No state has more surviving miles of the original Route 66 than Oklahoma. Journey along the route that birthed the "road trip" and get your kicks at these roadside haunts in the Sooner State.

By Alicia Chilton, Photos By Oklahoma Tourism
April 13, 2016

Eat favorite roadside grub (shakes! burgers! fries!) at this diner in Acadia. Snapping a selfie in front of the iconic pop bottle sculpture is highly encouraged. #roadtrip


East Meets West

Get out and stretch your legs at this symbolic landmark. While the sculpture isn't at the technical midpoint of Route 66, it is a must-see rendition that represents how the highway system transformed America.

Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger

Waylan's was there at the birth of fast food, and it's hard to beat an original. The restaurant in Miami (yes, there's a Miami, Oklahoma) is the only remanining location of the chain. After you've had your burger, take another selfie with the big cuckoo bird popping out of the restaurant wall.

Totem Pole Park

Credit: website_aug01_005.jpg..Totem Pole Park is located along Old US66, near Foyil, OK...Photo by Fred W. Marvel

A labor of love, Totem Pole Park is the brainchild of artist Ed Galloway. The park is a tribute to Native American culture, and it includes the world's largest concrete totem pole. Insider tip: It's a great place for a picnic.

Milk Bottle Building

If you love quirky roadside attractions (and who doesn't?), take the time to see the Mlik Bottle Building in Oklahoma City. The tiny building was originally a grocery store and has been a number of businesses over the years.

Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center

Dive a little deeper into Route 66 with a stop at the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center. This museum is more than just exhibits--its aim is to re-create what traveling the Mother Road was really like over the years. 

The Rock Cafe

A Route 66 icon, The Rock Cafe is a storied roadside restaurant that has endured its share of setbacks (a fire and a tornado). Fun fact: A team from Pixar researching Route 66 for the movie "Cars" was inspired to create one of the movie's characters based on the The Rock Cafe's owner, Dawn Welch.

Mohawk Lodge Indian Store

Oklahoma's rich Native American culture is apparent along Route 66, and Mohawk Lodge Indian Store proves it. The store traces its roots back to 1892, as a trading post in the Indian Territory. The original counter is still used today in the current store, where you can buy everything from souvenirs to Pendleton blankets.

Clanton's Cafe

Be sure to make a pit stop at Clanton's, it's the oldest continually family-owned restaurant on Route 66. While you have plenty of options, their chicken and dressing are famous.

Coleman Theater

Lest you think Route 66 is all diners and tourist attractions, we give you the Coleman Theater. The Spanish Colonial Mission-style exterior and the Louis XV interior isarebeautiful and worth a stop. Take a peek at the events calendar for upcoming shows. 


If you want dinner and a show, stop by Elote in Tulsa. The restaurant features Mexican food with a fresh bent and live luchador matches. Now that's a combo worth stoppping for. 


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