I arrived at Tulsa during my latest trip along Route 66 and spent a little longer there than planned. Why? Because Tulsa is a real gem. A vibrant city with stunning art deco architecture, lots going on and most of all some great people. I visited several places around the city with the help of some locals I would like to thank.
My base was the excellent Campbell Hotel, a beautifully restored 1930’s building where no expense was spared on the refurbishment. I was grateful to the staff there – Jackie, Alyssah, Justin and especially Emily, who took me on a guided tour of Route 66 in and around the city.
The city and surroundings has lots of places along, or in the spirit of, Route 66. The blue whale and giant mushrooms at Catoosa, Tally’s and Hanks Hamburgers in the City, the Oasis and Brookstone Motels, the Meadow Gold exhibit, and the list goes on. The historic Cain’s Ballroom, where I was lucky enough to take in a show is a superb building. Fifteen minutes from Tulsa is the town of Sapulpa, well worth a visit, and where I was grateful for the assistance from the lovely ladies at the Chamber of Commerce, not forgetting Betty from the bank, for guidance on local points of interest.
The music venues of the city are numerous. I came across Soundpony, where the owners Josh and Mike encouraged a shot with a difference in the CBGB’s of Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame where I was shown round by Jeff and Jason.
The fact that Tulsa surprised me reflects on its low international profile. As one gentleman said to me, “We kinda like it that way” but later on he added “Don’t forget to tell the folks back home about us”. Consider it done.
I look forward to exploring the city further on a future visit.