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Route 66 in Oklahoma: Top Attractions, Towns, Map, And Hotels along the Route

Route 66 in Oklahoma: Top Attractions, Towns, Map, And Hotels along the Route

At over 2,000 miles long and stretching across eight states, Route 66 has become synonymous with adventure and exploration. Each section of Route 66 is packed to the brim with excitement, and Route 66 in Oklahoma is no exception to that rule. 

Our goal on this page is to take you through the historic Oklahoma Route 66 Towns and introduce you to what we believe are the most iconic Route 66 attractions in Oklahoma, i.e., the ones that are an absolute ‘must visit’ if you’re traversing the Mother Road through the Sooner State.

Don’t worry. There’s plenty along Route 66 here. There are over 400 miles of Route 66 action in Oklahoma! So, we’re sure you’ll find somewhere awesome to head, whether you’re a solo traveler or have the kids in tow.

Let’s dive in!

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Route 66 Oklahoma Attractions 

1. Coleman Theatre, Miami

The exterior of Coleman Theatre in Miami along Route 66 in Oklahoma
The exterior of Coleman Theatre in Miami along Route 66 in Oklahoma | Dreamstime/Patricia Cale

Almost a century ago, the Oklahoma mining industry was booming. Sure, it is making a bit of cash now, but nowhere near as much as it did at the turn of the century.

Around that time, mining magnates were throwing money around like crazy. Many of the older buildings that you find on Route 66 were funded by mining CEOs looking to inject their personality into the area. The Coleman Theatre is one of those.

Built in 1929, the Coleman Theatre was once lauded as the most elaborate theatre in this part of the United States. Even now, the Spanish Revival architecture has a distinct charm to it.

If you’re a lover of the arts, then a trip to the Coleman Theater shouldn’t be out of the question. They play regular classic movies, have music shows, and, of course, live theater. There’s always something happening!

Address: 103 N Main St, Miami, OK 74354

2. Route 66 Vintage Iron, Miami

We continue to take you on a journey through things to do on Route 66 in Oklahoma with Route 66 Vintage Iron.

Now, from the name, you would think that this is just a famous blacksmith, but it isn’t. Oh no! It is a museum that plays host to a curated collection of classic motorcycles. If you’re a lover of the old hog, then Route 66 Vintage Iron should be on the agenda.

They’ve only been around since 2006, but Route 66 Vintage Iron has rapidly become a top tourist destination. On display, you’ll see motorcycles throughout the ages, perfectly preserved. Oh, and if you’re a motorcycle fan yourself, you’ll love the gift shop packed to the brim with accessories.

Note: This museum was reported permanently closed

Address: 2nd Ave SW, Miami, OK 74354

3. Winchester Drive-In Theatre, Oklahoma City

Winchester Drive-In Theater vintage sign in Oklahoma City
Winchester Drive-In Theater vintage sign in Oklahoma City | Dreamstime/Jon Bilous

Driving down Oklahoma Route 66 is so freeing. You have nothing but the open road and, if you have a convertible, the cool breeze blowing through your hair. We read a book once that said that a trip along Route 66 is one of the best ways to feel ‘at one’ with your car.

You’ll never forget the vehicle that made that journey with you. So, treat it right. Treat it as family. So, why not take it to a movie? (yes, we are aware that was insanely cheesy!).

The Winchester Drive-In Theatre is the oldest drive-in in Oklahoma. It shows moves throughout the spring, summer, and early autumn months. It aims for a mix of classic and more modern movies.

If you’ve ever wanted to head to a drive-in, trust us; this OKC Route 66 attraction is the best place to be. You’ll need to turn up early, though. Winchester Drive-In may have space for almost 500 cars, but it fills up quickly.

Address: 6930 S Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73139

4. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

Interior view of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Interior view of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum | Dreamstime/Chon Kit Leong

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum was founded in 1955 with the express intention of being the ultimate celebration of the cowboy lifestyle.

This museum is host to over 28,000 exhibits. Not just celebrating western cowboys but also the Native Americans. At the museum, you’ll see the most extensive collection of rodeo memorabilia in the world.

This place is an absolute must-visit on Route 66 in Oklahoma if you have even the slightest passing interest in cowboy culture, something which has been incredibly important to the development of Oklahoma City and the surrounding area.

Address: 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Also Read: Must-See Museums on Route 66

5. Braum’s Grocery Giant Milk Bottle, Oklahoma City

The Historic Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City
The Historic Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City | Dreamstime/David Pillow

When Route 66 was in its heyday, the route was lined with all sorts of massive statues, neon signs, etc. When the road started to die off in the 70s, much of this disappeared.

We’ll never experience Route 66 like in the 50s and the swinging 60s. Luckily, some of those older statues still exist, and the giant milk bottle is one of them.

Yes. It really is just a massive milk bottle statue. However, it is a pretty famous one. It is unique enough that most tourists passing it will snap a picture.

The attached grocery store is tiny, and the resident store does change a little (not easy to keep a business going on Route 66). However, that milk bottle will forever remain on Route 66 in Oklahoma as a historical landmark.

Address: 2426 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Also Read: Route 66 Attractions in New Mexico

6. Round Barn, Arcadia

Round Barn built in 1910 on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma
Round Barn built in 1910 on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma | Dreamstime/Sharon Ball

Back in 1898, the Round Barn was constructed. Then, and to this day, it remains the only properly round barn in the United States. Mainly because making round barns takes a lot of effort and is nowhere near as efficient as one with square sides. But, on the plus side, it is an architectural marvel!

Life for the Round Barn in Arcadia started simply. It was just a very good-looking barn. However, in the following decades, the Round Barn became a meeting place for the residents of Arcadia before falling into disuse in the 1970s.

Nowadays, the Round Barn is there purely for Route 66 tourists to snap a couple of pictures, and they will. You never know when you’ll be seeing a round barn again!

Address: 107 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007

7. Pops 66 Restaurant, Arcadia

Pops restaurant on historic Route 66 in Oklahoma
Pops restaurant on historic Route 66 in Oklahoma | Dreamstime/David Pillow

You can’t miss the Pop 66 Restaurant on Route 66 in Oklahoma. It has a massive pop bottle outside (yes, people love their big statues in Oklahoma).

For the most part, the Pops 66 Restaurant is your typical Route 66 designer. Traditional and simple American food. But, Pops 66 Restaurant hides a secret. Not only is it a diner, but it has one of the largest selections of sodas available in the United States.

Walk in here, and you can buy one (or multiple) bottles of soda from hundreds and hundreds of choices. Some you can’t find anywhere else!

So, this may be the only restaurant in the US that doesn’t say, ‘Is Pepsi fine?’ when you ask if they have Coca-Cola. They’ll say, ‘What flavor?’.

Address: 660 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007

8. Mother Road Market, Tulsa

Do you love your street-style food? Well, you’re going to love the Mother Road Market. This is the first food hall in Oklahoma and a doozy.

The Mother Road Market in Tulsa is packed to the brim with small businesses offering beautiful culinary delights at an affordable price.

You’ll be spoiled for choice, selecting not only classic Oklahoman dishes but dishes from around the world. Oh, and there is a good bar for cocktails too!

If you don’t fancy yet another diner trip on Route 66, then the Mother Road Market is perfect.

Address: 1124 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104

9. Golden Driller Statue, Tulsa

Golden Driller Statue on Route 66 in Tulsa
Golden Driller Statue on Route 66 in Tulsa | Dreamstime/Chon Kit Leong

Well, what do you know? It is another statue on Oklahoma Route 66. This yellow statue of a driller (a tribute to the mining industry in the state) is the 6th largest statue in the United States.

It is an incredibly unique location. In fact, it has been named the quirkiest tourist destination in the United States because, let’s be honest, it would be tough to beat a statue of an average miner. 

This is one of the must-see stops in Oklahoma because you won’t be stopping at it for long.

It takes minutes to snap a photo or two, and then you’ll be on your merry way, safe in the knowledge that you’ve seen one of the best statues in the US (no sarcasm, we genuinely believe that).

Address: Tulsa Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

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10. Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Clinton

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK | Dreamstime/Wisconsinart

This is what we’re talking about! The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is the perfect tribute to the once-shining lights of Route 66.

The exterior looks like a bright, eye-catching diner pulled out of the 50s. In fact, once you’re in, you can sit in a diner that looks like it was pulled right out of the 50s.

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton is a tribute to the work that went into creating Route 66 in Oklahoma.

You’ll learn how the original wagon route was constructed, and then you’ll be introduced to memorabilia from the heyday of the route, including a classic car or two.

This is a must-visit if you’re taking a trip along Route 66. In fact, almost all of the Route 66 museums in every state are a must-visit. Since you’re enjoying the greatest road in the world, why not take the time to learn more about it?

Address: 2229 W Gary Blvd, Clinton, OK 73601

11. Giant Flour Mill, Yukon

The Giant Flour Mill in Yukon was once owned by a massive flour milling company. As you can probably imagine, the milling industry isn’t quite what it was (it is all electric nowadays), but the Giant Flour Mill continues to tower over Yukon.

Despite being empty, residents love the eye-catching silos and the stunning architecture.

You won’t be able to head into the Giant Flour Mill, but you can snap a few pictures as you pass by. It really is a wonderful sight and a tribute to the history of a key part of the Tulsa economy.

Don’t delay grabbing a picture, though. Plans are afoot to turn this into an office block and residential complex. Despite protests from those in Yukon, this may well happen, and an essential piece of Yukon history will be lost.

Address: 265 W Main St, Yukon, OK

12. Totem Pole Park, Foyil

Totem Pole Park near Route 66
Totem Pole Park near Route 66 | Dreamstime/Susan Vineyard

We admit that the residents of Oklahoma don’t always come up with the most riveting names for their attractions, but they do come up with ones that are highly descriptive of what you will get.

As you can imagine, if your Route 66 road trip in Oklahoma takes you to Totem Pole Park in Foyil, you’re going to see totem poles. 

Built in 1937, the Totem Pole Park in Foyil offers multiple pieces from Ed Galloway. The park was originally conceived as a way to teach residents of Oklahoma about Native American culture, but it became a favorite of those younger people who enjoy looking at the rather unique totem poles.

Address: 21300 OK-28 A, Chelsea, OK 74016

13. Blue Whale, Catoosa

Blue Whale of Catoosa at Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Whale of Catoosa at Tulsa, Oklahoma | Dreamstime/Chon Kit Leong

It’s another statue, but this may be the most famous statue of Oklahoma Route 66! The Blue Whale in Catoosa is built onto the water. It was made by Hugh Davis, who knew his wife loved whales.

Most probably would have bought a book for their whale-loving spouse, but Hugh decided to build a massive statue that would be visited for decades instead. That’s love!

Up until the 2000s, the Blue Whale was ignored by most tourists. In fact, shortly after Hugh’s wife died, the Blue Whale fell out of use.

It was only through a restoration project that we now get to enjoy this rather unique sight. Oh, and tons and tons of pictures where it seems to have entered the consciousness of the general public.

While the Blue Whale no longer has the same number of attractions surrounding it as it did back in its heyday, it has a fantastic picnic area, and a walk through the Blue Whale wouldn’t go amiss.

Address: 2600 OK-66, Catoosa, OK 74015

14. World’s Tallest Gas Pump, Sapulpa

Yes. Another statue on Route 66, crazier than the last. Say hello to the world’s tallest gas pump. It stands a little over 66 feet tall. We suppose there is no better tribute to the road than gas.

While most people just snap a couple of pictures of the gas pump and get on their merry way, we suggest that you actually visit the place it advertises. The Heart of the Route 66 Museum is right next door!

Address: 13 Sahoma Lake Rd, Sapulpa, OK 74066

15. 66 Bowl Sign, Chandler

66 Bowl Sign in Chandler
66 Bowl Sign in Chandler | Dreamstime/Jon Bilous

66 Bowl is a bowling alley in Chandler. Great if you fancy a competitive break from the open road. However, most tourists don’t seem to have bowling on their agenda when they get to this part of Chandler. Instead, they just want to snap the 66 Bowl Sign outside. It is a bit of a landmark on Route 66, and a photo here is the perfect way to commemorate your journey through the state.

Address: 920 E 1st St, Chandler, OK 74834

16. Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler

The Route 66 Interpretive Center is an old Art Deco military building converted into a museum that celebrates the history of Route 66.

While a few exhibits are here, the real highlight is the documentary movie they show. This documentary movie takes you on a journey from the 1920s to the present day, learning about the history of the world-famous route.

Address: 400 E 1st St, Chandler, OK 74834

17. National Route 66 and Transportation Museum, Elk City

National Route 66 Museum in Elk City
National Route 66 Museum in Elk City | Dreamstime/StockPhotoAstur

Honestly, the National Route 66 and Transportation Museum is our favorite Route 66 museum. Unlike others, this place doesn’t just talk about the history of the state it is in but the entire history of Route 66. The result is a massive collection of exhibits from people who have traveled the Mother Road.

This museum advertises itself as 5 museums in 1, which we suppose it is. The bulk focuses on the history of Route 66, but you also have tributes to the early pioneers, cowboys, rodeos, farming, and more. It is the ultimate history lesson of early life in Elk City and beyond.

Address: 2717 W 3rd St, Elk City, OK 73644

18. Rock Café, Stroud

Historic Rock Cafe and Neon Sign on Route 66
Historic Rock Cafe and Neon Sign on Route 66 | Dreamstime/Steve Lagreca

The Rock Cafe was built at the height of the Great Depression in the 1930s. It was built using student labor and locally sourced materials. It was built to a budget. A really tight one. Honestly, it is a miracle it managed to survive this long.

Built using local sandstone, the Rock Cafe certainly stands out against its competing diners. Plus, it has been featured on countless TV shows and Route 66 guides, so it is incredibly famous. The food isn’t too shabby, either.

Address: 114 W Main St, Stroud, OK 74079

19. Muffler Men Cutouts, Calumet

Did the statue of the Drilling Man do nothing for you? Well, how about some Muffler Men cutouts that line a portion of Route 66 in Calumet? They are surprisingly eye-catching, and you can catch a snap of them as you drive past. Plus, who doesn’t want to see an 18-foot-tall Paul Bunyon?

Address: 10000 E1020 Rd, Calumet, OK

20. Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner
Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner | Dreamstime/StockPhotoAstur

Many of the diners on Route 66 are for cheap eats. Not Lucille’s Roadhouse Diner. This diner stands out from the crowd by aiming to be a slightly more upscale steakhouse while retaining the charm of a Route 66 diner. It is touted as the finest diner on Route 66, and we would be hard-pressed to disagree with that.

Address: 1301 N Airport Rd, Weatherford, OK 73096

Where to Stay Along Route 66 in Oklahoma

The only way you’ll see all those Oklahoma Route 66 attractions is if you spend a good while traversing the road and enjoying all of the Route 66 towns in Oklahoma. This means that you need somewhere to stay. We’ve got ten choices of Oklahoma Route 66 Hotels & Motels for you.

1. Chelsea Motor Inn, Chelsea

Established in 2006, the Chelsea Motor Inn is one of the more modern Oklahoma Route 66 motels. It boasts comfort without sacrificing price. So, perfect for those who want to pull up and have somewhere to rest their weary head for the night.

As it is a motel, amenities are limited. However, you have a mini fridge, some children’s activities, and free Wi-Fi in every room. You’ll also be within easy walking distance of some great Chelsea diners.

Address: 325 E Layton St, Chelsea, OK 74016

2. Campbell Hotel, Tulsa

The Campbell Hotel & Event Center
The Campbell Hotel & Event Center

Elegance is at the heart of one of the Oklahoma Route 66 hotels. Since its renovation in 2011, Campbell Hotel has been heralded for its beautiful interior design and high levels of comfort. If you’re searching for a higher-class establishment, this may be it.

Amenities include a fantastic bar and a spa. The rooms are lavish, with beautiful marbled bathrooms and wooden four-poster beds. This may be the perfect place for a romantic getaway when moving through Tulsa!

Address: 2636 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74104

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3. Skyliner Motel, Stroud

Skyliner Motel at Route 66
Skyliner Motel at Route 66 | Dreamstime/Erik Lattwein

The Skyliner Motel in Stroud is a classic Route 66 motel. It is the perfect mix of comfort and value. There aren’t many rooms here at the Skyliner Motel, so if you turn up, do bear in mind that it may be fully booked. Although, most of the time, it isn’t. It is just an affordable way to rest your head.

As you can imagine, it doesn’t have many amenities. It is just some comfortable rooms with some beds. However, you can use the Skyliner Motel to explore the rest of Stroud.

Address: 717 W Main St, Stroud, OK 74079

4. Lincoln Motel, Chandler

Lincoln Motel in Chandler
Lincoln Motel in Chandler | Dreamstime/Wisconsinart

When you’re traveling Route 66, no doubt you will be keeping an eye out for the famed neon lights, so the Lincoln Motel in Chandler will certainly attract your attention.

This simple motel sits just between Route 66 Bowl and the Route 66 Interpretive Center, so you can catch some of the attractions we listed here.

Don’t expect the most comfortable and feature-packed stay in the world, but it is a nice place to be. You’ll get a TV and fridge in every room, and you won’t be blowing a hole in your bank account. You’ll be spending enough money on gas!

Address: 740 E 1st St, Chandler, OK 74834

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5. Hard Rock Hotel, Tulsa

We’ve always been a fan of Hard Rock Hotels. They are grand, plus we absolutely love the rock memorabilia, so we love that there is a Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa. This isn’t just a hotel; it is a casino too.

A stay at the Hard Rock Hotel will be nothing short of comfort, and all rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, a TV, a fridge, and a safe. However, the real excitement of the Hard Rock Hotel is the entertainment.

Downstairs, you’ll find a bustling casino and plenty of events. Top comedians and musicians regularly perform at the hotel, so it may be a nice break from Route 66.

Address: 777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015

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6. Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa

Desert Hills Motel in Tulsa
Desert Hills Motel in Tulsa | Dreamstime/Brian Scantlebury

More neon-light goodness for you here at the Desert Hills Motel! If the Hard Rock Hotel isn’t quite within your budget, this quaint, classic-style motel may be. Sure, it doesn’t quite have the amenities of the other hotels in Tulsa (and indeed, no casino), but you do get a TV, Wi-Fi, and a fridge. It has long been a firm favorite of those traversing Route 66 on a budget.

Address: 5220 E 11th St #4323, Tulsa, OK 74112

7. Catoosa Inn & Suites, Catoosa

Catoosa Inn & Suites
Catoosa Inn & Suites | Booking.com

If you’re looking for something with the flair of a big brand hotel (i.e., something a bit more opulent than a motel but still one that won’t break the bank), then the Catoosa Inn & Suites may be perfect.

Amenities are simple; TV, fridge, Wi-Fi, etc. However, every room uniquely has a balcony, which gives some great views over Catoosa.

Remember, you won’t be too far from Tulsa when you stay here too!

Address: 40 S 193rd East Ave, Catoosa, OK 74108

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8. Claremore Motor Inn, Claremore

Claremore Motor Inn
Claremore Motor Inn | Booking.com

Located a little outside Tulsa, this beautiful red-bricked motel is a must-visit, especially if you have pets. This is one of only a few pet-friendly motels or hotels in this part of Route 66.

Each room has a TV, fridge, and microwave. So, you can even cook up a couple of delicious microwave dishes.

There are a few diners in the surrounding couple of miles, many within easy walking distance if you need some quick grub.

Address: 1709 N Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017

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9. Classen Inn Motel, Oklahoma City

Classen Inn OKC
Classen Inn OKC | Jim Jordan

At one point, the Classen Inn Motel was named the best new hotel in Oklahoma City. Although we assume that they don’t open with great frequency, it isn’t the most illustrious title in the world, But still, the Classen Inn Motel is a fun place to stay.

The look inside is incredibly unique and quite daring. Nearly everything is pastel-colored, which some people really love. It really attracts the weird and the wonderful. 

The Classen Inn Motel offers a comfortable stay and easy access to the rest of Oklahoma City.

Address: 820 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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10. Flamingo Inn, Elk City

Flamingo Inn
Flamingo Inn

We will wrap up with another motel that is more about the cheapness rather than the grandeur. Flamingo Inn has been host to tens of thousands of travelers over the years, each relaxing here while exploring Elk City and the surrounding area. Located right on Route 66, it is easy to reach if you’re on a budget.

Address: 2000 W 3rd St, Elk City, OK 73644

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Interactive Map of Route 66 Oklahoma Attractions

Frequently Asked Questions

What towns in Oklahoma does Route 66 go through?

Route 66 goes through multiple towns, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Arcadia.

How long is Route 66 in Oklahoma?

Route 66 in Oklahoma is over 400 miles long. 

What are the most famous Oklahoma Route 66 stops?

The Blue Whale, Coleman Theatre, and Totem Pole Park are some of the most-visited attractions on Route 66.

What is the most unusual Route 66 attraction in Oklahoma?

The Golden Driller Statue near Tulsa is not only one of the most unusual Route 66 attractions in Oklahoma but has been named one of the most unique in the US.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, if you are taking Route 66 across Oklahoma, there are plenty of things to see and do. We’ve shared our favorite Oklahoma Route 66 attractions, but you’ll find plenty more along the route. Don’t be afraid to head to somewhere we haven’t mentioned here. Almost all of the attractions are great, plus heading to the weird and wonderful is one of the main allures of the road.

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