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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

POPS

Pops on Route 66

No soda connoisseur can be a true soda connoisseur until they’ve been to POPS. Located on scenic Route 66 (you really can’t miss it, there’s an enormous, multi-colored light up statue of a soda bottle in front) and lined from wall to wall with colorful bottles of more kinds of soda than you probably thought existed. Visit on a day you’re feeling classic and pair some of their renowned food with a new brand of old favorite flavors like strawberry, lemon-lime, orange, root beer, whatever suits your fancy. Or visit on a day where you’re feeling a little more adventurous—perhaps in the mood to try something truly unique—and try flavors like ranch, celery, chocolate, buffalo wing, or corn (yes, you read those all correctly). Indeed, no drive across Route 66 is complete without a stop—and more importantly, a soda—from POPS.

Arcadia, day-trip, restaurants, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Route 66

Route 66 sign

Every year, thousands of travelers start their trek across the iconic and historic Route 66. Covering nearly 2500 miles of land across seven states, Route 66 is widely considered to be a pilgrimage for any and all road trip enthusiasts. Paved with restaurants, museums, and roadside attractions galore, there’s no shortage of exciting things to be found on Route 66. Perhaps we’re a little (a lot) biased, but we here at TheBetterLife tend to believe that the Oklahoma City portion of your Route 66 journey, in particular, will probably (definitely) be the best part of any Route 66 journey; After all, the Oklahoma City portion of your journey will take you through the gold dome, Lake Overholser, the Asian District, Uptown 23rd, the Adventure District and more—and that’s to say nothing of other exciting, nearby Oklahoman Route 66 attractions like the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, POPS in Arcadia, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and more.

attractions, day-trip, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Must-visit destinations

Pops on Route 66

“I had no idea!” If we had a nickel for every time we heard that phrase from a first-time visitor to the 4-0-5, we would be able to pay Russ’ contract. Visitors are always surprised about the metro’s combination of art, history, entertainment, food and nightlife and more. Here are some must-visit places in America’s best-kept secret in tourism (in our biased opinions):

Route 66
Oklahoma contains more of the historic Route 66 than any other state. While you journey across this iconic route, you’re welcome to make a quick stop for the Route 66 Museum, Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and no trek through Route 66 is complete without a stop (and a soda) at POPS!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 changed our city and country forever. Today, a one-of-a-kind memorial and  museum about that tragic morning stand atop the bombing site. The reflecting pond and empty chairs that represent the lives lost on that fateful morning are deeply ingrained into the hearts and minds of all who see it.

The OKCMOA
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Oklahoma. It features a wide array of art, including (but not limited to) sizable galleries full of European art, American art, contemporary art, and an iconic collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork. There’s also an exhibition gallery space that features new and wildly popular exhibitions every few months. The Museum also has its own movie theater, where it hosts special screenings and events almost every day.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo is considered a staple for both locals’ “let’s make a regular visit” lists and Oklahoma City’s visitor economy. With nearly 2,000 animals, aquatic life, reptiles, insects and plants the public can admire, it’s a very popular attraction for all ages.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
There is perhaps nothing more inherently Oklahoman than images of the Wild West. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of American Indians and cowboys that lived in Oklahoma throughout history with art, firearms, outfits and more.

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma’s rich history is preserved for all generations to see at the Oklahoma History Center. Featuring a vast collection of items tied to Oklahoma’s early history, the Oklahoma History Center isn’t a stop you want to overlook.

Stockyards City
For the quintessential Oklahoma cowboy experience, Stockyards City is a must see. Stockyards City is the largest feeder and cattle market in the world, which features architecture and shops designed to give you an authentic ranch experience. It’s also home of Oklahoma’s most famous restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on Food Network’s Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Science Museum Oklahoma
With more than 350,000 square feet chock-full of hands-on science and experimentation, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is another one of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions Oklahoma City has to offer.

Stockyards, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, day-trip, family-friendly, history, museums, OKC National Memorial, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Main Street of America

Route 66

Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway) once paved the way from Chicago to L.A. and back, and was one of the original parts of the U.S. Highway System. This “Main Street of America” wove together towns and cities and was a symbol of a uniquely American brand of freedom and opportunity. For this reason, Route 66 is commonly known as “The Mother Road.” These days, however, even finding the route can sometimes be a mother. Not so in the Sooner State! Did you know Oklahoma holds the longest section of Route 66? BOOM!

And in the metro, though it shifted somewhat over the years, the Route is fairly easy to follow, entering from the west at Northwest 39th street, turning south on May to Northwest 23rd, then over to Lincoln Boulevard and going north until hitting present-day I-44. The Capitol, the Milk Bottle building, the Tower Theater, the Will Rogers Theater, Ann’s Chicken Fry, the Western Trail Trading Post and the Gold Dome are all along Route 66, and there are plenty of other things to see and do on the way. Just outside of town to the northwest in Arcadia, the Round Barn and Pops delight the Route 66 traveler. Further to the west, Elk City is home of the National Route 66 Museum.

Outside of the Oklahoma City metro, our friends over at OK Tourism have a great article on top sights in Oklahoma along “America’s most beloved highway.” Take the opportunity to join folks like Sir Paul McCartney (who drove the route in 2008, stopping in OKC for dinner), and experience this great and accessible cultural icon for yourself!

attractions, day-trip, Oklahoma City history, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Edmond/Arcadia

POPs

Edmond is Oklahoma City’s neighbor to the north and one of Oklahoma’s largest cities, but its location (15.2 miles from downtown and 22.6 miles from Tinker Air Force Base) allows it to be a popular suburb for people who work all across the Oklahoma City area. And thousands of students at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma call Edmond home during their academic careers. Even if you don’t live in the area, don’t miss out on all that Edmond has to offer visitors.

If you’re still in the mood for music, enjoy some soul music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Each week, the Jazz Lab features live entertainment, and visitors can order food and drinks from Hideaway Pizza next door. During the week, across the street, you can learn about Edmond’s history at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

Want to spend time outdoors? Edmond offers ways to do that, too, especially with several parks. Arcadia Lake offers trails for bicycling, motorcycles and hiking/running, boat rentals and horseback riding, among other things. Edmond has a range of other parks, as well, but two big ones with lots of trails are Mitch Park and Hafer Park. In warmer weather, you can check out two water parks: The Edmond Y Water Park and Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

Also in far north Edmond is another architectural marvel, the Armstrong Auditorium. It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Further north and east of Edmond, the community of Arcadia will allow you to get your kicks on Route 66 here, starting with POPS, a restaurant and gas station celebrating the original interstate highway – U.S. Route 66 – and all its history as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road.” You can’t miss POPS because of the 66-foot-tall soda bottle and straw that at night lights up in a dazzling show of different colors. POPS is part future, with a bold architectural design, and part past.

Just down the road from POPS is another can’t-miss landmark, the Arcadia Round Barn, which is literally a round red barn that was built in 1898 and restored in 1992. It was used as a barn for livestock and hay storage and for dances around the turn-of-the-century, and today the 45-foot-tall barn again hosts community events.

restaurants, Route 66, water sports, Arcadia, college, day-trip, Edmond, live music, museums, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yukon: “Czech Capitol of Oklahoma”

Here at the Better Life Headquarters we are dedicated to showing you everything that is awesome and fun about Oklahoma City. If you’ve read our blog before you know the good times don’t stop at the OKC city limits. Greater Oklahoma City (as we like to call it) has a bevy of cities and communities that each offer unique events, attractions and histories that are definitely worth exploring.

We’ll start our tour just west of OKC in Yukon. Yukon is the hometown of music superstar Garth Brooks and was officially founded in 1890. Yukon was a popular stop on the historic Chisholm Trail long before the city formed. In fact, if you know what you are looking for, you can still find deep ruts left behind from wagon tracks and watering holes for the cattle. The Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival is held every year in Yukon.

Yukon is also known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and hosts the Czech Festival on the first Saturday of October. The festival kicks off with a parade followed by singing and dancing at the Czech Building. The festival also features a carnival and the royal coronation ball at historic Czech Hall. More than 2,500 dozen kolaches are baked for the festival each year. Take our word for it and taste as many different flavors as you can.

Speaking of Czech Hall, you can check out the historic building (built in 1899 and on the National Register of Historic Places) every Saturday night for the Czech dances. The dances have been held every week since 1925.

Yukon is also home to some great museums, shopping and a Main Street that is part of historic Route 66. Find more fun things to do in Yukon here.

festivals, food, museums, Route 66, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Enjoy shopping at local boutiques on picture-perfect, small-town main streets? Take a quick jaunt to Bethany (located on the west side of OKC). The historic downtown features unique and charming stores you can’t find anywhere else.

Bethany’s main street has the added bonus of being part of historic Route 66. That’s right. The millions of travelers who have made the journey from Chicago to California have gone through Bethany. Each May, the town hosts the Bethany 66 festival to honor the historic roadway. The festival features live music, food, antiques and classic cars at the Diffee Motor Car Show.

Bethany also is home to one of the best Fourth of July celebrations around, the Bethany Freedom Festival. The festival takes place each year at Eldon Lyon Park and is one of the largest digitally mastered fireworks displays in the Sooner State.

Bethany, festivals, food, music, Route 66, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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