Photograph by Karen Wiley, My Shot
GPS: 36°07'N, 95°55'W
Tulsa has two major art museums, pro ballet and opera companies, and a revitalized downtown full of art deco buildings, but it's far from arts-centric: There's serious hiking in two hours southeast in the Ouachita Mountains and hard-core singletrack in Osage Hills State Park.
Join up with New Heights Rock Gym in town, and take a weekend Basic Guiding course to nearby Sams Throne, a three-mile (five-kilometer) long sandstone cliff with more than 500 routes ($150; newheightsgym.com).
Knotty Pine is a hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint that sells its sauce in gallon jugs; locals grew up loving it (knottypinetulsa.com).
The quiet, boutique-style Hotel Savoy offers full-size kitchens and French antiques in every room (suites from $119; tulsasavoy.com).