|Above, The Beast at the Elk City KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Two years ago, I took the longest roadtrip (also the longest trip, period) of my life when I went to Metropolis, Illinois for the celebration of life services for actress Noel Neill.
Long the way, I stayed one night in Elk City, Oklahoma at a KOA Kampground. Unfortunately, I had to continue on and the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in nearby Clinton was not yet open for the day (I headed out at about 6:00 that morning). Otherwise, I would have stopped by.
Tulsa World has an article on this and two other Route 66 attractions to see.
They begin with:
There’s always been a certain mystique about Route 66. From the building of the road in the ’20s, to the end of the road in the ’70s, Route 66 brings back memories from one’s youth. Perhaps, it’s a nostalgic adventure, while for another visitor, it’s an entertaining, historical journey of discovery.
There are numerous fun facts about The Mother Road in Oklahoma, such as the Sooner state has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state. Many may already know The Round Barn in Arcadia is the most photographed and famous barn along Route 66. But how many know that the Trade Winds Inn on Route 66 in Clinton was a favorite of Elvis Presley’s? Yes, apparently, he was fond of the inn and would stay there whenever he was traveling.
While there are several iconic destinations along Route 66 in Oklahoma, I want to bring your attention to three.
To read more, go here.