Havasu Balloon Festival!
January 9th-11th, 2020 Thursday-Saturday
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies, on our way to Quartzsite for lunch on self. After lunch we’ll sightsee our way to beautiful Lake Havasu City. We’ll check into the recently remodeled Hampton Inn, just blocks from the balloon grounds—our headquarters for the next two nights. We’ll take some time for a refresh before heading out to enjoy the Glow Spectacular, so dramatic—officially kicking off the Havasu Balloon Festival! You will not want to miss this opening event, as pilots ignite the burners of their tethered balloons simultaneously and they glow like enormous holiday ornaments. Later we’ll enjoy dinner on self at Shugrue’s, offering stunning views of the Bridgewater Channel and the world-famous London Bridge. Shugrue’s is an American grill, known for their seafood and chops, but they also serve burgers, salads, a daily special and so much more. Later still, we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Two: Breakfast is included at the hotel. After breakfast we’ll travel the short distance to the balloon field for the breathtaking Mass Ascension— an early morning launch of hundreds of balloons—the most amazing display of sound and color! Afterwards we’ll explore all that this exciting festival has to offer, including tethered balloon rides, an antique & classic car show, arts & crafts show, food vendors booths, live music and so much more. The bus will be available to shuttle from the balloon field to the hotel and back throughout the day. As the sun sets, we’ll rally again to enjoy dinner on self at Javelina Cantina—offering fantastic Sonoran style Mexican food and wildly creative margaritas! Weather permitting, we’ll relax on the large outdoor patio dining area. After dinner we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Three: We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, included, and then it’s bags out and we’ll head for one of Arizona’s most interesting ghost towns—Oatman! This crazy town began as a mining tent camp over 100 years ago, but quickly became a flourishing gold mining center in 1915, when two miners struck a ten-million-dollar gold find! Mining in Oatman was short lived, but Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66. The town nearly died when the route became what is now Interstate 40. Today tame burros roam the streets, descendants of the early mining burros. We’ll check out the Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned in 1939. Early afternoon we’ll be back on the road, enjoying plenty of great sightseeing and lunch on self along the way. The Havasu Balloon Festival just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Don’t wait to make your reservations, as hotel rooms in Lake Havasu City are very limited the weekend of this popular festival!