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By Austin Tackett
Did you know that Route 66 was established by a Tulsan named Cyrus Avery, and that to this very day, Oklahoma claims more miles of Route 66 than any other state in the country (426 to be precise)? Between the Mother Road, our historic cattle trails, scenic byways, the land run, and our status as the “crossroads of America”, one might say that Oklahoma practically invented the road trip!
This summer, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department will encourage Oklahomans to hit the road and explore their home state’s destinations with a special section on www.TravelOK.com that’s packed full of great road trip ideas. In addition, travel research conducted by AAA consistently ranks Oklahoma as a “best value” destination which means travelers can enjoy memorable experiences without breaking the bank.
No matter how you roll, TravelOK.com has got just the plan to help you roam on the range. From the Chisholm Trail to the Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma has an entire world of history and heritage to explore. Summer is a great time to pull the dust cover off of your bike and hit the road. Motorcycle itineraries can be viewed and printed online and will guide you through some of the most popular bike-friendly routes in the Sooner State.
Of course no summer road trip plans would be complete without getting your kicks on Route 66. The Mother Road stretches across the entire state, with iconic landmarks planted around every corner. Make sure to get your picture taken in front of Catoosa’s Blue Whale, or marvel at the world’s largest concrete totem pole at Totem Pole Park in Foyil. Spend some time learning about the highway’s history and cultural impact at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton and the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City. To get the most out of the Mother Road, pick up a free Oklahoma Route 66 Guide, available at Tourism Information Centers, as well as TravelOK.com.
Visit TravelOK.com/Roadtrips to see a full listing of all the exciting road trip itineraries and ideas that will inspire you to create more memories per mile this summer. Here you will find a comprehensive photo and video gallery detailing many of the routes, as well as coupons and hot deals for some of the best spots in Oklahoma. With so much territory to explore, and so many adventures to be had, you’ll be glad you took the long way home.Trip planning resources, as well as free Oklahoma travel brochures, are available at Tourism Information Centers statewide or online at www.TravelOK.com. So make plans now to explore Oklahoma’s destinations. From berry picking to camping to museums, adventure abounds at every turn.