From colourful roadside photo ops to quaint small-town diners, Oklahoma’s 400-plus miles of Route 66 are lined with fascinating attractions.
The new Oklahoma Route 66 Passport from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department will help Route 66 travellers find new destinations to explore and earn great prizes along the way.
Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who is also the state’s Secretary of Tourism & Branding, said: “We think this new passport is going to be such a fun experience for our many Route 66 travellers to complete. We’ve got so many stops to show off, and the passport gives them a great sampling of what there is to see as they get out and explore each city and town along the Mother Road.”
The Route 66 Passport, which is available free at TravelOK.com, features 66 of the state’s memorable Mother Road attractions. It includes iconic stops like Catoosa’s Blue Whale, the Stroud’s Rock Cafe and Clinton’s Oklahoma Route 66 Museum along with many newer favourites.
At each location, staff members will stamp the corresponding page in visitors’ passports. Some stops are even offering exclusive deals for travellers who show their passport.
The book is divided into Eastern, Central and Western sections. Once a traveller has all the stops completed for a section, they can take the passport to one of the five Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers run by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department. A staff member there will sign the completion page for that region and provide a prize — a portion of a fun Oklahoma Route 66 magnet.
Once all three passport sections are completed, travellers can bring the book back to the Tourism Information Center, where a staffer will verify that it’s complete, stamp the book and provide the last piece of the magnet along with a free collectible Route 66 coin.
For more on the passport — including a list of stops offering exclusive deals and information on which Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers to visit to get brochures stamped – make a trip to www.TravelOK.com/Rt66Passport.
The department encourages travellers to call ahead before visiting passport stops as some businesses have temporarily closed or altered hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. If a stop is closed, the business will try to have the stamp available at an alternate location, and that information will be posted on www.TravelOK.com/Rt66Passport.
If a stop is closed, travellers can also take a selfie of themselves at the business and show it to Tourism Information Center staffers, who can then stamp the corresponding page.
As well, the department has a new Oklahoma Route 66 Guide available that features even more Mother Road attractions.
The new passport and guide are available for order at www.TravelOK.com/Brochures along with many other Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department publications.