Sometimes we forget that great road trips are right here in Oklahoma. Hitting the Turner Turnpike to Tulsa can be a good drive, particularly when the trees are so colorful in the Fall. Another option, of course, would be to meander to Tulsa via Route 66, if you prefer the scenic route.For a short overnight get-away, the Hard Rock offers good food, lovely accommodations, and of course, entertainment. After following the signs to the hotel lobby at the west side of the hotel (not the lovely big portico on the east side that you see as you approach from the highway), you can check in and get settled in one of the large and comfortable rooms, with all the standard amenities.
A good place to start the evening is the Center Bar. Its placement allows you to look out over a large gaming area, a great place for people-watching. The noise of slot machines clanking and bells ringing for winners is constant.
The Hard Rock has a number of choices for dining. The Perfect Cup offers coffee and pastries, a nice quick breakfast stop, and the Wild Potato Buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the top of the Tower is McGill’s, a steak house with a view. Recently added is La Cucina, where Italian cuisine is served for lunch and dinner. Of course, the best-known restaurant at the Hard Rock is Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. It shares the same great menu that Toby Keith’s in Bricktown has.The Joint is the Hard Rock’s concert venue where 2700 people can enjoy big-name entertainers, like Kenny Rogers, Gretchen Wilson, and the Irish Tenors. The Hard Rock website lists upcoming concerts and tickets can be purchased online: http://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/thejoint/Pages/default.aspx.
Of course, the Hard Rock is a casino, so several thousand electronic slot machines and blackjack and poker tables keep the excitement going for a fun evening.
A final stop before calling it a night might be at one of several other spots – the C:Note, Friction, or Cabin Creek, all of which offer music and drinks. Or maybe a final call to the Center Bar is the perfect ending for you.
The Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa is owned and managed by the Cherokee Nation, so enjoy an overnight get-away with beautiful Native American art and the Hard Rock’s signature displays of movie and entertainers’ memorabilia.
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