One Tank Trip: Southwest on Route 66

Published on Oct 04, 2021 Blog Image

Route 66 has more drivable miles in Oklahoma than any other state. It can be a lot to take in one trip, but if you are looking for a weekend getaway, we've broken it into a couple of sections that are an easy one or two day trip from Tulsa. Check out our Northeast Route 66 Trip here, or read below for Route 66 sites Southwest of Tulsa.

Please note: While we have included this article in our "One Tank Trip" category, this trip is a little longer than some at right around 200 miles one-way.

Pops 66 Soda Ranch - Arcadia

Pops didn't open until 2007, so it's not a historical Route 66 attraction, but it is definitely worth a stop. In addition to fun photo opportunities, Pops has a fantastic selection of soda pop and really good food!

Round Barn - Arcadia

Built in 1898, this Route 66 attraction pre-dates the Mother Road. A rare, truly round barn (although not the only one as is often quoted), this restored landmark is open to the public.

Winchester Drive-in Movie - Oklahoma City

Although not technically on Route 66, the Winchester Drive-in has been an Oklahoma City icon since 1968. Bring lawn chairs and sit outside, or enjoy the movie from your car. If you're not a movie buff, it's still worth the detour to see their impressive neon sign.

Lake Overholser Bridge - Oklahoma City

This bridge opened to traffic in 1925 and is still open today, although the main road was routed over a new four-lane bridge in 1958. A particularly elegant design, the Lake Overhosler Bridge in a must-see site on Route 66.

William H Murray Bridge - Bridgeport

You really have to see this bridge to believe it. Often called the Pony Bridge, because of its pony truss design, the William H Murray Bridge has 38 trusses and a total length of 3,944 feet… probably the longest simple-span pony truss bridge in the country. This bridge was features in the movie "The Grapes of Wrath."

Lucille's Service Station - Hydro

Although Lucille was not the original owner of this gas station, her legendary kindness and generous assistance to motorists earned her the nickname "Mother of the Mother Road" and forever attached her name to the station. This station is one of the few remaining Route 66 two-story gas stations with residence above the pumps.

Route 66 Museum - Clinton

This extensive museum houses more than cool cars and iconic signs, a stop here will provide you with an in-depth look at the history of Route 66, from the bigs dreamers and hard workers that brought the road into existence, to the historical Dust Bowl years when so many people used the Mother Road to seek a better life, to the heydays of American road trips in the 1950s.