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The Round Barn in Arcadia is a popular roadside stop on Route 66.

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Located on Route 66, StableRidge Winery offers award-winning wines.

With the entire state to choose from, I was overwhelmed trying to pick a starting point for my road trip. But then it hit me – what better place to see why Oklahoma's highways are so interesting than on Route 66? And since Oklahoma has more drivable miles of Route 66 than any other state, I decided to begin in Kellyville and work my way west with no set agenda.

Driving through Creek County, I quickly discovered that state highways have so much more to look at and explore than interstates do. From the Creek County Speedway and antique shops to pastoral farmhouses and Heyburn Lake – and that was just in the first eight miles.

In Bristow I found a lively Main Street. The drive crisscrossed I-44 twice, each time reminding me that my route may not be the most efficient, but it was definitely the most enjoyable.

Once I hit Stroud, Memory Lane Antiques caught my eye.  I made an impromptu stop at StableRidge Vineyards and Winery, which since opening in June 2004 has hosted about 15,000 visitors annually for free tours and wine tasting. Located in the original Catholic church, StableRidge serves up “wine with an attitude” and creates international award-winning wines.    

A little farther down the road, Davenport is a great place to visit Route 66 shops and take photos of a vintage gas station. Nearby Chandler is home to the Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History, which has a Route 66 Satellite Exhibit. You’ll also find antique shops on Main Street along with lots more great barbecue. Chandler also features authentic ghost signs on the sides of buildings, a huge WPA-era native stone armory which now houses the interactive Route 66 Interpretive Center, and an old brick Phillips 66 cottage-style gas station. Many downtown buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

What better place to see why Oklahoma's highways are so interesting than on Route 66?

As my journey neared its end, I made a final stop in Arcadia. Home to one of Route 66’s most famous icons, the Round Barn, this quaint town is also home to one of its newest. POPS, a multimillion-dollar convenience store, full-service grill and soda fountain, opened in 2007 and has quickly become a hit. The outside boasts a 110-by-70-foot cantilevered canopy and 66-foot-tall pop bottle, complete with LED lights and 80-foot-tall drinking straw. Pops displays a collection of nearly 8,000 soda-pop bottles and carries 650 types of hard-to-find sodas for purchase – something you definitely won’t find on the interstate.