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Introduction

Tulsa is the second largest city in the US state of Oklahoma. The city itself has about 400,000 inhabitants, while the metropolitan area has almost 1 million people living in it.

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Weather

Tulsa is situated near the heart of Tornado Alley and has a temperate subtropical climate with a annual average temperature of 16.0 °C and an average precipitation of 1,080 mm. As is typical of temperate zones, weather patterns vary by season with occasional extremes in temperature and rainfall. The highest temperature recorded in Tulsa was 46 °C on August 10, 1936. Primarily in the spring and early summer months, the city is subjected to severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and, occasionally, tornadoes, providing the area with a disproportionate share of its annual rainfall.
Temperatures over 38 °C are observed on average 11 days per annum, sometimes exceeding 41 °C from July to early September, usually accompanied by high humidity brought in by southerly winds. The autumn season is usually short, consisting of pleasant, sunny days followed by cool nights. Winter temperatures, while generally mild, occasionally experience extremes below -18 °C while annual snowfall averages about 23 centimetres.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max7.4 °C10.6 °C16.7 °C22.8 °C26.5 °C30.9 °C34.3 °C33.6 °C28.7 °C23.2 °C15.7 °C9.3 °C
Avg Min-3.9 °C-1.4 °C3.9 °C9.9 °C14.9 °C19.8 °C22.7 °C21.4 °C17.2 °C10.4 °C4.2 °C-1.7 °C
Rainfall39.1 mm50 mm87.9 mm94.5 mm142.2 mm112.8 mm78.5 mm79.2 mm119.4 mm93 mm79.5 mm54.9 mm
Rain Days4.45.46.97.68.674.75.66.55.45.35

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Getting There

By Plane

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) offers flights to/from Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis, Newark, Washington, D.C..

By Bus

Check Greyhound buses for options.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Motel 6 Tulsa5828 West Skelly Drive Tulsa, OK 74107Hotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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