Route 66

Day 4: Carthage MO to Oklahoma City OK

Route 66: Day 4 Carthage MO to Oklahoma City OK

Postcard from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

I see a pattern: sun in the morning, rain in the afternoon.
This was one of the longest stretch, 268 miles, so I left with the sunrise to avoid the expected storms in Oklahoma. The electric blue sky and the sleepy traffic were a welcomed companion while driving out of Missouri into Oklahoma via the little pretty Kansas belt.
Oklahoma was long straight roads, one of the weirdest attraction I’ve ever seen, fields and cows.

Till Tulsa.

I guess the suddenly gloomy sky didn’t help but the 70 miles connecting Tulsa to Chandler were something else. No more charming cities, no more memorabilia or well preserved roads. Nothing to remember or celebrate here. The forgotten America.

From that point was just pouring rain and scary growing brown rivers till I reached another sunny finish line in Oklahoma City.


Driving the Historic Route 66: the Blue Whale of Catoosa
Driving the Historic Route 66: the Blue Whale of Catoosa!


Driving from Carthage to Oklahoma City Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Oklahoma City

  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson931 E Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104. Modern, new, clean and quiet acommodation, a stone’s throw away from downtown Oklahoma City

Where to eat and what to see between Carthage MO and Oklahoma City OK

  • The Blue Whale of Catoosa, 2600 SH 66 (btwn Apache & Old Highway 66)
    Catoosa, OK 74015
    . hands down one of the weirdest tourist attraction I’ve ever seen but the story behind it, is very romantic. Look it up.
  • Cars on the Route, Kan-O-Tex Service Station, 119 N Main St, Galena, KS 66739 an old service station that hosts several vehicles, including the truck that inspired the character “Tow Mater” in the movie Cars.
  • Route 66 Mural, 700 S Main St, Galena, KS 66739 yet another photo opportunity.
  • Tucker’s Onion Burgers, 324 NW 23rd St (at Hudson) Oklahoma City, OK 73103 I am spoiled with good burgers in Chicago, but I have to admit this one was pretty good. And unique.


Driving the Historic Route 66: the Blue Whale of Catoosa
Driving the Historic Route 66: a compulsory selfie in front of this weird and beautiful attraction

Driving from Carthage to Oklahoma City FAQ

How many miles are from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

There are 233 miles that become 268 miles if you want to drive as much as possible on the historic Route 66.

How long does it take to drive from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

Taking the shortest route it would takes 3 and half hours to drive from Carthage to Oklahoma City. It took me 6 hours due to some stops for pictures and gas.

What’s the best thing about driving from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

Driving from Carthage to Oklahoma City you meet multiple iconic attractions such as the Blue Whale of Catoosa and the Cars on the Route.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

There are two main attractions between Carthage and Oklahoma City: The Blue Whale of Catoosa, one of the weirdest point of interest I’ve ever seen in my life and the funny and cute Cars on the Route.

What type of car is best to drive from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

It really depends on the season. In summer you can drive from Carthage to Oklahoma City with any car. The road are well maintained and fully paved.

Can you drive an electric car from Carthage to Oklahoma City?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Oklahoma City, make sure your EV is enough charged. There are 7 public EV charging stations in and around Carthage.
Here an EV charging station available in Carthage:
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 111R E 6th St, Carthage, MO 64836. Phone: (888) 758-4389


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Carthage to Oklahoma City

Driving the Historic Route 66: Drive In
Driving the Historic Route 66: Unfortunately the drive In was closed

Driving the Historic Route 66
Driving the Historic Route 66: early morning behind the wheel

Driving the Historic Route 66: Cars on the Route in Galena
Driving the Historic Route 66: Cars on the Route in Galena

Driving the Historic Route 66: Cars on the Route in Galena
Driving the Historic Route 66: Cars on the Route in Galena

Driving the Historic Route 66: Mural in Galena
Driving the Historic Route 66: Mural in Galena

Driving the Historic Route 66: Dairy King, a converted gas station in the small town of Commerce
Driving the Historic Route 66: Dairy King, a converted gas station in the small town of Commerce

Driving the Historic Route 66: Tucker’s Onion Burgers, Oklahoma City
Driving the Historic Route 66: Tucker’s Onion Burgers, Oklahoma City

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