Route 66 in the News

Plenty to do on Oklahoma's Route 66

2009-06-12 21:18:53

NORMAN, Okla. - Enjoy the Oklahoma weather, roll the windows down and take a throwback in time to cruise the most popular, romanticized road in the world right here in Frontier Country.

While Oklahoma boasts having the longest portion of the nostalgic "Mother Road" than any other state, central Oklahoma contains 120 miles of the famous highway. It's filled with long stretches of countryside, original Portland cement, single arch steel truss bridges, long-standing signage and plenty of unique mom-and-pop eateries, motels, service stations and murals intended to lure passersby.

Each town on Route 66 has a distinct character and its own story. Be sure to explore the historic main streets of Stroud, Chandler, Davenport, Arcadia, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon and El Reno.

"Along with historic Fort Reno and the Canadian County Historical Museum, don't miss the great food in El Reno," said Gene Stroman, director of the El Reno Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Be sure to try a Jobe's charcoal burger or a coney, fried onion burger and milkshake at Sid's, Robert's or Johnnie's."

Pull over from your drive to take a rest and see central Oklahoma Route 66 highlights such as the Phillips 66 cottage-style gas station and the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler. In Oklahoma City, see the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Oklahoma History Center which features a 1952 Studebaker. Make a stop in one of Lincoln county's wineries and tasting rooms like StableRidge Vineyard and Winery in Stroud.

"StableRidge is a destination for tourists and Oklahomans wanting the complete winery experience," said Annetta Neal, winemaker and owner of StableRidge. "We have vineyards to see, a winemaking facility and international award winning wines to taste."

Also be sure to visit Arcadia's Round Barn complete with a Route 66 exhibit and make a stop at POPS, a Route 66-spirited diner, gas station and soda shop, right down the road.

These are just a few must-see highlights. Route 66 is buzzing with activities and events, from Route-66 themed festivals, farmers' markets, marathons and triathlons, to classic car shows and organized road cruises.

Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501 c-6 organization, represents the 12 central counties in Oklahoma promoting economic growth of the tourism industry. To request your free travel guide, call 232-6552 or visit oktourism.com.

~Lauren Lorenzen, the Norman Transcript

 

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