Tulsa is a vibrant city in Oklahoma in the USA, and boasts world-class museums, fantastic cuisine and fun, outdoor activities. Situated alongside the Arkansas River, the city has a population of more than 400,000 residents who are some of the friendliest in America! Top attractions include Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
Cheap flights to Tulsa are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be intrigued by this bustling city. Tulsa is home to Tulsa International Airport (TUL), which is located on a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Tulsa International Airport (TUL) serves a multitude of airlines – including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 20 hours and 30 minutes.
Popular flights to Tulsa
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Why visit Tulsa
Originally the home of a great 1930s oil tycoon who gifted his home to the arts, Philbrook Museum and its backdrop-worthy grounds are perfect for exploring and hosting romantic events, such as weddings.
From little family-owned boutiques to up-market stores, explore the eclectic and historic neighbourhood surrounding Cherry Street. Also visit uniquely Tulsan stores at Woodland Hill Mall with hand-made jewelley boutiques and lamp posts.
For a fun and unique experience, join in the theatrical fun with dinner on the side. Tulsa’s also home to America’s longest standing comedy showcase, The Drunkard and the Olio featuring dancers, musicians and magicians.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
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Best time to visit Tulsa
Tulsa experiences a typical continental climate with four distinct seasons. When choosing the best time to visit, you may want to consider spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). During these two beautiful seasons the temperatures range between 17°C and 23°C. In summer time it is not uncommon for it to get really dry and hot, and there are sometimes reports of thunderstorms. Winter in Tulsa is known to get icy cold, though not completely unpleasant as there are numerous things to do indoors in the city.
Weather & Climate in Tulsa
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Though you might not assume it when passing it by on the famous Route 66, Tulsa is a great place to visit with many fun attractions designed to make you want to stay. Located at the base of the Arkansas River, the city is known for its arts, wondrous museums and quirky boutiques where you’ll find unique pieces to take home.
The city’s top attraction would most definitely be the Philbrook Museum of Art. This museum was once the home to a well-known oil tycoon in the 1930s, who then donated it to the city of Tulsa and his love of art. The grounds around the museum are often used as event venue as they’re really something to admire. Other museums in the city include Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
Shopping is also a wonderful activity in Tulsa as it’s not just about spending money. The city’s eclectic and historic neighbourhood surrounding Cherry Street has a wonderfully unique array of shops and boutiques that are worth a look.
For an evening out on the town, try shuffling your feet with ballroom dancing at Cains in the downtown region which is open to everyone, not just members. And if you’re in the mood for some laughter, definitely see America’s longest standing theatrical production, The Drunkard and the Olio.
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South Africans who wish to visit Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the USA will need a visa to do so. The process has been known to take a long time, so it’s best to start as early as possible. You will need to complete your application and submit numerous documents, as well as schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in your city.
For more information, please contact the Embassy of the United States of America, in Pretoria:
Address: 877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: 012 431 4000
Tulsa is a fairly safe city with welcoming residents and some guaranteed wonderful experiences. Some areas, as with most medium-to-large cities are less safe than others. The north of the city has higher crime rates than the south, so it might be best not to venture there by yourself or in the evenings.
There are no vaccines required for your trip to the USA, but it is always important to go for your routine check-ups and to speak to your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before any international travelling.