7 Places to Visit Along Oklahoma’s Stretch of Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66.
There’s no telling what transformed it into a household name — maybe it was “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” or perhaps it was John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Regardless, Route 66 is an iconic landmark. Established in 1926, it was the country’s first all-weather highway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles.
The highway spans more than 2,500 miles across the United States, and roughly 400 of those miles run through Oklahoma. If you plan to hit the road for a cross-country trip or want to peruse various experiences, markets and products available along the Sooner State’s stretch of the road, be sure to add the following to your bucket list.
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1. Mother Road Market
1124 S. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104
Located in the historic 1939 Scrivner-Stevens Co. Grocery building in Tulsa, the Mother Road Market food hall features everything from street tacos and gourmet pizza to craft cocktails and a kickstart kitchen. More than 20 different food and retail businesses are in this community space, enticing visitors and residents alike to enjoy restaurant meals, browse specialty shops and stock up on local produce, dairy and meat before hitting the road or heading home to whip up something delicious in the kitchen.
2. Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe
1124 S. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104
A product of Tulsa’s first food incubator, the Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe gives burgeoning entrepreneurs a chance to grow their food businesses in a low-risk environment, providing everything from affordable workspaces to business development programs and sales support. Nestled away in Mother Road Market, this takeover cafe features menus from a new foodie entrepreneur each month.
3. Shepherd’s Cross Incorporated
16792 E 450 Road #2, Claremore, OK 74017
Nestled on several acres in Claremore is Shepherd’s Cross Incorporated, an authentic working farm offering year-round educational tours and events for visitors of all ages. Shepherding tours, a living nativity, pumpkin and pecan festivals, you can find something fun for the whole family no matter what time of year you find yourself traveling along Route 66.
4. Arcadia Round Barn
107 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007
A landmark and tourist attraction along Route 66, the Arcadia Round Barn was built by a farmer named William Harrison Odor in 1989. He softened young bur oak boards in water before forcing them into curves to outfit the walls and roof rafters of this beautiful barn. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the only round barn along Route 66, this Arcadia attraction is home to a museum, gift shop and live music performances on the weekends.
5. Pops 66 Soda Ranch
660 OK-66, Arcadia, OK 73007
With a signature collection of more than 700 soda pops, sparkling waters and other cold beverages, this landmark diner and gas station in Arcadia has a 66-foot-tall neon soda pop bottle out front that is a must-see. Whether you need to stop to fuel up the tank or grab a bite to eat, this roadside attraction’s ultra-modern design and quirky drinks (like Hot Lips Marionberry and Teriyaki Beef Jerky Soda) never disappoint.
6. Land Run Vineyards & Winery
15700 Kyles Court, El Reno, OK 73036
With reds and whites that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, Land Run Vineyards & Winery offers an extensive collection of Made in Oklahoma wines grown on a beautiful vineyard that got its start in the 1930s. From the delectable and delicate Redbud with fresh, vine-ripened strawberry notes to the dry and plum-flavored American Bison, this family farm infuses each and every bottle they produce with their love and passion for Oklahoma wine.
7. OSU-OKC Farmers Market
400 N. Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Featuring more than 30 vendors, the OSU-OKC market allows visitors to stock their kitchens with some of the freshest Oklahoma-grown food. Local farmers, food producers and artisans provide everything from seasonal produce and certified organic products to skincare and craft items. The market stays open all year long, so you can enjoy a quick pit stop in Oklahoma City no matter when you’re passing through.