Best Motorcycle Routes Near Tulsa, OK
The Sooner State is filled with majestic vistas, historical sites and plenty of unique tourist attractions that make it a joy to ride your motorcycle through. Up here in the Green Country alone, we have several routes that are worth your time. Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson® is in Tulsa, so we’re pretty familiar with the surrounding region and all the scenic routes it has to offer! Here are five of our favorites for you to explore our corner of Oklahoma.
Historic Route 66 (Miami to Arcadia, OK)
Starting at the northeastern corner of the state in Miami, you’ll ride 174 miles southwest to Arcadia over portions of the former Historic Route 66, a road established in 1926 to carry automobile traffic from Chicago to Santa Monica. While most of the road has been supplanted by the Interstate Highway System, you can still follow its general course through Oklahoma. Be forewarned that there are tolls to pay along this route!
In Miami, follow E. Steve Owens Boulevard east and turn right onto Industrial Parkway, which you’ll use to enter I-44, also known as the Will Rogers Turnpike. You’ll end up cutting through the heart of Tulsa after about 90 miles, where you’ll want to follow the OK-66 W/I-44 W exit towards Sapulpa.
The ramp will curve south under these twin designations. It’s also known as the Turner Turnpike. After another 64 miles, you’ll take exit 158 for OK-66 towards the town of Wellston. Follow OK-66 as it wavers west to the town of Arcadia.
A very popular tourist destination here is Pops Arcadia, which is an all-American diner that is easy to spot thanks to its 66 foot tall light-up soda bottle signage out front. You’ll find dozens of different sodas here along with souvenirs and comfort food.
Tahlequah to Greenleaf State Park (Braggs, OK)
This 33-mile route is marked by curvy, winding roads that require you to slow down and take in the forested scenery around you. Head south on US-62 W through Tahlequah, following the highway as it curves west and becomes OK-10 S.
If you’re interested in some American military history, continue west into historic Fort Gibson, which was established in 1824, making it the oldest European settlement in Oklahoma. Otherwise, turn left onto the aptly-named 2 Mile Road, which you’ll take for … you guessed it, precisely two miles … before turning left again to follow OK-10 S.
OK-10 S winds south through the town of Braggs. Turn right at the park byway in the middle of Greenleaf Creek to find yourself in Greenleaf State Park, where numerous recreational opportunities abound.
Skiatook Lake Route (Osage to Tulsa, OK)
This circuitous 46-mile route will give you an hour of scenic riding over and around Skiatook Lake, northwest of Tulsa. From Osage Point Park, wedged on a peninsula between Vandruff Creek and the Arkansas River, head west-northwest on Broadway Street until it curves north into the town of Osage. Just past the post office, turn right onto County Road 1755, following it until it meets County Road 1200/Prue Road, where you’ll make a sharp left to head north towards Hominy.
Turn right at County Road 1650 to head north onto County Road 1807 until it meets OK-99 N. After five miles, this road becomes S. Eastern Avenue. Turn right in the middle of town onto Route 20, which you’ll follow east for 17 miles. You’ll ride across Skiatook Lake, then turn right onto Lake Road to follow it south until it curves into W. 103rd Street. Turn right onto N. 52nd Avenue after two miles and ride this as it becomes N 41st W. Avenue, then West Apache Street.
You’ll be in the northwestern corner of Tulsa at this point and you can choose to head further into the city or take the expressway in any direction.
Skiatook, OK to Sedan, KS
This 62-mile route will put you a few miles over the Kansas-Oklahoma border in the town of Sedan. You’ll travel right through the heart of the Osage Nation, which exists concurrently with Osage County. The area is plentiful with Native American historical sites, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
From the center of Skiatook, head due east on Route 20/Wc Rogers Boulevard, then make a left turn onto OK-11 W/North Cincinnati Avenue. You’ll travel almost due north for nearly 20 miles, then the road will gently curve towards the west before turning into Spruce Avenue/5th Street. Make a hard left onto W. Main Street, then a right onto 8th Street to continue on OK-11 W.
Your route will again curve north and west along Bird Creek. At Tallant, it will head due west through the town of Pershing. Right past the Den Sho-ge Farmer & Flea Market, you’ll reach the end of the road, when you’ll turn right to head north on OK-99 N.
This road passes the town of Pawhuska and merges with US-60 E for a bit before you can take a slight left back onto OK-99 N. Follow this road for about 20 miles, crossing the Kansas-Oklahoma border where it becomes KS-99 N. Head north five miles into Sedan to get some grub and gas up before you return home or head further afield.
Stop into our Tulsa dealership today to see our full inventory of new and used motorcycles, including Harley-Davidson® bikes. We also offer riding classes so you can brush up on your skills before following one of the motorcycle roads above, as well as motorclothes to outfit yourself for safe touring.
Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson welcomes our customers coming from all across the Sooner State. Some of the northeastern Oklahoma cities we serve include Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby and Glenpool.