Featuring more shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined, Oklahoma wears its Lake Country badge with pride. Glistening lakes in every corner of the state have beckoned swimmers, anglers, outdoors enthusiasts and casual vacationers for generations. Whether you want to take a swim surrounded by rolling hills, reel in the big one among ancient mountains or pilot your watercraft around lush forested shoreline, there’s a lake for every taste in the Sooner State. Here’s our rundown of standout lakes from each region of the state.Learn More
Will Rogers Archway
Built in 1957, the Will Rogers Archway opened to the public in early 1958. This magnificent piece of architecture is a service station and restaurant that stretches over the width of the Will Rogers Turnpike just outside Vinita. Nicknamed "The Glass House," visitors can stand inside and watch the cars whiz by underneath their feet. Stop and grab a hamburger or some souvenirs and experience this unique roadside structure.
This building was the first over-the-road service plaza, and for a time was home to the world's largest McDonald's. People used to travel from all around to grab a burger at this over-20,000 sq. ft. building until the title was taken by a Russian McDonald's in the early 1990s. It has also been home to several other restaurants and fuel facilities over the decades. The arch is 52 feet tall at its peak, and it is still a popular attraction along the highway today.
The entire archway was renovated beginning in late 2013 and was opened to the public once again in December of 2014. It still houses a McDonald's but now also touts a Subway and Kum & Go convenience store and fueling center. In August of 2014, it was renamed the Will Rogers Archway to honor one of Oklahoma's most famous sons, the timeless cowboy and Western entertainer. There is even a section where travelers can learn about Will and his legacy.
Phone numbers: McDonald's (918-256-5571), Kum & Go (918-323-0401), Subway (918-323-0401)
The Subway is open from 6am to 10pm every day.
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