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Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of America’s best kept secrets. Located at the base of the Arkansas river and surrounded by the Osage Hills and Ozark Mountains in Northern Arkansas, it’s home to some of the nation’s most distinct topography, endless outdoor adventures, and plenty of opportunities to travel in a socially distanced and safe way. With the city’s “Tulsa Safely” initiative, it’s also one of the safest places to travel to in 2020 and 2021.
Population: 400,000+ (City), 650,000+ (County)
Location: Northern Oklahoma
Climate: Temperate with four distinct seasons
Who Should Visit: People who love the outdoors, a great food scene, and a rich creative culture
How to Get There: Fly into Tulsa International Airport or take a short drive from Dallas, Memphis, Kansas City, or Wichita
The city of Tulsa has implemented the Tulsa Safely Pandemic Partnership. The city has worked tirelessly to create the safest possible environment for travelers visiting Tulsa. While you’re in Tulsa, you can travel safely knowing that:
- Masks are required
- Accommodations are adhering to strict cleaning protocols and have social distancing signage.
- Restaurants have plenty of outdoor seating, contactless menus, and adhere to social distancing.
- There is plenty of outdoor space so that you can enjoy the city in a safe way.
Outdoor Adventures in Tulsa Oklahoma
There are a plethora of outdoor adventures in Tulsa. From kayaking to Ironman races, hiking to cycling, there are endless opportunities to get outside into nature in a socially distanced and safe way. With 10 ecoregions and a variety of diverse topographies, Tulsa is a haven for nature enthusiasts.
- Yoga: Yogi’s will absolutely love the yoga scene at Press Café x Yoga. Home to hot coffee and hot yoga, Claire Spears of Press Café x Yoga leads incredible outdoor classes at the Canopy and on the lawn at the prestigious Philbrook museum.
- Green Spaces: A visit to Tulsa wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the multitude of green spaces scattered around the active city of Tulsa. From the Philbrook Museum of Art to LaFortune park to the River Parks Trail, there are endless opportunities to be active in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsans love to get outside and enjoy the picturesque array of landscapes and green spaces in and around the city.
The creative city of Tulsa has adapted its plethora of active offerings to safe, outdoor classes at the Philbrook museum.
The famous Tulsa Tough Cycling Race
- Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness: With over 300 acres of park just miles from the bustling downtown of Tulsa, Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area offers various opportunities to hike, bike, and run through this mountainous area.
- IRONMAN Tulsa 2021: In May 2021, Tulsa will host the prestigious IRONMAN competition. Some of the world’s best athletes will cycle, run, and swim their way through beautiful Tulsa.
- Cycling & Tulsa Tough 2021: A favorite of cyclists nationwide, Tulsa Tough returns to Tulsa in June of 2021. This cycling race takes you through Cry Baby Hill, an infamous hill that is a part of the grueling race to find Tulsa’s toughest racers. Even if you don’t want to compete in the race, you can still try your hand at the challenging course.
- Kayaking: Tulsa is nestled along the Arkansas River, which makes it the perfect place to get out into the great outdoors and go kayaking and canoeing.
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