Get Away from the 'Lou: Tulsa, OK

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

As much as we love good ol’ STL, it’s nice to pack up a few things and get away for the weekend. Whether you’re wanting to drive to another city for a different kind of nightlife or escape to the countryside for stargazing and quiet, there are many places to travel for a great weekend outside the ‘Lou. This month we bring you Tulsa, OK.

Where To Stay

The Campbell Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Campbell Hotel

The Campbell Hotel
Ranked as one of the top hotels in Tulsa by TripAdvisor, The Campbell Hotel is a go-to when staying in Oklahoma. The historic building holds decor dating back to the 17th century and is centrally located with plenty of bars, restaurants and local hot spots to hit up in the vicinity.

Ambassador Hotel 
If you’re looking for a lavish weekend away, the Ambassador Hotel should be the first hotel on your list. Because of the hotel’s small size, the staff go above and beyond for guests. The hotel, right in the heart of downtown Tulsa, provides excellent food (try its restaurant, The Chalkboard) and beds that you’ll want to drag home with you.

Where To Eat 

White Lion
This authentic and very charming British pub lives in South Tulsa. If you’re a fan of fish and chips, cornish pasties and all things British food, this is one stop you can’t miss. As you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by a life-size cut out of the queen and the warmth of a traditional English countryside pub. Try a black and tan pint and the cottage pie. You really can’t go wrong.

thai food

Photo courtesy of The Tropical

The Tropical 
With an amazing selection of food for both vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers, The Tropical is a must when traveling to Tulsa. Ranked as one of the top restaurants by Yelp, the Asian restaurant provides guests with quality lettuce wraps, pad thai, Kha soup and curry puffs that’ll make your dreams come true. A trip to Tulsa should be planned just around The Tropical.

The Tavern
Breakfast, lunch, dinner–any time you enter into The Tavern is a good time. This neighborhood pub has a  delicious burger, mac and cheese, a brussel sprout salad, and our favorite thing, bacon popcorn. Yes, that’s really a thing. With locally sourced ingredients, The Tavern is a place to grab a beer and meet locals.

What To Do


Photo by Wade Harris

Center of the Universe
Did you know you can visit the Center of the Universe in Tulsa? Yes, you read that right. Mind you, it’s only a concrete circle on the ground, but the attraction is really fascinating. When you stand in the center of the circle and speak, your voice will be echoed back several times louder than it came out. It’s so strange and so cool and definitely a must on your trip to Tulsa.

Philbrook Museum
At the moment, the Philbrook Museum has an Andy Warhol exhibit showcasing some of his most iconic pieces, along with Chuck Close and Keith Haring. The hidden gem of a museum has a wonderful mixture from Old Masters to Modern art that would be a shame to miss out on.

Want to take more weekend trips? Check out St. James, MO or Louisville, KY.

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