Oklahoma is home to over 400 miles of the Mother Road – more than any other state in the country. So it’s no wonder that it is full of interesting, historic and iconic Route 66 attractions along the way. The next time you’re ready for a little road trip, head out to Oklahoma’s Route 66 and check out these 12 iconic attractions along the way.
1. The Blue Whale, Catoosa
This unusual roadside attraction was built in the 1970s and was a popular swimming hole when it was open to the public. It is closed for swimming, but is still an iconic spot to take some great pictures.
2. Route 66 Museum, Clinton
To learn more about the history of Route 66 and the transportation industry, head to Clinton to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. The museum is full of artifacts, memorabilia, signs and much more.
3. Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse, Hydro
Lucille's Service Station was built in 1929 in Hydro when travelers were taking advantage of the Route 66 Highway. It is only one of two gas/service stations left of its kind on Route 66 in Oklahoma. The vintage gas pumps can still be found outside, although they are not still in use.
4. National Route 66 & Transportation Museum, Elk City
For a complete overview and journey of Route 66 through all eight states, take a drive to the National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City. From interactive displays to iconic Route 66 signs, adults and children will enjoy taking a trip on Route 66 - all the way from Illinois to California.
5. Round Barn, Arcadia
Even before Oklahoma was a state, the Round Barn stood as an icon on Oklahoma land. The barn was built in 1898 and has become an iconic landmark along Route 66. You can stop into the barn's gift shop and see exhibits of Route 66 memorabilia.
6. Pops, Arcadia
Another iconic landmark in Arcadia is Pops - home to the 66-ft. tall soda bottle out front. Choose from over 650 soda flavors, fill your car up with gas or eat at the diner located inside.
7. Totem Pole Park, Chelsea
Visit Totem Pole Park to see the world's largest concrete totem pole - standing at 90 ft. tall. The park was started in the late 1930s and is a popular and unique Route 66 roadside attraction. You can walk around the park and visit the 11-sided Fiddle House on the grounds.
8. Coleman Theater, Miami
The Coleman Theater was built in the 1920s and was a prime entertainment destination back in the day. It continues its tradition of holding concerts, silent films and plays. Step back in time as you walk through the beautiful building in Miami, Oklahoma.
9. Waylan's Ku Ku Burgers, Miami
To continue your Route 66 experience in Miami, head down the road to Waylan's Ku Ku Burgers - a Miami staple since the 1960s. From mouthwatering burgers to ku-ku fries, Waylan's is a must-visit.
10. Afton Station, Afton
See a restored full-service gas station that honors the Mother Road and its history. You can purchase maps and books and take a step back in time, as you browse the station.
11. Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler
For an interpretive experience of Route 66, visit the Chadler Route 66 Interpretive Center. See and experience Route 66 in a unique and unusual way as you take a virtual car ride down the Mother Road.
12. J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, Claremore
See an amazing collection of firearms just off Route 66 in Claremore. The museum also houses many pieces of memorabilia from America's past, including WWI posters, vintage saddles, and Western artifacts.
These are just a few of the attractions along Oklahoma’s Route 66. What’s your favorite Mother Road attraction in the Sooner State?