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Route 66 - Eastern Oklahoma Road Trip

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262.9 miles: 6 hours, 12 minutes
Eastern Oklahoma offers plenty of Route 66-related landmarks, so plan on several stops along the way. You can’t miss the 66-foot-tall pop bottle towering above POPS, a convenience store/soda fountain in the OKC suburb of Arcadia. And Clanton’s Cafe, an old-school diner in Vinita, has been serving chicken-fried steak to hungry Mother Road travelers since the 1920s.
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Oklahoma City, OK to Tulsa, OK
126.6 miles: 2 hours, 58 minutes
Today yesterday’s Route 66 is primarily a straight shot of interstate between the Sooner State’s two largest cities. At about the halfway point on the journey to Tulsa, however, is a must stop for all fans of Mother Road lore: The Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler offers an interactive spin on history, with sound and visuals recalling “the way it used to be.”
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Tulsa, OK to Joplin, MO
136.3 miles: 3 hours, 13 minutes
This stretch of the route has lots of Mother Road lore. At Claremore, take a detour off I-44 via Route 66 and SR 28 to Totem Pole Park and the Native American-themed pieces created by folk artist Ed Galloway. Pick up souvenirs and check out some vintage Packard autos at Afton Station in Afton, then hit Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, a classic Route 66 pit stop.