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Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Open 7 days a week for breakfast (served all day), lunch, and dinner, Tally’s Good Food Café has become a fixture for locals and Route 66 travelers passing through Tulsa. Although not an original historic diner the interior of Tally’s embraces the classic fifties-era design and the exterior boasts some impressive neon. Famed for it’s… Read More

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

The Stafford Air and Space Museum was founded in 1981 with a simple display case in the Weatherford airport terminal and has grown to become one of the premier educational attractions in western Oklahoma. The museum is named after Thomas P. Stafford, one of a handful of astronauts who flew to the moon prior to Apollo 11. The… Read More

Boomarang Diner, Chandler

Boomarang Diner, Chandler

Well known for it’s great small-town atmosphere and friendly staff, the appeal of the Boomarang Diner covers all ages – great fast food will never go out of fashion. People not only talk about the best burger they have ever eaten but they speak of the genuine service and spotless restaurants. The decor is fun and… Read More

Flamingo Inn, Elk City, Oklahoma

Flamingo Inn, Elk City, Oklahoma

The Flamingo Inn is a classic motel on Route 66 and has been nicely remodeled without ruining the all important “Route 66” feel. It is an inexpensive stay with plenty of charm and character. Each renovated room comes with a large flat-screen TV, good internet service, microwave, coffee machine and mini fridge. The owners are very welcoming… Read More

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops, Arcadia, OK

Pops opened in the summer of 2007 but despite it’s relatively new status struck a chord with many new and old fans of Route 66 alike. It may be more glossy than the usual Route 66 restaurant or soda bar but the 66-foot illuminated soda bottle out front (the worlds largest soda bottle) certainly gives the place… Read More

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cyrus Avery is often credited as the “Father of Route 66” for both his work in creating the route whilst a member of the Federal Highway System, and for his role is establishing the US Highway 66 Association in order to pave and promote the route. The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, located on Southwest Boulevard at… Read More

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre is a beautifully restored theatre that was donated to the City of Miami (pronounced Mi-am-uh) by the Coleman family in 1989. Originally opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, the Coleman was designed to bring a touch of glamour to the city. The Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and gigantic… Read More

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

Tumbleweeds Grill, Texola, Oklahoma

The Tumbleweeds Grill is located in Texola, Oklahoma, in the world famous Water Hole #2 building. The owners have completely renovated the original structure into the oldest building on Route 66 operating as a restaurant. Tumbleweeds is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 7pm. The restaurant is very clean… Read More

Waylan’s KuKu Burger, Miami, Oklahoma

Waylan’s KuKu Burger, Miami, Oklahoma

Famous for its giant yellow fiberglass cuckoo bird emerging from the front wall, Waylan’s KuKu Burger is an authentic Route 66 hot spot. Located just off Route 66, this restaurant remains the only surviving location of an original fast food drive-in chain from the 1960s. Believe it or not, there used to be close to 200 KuKu’s in… Read More

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse is inspired by the original Lucille’s historic gas station not so far down the road near Hydro, Oklahoma, including the vintage gas pumps just outside the entrance. The Route 66 themed restaurant is designed in the style of a 1950’s diner complete with brightly colored motifs, colored lighting, glass bricks and polished chrome.… Read More

Blue Whale, Catoosa

Blue Whale, Catoosa

Built in the early ‘70’s as an anniversary gift from Hugh Davis to his wife Zelta the Blue Whale of Catoosa served locals and Route 66 travelers in need of a swim. Although no longer in use as a swimming pool the Whale and the picnic area have been restored and still welcome visitors.   Read More

The Round Barn, Arcadia

The Round Barn, Arcadia

At 60’ in diameter and 45’ in height the Round Barn in Arcadia claims to be the only “true” round barn: “most are actually hexagonal or octagonal”. Built in 1898 the roof eventually collapsed in 1988 but has since been restored to it’s former glory. The loft space can now be hired for events and… Read More

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

This was one of my favourite attractions on Route 66. It boasts more than 28,000 exhibits celebrating Western and American Indian culture. It houses a huge collection of artworks and historical artefacts including the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, the Native American Gallery and the Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms. It also… Read More

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille Hamon operated this little gas station from 1941 to 2000 and was often referred to as the “Mother of the Mother Road” due to her hospitality to Route 66 travelers. It’s since been restored and a marker now tells the story of Lucille and her family. A great photo opportunity for all driving Route… Read More

Route 66 Museum, Clinton

Route 66 Museum, Clinton

This museum spans over 60 years of Route 66 history and showcases vehicles, artefacts, photographs, videos and an audio tour narrated by Michael Wallis (author of the Route 66 Travellers Guide). This is a fun stop and every effort has been made to make sure the exhibits are both eye-catching and informative. Each themed room… Read More

Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Miami

Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Miami

This museum is free to enter but it does gratefully receive donations. In lieu of that maybe you’ll purchase a vintage motorcycle tee shirt or Route 66 memorabilia from the well-stocked gift store. It features plenty of old Harley’s, Ducati’s and Indians to satisfy most bike lovers, as well as an original 1917 Harley Davidson and even… Read More

Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick

Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick

Located in Erick’s oldest building – the City Meat Market – is the Sandhill Curiosity Shop. Containing a crazy Route 66 jumble of memorabilia – and possibly the inspiration for Lizzie’s Curio Shop in the Pixar movie “Cars” – this curiosity shop is just as well known on the route for it’s owners: Harley and Annabelle (the “Mediocre Musicians”).… Read More

The Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

The Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

Originally built in 1936, but having sat dilapidated for many years, this classic Route 66 attraction was bought in 2005 by brothers Marty and Mike Dillon. They have since restored the classic neon sign and hope that it will bring attention and investment to the area. The theatre has been lovingly restored to it’s former… Read More

Afton Station and Route 66 Packards, Afton

Afton Station and Route 66 Packards, Afton

Afton Station is a small private Route 66 memorabilia and antique car museum housed in a 30’s era restored filling station. The car museum can hold 14 vintage autos and a collection of Route 66 and Buffalo Ranch memorabilia along with other interesting items. It also serves as an unofficial “rest stop” for weary travellers… Read More

Travel Inn Inc, Claremore

Travel Inn Inc, Claremore

The Travel Inn Inc. is a pretty generic motel but one that’s not without it’s charms: although I only wanted a room for two I was given an enormous room with three double beds and a large bathroom! If you want old fashioned mother-road-style accommodation then this isn’t for you. If you simply want a… Read More

Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City

Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City

The Renaissance, a great four star hotel in the centre of Oklahoma City, was the first non-motel accommodation I stopped at whilst driving Route 66. The combination of great location, friendly, helpful staff, and a beautifully designed atrium made my one night stay a total pleasure. As far as design/style is concerned it couldn’t have… Read More