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Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect jumping-off point for a visit to Grand Tetons. 42 selecttraveler.com J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 R oute 66 was conceived in Oklahoma. Cyrus Avery, a Tulsa businessman and Oklahoma's fi rst highway commission- er, spearheaded the national committee that created the U.S. Highway System. He championed a Chicago-to-Los Angeles route and picked the now famous double sixes as the road's offi cial number. e country's longest section of Route 66 is in Oklahoma, where visi- tors can travel 400 miles of old Route 66 without getting on the inter- state. e elegant Coleman eatre in Miami presented vaudeville shows and movies and still off ers a full entertainment schedule. A local mining magnate built the opulent structure, with its Louis XV interior and 1929 "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ that dazzled audiences from the 1930s through today. Big-city theaters of the era housed stylish shops, and in that same spirit, the theater off ers exclusive boutiques. Group options include a tour and lunch served onstage where Will Rogers and fan danc- er Sally Rand performed, or a plated dinner in the ballroom along with a tour and a classic movie. Northeast of Tulsa, Totem Pole Park near Chelsea claims the world's largest concrete totem pole. is quirky stop along the Mother Road started in 1937 as a tribute to Native Americans. Additional totems are scattered throughout the park, and the 11-sided Fiddle House contains ornate, hand-carved fi ddles. Between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, one-of-a-kind memorabilia epito- mizes the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler. A 1937 National Guard armory of hand-chiseled sandstone bricks houses the museum. Visitors hop in the seats of a 1930 Model-A Ford, a 1948 Willys Jeep and a 1965 red Mustang while watching short informational fi lms. e museum's collection includes historic brochures, travel guides, vintage billboards and virtual "hotel rooms." On the outskirts of Oklahoma City, an iconic 66-foot-tall pop bottle landmarks Pops. is modern roadside attraction features more than 12,000 soda pop bottles and 650 diff erent kinds of ice-cold soda from which to choose, plus a diner serving meals and snacks. A must-see in Elk City near the Texas border is the National Route 66 and Transportation Museum. A replicated drive-in theater where visi- tors watch clips from classic period movies features a 1959 red Impala. e Route 66 Museum follows the journey from Illinois to California with photos, murals, vehicle exhibits and fi rst-person audio accounts from life along the Mother Road. W W W . T R A V E L O K . C O M Photos courtesy Oklahoma Tourism Oklahoma Route 66 Museum Totem Pole Park Pops 66 Soda Ranch 66 R O U T E OKLAHOMA

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