Riding Through Miami

Some of the best sights to see are enjoyed from the seat of a motorcycle!

If you're out for a leisurely ride, come enjoy the small town charm and unique attractions Miami has to offer. As you enjoy the scenic ride through the heart of Miami, you are also taking a small stroll down Historic Route 66.

Must-See Locations 

We invite you to stay awhile, but if you're just riding through - here are a few keys places to stop at along your way:

Mickey Mantle's Boyhood

319 South Quincy Street Commerce, OK

Visit the home where Mickey Mantle, the famous baseball player, grew up. The house was home to Mickey, his parents (Mutt and Lovell), his sister (Barbara) and his three brothers ( Roy,Ray, and Larry). The home can be viewed from the outside and you can walk in the yard and near the barn where Mickey once threw baseballs with his family. Groups may tour the inside of the home by appointment only.

Waylan's KuKu Burger

915 North Main Street Miami, OK

In business for more than three decades, this famous international hot-spot is the last of its kind and has become an icon located right on historic Route 66. The restaurant is full of Route 66 memorabilia and is famous for its hamburger and unique giant Ku-Ku clock.

Coleman Theatre Beautiful

103 N Main Street Miami, OK.

In 1929, George C. Coleman built this premiere Vaudeville/Movie Palace. The exterior of the theatre features   Spanish Mission Revival architecture with Terra Cotta Gargoyles and other hand carved figures adorn the buildings facade. The interior includes golf leaf trim, silk damask panels and carved mahogany staircases. This beautiful theatre named "The Premiere Vaudeville Theatre" is a must see on historic Route 66.

Dobson Memorial Center Home and Museum

110 A St SW Miami, OK.

Located just 1 block west of Route 66, the Dobson Memorial center consists of Nellie Dobson's 1916 family home adjacent to a 7100 sq. foot museum. The Ottawa County Historical Society manages the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is charged with preserving the historic artifacts and documents in the Dobson Museum. Areas of interest and collections include Native American tribes, early Ottawa County settlers, lead and zinc mining history, historic commerce, and local industry and research documents and photos.

Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station

331 South Main Street Miami,OK.

Thought to be the oldest standing Marathon Oil Station, this landmark was built in 1929 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 1995. The station is significant due to its association with Route 6 and its 'House with Canopy" architectural style.


Northeast Oklahoma is home to scenic highways, historic byways and miles of drivable Route 66.

When traveling this area, drivers will undoubtedly meet an assortment of international visitors traveling the world-renowned Mother Road - Route 66. Centrally located with a choice of accommodations, Miami is the perfect hub-and-spoke for motorcycle adventures. With lots of dining options and 13 area casinos, evening adventures abound for almost every personal taste. Spend the day exploring the area, then return to experience a plethora of dining and entertainment options before heading to bed.The beauty of this tour is it only requires travelers to unpack their suitcase just once - making Miami the hub for the adventure. 

Day One - Exploring Pensacola Dam

Miami to Langley - 115 miles

Take 69 South out of Miami towards Afton - a small town which continues to boast several examples of classic Route 66 architecture, most notably a D-X gas station built in 937. 

Drivers can even take Ribbon Road, a nine-foot wide stretch of the original Route 66. Take note, the road is rough and narrow, so be sure to ride carefully. 

Continuing onto Highway 85A to Highway 82 will take drivers to the Pensacola Dam in Langley. Built more than 75 years ago and on the National Register of Historic Places, the dam - at 1.24 miles long - is the longest multiple arch dam in the world. Run by the Grand River Dam Authority, free tours of Oklahoma’s first hydroelectric facility, take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Need a stretch break? Before crossing the dam (going from Langley to Disney), check out the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center on the Langley side. This building contains historical information about how the dam, and subsequently Grand Lake, were formed. It also serves as the scientific hub for a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory. 

Take Highway 28 through the countryside to connect Highway 127 and eventually Highway 59/10, to head north to Grove.

This laid-back lakeside community set in the rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountains, will give drivers a multitude of restaurants - including a few hometown favorites - designed to satisfy a hunger for lunch.

Continue along Highway 10 and venture to Grand Lake State Park-Twin Bridges, located approximately 20 minutes north on Highway 10. The sweeping views of Spring River are some of the most beautiful in Oklahoma. Take in a spectacular Oklahoma sunset and watch the light glimmer in the last rays of the day. 

Wrap up the day by heading towards Miami, for a supper break and hotel, just 10 miles to the northwest.

Points of interest on the ride:

• Roadhog Saloon - Bernice. A biker bar known for it’s food and interesting decor.

• Grand Lake State Park - Bernice. A water-side state park with a nature center.

• Cosby’s Catfish Cafe - Eucha. A family-own restaurant renowned for their offerings.

• Mariee Wallace Museum - Jay - A museum which focuses on northeast Oklahoma history.

• The Grand Lake Queen - Grove. Take a ride Memorial Day to Labor Day on Oklahoma’s only paddleboat.

• Har-Ber Village - Grove - A living history museum which showcases the history of the midwest.

• Lendonwood Gardens - Grove. A botanical garden featuring everything from native plants to a Japanese garden complete with Koi pond.


Day Two - The Will Rogers Ride

Miami to Claremore - 185 miles.

Take Highway 69 South to the famous Clanton’s Restaurant in Vinita. The longest family-owned restaurant on Route 66, this restaurant - and it’s chicken fried steak and calf fries - were showcased on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives.

Head on down to Foyil, home of the 90 foot Totem Pole, the largest and oldest example of folk art in Oklahoma. A pit-stop in Claremore gives riders a chance to get an up close and personal visit with Oklahoma’s own cowboy poet/writer at the Will Rogers Museum.

The journey north on Highway 169 take visitors through the Oologah/Talala area, also known as the stomping grounds for Will Rogers.

Keep on Highway 60 and visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper, The Price Tower in Bartlesville. The Woolarc Museum and Wildlife Preserve is a treat for nature and animal lovers alike. The wide open spaces and tall grass prairie make for a memorable ride.

Wrap up the day by heading east on Highway 10, to make the way back to the “home away from home” in Miami.

Points of interest on the ride:

• JM Davis Arms and Historical Museum - Claremore. This is the largest privately owned firearm collection in the world. 

• The Nut House - Claremore - A 40-plus-year-old establishment which sells native pecans. 

• The Blue Whale - Catoosa. A waterfront structure which has become one of the most recognizable attractions on old Route 66

• Tom Mix Museum - Dewey. The museum features a collection of Mix’s memorabilia and more.

Day Three - The Cherokee Ride

Miami to Tahlequah - 190 miles.

Head south on Highway 10 to Highway 125 to Tahlequah, the capital of Cherokee Nation. For those interested in Native American history and culture, Tahlequah offers a plethora of options.

The city was established as the capital for the Cherokee Nation in 1839, after members of the tribe were forced out west on the Trail of Tears. 

A trip to the Cherokee Nation Prison Museum is on the must-see list. Built in 1875, the prison once held the most hardened criminals in Indian Territory. Today it features a two-building interpretive site which offers a plethora of information concerning Cherokee crime and punishment and law enforcement through a variety of interactive displays.

The ride into Tahlequah, along the Illinois River, offers a variety of sweeping twists and turns as motorists meander through the valleys and hills. This trip offers an assortment of roadside selfies and beautiful views of the riverfront. 

Points of interest on the ride:

• Tahlequah History Trail - Tahlequah. A trail full of landmarks and sites which highlight the history of Cherokee Nation.

• Diligwa - Cherokee Heritage Center - Tahlequah. Experience life in a 1710 Cherokee Village on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center. An outdoor living history exhibit is named for a derivative of Tellico, a village in the east that was once the principal Cherokee town, but now underwater.

• Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry - Locust Grove. The museum has a goal to bring poetry and people together, to encourage wordplay and literacy and to provide a space where everyone can experience poetry.

• Grand Lake State Park: Spavinaw Area - Spavinaw. Located on the western end of Spavinaw Lake, this state park is a quiet setting known for its turquoise water.

• Ozark Plateau Wildlife Refuge - Eastern Oklahoma. Located on the southwest edge of the Ozark Plateau and Boston mountains, the refuge consists of nine separate unites in four counties totaling 4,200 acres. The refuge is home to the Ozark big-eared bat, gray bat, Indiana bat and Ozark cave fish.

For more information on bringing your group to Miami, Oklahoma, please contact Sherry Spillers at 918-542-4435.


Miami has more than 500 hotel rooms located conveniently off Interstate 44 and Route 66.  With numerous national chains, Miami is the perfect stop for business, family and fun.  Register your group with the CVB and receive special assistance with rates, catering and everything in between. 


Northeast Oklahoma is full of great entertainment! Visit our upcoming calendar of events for a full line-up of activities happening in the Miami area.