Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Tulsa
A 10-minute drive from downtown Tulsa, the newly remodeled Ramada Tulsa boasts free WiFi, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center stocked with cardio and weight machines. Kick off mornings with a complimentary breakfast spread that may include omelets, biscuits and gravy, and scrambled eggs.
- Award winner: Ramada Tulsa received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014.
- In-room amenities: Spacious guest rooms include flat-screen HDTVs, microwaves, and a refrigerator.
- Plan a college visit: The University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma-Tulsa are both within 5 miles of the hotel.
- Things to do: Browse the art in the Italian-style villa at the Philbrook Museum of Art or catch a show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, including Chicago: the Musical during eight dates in February.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Renowned Art-Deco Architecture and World-Class Art Museums
As oil poured out of Tulsa in the early 20th century, wealth poured in— and the city’s skyline still reflects that prosperity. Downtown Tulsa is peppered with buildings that emulate the French art-deco style of architecture that swept the nation in the 1920s. One notable structure is the 72-room mansion of petroleum producer Waite Phillips, which he donated to the city in 1938. It’s now the Philbrook Museum of Art, home to an eclectic collection of works by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Giovanni Bellini.
Tulsa has a prime location along the banks of the Arkansas River. Its River Parks system offers 26 miles of paved riverfront trails that wind past playgrounds, sculptures, and fountains. North of the river are the Brady Arts District and Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa’s legendary dance-hall-turned-music-venue. Cain’s rose to fame as the favored spot of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, who pioneered the musical genre of western swing in the late 1930s.
A touch of the cowboy era lingers at the Gilcrease Museum, a University of Tulsa institution that displays paintings by Frederic Remington depicting the Wild West. Tucked into the Osage Hills on the outskirts of town, the museum also helps preserve Native American art and artifacts.