Hotel at a Glance: Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
The award-winning Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center gives you a great place to recharge after exploring some of Tulsa’s attractions. The hotel is located just off the highway, a short drive from Gilcrease Museum and Tulsa’s colorful Brady Arts District. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll also be within easy reach of the Tulsa Zoo. Back at the hotel, kids can burn off energy on an outdoor playground, and kids-at-heart can take a dip in an indoor pool.
- Recent awards: AAA 4-Diamond rating and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Southwest-inspired eats: Visit the onsite Cyprus Grille to indulge in such inventive eats as chicken-fried lobster and barbecue chips slathered in chipotle cheese.
- Where you’ll stay: Lie back on comfy down pillows, and watch movies on the cable-satellite TV in your well-appointed guest room.
- Nearby shopping: Woodland HIlls Mall, which is one of the biggest malls in Oklahoma.
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. Love to travel? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for travel tips, inspiration, and photos from around the world.