Route 66 in Oklahoma: the mother road in the Sooner State

Route 66 in Oklahoma, is the fourth state you’ll drive through (hopefully if you didn’t miss out the small section in Kansas!) if you’re driving west. Oklahoma has quite a lot of mileage and things to do and once you get in to this state you’ll see that they have a great fondness for the road, the history and go to great lengths to preserve it.

There’s so much history in the Oklahoma portion whether that’s from the Native Americans that were pushed out, the dust bowl crisis in the 20s or the destruction of the black communities businesses in Tulsa. Route 66 was also the state’s first major east – west highway.

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Bridge in Tulsa on Route 66 in Oklahoma

A note from the writer: Hey! I’m Kirsty and I’m a Route 66 enthusiast – I first became obsessed almost 20 years ago and then first visited in 2014. I’ve recently just come back from my last trip too! Comment below if you have any questions about your road trip and I’ll get back to you ASAP – or join me in my free FB group here.

If you’re looking to drive the mother road in Oklahoma then this page is for you. It’ll answer your state specific questions about Route 66 as it drives right across the state

If you’re just looking for specifics on what to do and where to stay along Rt 66 in Oklahoma then I invite you to check out these posts which focus just on those topics:

If you’re looking for more State wide guides to learn more about Historic Route 66 all the way from the beginning to the end there’s lots of posts on this site about roadside attractions to see, how to drive the road and where to stay. Alternatively you might like to check out our Start Here page.

Oklahoma Facts

State Name: Oklahoma
Nickname: The Sooner State
Population: 3.957 million

Route 66 mileage: 376 miles (605 km)
Major cities:
Tulsa, Oklahoma City
Top Attractions:
Catanooca Blue Whale, Arcadia Barn, Pop 66 Giant Soda Bottle

Does Route 66 still exist in Oklahoma?

Yes Route 66 still exists in Oklahoma and the state tries hard to make sure that it’s signposted. Much of the road in Oklahoma is still used and it’s one of the easier states to get around.

Of course, it’s easy to go off course, especially through the cities so if you can I encourage you to get a guide book which will help with directions.

Where does route 66 start and end in Oklahoma?

Where does Route 66 begin in Oklahoma?

Route 66 begins in Oklahoma just over the state border from Baxter Springs,Kansas and the first town you’ll come to is called Quapaw.

Where does Route 66 End in Oklahoma?

The end point, assuming you’re driving East to West is a small, almost ghost town, called Texola on the Texas and Oklahoma border.

What towns does Route 66 go through in Oklahoma?

Route 66 goes through a number of towns and cities through Oklahoma:

  • Miami
  • Afton
  • Vinita
  • Chelsea
  • Claremore
  • Tulsa
  • Sapulpa
  • Bristow
  • Stroud
  • Chandler
  • Oklahoma City
  • El Reno
  • Weatherford
  • Clinton
  • Elk City
  • Sayre

What is there to do on in Oklahoma on Route 66?

Oklahoma has a lot to offer from small museums that you can find in almost every town to more modern attractions like the Pops 66 diner.

There are 2 major cities along Route 66 in Oklahoma so it’s a great place to start a trip if you’re just looking to drive a portion of the road and there’s lots to see and do using these cities as a jumping off point.

Small town America is alive and kicking in Oklahoma with lots of quirky stops to explore and plenty of roadside attractions like the Arcadia Round Barn and the Blue Whale of Catoosa.

Route 66 in Oklahoma – Maps

Here are some maps I’ve made of Route 66 along Oklahoma. More coming soon!

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Kirsty Bartholomew

Kirsty Bartholomew became obsessed with Route 66 after taking her kids to see Cars at the cinema way back in 2006. She first visited in 2014 and it didn't help the obsession at all. She now writes about the road, the history and hopes to encourage others to visit and keep it alive.

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