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    While Oklahoma City is known for its award-winning events and amazing attractions, Tulsa is often considered a cultural oasis. The second largest city in Oklahoma, it has an air of sophistication and flair for the arts.

    With the discovery of oil in the early 1900s, Tulsa transformed from a frontier town to a wealthy and thriving city. Elegant mansions and spectacular business headquarters built up, leaving 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 fulltime ballet and opera companies. The critically acclaimed Tulsa Ballet and the Tulsa Opera rank among the top ten regional opera companies in America.

    The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is home to a number of performing arts organisations 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 offers a historic mansion and gardens, once the Italianate villa and estate of an oil baron.

    Additionally, the Gilcrease Museum houses the largest collection of Western American art in the world. It's easy to imagine Tulsa's creative atmosphere being inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the city. Tulsa is nestled in northeast 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.

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    Situated in the heart of Tornado Alley, Tulsa is characterised by a temperate, sometimes subtropical, climate with four distinct seasons. Winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures occasionally dipping below 26°F (-3°C) and an annual snowfall average of around nine inches (23cm).

    In the spring and early summer, there are thunderstorms, hailstorms, strong winds, and occasionally tornados, with plenty of rainfall expected. During the summer months, average highs reach up to 93°F (34°C), with average highs at the beginning and end of summer around 88°F (31°C) and high humidity brought by southerly winds.

    Tulsa International Airport
    Location: The airport is located nine miles (8km) from Tulsa.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Tulsa Transit provides a bus service from the airport to downtown Tulsa. Taxis, shuttles, and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: There are several car hire companies with branches at Tulsa Airport, including Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Avis, National, Alamo, Enterprise, Payless, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: There is a taxi rank outside the baggage claim area. Taxis have a minimum charge of $10, and there is an additional fee of $2 per extra passenger and per bag. The estimated fare for one person to downtown Tulsa is about $20. A passenger will pay about $16 to reach the University of Tulsa.
    Fascilities: Located in the passenger terminal of Tulsa Airport are several ATMs, restaurants, bars, shops, a chapel, a business centre and conference rooms, shoeshine and massage services, and a military lounge.
    Parking There are short-term and long-term parking facilities at Tulsa Airport. Hourly parking is available across from the baggage claim area. Charges are $1 for the first half hour and $2 per hour thereafter, and up to a maximum of $12 per day. Garage parking is also available at $12 per day. The economy parking lot provides free shuttles to the terminal and charges $8 per day.

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    Tulsa Transit provides bus services within the Tulsa metro area. Travellers may find buses a slow and inconvenient method of getting around the city. There is a free downtown circulator service called The Loop that runs on Friday and Saturday evenings between 5pm and 1.30am.

    Tulsa has an extensive network of paved bike trails. However, the rolling landscape may prove a challenge for all but the fittest cyclists, especially in the heat of summer. The best way to get around in Tulsa is by car, as the city is designed in an easy-to-navigate grid pattern.

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