Road Trip on Route 66 From Kansas to Tulsa

The route through Kansas was the shortest of all the states, only about 30 miles. After traveling through Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs, it entered Commerce, Oklahoma, and headed southwest through Miami, Chelsea, Claremore and Tulsa. In general, it followed the route of present-day Interstate I-44.

Map of Historic Route 66 from Kansas to Tulsa, Oklahoma
Map of Historic Route 66 from Galena, Kansas to Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma

Highlights of the many things to see in Oklahoma Route 66

There are dozens of places to see and visit along Route 66 across Oklahoma on the segment from Kansas into Oklahoma and into Tulsa.

Don't miss Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station in Commerce, sections of the "Sidewalk Highway" near Miami, and the Blue Whale in Catoosa.

Along the way you will find quaint service stations, diners, motels and other structures dating from those earlier times on Route 66.

Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station

101 South Main Street

Commerce, Oklahoma

Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum

128 South Main Street

Miami, Oklahoma

East Meets West: Symbolic Route 66 Midpoint

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza

760 West 13th Street

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Photographs from our trips along Route 66 from Kansas to Tulsa

Historic U.S. Route 66 sign, in eastern Oklahoma (November, 2018)
Historic U.S. Route 66 sign, near Chelsea, Oklahoma


Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma

Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma


Ethyl gasoline pump at Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma

Ethyl gasoline pump at Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma


Dairy King, Commerce, Oklahoma
Dairy King, Commerce, Oklahoma


The Gateway to Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma
The Gateway to Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma

Historic Marker about the Gateway Sign on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma
Historic Marker about the Gateway Sign on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma

The Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66
The Coleman Theater, Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66


Vintage Iron Museum
128 S. Main Street
Miami, Oklahoma

The museum in downtown Miami includes a collection of more than 40 antique motorcycles, including classics like a 1917 Harley Davidson. It also showcases Evel Knievel memorabilia, a wall of vintage helmets and a gift shop.

Vintage Iron Museum, Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66


Section of Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" or "Sidewalk Highway" still visible near Miami, Oklahoma

Section of Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" still visible near Miami, Oklahoma

Marker along the Will Rogers Highway ... Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" near Miami, Oklahoma
Marker along the Will Rogers Highway ... Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" near Miami, Oklahoma

Classic, rusted replicas of earlier times, on Route 66 near Miami, Oklahoma

Classic, rusted trucks from earlier times, on Route 66 near Miami, Oklahoma


Amazing stonework on this abandoned service station, near Miami, Oklahoma
, along Historic Route 66
Amazing stonework on this abandoned service station, near Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66

Eagle DX Service Station, Afton, Oklahoma
, on Historic Route 66 (November, 2018)
Eagle DX Service Station, Afton, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66

Sign ... Welcome to Chelsea, Oklahoma ... Established 1889 (November, 2018)
Sign ... Welcome to Chelsea, Oklahoma ... Established 1889


Pryor Creek Bridge at Chelsea, Oklahoma
on Route 66 ... seen during the fall of 2018
Pryor Creek Bridge at Chelsea, Oklahoma on Route 66 ... seen during the fall of 2018


The old Chelsea Motel, Chelsea, Oklahoma
, along Historic Route 66
Chelsea Motel, Chelsea, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66


Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma near Route 66

Totem Pole Park
Near Chelsea, OK

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park is the oldest and largest example of a folk art display in Oklahoma, built from 1937 to 1961.

Besides the famous 90-foot totem pole, the park includes several other objects and one building on 14 acres in Rogers County, in northeastern Oklahoma

A museum stands on the property called the “Fiddle House” which showcases Galloway’s fiddles and other creations.

The park is located just 3.5 miles off the Mother Road.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1999.



The Blue Whale
Catoosa, Oklahoma

Built in the early 1970s by Huge Davis as an anniversary gift, the 20-foot tall iron and cement Blue Whale turned into a swimming park, and closed in 1988. Today, travelers can walk through the whale, and shop at a nostalgic gift shop on site. Free admission and parking.

Route 66 Roadside Attraction: The Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma


Welcome ... to the Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Welcome ... to the Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma


Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma

Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma


Tom Kight Bridge on Route 66, just north of Catoosa, Oklahoma, heading into Molly's Landing Restaurant
Tom Kight Bridge on Route 66, just north of Catoosa, Oklahoma

A quiet day for touring on Historic Route 66, east of Tulsa, November 9, 2018
View of Historic Route 66, east of Tulsa, November 9, 2018

Route 66 sign at the east side of Tulsa, Oklahoma, seen during a November, 2018 road trip

Route 66 sign at the east side of Tulsa, Oklahoma, seen during a November, 2018 road trip

 

Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Oklahoma

Hotels in Miami, Oklahoma

Hotels in Claremore, Oklahoma

Hotels in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Vintage Views of Route 66 Across Oklahoma

What was Route 66 like in its prime? What did all the service stations, motels and diners look like when they were new? What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today.

Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.

We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards showing scenes on Route 66 from Miami to Tulsa. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.

Ben Stanley's Cafe, one mile south of Miami, Oklahoma, on Hiway 66
"Nationally famous steaks, chicken and sea food"
Ben Stanley's Cafe, one mile south of Miami, Oklahoma, on Hiway 66

Hotel Miami, downtown Miami, Oklahoma
Hotel Miami, downtown Miami, Oklahoma

The Elms Motel in Miami, Oklahoma
The Elms Motel in Miami, Oklahoma

Baker's Cafe in Afton, Oklahoma ... Famous for steaks and chicken dinners
Baker's Cafe in Afton, Oklahoma

The Motel Vinita in Vinita, Oklahoma
The Motel Vinita in Vinita, Oklahoma

Wright's Air-Conditioned Cafeteria, Vinita, Oklahoma ... U.S. Highways 60-66-69
Wright's Cafeteria, Vinita, Oklahoma

The Starline Motel in Claremore, Oklahoma
The Starline Motel in Claremore, Oklahoma

Will Rogers Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma
Will Rogers Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma

Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma ... "The Oil City of the World"
Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma ... "The Oil City of the World"

Will Rogers Motor Court at 5827 East Eleventh Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Will Rogers Motor Court at 5827 East Eleventh Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Tulsa Motel, 5715 E. 11th Street, East Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Tulsa Motel, 5715 E. 11th Street, East Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma

 


Continuing West
on the Next Route 66 Segment?

From Tulsa to Oklahoma City

Route 66 Road Trip from Tulsa to Oklahoma City


More About Travel in Oklahoma

More Things to Do on Route 66 - at the Oklahoma Tourism Department

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