Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Tulsa Ms

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Tulsa adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph by Karen Wiley, My Shot

Pop. 385,635
GPS: 3607'N, 9555'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.

Your Turn: Tell us about your favorite Tulsa adventures, restaurants, and hotels in the comments section below.

Join up with New Heights Rock Gym in town, and take a weekend Basic Guiding course to nearby Sams Throne, a three-mile-long sandstone cliff with more than 500 routes ($150;

Knotty Pine is a hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint that sells its sauce in gallon jugs; locals grew up loving it (

The quiet, boutique-style Hotel Savoy offers full-size kitchens and French antiques in every room (suites from $119;

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