When our family took a Route 66 trip through Oklahoma recently, one tourist trap we couldn’t resist was POPS on the outskirts of Arcadia. POPS opened in 2007 along old Route 66 and seems to be every bit as popular as the roadside attractions I remember from our family vacations in the 1960s. To be sure, POPS is a tourist trap, but oh, what a Tourist Trap!!! Here are 5 things we loved the most about this very cool Route 66 roadside business.
Cool neon pop bottle
POPS is where you’ll find what must be the largest pop bottle in the world. This ginormous pop bottle is a whopping 66 feet high and weighs 4 tons. By day, it’s white. Come nightfall, the neon is switched on and the pop bottle lights up like a technicolor Christmas tree. How awesome is that?
Retro space architecture
This building that houses POPS and shelters the patio area looks like something out of a futuristic space movie. The restaurant part has walls of glass which double up as storage for thousands of colorful bottles of pop. And if you look closely at the huge cantilevered awning over the entrance, you’ll notice that it has no supports. It really is about the coolest patio cover we’ve ever seen.
Lots of soda pop
And boy, does it ever have soda pop. One entire wall is nothing but refrigerator cases that hold over 600 flavors of soda pop collected from all over the world. We saw brands and flavors that we didn’t even know existed such as Joia Orange Jasmine & Nutmeg , Lesters Fixins Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda, and Rocket Fizz Black Licorice Soda. Customers can buy soda pop by the individual bottle, or mix & match six of them for a bit of a discount.
Way cool souvenirs
POPS also has a nice selection of kitschy souvenirs, including the coolest souvenir of our Route 66 road trip…a refrigerator magnet pop bottle opener in the shape of the POPS pop bottle.
What’s great about POPS is that it’s not in the center of downtown, but out in a pasture not far from the Arcadia Round Barn. The scenery is gorgeous, the air is fresh, and there’s plenty of space to stretch the legs. It made for a great place to take a break from the driving for a while and relax with a cold bottle of pop.
POPS is located in the Deep Fork River Valley, northeast of Oklahoma City and just east of Edmond at 660 W. Highway 66 in Arcadia. While the store is open daily from 6am to 10pm, the restaurant has limited hours which is why we recommend visiting their website at Route66.com before driving out. You can also call them at 405-928-POPS (7677).
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