Hotel at a Glance: Inn at Price Tower
Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 500 completed buildings, but the horizontal-minded architect only built one skyscraper—Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Inn at Price Tower occupies an enviable spot on the 15th floor of the architect’s only high-rise building. The stylish hotel embraces the tower’s copper facade with its own copper accents, and natural wood furnishings that reflect the building’s design—what Wright called “the tree that escaped the crowded forest.”
- Room with a view: Standard rooms have panoramic views and minimalist furniture.
- Copper Bar restaurant: Nibble on Pacific salmon and filet of locally sourced bison amid floor-to-ceiling windows at this 15th-floor spot. Then stay for the evening happy hour and live jazz tunes on select nights.
- Behind-the-scenes tour: As a guest, you can take a guided tour of the building’s interior, and visit the onsite museum to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s career.
- Prestigious honor: The tower was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, and is expected to receive the designation in 2016.
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.