Drive the iconic stretch of the Mother Road from New Mexico to Arizona, stopping at historic towns and amazing attractions along the way. When you reach the Grand Canyon, you are treated to an all-inclusive 3-day hiking vacation with lodging and meals included.
Here's the trip we have planned for you! Prizes are shown in bold.
Start: Albuquerque, N.M.
Albuquerque is the perfect launch city for a trip on the Mother Road because of its international airport and location at the start of the original straight stretch of Route 66 heading to the Grand Canyon. Today, there are still a number of neon signs lining Albuquerque's Historic Route 66, which takes you through three distinct city districts. Start in Nob Hill, a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood with a youthful, collegial vibe. From there, head downtown and look for the city’s best-known landmark, KiMo Theatre and Art Gallery, which opened in 1927 in Pueblo- Deco style. Every architectural detail has significance from the rain clouds to the birds. Download an Albuquerque Route 66 Tour Map.
Get a good night's sleep before you head out on the trip. Your prize package includes a $100 Visa Gift Card towards a 1-night stay.
About 80-miles west of Albuquerque is the small trading-post town of Grants. Along Route 66 you'll still see the quirky hotels and old neon signs that dominated the road in its heyday. When you get into town, your first stop should be to park for a selfie under the Route 66 arch. Arriving at night? The arch is lit up with neon. Here are more don't-miss activities 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
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. Prize includes 1 round of golf for two people with golf cart) golfnewmexico.com/pages/courses/coyote.html
Stay at a Grants-Milan area hotel. 1-night, 1 room stay for two.
More things to do: www.Grants.org
It's as deep as a 60-story building and as wide as 20 football fields. More than 2 million fans could watch games from the crater rim. But to really comprehend the vastness of Meteor Crater, it's worth pulling off Route 66 near Winslow, Ariz. to see it yourself.
Two Tickets to the Meteor Crater Interactive Discover Center.
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.
Learn more at meteorcrater.com.
One of the only original Route 66 roadhouses still standing, the log cabin Museum Club in Flagstaff attracts national acts like Willie Nelson, features two bars and is home to one of the largest wooden dance floors in the state.
Yes, Route 66 is alive and well in Flagstaff. So use this guide to 66 Kicks to Route 66 for retro sightseeing.
Beyond the road, Flagstaff is known for their helping hand in the Apollo Moon Landing and the discovery of Pluto. So your prize package includes two passes to the Lowell Observatory (lowell.edu). With all there is to do, you'll need to stay the night. The prize includes one-night stay in a Flagstaff hotel.
Grand Canyon South Rim Hiking Tour with Lodging Hosted by Wildland Trekking
You've made it to the Grand Canyon! Although this is the end of the road, it's only the beginning of your adventure. Wildland Trekking will host two people for three days of active adventure during the day and a comfy hotel at night.
Highlights include three challenging day hikes whose locations span over thirty miles of the South Rim, a "sprinkled in" tour of the best Grand Canyon museums and visitor attractions, a sunset dinner on the rim prepared by your guide (weather permitting), a memorable dinner at the famous El Tovar Hotel, and cozy lodging at a hotel ten minutes from the edge of the Canyon.
National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center & IMAX
During your stay at the South Rim, make time to visit the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan, just 7 miles from the park entrance and accessible from the shuttle.
Two Tickets to IMAX. Watch Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets. The 34-minute film is a fantastic start to your Grand Canyon adventure as it carries you on a journey that spans 4,000 years of Grand Canyon history. It begins with the native people who lived there and includes a recreation of John Wesley Powell's 1869 boating expedition through the Grand Canyon.
The film, which is shown on a six-story-high screen, is shown every hour on the half hour during business hours, which change seasonally.
Learn more at ExploreTheCanyon.com.
- 2018 winner, Michelle Murphy of St. Paul, Minnesota
- 2017 winner, Jessica Tanksley of Granbury, Texas.
- 2016 winner, Brandi Porteous of Dixon, Missouri