Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Road Trip Itinerary)

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Tulsa and Oklahoma City are two popular cities connected by one nostalgic road: Route 66.

As you travel Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City you’ll pass by a treasure trove of quirky roadside attractions, historic landmarks, diners, and neon. The journey is around 120 miles, 3 hours total if you stick to the “Main Street of America” that winds through the main streets of connecting towns like Sapulpa, Bristow, Stroud, Chandler, Arcadia, and Edmond. But there’s so much to see along the way that you’ll want to plan to spend an entire day or more traversing the distance between the two cities.

Sure you can get there faster if you speed down I-44. But you’d miss all those charming small towns, attractions, and stories that can only be experienced on The Mother Road itself.

Ready to hit the road? Buckle up and get ready to experience the nostalgia, beauty, and adventure that await on this unforgettable journey along Oklahoma Route 66. Read on to find out what see on historic Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.

What is the distance from Tulsa to Oklahoma City on Route 66?

Oklahoma City is around 120 miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can drive the entire distance via old Route 66. The journey should take about an three hours (2 hours, 58 minutes according to Google Maps). But, depending on how many stops you plan to make along the way, you’ll want to build some extra time into your itinerary.

If you’re in a rush, the travel time between Tulsa and Oklahoma City is only around one hour and 35 minutes if taking I-44. But the journey on Route 66 is well worth the extra time!

Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Road Trip Itinerary

Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Meadow Gold Sign in Tulsa, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Our journey on Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City begins in Tulsa, “The Capital of Route 66.”

Tulsa boasts a vibrant 28-mile stretch of the Mother Road, brimming with history, quirky charm, and both modern and vintage attractions.

Sapulpa, Oklahoma

As you head west out of Tulsa on Route 66, it won’t take long until you get to your first destination: Sapulpa. About 15 miles, or a 25-minute drive from Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma isn’t just another stop along the Mother Road – it’s a haven for vintage sights and nostalgic experiences.

Nestled in the heart of Oklahoma this town has a rich history entwined with the iconic highway. The small yet vibrant community boasts a storied past that mirrors the rise and fall of the Mother Road. A stop on Route 66 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma is a stop through time with plenty of attractions that reflect the past, present, and future of the famed road.

So, what awaits you in Sapulpa? Here’s what to add to your Sapulpa, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Bronze Buffalo

As you drive into Sapulpa, Oklahoma you’ll encounter a giant buffalo. But don’t worry, it’s made of bronze! This giant statue features the state animal of Oklahoma. Pull over to park in the adjoining parking lot and say hello!

Happy Burger

Open since 1957, Happy Burger is the oldest restaurant in Sapulpa. They offer a small menu of hamburgers, sandwiches, and fried-up sides alongside handmade milkshakes and cherry limeades. If you’re starting your road trip in Tulsa, it might be too early to stop for lunch. But if you’re hungry in Salpulpa, this is THE place to stop!

Crossroads of America Sign in Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Crossroads Of America Sign

Sapulpa, Oklahoma is known as “The Crossroads of America” due to its location on U.S. Highway 66 (once the main east/west highway of the western United States) and U.S. Highway 75. At the intersection of both you’ll find the Crossroads Of America sign.

The neon sign depicts a map of Oklahoma within a map of the United States. The two roads are represented in bright red lines, meeting in Sapulpa marked with a blue star.

Sapulpa Route 66 Mural in Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Sapulpa Route 66 Mural

Right behind the Crossroads of America sign find the Sapulpa Route 66 Mural. The piece of art pays homage to the town’s place on Route 66 and at the crossroads of America and depicts many of the significant sites found in this town.

Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum

The Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum was built in 1923 and has since been restored by the Sapulpa Historical Society. Admire the building and 1920s automobiles on display inside.

Gasoline Alley Classics, Inc

Gasoline Alley Classics is a gift shop housed in a former Model T showroom. Stop inside to shop for souvenirs for your road trip and admire the vintage decor, with road signs, gas pumps, and some old Ford automobiles.

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

If you’re wishing you could trade your 2022 Subaru for a 1922 Cadillac, this is the place for you. The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is the premiere automobile museum of Oklahoma and features a fun assortment of vintage vehicles on display.

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction

World’s Tallest Gas Pump

While visiting the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum look for the World’s Tallest Gas Pump

The Oklahoma roadside attraction is shaped like a vintage gas pump that would have been found at service stations across Route 66 in its heyday. At the top is an illuminated 14-foot globe that advertises the museum.

Rock Creek Bridge

Salpulpa’s Rock Creek Bridge is one of the best remaining steel-truss bridges in Oklahoma. Developed in the mid-1800s, this design was used until World War II, when standardized concrete designs were established. While you can no longer drive over this bridge, Route 66 travelers can still stop to admire it!

Tee Pee Drive-In Theater

Tee Pee Drive-In is a historic drive-in theater that first opened in 1950. Renovated in 2023 this classic drive-in is open once again and provides a nostalgic experience of allowing visitors to watch movies on a big screen right from their cars!

Bristow, Oklahoma

After exploring Apulpa, continue driving west on Route 66 for another 22 miles (around 26 minutes) and you’ll find yourself in Bristow.

Bristow, Oklahoma began as an Indian Territory trading post in in 1897 but really started to develop the next year, in 1898, when the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Railroad (later the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway) built a line that stretched from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City, making Bristow a stop along the way.

In 1926 Route 66 aligned through the town, incorporating segments of the Ozark Trail, and bringing a new wave of business to the town.

So, what awaits you in Bristow? Here’s what to add to your Bristow, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot in Bristow, Oklahoma

Bristow Train Depot and Museum

The historic Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot in Bristow, Oklahoma is housed in a 1923 FRISCO Train Depot. This museum and visitor’s center gives patrons a glimpse into the town’s history.

Outside of the depot there is an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway caboose on display. Originally built in 1929, it was rebuilt in 1969 and is painted to reflect the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (the “Frisco”). Also find one of the only two remaining FRISCO water towers in the nation.

Historic Route 66 Guesthouse

The Historic Route 66 Guesthouse in Bristow is located halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma. Inside find two guest rooms and a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, drip coffee maker, and French press. Outside find a private back porch with sunset views, hot tub, grill, and fire pit. A light breakfast is available each morning with fruit, pastries, granola, and yogurt.

Stroud, Oklahoma

After exploring Bristow, head another 17.5 miles west (the drive is around 22 minutes) to Stroud. Originally settled by James Wrexel Stroud in 1892, the town was once a “whiskey town,” a railroad stop, and, eventually, a popular Route 66 mains street.

Stroud is especially known for being home to the historic Rock Café (don’t miss stopping for lunch!) and the classic Skyliner Motel.

Stroud is also known as “Oklahoma’s Winery and Grape Capital,” so if there is space in your itinerary check out one of the many vineyards and wineries in the area.

So, what awaits you in Stroud? Here’s what to add to your Stroud, Oklahoma road trip it

Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma Route 66 Diner

Rock Cafe

The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma is a nostalgic road trip stop, with delicious food that you just have to pull over for on your Route 66 road trip.

Rock Cafe was built in 1936 and opened on Route 66 in 1939. Roy Rives built the restaurant using local materials, such as a distinct sandstone, in its construction. The diner was named Rock Cafe after that material.

Stop in for lunch or dinner on your Route 66 road trip and choose from a menu featuring spätzle, Jägerschnitzel, buffalo burgers, sandwiches, salads, and chicken fried steak.

Lincoln County Express

While at Rock Cafe, look for the Lincoln County Express. The child-sized train was originally built by pipeline welder Paul Hicks in the mid-1970s. After he died in 2001 the train was left to deteriorate and rust but eventually the City of Stroud purchased and restored it.

Route 66 Spirit of America Museum

The Route 66 Spirit of America Museum was founded in 2023 to “celebrate the American spirit of innovation that can help build a better future for all.” Look for inspirational exhibits on American history, space exploration, film and other pop culture, and Route 66.

Route 66 Tool Tree

Find this fun roadside attraction outside of the Stroud True Value Hardware store: a tree carved to depict a variety of tools with a Route 66 shield etched into it.

Ruby’s

Ruby’s is a family-friendly bar and grill that offers classic diner fare like waffles, grilled burgers, and beer-battered onion rings, along with wine, beer, and cocktails from their bar.

Skyliner Motel

Want to spend the night in Stroud? This vintage motor court motel is marked by a cool neon sign. The family-owned Skyliner Motel features ten quiet guest rooms and a friendly staff.

Stroud UFO

While driving on Route 66 in Stroud you’ll come across this strange scene: the Stroud UFO. This homemade flying saucer is the work of local Craig McGuire who created the spacecraft out of junk metal and found objects.

Ozark Trail Obelisk

From 1915 to 1926 the Ozark Trail connected St. Louis, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada. Along the way a series of 21 green and white obelisks were erected to mark the way. Today only seven of these 21-foot tall structures remain. Find this one in Stroud.

Davenport, Oklahoma

Davenport is just another 8 miles down the road from Stroud or around 11 minutes between the two. The Davenport main street is paved with bricks manufactured at the Davenport Brick Plant.

So, what else awaits you in Davenport? Here’s what to add to your Davenport, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Welcome to Davenport Mural

As you enter Davenport you’ll find a friendly sign welcoming you into town. The double-sided brick sign was painted by Palmer Studios and features a Magnolia cottage-style station on one side and a Texaco station (now a diner) on the other.

1933 Texaco Station

One of the first buildings you’ll see in town is a restored 1933 Texaco Station which had recently been home to a local diner.

Route 66 Brick Paved Broadway Street in Davenport, Oklahoma

Brick Paved Broadway Street

Several blocks of Broadway Street in the downtown area of Davenport are still paved with original 1925/1926 bricks from Davenport Brick & Tile Company. This historic red Brick Paved Broadway Street was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Route 66 Brick Paved Broadway Street in Davenport, Oklahoma

Classic Murals in Davenport, Oklahoma

There are also several Route 66 murals to look out for while driving this brick road, including one that is known as the tallest mural on Route 66. At 32 feet (9,76 m) tall a giant mural is painted on one side of the 1905 Farmers Bank Building. Paintings on the exterior depict a stage coach, Postmistress and first settler’s daugher Nettie Davenport and a reproduction of the “Land Run” from Harper’s Weekly magazine, September 1891 issue, the “Second Land Run Oklahoma”.

Spherical Storage Tank

Built by Magnolia Oil. Co. in 1925, this structure is said to be the first spherical oil field tank.

Tammy’s Round-Up Cafe

Tammy’s Round-Up Cafe is a Route 66 cafe specializing in made-from-scratch home cooking. Stop in for Southern favorites and more, like hand-pinched yeast rolls, barbecue brisket, homemade goulash, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and seared ribeye steaks.

Scotty B’s

Scotty B’s is a family-friendly restaurant with old-fashioned home cooking and homemade desserts. Their motto is, “If you cook with love, and serve with a smile, people will return!”

Chandler, Oklahoma

Traveling another 7.5 miles west for around 11 minutes on Route 66 will bring you to the heart of Chandler. Be sure to check out the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center to learn more about the town and its place on Route 66.

So, what else awaits you in Chandler? Here’s what to add to your Chandler, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

66 Bowl Sign in Chandler, Oklahoma Route 66 Neon Sign

Rt 66 Bowl

Rt 66 Bowl opened in Chandler in 2016. The entertainment center features bowling lanes, an arcade, laser tag, mini golf, and more. You can even try your skills on their 101 foot-long bowling lane – the longest bowling lane in Chandler. Route 66 memorabilia and signs decorate the location, including an original vintage neon sign out front from the former ten pin 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City. 

Lincoln Motel

The Lincoln Motel is a retro cottage-style motorcourt that was built in 1939 with a neon sign from the 1950s.

Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma

Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center

Step inside the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma to explore a collection of Route 66 exhibits, photographs, and memorabilia from the 1920s through the present. As you journey through the collections, the story of Route 66 is told through a series of video presentations that highlight the exhibits.

McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery is a small shop featuring a Route 66 artwork, postcards, coloring books, and more. Owned by the author of the EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers (stop in to get your copy signed!) No set hours, so call ahead.

Museum of Pioneer History

The Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History is located within three 100-year old buildings in Chandler. The museum uncovers the pioneer history of Oklahoma through artifacts, displays, and recreations. Exhibits feature marionette displays, early newspapers, Native American artifacts, Route 66 exhibits, and genealogy research materials.

Meramec Caverns Barn Sign

Meramec Caverns is the collective name for the 4.6 mile cavern system that runs through the Ozarks in Sullivan, Missouri . With around 150,000 annual visitors, Meramec Caverns is the most visited cave in Missouri. In the 1930s the tourist attraction promoted themselves with a series of painted barns across multiple states. It is said that there were once more than 400 of these barns. But today only a handful remain, including one in Chandler, Oklahoma.

H&S Theatre

H&S Theatre is a family owned and operated movie theater. Built in 1926, the historical building features grand columns, velvet curtains, decorative chandeliers, and hand-carved wood.

Manvel Avenue Coffee Co

If you need a pick-me-up to fuel your road trip, pull over at Manvel Avenue Coffee Co in Chandler. Opened in 2018, the cafe is housed in a renovated 1920s building and served coffee, espresso drinks, Italian sodas, pastries, sandwiches, and salads.

Boomarang Diner

Boomarang Diner is a local chain with more than 50 locations in Okalhoma. And one of those locations is in Chandler. If you’re looking for classic diner fare like hamburgers, sandwiches, and pancakes, in a retro setting, this is the perfect spot for dinner or lunch on Route 66.

Nostalgic Chandler Visitor Center & Gift Shop

The Nostalgic Chandler OK Visitor Center & Gift Shop is a small center that offers information, brochures, and souvenirs.

Warwick, Oklahoma

Travel another 7.5 miles on Route 66 to reach Warwick, where you’ll find the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum.

Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum

Browse more than 65 vintage motorcycles on display in a former 1921 Seaba Filling Station.

Luther, Oklahoma

Drive another 11.5 miles (around 15 minutes) to get from Warwick to Luther. Here you’ll find historic sites like the Threatt Filling Station and Old Rock Filling Station.

What else awaits you in Luther? Here’s what to add to your Luther, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Historic Threatt Filling Station

The Threatt Filling Station serviced Route 66 and served as a safe haven for Black travelers from 1915 through the 1970s. It was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1995 and is currently being restored.

Old Rock Filling Station

The Old Rock Filling Station (also known as the Rock-Of-Ages Conoco station) was constructed sometime between the mid-1910s and the early 1920s. It once had two working pumps (one for regular and one for ethyl) and sold candy and drinks, but today only remnants of the building remain. It is said that this station once served as a front for counterfeiting money.

Angels Way Ranch

Spend the night in an authentic log cabin on Route 66 at Angels Way Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy cozy Western-inspired rooms, a grill, hot tub, cable TV, free Wifi, and a gourmet breakfast of country favorites like quiche, Santa Fe sausage, and deviled bacon.

Arcadia, Oklahoma

From Luther, Arcadia is another 8 miles down the road, around an 11 minute drive.

Arcadia’s close proximity to Oklahoma City combined with its unique attractions make it a popular stop for Route 66 road trippers. Visit the historically significant Round Barn and quirky Pops Soda Ranch! And don’t forget to take a drive on an original stretch of Route 66 roadbed that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

What else awaits you in Arcadia? Here’s what to add to your Arcadia, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Car coming out of the roof of OK County 66 (John's Place) in Arcadia, Oklahoma

OK County 66 – John’s Place

Find the best of Route 66 in one backyard. At this Oklahoma attraction you’ll find replicas of some of the most well-known roadside attractions on Route 66. OK County 66 (John’s Place), in Arcadia, Oklahoma is one man’s vision and homage to the Main Street of America.

Paul McCartney Sign

On August 5, 2008 McCartney stopped a little outside of Arcadia to ask if he was on Old Route 66. The moment is commemorated with a sign in that spot.

The Historic Richardson Building

The Historic Richardson Building pre-dates Route 66, having been built in 1922. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Arcadia Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Landmark

Arcadia Round Barn

One of the most iconic Route 66 stops is an unlikely attraction that comes in an unlikely shape: Arcadia Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

Farmer William Harrison Odor built the oddly shaped barn in 1898. At 43-feet high and 60 feet in diameter, the unique construction was crafted by soaking native bur oak boards and then curving them using a special form. The barn is the only wooden round barn in Oklahoma.

World's Largest Soda Bottle at Pops 66 Soda Ranch in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops 66 Soda Ranch

Pops 66 Soda Ranch on Route 66 is a soda shop, restaurant, roadside attraction, and gas station all wrapped into one. Get a meal, taste one of the more than 700 varieties of soda, fill up your car, and check out the world’s largest soda bottle while you’re there.

Edmond, Oklahoma

Our final stop before reaching Oklahoma City is Edmond, another 8.5 miles and a 15 minute drive from Aracdia.

What awaits you in Edmond? Here’s what to add to your Edmond, Oklahoma road trip itinerary.

Eddie’s Bar & Grill

Eddie’s Bar & Grill offers scratch-made pub fare, delectable desserts, specialty cocktails, and local beers.

Edmond Railyard

Edmond Railyard is an upscale food court housed in a 100-year-old lumberyard. With several restaurants within to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from pizza to wings to ice cream.

Edmond History Museum

The Edmond History Museum is located inside a former armory of the 179th Infantry, 45th Division of the Oklahoma National Guard. Browse artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Edmond, from Land Run to the present.

Blue Hippo

Before reaching Oklahoma City, be sure to visit one last fun roadside attraction: the Blue Hippo. This big fiberglass hippopotamus right on Route 66 in Edmond!

OKC Sign in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From Edmond, keep driving to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City, the final destination on this Oklahoma Route 66 road trip, is a vibrant hub full of unique museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, and more.

Be sure to add classic stops like Classen Inn Motel, Milk Bottle Grocery, The Gold Dome Building, and the Tower Theatre to your road trip itinerary!

Route 66 Oklahoma Map

Explore our map of Route 66 in Oklahoma below. For easy browsing it is categorized and color-coded by category: roadside attraction, dining, landmark, museum, outdoors, mural/sign, accommodation, shopping, and tour/excursion.

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