Western Oklahoma, where high plains stretch toward the Rocky Mountains, is sparsely populated. The panhandle, bordered by four states, is particularly short on residents. Only one city in the panhandle claims motel properties. Farther south, automobile history buffs travel old Route 66 west of Oklahoma City in search of roadside motor courts and signs of life before interstate highways.
Guymon, situated at the crossroads of highways 54 and 412 midway between Wichita, Kansas, and the New Mexico border, is the largest city in the Oklahoma panhandle. Privately-owned, no-frills motels dominate the small city, but Super 8, Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western and Holiday Inn operate properties in Guymon. The Willows Inn, set in the countryside east of town has three reasonably priced rooms and one suite. Gourmet breakfast, included in the room rate, is served daily.
Woodward, about 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City is a small crossroads municipality with five chain motels and several mom and pop operations. Wayfarer Inn Woodward, southeast of downtown on Williams Avenue is a no-frills, economical motel with a swimming pool and Wi-Fi. The parking lot is large enough to accommodate RVs and trucks. Boiling Springs State Park just outside Woodward has four one-bedroom cabins with views of the lake. Cabins sleep up to four, are fully equipped, and are available during the summer season.
Along Interstate 40
Interstate 40 connects Oklahoma City with the state’s Texas border. Weatherford, 70 miles west of the city hosts a dozen chain and private motels. Clinton, 15 miles west of Weatherford, is the site of the first state sponsored Route 66 museum. Several chains operate along the interstate south of the small city. The Glancy Motel and the Midtown Motor Inn are on the Mother Road, which is now designated business 40. Elk City also boasts a Route 66 museum. Located about 40 miles east of the Texas border, Standifer House Bed and Breakfast offers a selection of eclectic rooms.
The Wheatland Inn
Buffalo, located about 200 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, is the Harper County seat. Fewer than 4,000 people live in the county, and a third of them live in town. Wheatland Inn rents two cottages near the center of town. Each has an equipped kitchen with full-size refrigerator, two queen-size beds and a private patio. Both cabins have Wi-Fi and cable television. Outside electrical outlets provide electricity for boat motor charging or big rigs and on-site kennels accommodate guest’s pets.