One Tank Trip: Northeast on Route 66

Published on Sep 30, 2021 Blog Image

Did you know that Oklahoma has more than 400 drivable miles of Route 66? That is more than any other state! And while it's fun to drive all those miles, it's not always feasible. So why not take a mini Route 66 trip? There's lots to see even if you only have a couple of days available to you. Take the camper and stay a night or two and visit these sites that are north and east of Tulsa, or check out our Southwest Route 66 trip here.

Blue Whale

You've seen photos and you've probably seen the real thing, but have you stopped to check it out? Located off Historic Route 66 in Catoosa, the Blue Whale is one of the most recognizable sites on the route. Built in the 1970's by Hugh Davis as an anniversary gift for his wife, the whale was created towards the end of Route 66's official life but it embodies the spirit of the route with its bright paint and smiling face.

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park

Finished in 1948, the largest totem pole in the park is about 90 feet tall and is dubbed the largest concrete totem pole in the world. In addition to the main attraction there are several smaller sculptures and "Fiddle House" which is supported by 25 concrete totem poles. The park is not technically on Route 66, but is only three and a half miles east of the road and defiantly worth the drive!

Pryor Creek Bridge

This scenic bridge is no longer open to traffic but take the time to walk across it let your imagination take you back to the traffic it would have carried when it first opened in 1926.

Ribbon Road / Sidewalk Highway

So named for its extremely narrow width, this section of the Mother Road was built in 1922 and taken out of service in 1937.

Coleman Theater

Located on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma, the Coleman Theatre was built in 1929 for George Coleman. The ornate theatre hosted acts including Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Bing Crosby and more.

Where to Camp

Spend the day making your way up Route 66 from Tulsa, and don't worry, most of the places listed have plenty of room nearby to park your trailer while you do your sightseeing. There are plenty of choices when it comes to camping, but my personal favorite is the tiny Spavinaw Area at Grand Lake State Park with its stunning river scenery. If you enjoy history, also be sure to visit Pensacola Dam, where you can tour the power plant and learn about the depression-era construction project.