Route 66. The portion of Route 66 that passes through Tulsa is a return in time that is well worth the slow traffic during your visit. This part of Mother Road is surrounded by village buildings that escort you through one of the few locations that still embrace America's small-town lifestyle. As you drive, plan to stop at Ollie's Station Restaurant, the inspiration for the animated film Cars. You'll find movie memorabilia along the walls, railroad-inspired backdrops, and traditional Oklahoma home cooking. Stay at the nearby historic Campbell Hotel, an elegantly restored 1920s building. The 26-room boutique hotel once offered a night in 1927 for 50 cents a night. End your historic drive at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, where you can enjoy several sculptures and walk across the bridge over Route 66.
The Philbrook Art Museum is a must-see as well as the 23-hectare gardens surrounding the historic building as it is dedicated to the artwork and exhibits inside. Once the 72-room home of oil tycoon Waite Phillips, the mansion is one of Tulsa's top attractions. Observe the permanent collections of African, European, American, and Asian art and the Antique Gallery, which features the rich history of Egyptian mummification. The Philbrook Museum changes exhibits regularly throughout the year. You can go on a trip under the guidance of associate professors or explore it yourself. Philbrook Gardens outside the Italian-Renaissance architecture of the museum. Take a moment to enjoy the tranquil, meditative areas and appreciate the many outdoor sculptures along the trails.