Designer Digs and Arts Museum in Frank Lloyd Wright's Only Skyscraper
At nearly 90 years old, Frank Lloyd Wright completed his only skyscraper—the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Like much of Wright's work, the high-rise is inspired by nature. Its cantilevered structure echoes the trunk and branches of a fir tree, and the copper façade's verdigris tones resemble leaves. But unlike the low-to-the-ground designs in the architect's signature Prairie style, this building, which Wright dubbed "the tree that escaped the crowded forest," reaches a towering 221 feet in height. Inn at Price Tower is perched high atop this National Historic Landmark. Its decor echoes the sleek look and natural motifs of the architecture.
Standard rooms feature sage-green walls, unfinished-wood furniture, and far-reaching views. At the onsite Copper Bar restaurant, a two-story wall of windows lets in lots of natural light. On some nights, live jazz adds to the laid-back vibe.
At the Price Tower Arts Center, rotating exhibits spotlight contemporary architects and designers. Many of Wright's archived letters, decorative pieces, and archival Etch A Sketch renderings of the tower are part of the arts center's permanent collection, along with scale models by Dennis Oppenheim and Robert Indiana's 66 sculpture, which can be seen out front. On select days, docents lead tours. For more information on museum hours and tour times, consult the website.
Bartlesville, Oklahoma: Peaceful Woodland Trails and Native American Museums
Located roughly 50 miles north of Tulsa along the Caney River, the city of Bartlesville got its start as a trading post in the late 1800s. Many museums and art galleries throughout town chronicle those early pioneer days. One of the most popular attractions is Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, where llamas, ostriches, and buffalo roam across thousands of acres. A museum onsite celebrates the city's rich Native American past and harks back to the Old West with displays of Navajo pottery, covered wagons, and cowboy saddles.
These days, stagecoaches are nowhere to be seen along the Pathfinder Parkway, but the scenic 12-mile stretch is great for hiking and bicycling. Trails wind alongside the Caney River through forests inhabited by deer, raccoons, and wild birds.