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.
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.
Things to do in 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
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
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
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
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.
Things to do in the Grants-Milan Area
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
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
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.
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
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
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/
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.
Things to Do near Winslow
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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/
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