The 32nd Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run
Friday May 1 - Sunday May 3| $75 – $567
The 32nd Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run
featuring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
May 1st-3rd, 2020
$567 (Double Occupancy) $155 (Single Supplement)
Historic Route 66—once dotted with mom & pop shops, neon signs and eclectic roadside attractions—tells the story of America’s historical move west. Contrasted with the other highways of its day, the creation of this 2,448-mile “super highway” in 1926, did not follow a traditionally linear course. Instead its diagonal path linked hundreds of rural communities across eight states and became the principal east-west artery, making it the Main Street of America. Like the country that the road traversed, history was made, and imprints were left by the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the war years, and the road trips of the fifties and sixties. In 1939, John Steinbeck proclaimed Route 66 as the “Mother Road” in his classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, which depicted life during the Great Depression. When the movie was made just a year later, it immortalized Route 66 in the American consciousness. Then, on the heels of the depression, came the Dust bowl of the Midwest, where 200,000 people traveled Route 66, the road to opportunity, migrating to California in search of a new life. As World War II broke out, troops, equipment and products were transported across Route 66 to California, and when the war ended in 1945, the Mother Road brought home thousands of postwar motorists packing up the family for summer vacations. The lure of the Route has been immortalized in the hit song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” performed by Nat King Cole, the Rolling Stones and many others, and during the 60’s the television series, “Route 66,” brought the Route to life for families across America. Even with all that Route 66 had been to America over the years, the building of Interstate 40 not only changed the course of transportation, but it lead to the death of many communities that were bypassed one by one from the mid-70’s to the final bypassing of Williams, Arizona in 1984. The first Fun Run—a three-day celebration of the Mother Road—was held in 1988, with hundreds of cars cruising the longest unbroken stretch of historic Route 66. More than 800 show-stopping vehicles are expected to make the 140-mile journey of the 32nd Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run. Anything with wheels that runs is welcome, and we’ll be there looking sharp in our Ford Transits!
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies on our way to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders. We’ll arrive at the South Rim with plenty of time to enjoy an early lunch at the restaurant of your choice, with several restaurants to choose from, offering everything from fine dining at El Tovar, to the Maswik Food Court. After lunch we’ll jump on the South Rim shuttle bus to explore the most spectacular scenic views and other points of interest—many accessible only by shuttle. Late afternoon it’s back on the bus for a one-hour drive to Williams, where we’ll check into newly opened La Quinta Hotel. After a refresh we’ll gather again to head into downtown Williams, where Route 66 is the main drag, and it’s always hoppin’ the first night of the Fun Run. We’ll enjoy dinner on self at the restaurant of your choice, with several wonderful restaurants to choose from. Later we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Two: After breakfast, included at the hotel, we’ll jump back on the bus and join the eclectic parade of vehicles traveling west on historic Route 66. Our journey will take us through the Grand Canyon Caverns area, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine and Hackberry, before reaching Kingman. Along the way each area adds a unique flavor to the celebration—including Native American dance, community BBQ’s, kitschy souvenirs, ever-changing scenic vistas and historical buildings. The Show-N-Shine in Kingman gives us a chance to enjoy the vintage vehicles that are proudly on display. Daylong festivities roll into the evening and we’ll head for Laughlin and check into the Aquarius Casino Resort. After a refresh we’ll enjoy river-view dining at the Aquarius International Buffet, featuring prime rib and crab legs, along with your choice of margaritas, wine, or beer—included. Later we’ll enjoy a free evening and there’s always lots to do in Laughlin!
Day Three: We’ll enjoy a leisurely Champagne Brunch at the hotel, featuring traditional breakfast options, along with crab legs, sushi and escargot, a fabulous dessert spread, endless side dishes and more—included. After brunch it’s bags out and we’re headed for Arizona’s famous Black Mountains. We’ll roll into the living ghost town of Oatman, where tame burros roam the streets, descendants of the early mining burros in this former gold rush town. Later we’ll travel home along the Colorado River and the California/Arizona border, with a stop for lunch on self and plenty of sightseeing along the way. This tour is always blast—we hope you’ll join us!
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