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Welcome to Tulsa


While Oklahoma City is known for its award-winning events and amazing attractions, Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma, is often considered a cultural oasis, with an air of sophistication and a flair for the arts. In the early 1900s, when oil was discovered, Tulsa was transformed from a frontier town to a thriving city, with wealthy oilmen eager to invest in their new home. They built elegant mansions and spectacular business headquarters, leaving behind a collection of Art Deco structures rivalled only by New York and Miami.

Tulsa is also one of the smallest cities in the country to support full-time ballet and opera companies, the critically acclaimed Tulsa Ballet and the Tulsa Opera, ranked among the top ten regional opera companies in America. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is home to 13 resident performing arts organizations in addition to a touring Broadway series. The city's rich cultural life extends to the visual arts as well. The Philbrook Museum of Art is one of only five in the country to offer a historic mansion and gardens, once the Italianate villa and estate of an oil baron, and the Gilcrease Museum houses the largest collection of Western American art in the world.

It is easy to imagine that Tulsa's creative atmosphere is inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the city. Tulsa is nestled in northeastern Oklahoma among rolling hills and forests, with the Arkansas River running through its centre. Its 800-acre river parks system features picnic areas, playgrounds and sports fields as well as extensive trails for walkers, runners and cyclers. The city is also something of a golf haven, with 19 public courses as well as multiple award-winning private courses. Tulsa's renowned Southern Hills Country Club has hosted the US Open three times, and the PGA Championship an unprecedented four times.

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Tulsa is situated in the heart of Tornado Alley and is characterised by a temperate yet sometimes subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. In the spring and early summer, thunderstorms with hail, strong winds and, occasionally, tornadoes are common and plenty of rainfall is to be expected. During the summer months, temperatures can soar as high as 104F (40C) and high humidity levels can make the heat unbearable while winter temperatures are generally mild with an annual snowfall average of around 9 inches (23cm).

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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