You can get your kicks on Route 66 anywhere that you wish! There are no rules to this game and there are no strict agendas to follow. Route 66 stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, so doing the entire drive in one shot is a monumental task that may take a few weeks to accomplish. Not everybody has that kind of time on their hands, so just cruising sections of the Mother Road that spark some interest is what most people tend to do.
The Sapulpa to Stroud section of Route 66 only covers 44 miles of the Mother Road in Oklahoma. This section of Route 66 is a nice alternative to paying the tolls on Interstate Highway 44. When approaching Oklahoma City, the toll booths on the freeway start popping up more frequently. By the time one finally gets past this metropolitan arew, the highway robbery incurred at the toll booths easily adds up to the price of a tank of gas, so sticking with touring good old Route 66 through this region is a viable alternative because this historic travel route is free of charge!
As a traveler goes west of Oklahoma City on Route 66, the space between towns becomes greater. Oklahoma was once famous for being a place where the east meets the wild west back in the 1920s when Route 66 was first built. For a driver, the increase in wide open spaces signifies getting a little bit closer to America’s traditional vacationland in the Southwest. The small towns in this region of Oklahoma have not changed much since the golden age of automobile touring and the communities are very much alive. The old historic buildings along the Mother Road main street areas are still functional and Route 66 serves as a business thoroughfare. Some old fashioned small town charm can be found along the stretch of road between Sapulpa and Stroud.
Scenic attractions along this stretch of Route 66 include the Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum in Sapulpa, which stands in a main street brick building corridor. The Sapulpa Historical Museum is located across the street and this is a good place to learn a little something about the local heritage. From Sapulpa going west, Route 66 winds its way through some farm territory that presents pleasant views. As a traveler approaches Stroud, the Route 66 theme becomes stronger again. This old town was once a popular stopover destination back in the old days. In fact, the nostalgia associated with Route 66 in this area has made the town of Stroud a popular stopover once again, especially for those who haul classic antique travel trailers. Scenic sites to look for in Stroud include the historic Rock Café and the antique neon marquis of the Skyliner Motel. The downtown area looks like it is straight out of the golden age of automobile touring and this adds to the charm. The influence of the blockbuster movie Cars is proudly displayed along this section of the Mother Road too.
When driving on the high speed Interstate Highway 44 through this section of Oklahoma just plain old gets too monotonous and the toll booths start picking the pockets faster than a one arm bandit, that is the time to get out of the fast lane and head for the Mother Road. Cruising on good old Route 66 between Sapulpa and Stroud definitely is like a sigh of relief. Route 66 always provides plenty of nostalgic memories, so the experience will be well worthwhile!
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