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No Reservations: Planning your next Oklahoma road trip By Austin Tackett

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 Recre- ation Department will encourage Oklahomans to hit the road and explore their home state’s destina- tions with a special section on that’s packed full of great road trip ideas. In addi- tion, 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, has just the plan to help you roam on the range. From the Chisholm Trail to the Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma opens an entire world of history and heritage to ex- plore. Summer is a great time to pull the dust cover

id you know that Route 66 was established by a Tulsan named Cyrus Avery, and that to this very day, Oklahoma claims more miles

off of your bike and hit the road. Motorcycle itinerar- ies 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. It stretches across the entire state, with iconic land- marks 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 learn- ing 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 Infor mation Centers, as well as Visit 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 fi nd 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 ex- plore, and so many adventures to be had, you’ll be

Totem Pole in Foyil, Okla. Photo courtesy of

glad you took the long way home.

Trip planning resources, as well as free Oklahoma travel brochures, are available at tourism informa- tion centers statewide or online at www.TravelOK. com. So make plans now to explore Oklahoma’s des- tinations. From berry picking to camping to muse- ums, adventure abounds at every turn. OL

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