In Oklahoma, Route 66 covered 432 miles. After traveling through Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, the Mother Road entered Oklahoma near Commerce, and headed southwest to Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Weatherford and into Clinton.
In general, it followed the route of present-day Interstate I-44. From Clinton, Route 66 continued west to Elk City and Erick and then into Texas.
Positioned in a large valley surrounded by scenic rolling hills and wide-open spaces, Clinton, Oklahoma is a community of about 10,000 residents.
Clinton benefited from the presence of U.S. Highway 66, fostering the locally famous Pop Hicks Restaurant, which opened in 1936. The longest running restaurant on Route 66 burned down in 1999. Like most other cities and towns on Route 66, Clinton was also the home of many other tourist businesses including several restaurants, cafes, motels and gasoline service stations.
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a popular stop for Route 66 travelers in Clinton, Oklahoma. The state's official showcase of Route 66 is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The museum offers visitors a spirited tour of the nation’s most famous highway:
The museum also offers changing special exhibits focusing on the Route 66 experience.
The Museum is located off I-40 at Exit 65 at 2229 West Gary Boulevard.
Scenes Around the Museum
In addition to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, many Route 66 visitors are drawn to area attractions such as the Cheyenne Cultural Center, the Lucky Star Casino, and the state’s first-of-its-kind Water–Zoo indoor water park.
For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking and fishing at nearby Foss Lake are popular activities.
Other must-see Clinton attractions include the Cherokee Trading Post & Boot Outlet, and Acme Brick Park, which contains nearly 150 acres of family fun, including the nature trail and miniature train.
Located in Clinton in the heart of western Oklahoma, the Frisco Conference Center offers a conveniently located facility that meets the demands of today’s sophisticated meetings and events.
The Frisco Center is capable of hosting many types of meetings, business or social.
|Map of Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma showing the location of Clinton
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Oklahoma Route 66 Passport
The Oklahoma Route 66 Passport from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department helps Route 66 travelers find new destinations to explore and document their progress along the way. A new updated passport (yellow) is being offered beginning in 2023.
The Route 66 Passport, which is available free at TravelOK.com, features 66 of the state’s memorable Mother Road attractions. It includes iconic stops like Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Stroud’s Rock Cafe and Clinton’s Oklahoma Route 66 Museum along with many newer favorites.
Get your passport stamped at each stop, then take it to a Tourism Information Center to be verified and earn an exclusive Route 66 coin.
Both the new yellow and previous red Route 66 Passports are now available in a digital format. Download the official TravelOK Trip Planner app on the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started. When you get to each stop, you'll find a code displayed that you can enter to digitally check in.