Tulsa Quick Guide
On the edge of “Green Country” in northeast Oklahoma, Tulsa straddles the gentle slope between the verdant rolling hills to the east and the dustier Tornado Alley to the west. The former oil capital and “Birthplace of Route 66” helped fuel American industry and the population’s drive westward for much of the 20th Century, and today the city’s welcoming heartland spirit still attracts many newcomers, earning Tulsa props as one of “America’s Most Livable Communities” (by Partners for Livable Communities). Tulsa is home to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and the headquarters of Quiktrip, American Fidelity, Alamo Rent-A-Car and a number of oil companies. Famous Tulsans include Garth Brooks, Blake Edwards and Alfre Woodard. For information on Tulsa city offices and deparments, call (402) 444-7000 or visit Tulsa City Hall, located at 200 Civic Center (Map).
Getting Around Tulsa
Get maps, driving directions and latest traffic info.
Find rental car agencies.
Find airport transportation services, if you’re flying in or out via Tulsa International Airport (TUL).
Get Tulsa Transit info: (918) 582-2100.
Making Tulsa Your Home
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Set up utilities: electric, water, gas, garbage collection, phone, internet, cable/satellite television.
Register to vote, or get voter information: (918) 596-5787.
Get or renew your Oklahoma driver’s license: (918) 299-2601.
Tulsa Shopping and Services
Where to Go in Tulsa
To make the most of your day, head to the funky shops and restaurants in the eclectic Brookside district, which runs along Peoria between 31st and 51st Streets (Map). The park along the Arkansas River is only a short stroll away, too. At night, get your kicks in the Blue Dome district, the emerging nightlife hub for Tulsa. Named for the famous Blue Dome gas station at 2nd and Elgin (Map), which used to be a popular pit stop in its Route 66 heyday, the surrounding area now hosts enough bars and clubs for serious carousing. First-timers should try popular spots like The Continental or Arnie’s.
Things to Do in Tulsa
In mid-May, join more than 350,000 Oklahomans attending the Tulsa International Mayfest, which is a family-friendly uberfest focusing on arts and music, with a special emphasis on artist exhibitions. More info: (918) 582-6435. Toward the end of July, enjoy the highlight of summer, Diversafest (aka DFEST). The two-day music conference and festival showcases dozens of musicians and up-and-coming bands from the Midwest and around the country. Kick back for a range of styles, from rock and country to classical and jazz. More info: (918) 640-9519. For everyday entertainment: movie theaters, ticket sellers, night clubs, restaurants, museums, golf courses