Winner of Historic Route 66 Road Trip

Sunset on the historic Mother Road, Route 66

Sunset on the historic Mother Road, Route 66

Congratulations Brandi Porteous of Dixon, Missouri – You are our winner! Have a great time on your road trip!

November 11, 2016 was the 90th anniversary of the Mother Road. In celebration, we’re giving you a chance to win the iconic stretch of road from New Mexico to western Arizona with a stop at Grand Canyon National Park.

Enter to win October 25 to November 29, 2016. Official rules.

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Here’s the trip we have planned for you!

Things in RED below are included in the prize! Use our itinerary or plan your own.

Before you leave for your trip, use your (4) $30 Mountain Khakis Gift Cards to buy something for the trip. (Shop at mountainkhakis.com.) Plan your trip using a Grand Canyon Journal and Grand Canyon Vacation Planner.


Days 1 & 2, Albuquerque, N.M.
www.VisitABQ.org

Things to do in Albuquerque

Sandia Peak Tram. Photo courtesy of Visit Albuquerque

Sandia Peak Tram. Photo courtesy of Visit Albuquerque

Ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378-foot Sandia Peak affords a panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley. www.sandiapeak.com

ABX BioPark Zoo. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

ABX BioPark Zoo. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

Visit Explora and other Family-Friendly Attractions.
Home to 19 museums, nature centers, amusement parks and sports venues, Albuquerque has been voted among the top 10 cities for families several times. www.explora.us

Annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

Annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride.
Albuquerque is the ballooning capitol of the world because of its unique layers of wind channels. Take a sky-high ride year-round or attend the annual International Balloon Fiesta in October. The fiesta is one of the most photographed events in the world with hundreds of colorful balloons floating above the city. www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/air

New Mexican Cuisine. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

New Mexican Cuisine. Photo courtesy Visit Albuquerque

Taste New Mexican Cuisine.
It’s a fusion of Spanish, Native American and Mexican ingredients and techniques. The defining ingredient is chile, a spicy chile pepper that is a staple in many New Mexican dishes. www.visitalbuquerque.org/albuquerque/cuisine

San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque. Photo courtesy of Visit Albuquerque

San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque. Photo courtesy of Visit Albuquerque

Take the Route 66 Tour.
Discover how the west was won as you drive through Albuquerque along the Mother Road. Stops include the historic Nob Hill District and Old Town. Download the tour map at www.visitalbuquerque.org/albuquerque/route-66/tours

Stay at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel
2-night, 1 room stay for a family of four including access to the Sheraton Club for Breakfast and evening appetizers. www.sheratonalbuquerqueuptown.com


Day 3, Grants, N.M.
www.Grants.org

Things to do in the Grants-Milan Area

New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants.

New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants.

Visit the New Mexico Mining Museum.
See the underground environment that the miners worked in everyday by exploring a simulated uranium mine. www.grants.org/museums-galleries.aspx

Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course. Photo courtesy of Grants

Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course. Photo courtesy of Grants

Play a round of Golf at Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course.
New Mexico boasts many notable public courses, but none match this course’s unique character with a backdrop of Mount Taylor to the north and the hills of El Malpais National Monument to the south. Sixteen lakes add cool elegance to this championship course. golfnewmexico.com/pages/courses/coyote.html

The drive-under Route 66 arch in Grants, N.M. Photo by Tessa Rae Jimenez courtesy of Grants

The drive-under Route 66 arch in Grants, N.M. Photo by Tessa Rae Jimenez courtesy of Grants

Pose Under the Route 66 Arch.
Drive under this huge Route 66 sign and take a selfie for the ultimate souvenir of your drive. The 18th-foot tall illuminated roadside arch is lined with LED neon rope lights and lights up Route 66 every evening.

La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument near Grants, N.M.

La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument near Grants, N.M.

See Lava Fields and one of New Mexico’s Largest Arches.
Explore the El Calderon Area of El Malpais National Monument. See winding trenches that were once glowing rivers of lava and the sloping hills of a long quiet volcano. Another nearby natural phenomena is one of New Mexico’s largest natural arches, La Ventana Arch. It faces southwest so stop by in the afternoon for picture-perfect lighting. La Ventana arch can be seen from the parking area off Highway 117, but take the quarter-mile easy trail to get up close to the base of the arch. www.nps.gov/elma

Holiday Inn Express-Grants. Photo courtesy Grants, N.M.

Holiday Inn Express-Grants. Photo courtesy Grants, N.M.

Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Grants-Milan
1-night, 1 room stay for a family of four at one of Grants most modern hotels. Take a dip in the indoor, heated pool, relax in the whirlpool or work out in the fitness center. In the morning, enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast bar with items like scrambled eggs and bacon. www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/grants/grtnm/hoteldetail


Day 4, Holbrook, Ariz.

Things to Do near Holbrook

Logs on the Crystal Forest Loop in Petrified Forest National Park. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Logs on the Crystal Forest Loop in Petrified Forest National Park. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Explore Petrified Forest National Park.
The park is home to fossils older than 200 million years, and some of the largest and most beautiful concentrations of petrified wood, “painted desert” badlands, archeological sites and historic structures. Don’t miss the .75-mile Crystal Forest Loop trail. www.nps.gov/pefo/

Wigwam Motel in Holbrooke, Ariz. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain via Library of Congress

Wigwam Motel in Holbrooke, Ariz. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain via Library of Congress

Stay in a Wigwam
1-night, 1 room stay for a family of four at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. The motel with its 15 free-standing rooms is a striking sample of Western Americana culture along Route 66. Many people remember staying there on their family vacation road trips and return today to relive the experience. Each wigwam has one or two beds, a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, and cable TV. sleepinawigwam.com


Day 5 & 6, Winslow to Williams, Ariz.
ExperienceWilliams.com

Things to Do near Winslow

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. Photo by Dave Krause

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. Photo by Dave Krause

Visit Standin’ on the Corner Park.
This Winslow public park commemorates the Eagles song “Take It Easy.” Take a selfie next to the red flatbed Ford and bronze sculpture of a man nicknamed “Easy” by the locals. standinonthecorner.com

Barringer Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona. Courtesy photo

Barringer Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona. Courtesy photo

See a Meteor Crater.
The Barringer Meteor Crater, nearly 1 mile across, is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Explore the Interactive Discovery Center, view the crater from viewing platforms, or take a guided tour along the rim. meteorcrater.com

Things to Do in Williams

Bearizona drive-through wildlife park in Williams, Ariz. Courtesy photo

Bearizona drive-through wildlife park in Williams, Ariz. Courtesy photo

Drive through a Wildlife Park.
See bears, bison, hawks and bobcats up close at Bearizona, which received a Readers’ Choice award for USA Today’s 10 Best Drive-Through Wildlife Parks. You can drive by animals in their natural habitat, stroll a separate zoo-type setting and watch a raptor program. bearizona.com

Station 66 Italian Bistro in Williams, Ariz. Courtesy photo

Station 66 Italian Bistro in Williams, Ariz. Courtesy photo

Eat Neapolitan Style.
The Station 66 Italian Bistro on Route 66 creates wood-fired pizzas, pasta, salads, and bruschetta boards. Sip on Arizona wines and local craft beer while watching Route 66 from the rooftop deck or patio. ($125 dining card included in prize.) www.TheStation66.com

Pete's classic 1940's Ford sedan out front of his namesake Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Pete’s classic 1940’s Ford sedan out front of his namesake Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

See Route 66 Memorabilia at a Gas Station Museum.
Pete may no longer be behind the counter but his son turned his old gas station into a museum with collections of old gas pumps, vintage oil cans, and vintage signs. Pete’s 1940’s Ford sedan is parked out front. Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum is now half museum and half gift shop. (928) 635-2675, 101 E Route 66, Williams, AZ 86046

The new tap room and restaurant at the Grand Canyon Brewery. Photo by Genaro Thode courtesy of Grand Canyon Brewery.

The new tap room and restaurant at the Grand Canyon Brewery. Photo by Genaro Thode courtesy of Grand Canyon Brewery.

Drink Some Local Brew and Hop a Train
Get onboard the Grand Canyon Railway in downtown Williams for a day trip to the Grand Canyon. When the train returns in the early evening, have a couple of pints of Sunset Amber Ale and slide some shuffleboard weights at the Grand Canyon Brewery. The brewery’s new taproom features 16 different tap handles including a few seasonal brews and local guest beers. www.thetrain.com, grandcanyonbrewery.com

IMAX film at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan. Photo by Joel Kramer courtesy of National Geographic

IMAX film at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan. Photo by Joel Kramer courtesy of National Geographic

Watch an IMAX Movie about the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park is just an hour from Williams and an easy side trip from Route 66. Before you head into the park, stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX theater in Tusayan to watch “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” It will give you a “deeper” understanding of the Canyon before you see it with your own eyes. ExploreTheCanyon.com

The Red Garter Inn Bed & Breakfast, Historic Brewing, and Canyon Club in Williams, Ariz. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

The Red Garter Inn Bed & Breakfast, Historic Brewing, and Canyon Club in Williams, Ariz. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Stay at an Old Bordello.
2-night, 1 room stay for a family of four at the Red Garter Inn Bed & Breakfast, a beautifully restored 1897 saloon and bordello one block off of Route 66 and one of the most historic places in Williams. www.RedGarter.com


Day 7, 8, & 9, Peach Springs, Ariz. and Grand Canyon West

Things to Do in Grand Canyon West Area

Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge.

Walk on a Glass Bridge Overlooking the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, providing an unparalleled view of the West Rim. Your Hualapai Legacy Gold Packages include tickets for entrance to Grand Canyon West, a meal, and Skywalk admission. www.grandcanyonwest.com

The entrance to the Crystal Room inside Grand Canyon Caverns. Courtesy photo

The entrance to the Crystal Room inside Grand Canyon Caverns. Courtesy photo

Tour a Cave.
Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States, located 200 to 300 feet below the surface, and accessible via an elevator. Back in the early days of the Mother Road, Route 66 ran near the natural entrance to the caves and travelers were enticed to try the ‘dope on a rope’ special tour. Today, new caves have been opened for you to explore. gccaverns.com

Studebaker car in the Route 66 Museum in Kingman, AZ. Courtesy Photo

Studebaker car in the Route 66 Museum in Kingman, AZ. Courtesy Photo

Learn about the History of Route 66.
Make a side trip to Kingman to visit the Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman’s Historic Powerhouse. Brilliant murals, photos and life-size dioramas capture what is was like to travel on the Mother Road throughout different time periods. Travelers included Native Americans, the U.S. Army, migrant workers during the dust bowl, and even camel caravans. www.gokingman.com/attraction-Powerhouse-Route-66-Museum

Betty's Diner, Route 66 style, at Grand Canyon Caverns in Peach Springs. Courtesy photo

Betty’s Diner, Route 66 style, at Grand Canyon Caverns in Peach Springs. Courtesy photo

Stay at the Caverns Inn Motel.
1-night, 1 room stay for a family of four. Located conveniently at the entrance of the Grand Canyon Caverns and set back from Route 66, the rooms include free breakfast in the Betty Boop Room. gccaverns.com/rooms-packages/

The Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Ariz. Photo courtesy of the Hualapai Nation

The Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Ariz. Photo courtesy of the Hualapai Nation

Stay at the Hualapai Lodge.
1-night, 1 room stay for a family of four. Situated on the longest stretch of highway left of the original Route 66, the lodge is the gateway to the breathtaking drive on the only road leading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Use this as your basecamp for a Skywalk adventure at Grand Canyon West. www.grandcanyonwest.com/lodge.html


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