaurants.
The events and sites listed here are just a few of the many places to explore when you book an RV and experience everything Tulsa has to offer.
Tulsa, OK is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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