Highlights of Route 66 Oklahoma – In Photos

Welcome back to our photo series depicting our epic Route 66 adventure. If you missed them, you’ll find the photos from the previous states here. In this post we’re heading through Oklahoma, home to everything from drive-in movie theatres to giant whales! Let’s get started.

Route 66 drive in movie theatre Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

A road trip involves a car, and since you have a car, why not take advantage of a classic drive-in movie experience. We had ours in Oklahoma, at the Winchester drive-in, the oldest drive-in movie theatre in Oklahoma, and one of seven surviving in the state. Drive-in's are a wonderfully nostalgic way to enjoy a movie, plus you usually get to see two movies at a great price. Recommended!

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Naturally Oklahoma has plenty of Route 66 themed murals.

Route 66 ann chicken fry house fast food sign_by_Laurence Norah

And Route 66 themed nostalgia

Round barn Arcadia Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

And a giant round barn. Built in 1898, and the only round wooden barn surviving in Oklahoma. Find it in Arcadia.

Pleasant hills motel Tulsa Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

There's no shortage of classic motels either with that beautiful neon signage.

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Not all the parts of Route 66 survived. This old road bridge was replaced by a more modern version capable of carrying today's traffic volumes.

mickey mantle statue Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

I have to admit to not knowing much about sports - any kind of sports. This guy was obviously a pretty decent baseball player though, given that his hometown built a statue to him. Find out why, here.

Meramac Caverns sign Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

One of the big attractions of Route 66 in Missouri are the Meramec Caverns - a large underground cave system. For Route 66 buffs though, the real attraction are the barns advertising the caverns. Once there were hundreds of these barns all across roads in America, including Route 66. Not many survive, but you can still find a few if you keep a lookout!

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Tulsa is famous for it's oil, and Route 66 runs right through it. This image pretty much sums that up!

ice cream stand  Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Oklahoma also has it's fair share of classic Route 66 properties. This is the "Milk Bottle Grocery", a 1930 building which operated as a grocery store for decades, and nowadays seems to vary with what it's operating as. One thing that doesn't seem to change is the giant milk bottle up top serving as advertising for an Oklahoma staple - Braum's Ice Cream.

Giant bottle Arcadia Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah-3

Another giant bottle, but this one is a modern Route 66 attraction. "Pops" restaurant opened in 2007, with walls decorated in soda bottles - all of which are available for purchase. No Route 66 attraction is complete without a giant "something", in this case a 66ft tall four ton model of a soda bottle, complete with drinking straw. Definitely worth stopping for, and nice to see a modern business investing in the Route 66 dream.

Gas station Atton Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Moving on, and of course Oklahoma has it's fair share of old style gas pumps...

Flour mill yukon Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Giant flour mills...

Ed Galloways Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Enormous concrete totem poles...

Direction sign Atton Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Signs to highlights along Route 66...

Depew Ghost town Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah-2

And towns that time forgot.

Cookie shop commerce Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Many businesses still survive along the route.

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Whilst many others do not.

Car statue Tulsa Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah-2

Tulsa has this lovely tribute to Route 66 - a large statue of a car and it's occupants tackling the route. Some of whom seem less impressed than others!

Blue whale route 66 USA_by_Laurence Norah

Just outside of Catoosa is the famous Blue Whale attraction. If it's a hot day, a dip in the waters is recommended.

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There are of course classic road bridges to peer at.

Sapulpa Car statue Tulsa Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

Some of which take traffic, other which do not.

Route 66 sign Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

The Route 66 marker appears on the route from time to time, to help you find your way.

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And like every other state on Route 66, Oklahoma also has it's own Route 66 museum!

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Which of course, features a barbed wire collection.

Route 66 Museum Route 66 Oklahoma_by_Laurence Norah

And a giant sign! A handy way to end today's photo essay. Now for a few tips to help you out if you're planning your own Route 66 Adventure:

Tips for Planning your own Route 66 Adventure

If you’re planning your own Route 66 adventure, we’ve got a bit of reading for you!
Enjoy your Route 66 trip, and let us know which has been your favourite state so far in the comments below!

A photo essay featuring the highlights of Route 66 in Oklahoma!

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