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 our hotel—our headquarters for the next two nights—and after a refresh we’ll gather to head-out to the balloon grounds and the incredible Glow Spectacular. This is one of the most dramatic events of the balloon festival, when pilots ignite the burners of their tethered balloons simultaneously and the colorful balloons glow like enormous holiday ornaments—a fabulous way to kick-off the weekend. 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. Later we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Two: Breakfast is included at the hotel, and after breakfast we’ll travel the short distance to the balloon field for the breathtaking morning mass ascension. Afterwards we’ll spend the day enjoying the festivities offered around the fairgrounds, including an arts & crafts show, great vendor’s 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 and we’ll enjoy a little lunch on self. Then it’s back on the bus, as we head for home, with plenty of great sightseeing along the way. The Havasu Balloon Festival just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Don’t wait to call in your reservations, as hotel rooms in Lake Havasu City are very limited the weekend of this popular festival!