Oklahoma is home to the longest stretch of original Route 66—approximately 400 miles. Your Mother Road experience simply isn’t complete without a visit to Claremore and the surrounding area. We’ve picked out some of the most popular destinations to explore, but check out the rest of our site for the best options to explore, stay and eat in Claremore.
Historic Downtown Claremore
Downtown is the heart of this great American city. Stroll through our many unique shops, eateries, watering holes and historic sites. You can eat, stay and play without having to leave downtown Claremore.
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum
See the world’s largest, privately owned gun collection at the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, which also features a wonderful exhibit from the Cherokee Nation and a one-of-a kind collection of World War I posters.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
Claremore is the birthplace of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, and home to the museum that celebrates his incredible life and legacy. The museum features more than 12 galleries with exhibits, artifacts and films about this legendary actor, comedian, aviator and writer.
If you love museums, look no further than Claremore, which has more museums per capita than any other city in the world.
Where to fill up on route 66
Fuel your body, mind and soul in and around Claremore, where you’ll find vintage American cafés, one-of-a-kind bakeries, gourmet restaurants, old-fashioned delis, locally owned coffee shops—you name it, we serve it.
Kick Back on Route 66
Take a break from your Mother Road adventure at one of the Claremore area’s hotels, rustic cabins, quaint B&Bs, RV parks or classic Route 66 motels.
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Other nearby Route 66 attractions
Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park
In nearby Foyil (four miles east of Route 66 on OK-28A), you can’t miss the world’s largest totem pole. You literally can’t miss it, as it stands 90 feet tall and is made of red sandstone, steel, wood and concrete. In 1999, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Just 15 minutes south of Claremore, near Catoosa, is one of the more unique and recognizable Route 66 attractions. Visitors are invited to enjoy a picnic and walk inside the smiling, 80-foot-long concrete structure. See the Blue Whale at 2600 U.S. Route 66 in Catoosa.
Pryor Creek Bridge
This 123-foot, steel-truss bridge in Chelsea was part of the original Route 66 alignment, carrying Mother Road traffic from 1926 to 1932. Now for pedestrians only, it is the only unaltered bridge with its particular structure—known as the Pratt through-truss design—left in Oklahoma. Visit the bridge in Chelsea on East First Street (S 2460 Rd.).