Best Places to Live

Tulsa, OK

Population: 398,082
Photo: Oklahoma Aquarium

After walking the trails at the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center and gazing at the blooming azaleas at Woodward Park, visitors quickly learn why people call Tulsa, OK the state's Green Country.

Meanwhile, Tulsa's vibrant music scene includes several venues that attract well-known artists along with many restaurants with live music on weekends. Museums such as the Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art exhibit collections of world-renowned art, and the Oklahoma Aquarium's colorful fish, in nearby Jenks, and animals in the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum captivate kids. Downtown's Trolley makes moving the family around the city easy – almost as easy as getting the kids to eat well after a long day of play thanks to hundreds of restaurants throughout the city. And for unusual post-vacation bragging rights instead of a sunburn: After a spring break trip to Tulsa, kids can tell their classmates they've just returned from the "Center of the Universe," a mysterious spot marked with a circle on the Brady Arts District pedestrian overpass.

Spring Temperature Range:

High: 72, Low: 40

Must-Do Activities and Attractions:

Explore the Blue Dome Entertainment District

Visit the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

Walk the River Trails

Bike the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area

Soar at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium

Recharge in one of the city's indie coffee houses