Even though the mighty Route 66 cuts through Oklahoma, there seem to be very few reasons to explore the Sooner State. Known primarily as a major producer of natural gas, oil and agricultural products, Oklahoma has a “plain and uninteresting” image that plagues many of the US states in the Great Plains. But delve a little further into cities such as Tulsa, and you can find nuggets of interesting attractions and plenty of recreational activities to keep yourself occupied. Tulsa and the surrounding suburbs such as Sand Springs offer great Airbnb vacation rentals to base yourself in, so check out our top picks.
1. No frills guestroom across Arkansas River (from USD 30)
Across the Arkansas River, on the other side of downtown Tulsa, are quiet suburban neighborhoods which nonetheless still offer some decent Airbnb choices. This guestroom is well-served by three highways that encircle the neighborhood, and can accommodate up to four guests. The set-up is no-frills, but everything that is needed for a comfortable stay seems to be available here. And while you are here, you can explore the nearby Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness, a huge park where you can go hiking, trail-running or mountain-biking. Downtown Tulsa is just about a 10-minute drive from here.
10 Min From Downtown Private Rooms Pets Allowed
2. Studio house close to three green parks (from USD 103)
The stereotypical description of Oklahoma is that of a flat dust bowl, but Tulsa dispels that notion with abundant and beautiful rolling green terrain. The reason is that it is situated at the convergence of the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau, giving it plenty of rain yearly. This petite studio house for two guests is close to three green areas, the Veterans Park, the Maple Park and the Woodward Park, so you can enjoy strolling through the lush lawns and shady trees during your stay in the “dust bowl”.
Tiny home in Tulsa · ★4.79 · 1 bed · 1 bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Amenities & Room:the couch was very comfortablewifi is easy to connect tonice to have a small kitchen and the shower was greattv is easy to usethe bathroom was great and the space overall was fine for what i needed: a one-night stay
Cleanliness:very clean cozy private loft apartmentclean and cozy little place to stay at while in tulsathe house was so tidy and clean communication was quickvery clean and great place for a couple or small familythis place was nice and clean with a cozy fireplace
Host:hosts attended to needs & friendlythey were quick to respond and very helpful at finding the homekerry is a wonderful host with a very cozy welcoming spaceawesome stay and great hostshe was really kind and drew a map of cool local places for usRead more reviews
Location:great place close to everythinggreat little place close to everythingbut loved the locationgreat location neighborhood and easy access to downtownwonderful stay in a wonderful location
3. Peacock-themed suite by the Swan Lake (from USD 114)
There is actually a Swan Lake in Tulsa, and it is home to plenty of —you guessed it— swans. This elegant private suite is just by the lake, and it is part of a converted Colonial-era farmhouse that is nearly 100 years old. The suite is tastefully decorated with classical-era furniture, although the host does not provide a TV nor a kitchen area. Nevertheless it is a decent option amid a peaceful estate. Curiously, the suite has a bird theme; it is not a swan, but a peacock.
Home in Tulsa · ★4.88 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:all of our needs were meet with extras of fresh flowers robes coffee maker in rooma box fan was available for those like myself who need some static noise while sleepingshe even made sure we had fan and space heater in room to adjust temperatureshe put fresh flowers in our room on our anniversary and baked us a little treatthe room had an extremely comfortable king size bed couch console table nightstands dresser and settee
Cleanliness:the linens smelled and appeared very cleanclean and beautifully decorated roomthe peacock room was clean and comfortablehowever it was clean and the room was beautifulthe place is clean stylish and super comfy
Host:wendy was an amazing hostwendy was an absolutely wonderful hostwendy is a great hostwendy is an amazing hostwendy is a fantastic hostRead more reviews
Location:cute spot in a great locationgreat location and very responsivegreat location for tulsa very close to utica square and downtownlove the location and the suitelocation is awesome you can walk or bike to so many awesome places
4. Spacious accommodation near the riverside (from USD 142)
If the above-mentioned treehouse studio is too small for your traveling group, you can consider renting the house below. With three bedrooms and three beds, it is spacious enough to easily accommodate up to five guests. There is also a well-stocked kitchen and a large-screen Smart TV with Netflix, WiFi and local cable programs installed. The host has also kindly included a soft-sided cooler for guest who want to have a picnic by the riverside, which is just a block and a half away.
Home in Tulsa · ★4.94 · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:comfortable beds and all the basic amenities you needi'm definitely a fanlike having toys and books for the kids spices coffee and etc in the kitchenriver’s edge is an amazingly cozy stylish comfortable place to staynicely decorated place with open living and dining rooms give it a spacious feel
Cleanliness:very clean comfortable and cozythe house was clean spacious and very comfortableneat and clean i would recommend to friendsvery cool clean quite placethe linen is neat and clean and so is the house itself
Host:host was excellentkelly is a great hostkelly is a great hostthe host was very responsivethis home was top notch kelly was a wonderful hostRead more reviews
Location:amazing location close to downtownsuper cute space close to downtowngreat house in a perfect locationgreat value in an ideal locationkelly’s place is nice location is great with lots close by
5. Classy cottage near downtown (from USD 95)
Downtown Tulsa is a lively home to a good variety of museums and performance venues, so you can keep yourself occupied besides the usual eateries and shopping malls. A must-see attraction of the city is the Gilcrease Museum, about five minutes away from downtown, which features one of the world’s largest collections of Western and native American art and artefacts. This classy guesthouse is right on the outskirts of downtown, and is refurbished from a 1913 servants’ quarters. With a comfortable queen-size bed, well-stocked kitchenette and enclosed garden, it is a great option to stay if you plan on spending lots of time downtown.
Guesthouse in Tulsa · ★4.88 · 2 bedrooms · 1 bed · 1 bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:the bed chairs and couch are all super comfortablea provided box fan helped thoughthe bed was like sleeping on a cloudour space was nicely furnished with a comfy bedthe cottage is comfortable including the bed i'll be staying here again
Cleanliness:clean & nice touchesgreat bed and super cleanclean pleasant place to stay while touring tulsawe checked in and were amazed at the cleanliness and stylish decorthe bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was spotless
Host:the hosts are very nicehannah is a great hostpet and people friendlyyou can feel confident these hosts care about and will take care of their guestshosts were friendly met them while they were enjoying a warm spring sunset on the front porchRead more reviews
Location:great location near river and walking distance to several restaurantsawesome location near riverside walking pathlocation was perfect close to so many attractionsgreat place in a great locationa very cute place to relax
6. Cozy cottage near historic park (from USD 139)
Oklahoma has a rich native American past, being the end point of the Trail of Tears in which 16,000 Cherokee Indian people were relocated to in the 19th century. Some of those native American history lingers on in Tulsa, in places such as the Creek Council Oak Park where the first town hall meeting in Tulsa was held under an oak tree. This cozy and private cottage studio for two guests is just two blocks away from the park, and is also close to other parks such as the Veterans Park and the River Parks. There is also a patio with water features and seats in the cottages, if you prefer to laze about in the premises.
Home in Tulsa · ★4.95 · Studio · 1 bed · 1 bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Amenities & Room:lori and demetrius’ cozy cottage is the perfect place to stay in t townthe cottage was welcoming with a comfortable bedthe cottage has a well equipped kitchen and a very comfortable bedthe cottage is charming & comfortable many nice personal touchesthe tv room is our favorite
Cleanliness:it was very clean and brightthe place was very clean and cozybeautiful cottage with clean and stylish decorit’s very clean and comfortablestylish cozy and clean place
Host:informative and welcoming hostsvery gracious hosts that accommodated a special requestthey were very responsive if we had questions or needed somethingvery thoughtful host and easy to communicate withour hosts were extremely warm and kind which made us very comfortableRead more reviews
Location:cute little place located very conveniently near tons of places we went tothe location was convenient and beautifulconvenient location very private nicely equippedawesome location very relaxing and accommodatingcute cottage and close to many local restaurants
7. Treehouse with private patio, close to downtown Tulsa (from USD 155)
Fancy staying in a treehouse? This delightful loft is on the third floor of a bed and breakfast house, and has an enclosed porch and a private back patio hidden in the trees for you to enjoy some solitude while sipping on coffee or wine. The studio room also has a desk and a pint-sized kitchen, plus TV and WiFi on the premises. Despite its secluded and private setting, the treehouse studio is close to downtown Tulsa, which is just an Uber ride away, as well as the River Parks along the Arkansas River, where there are cafes, bike rentals and skate parks for your recreational purposes.
Loft in Tulsa · ★4.95 · Studio · 1 bed · 1 bathTulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:ceiling fans move the air around effectively and the wall-unit ac keeps everything coollucky to have found this apartmentsuper comfortable spot with tons of amenities and super cute decorit’s decorated great has lots of open space and a full kitchen with everything you need to cookthe space was cozy and perfect for their stay
Cleanliness:very clean and quitevery clean and cozyvery clean and loved how furnishedthe place was clean quaint and quietthe place was very clean and in great condition
Host:kelly was so wonderful and kindkelly was an amazing host and super responsivekelly was an extremely responsive and helpful hosthost was very easy to work withthe hosts were very pleasant & quick to respond about the issueRead more reviews
Location:great place in neat locationgreat location and so cute and cozyvery neat and cute placegreat location and great suggestionsits very close to riverside park and easy to get to
8. Lakeside cabin in huge ranch
Sand Springs is largely a suburb of Tulsa, but as it is on the western boundaries of the city, there are some interesting countryside accommodation available, such as this outstanding lakeside log cabin on a 350-acre (141.6-hectare) ranch. Enjoy waking up next to a crystal-clear lake, with country breakfast provided by the ranch, and then spending the day fishing and hiking on the premises. The ranch can also organize activities such as campfires, archery lessons, tomahawk throwing and animal feeding. But if you just wish to chill out, then do it in the most comfortable way possible — sleeping on a hammock kindly included in the cabin. All these rural living is available a mere 15 minutes away from downtown.
Log Cabin-Ensuite with Jet bath-Standard-Lake View-Cabin 1- Beaver LakeSand Springs, Oklahoma, United States
9. Cozy guesthouse with koi pond
Opening this summer in Tulsa is the Gathering Place, a huge riverside park that is aimed at rejuvenating the waterfront properties nearby. This cozy guesthouse is situated near the park location, and comes well-equipped with the usual comforts such as Netflix-installed TV, coffee maker and microwave oven. It does have one unique selling point: a koi pond with a mini-waterfall in its backyard, so you can relax on the patio and listen to the soothing trickle of water into the pond.
Cozy Apt: Downtown, Gathering Place, Cherry StreetTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Amenities & Room:great wifi easy parking and good amenitiesvery comfortable and all the amenitieslight in the rooms is greatthe kitchen is as pictured - small but efficient and stocked with what you needthe bed is extra comfortable loved our stay and will come back again
Cleanliness:very clean and nice insidevery adequate space and cleanstephen's place was not only exceptionally clean but had wonderful special touchesthe place was a very nice clean and comfortable place to staysimple and clean not much more i could ask for
Host:amazing host with quick responses and helpful suggestionsthey accommodated me with the utmost hospitality and were very responsivestephen was a great hostthe hosts are very responsive and friendlythe hosts were prompt to respond to any message and took great care of usRead more reviews
Location:the location is amazinggreat location was very close to everythinggreat location cozy cute spacereally cute place in a convenient areagreat location and wonderful space we wish we could have stayed longer
10. Garden apartment just off Route 66
Historic and iconic, Route 66 —which used to connect Chicago with Los Angeles— was often regarded as the ultimate road trip across America as it traverses the heartland of the country. Sections of it remain in Tulsa, where the idea of this highway was first mooted. This snug garden apartment is located close to the famous highway, making it a good pit-stop for those travelling on the Mother Road. It has all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay, and is also close to downtown Tulsa, with all its eateries, theaters and shopping malls.
Garden Apartment w Queen Bed
Lively city with historical significance
Tulsa is a historically significant city where you can find out about the native American culture that thrived around Oklahoma. Being a mid-sized city, it is lively without being overcrowded, and the neighborhoods are nicely spread out with ample space for a comfortable stay. Suburbs like Sand Springs offer serenity just minutes away from downtown, so go ahead and book a few days’ of Airbnb accommodation to explore this city by Route 66.
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