This is where it is illegal to get a tattoo but then again it is also illegal to bring an elephant into the downtown Tulsa area, so go figure that one. The birthplace of Route 66 and where the cult classic movie "The Outsiders" was actually filmed, Tulsa was once part of Indian Territory that had been settled by the Lochapoka and Creek Tribes in the 1800s. Garth Brooks the American singer-songwriter hails from Tulsa and is one of the world's best selling artists of all time. Once a hub for the American oil industry, in the early 1900s the Greenwood neighborhood flourished with African American businessmen involved in the oil boom, to the point that it was nicknamed "Black Wall Street".
Oklahoma's second largest city, it is cloaked in art deco architecture. The city has a dynamic vibe where upmarket shopping is easy to find, there are plenty of bustling urban districts, mega art galleries and fantastic restaurants and nightclubs to indulge in. Sitting on the Arkansas River at the base of the Ozark Mountains in the northeast of Oklahoma, it is considered to be the arts and cultural center of Oklahoma, despite having a mischievous ghost that lingers in the halls of the McFarlin Library at the University of Tulsa.
The Tulsa Raceway Park is known as one of the best drag raceways in the country because of its surface, so make sure you get to witness some races here. You can take in a bit of history at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, which houses the biggest collection of Judaica in the southwest of the United States. The Blue Dome Entertainment District is where you go for some fun of the eating, drinking and night clubbing variety. An old 1920s Gulf Oil station revitalized, it is the place to be seen or to do a bit of people spotting any day or night of the week. Retail therapy is taken care of at Utica Square. Known as one of the top 10 music scenes in America, catching a hot band playing is easy at one of the live music venues around town. If you are hankering for a bit of museum time then go to the Gilcrease Museum that has everything to do with the American Indian legend, frontier lore and in general fall in love with the American West as it was.
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