Your West Valley News: Travel


  • Get your pics on Route 66 photo tour

    There’s nothing like the wind-in-your-hair feeling of the open road. Interestingly, our state boasts the longest contiguous stretches of one of the most storied highways in America — Route 66, also known as The Mother Road. The route — which opened in 1926 and originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif. — was a key thoroughfare for families migrating west during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. It soon came to symbolize freedom and opportunity and still remains one of the most recognizable symbols of Americana around the world.Interest in Route 66 has increased in recent years, thanks in part to a number of television shows and books, including Jim Hinkley’s best-selling “Route 66 Backroads” and “Ghost Towns of Route 66,” featuring the stellar photography of travel journalist Kerrick James.You can experience that open-road freedom while capturing photos of Arizona’s Route 66 by traveling along with James on the “Roaming Arizona’s Route 66: A Through Each Others Eyes Self-Drive Photo Workshop” Aug. 27-29.This three-day trip, beginning at Kingman’s El Trovatore Motel, takes participates along the longest drivable piece of Route 66, including stops in Hackberry, Truxton, Peach Springs, Seligman and the Road Kill Cafe, Ash Fork, Williams, Flagstaff, Holbrook and Winslow. During the trip you will see and photograph — under James’ expert tutelage — the quirky and colorful bits of Route 66, while overnighting at vintage hotels like Holbrook’s Wigwam Motel.“Route 66 is about the automobile and the open road,” said James, who said you don’t need to be a photography expert to join the trip. “You can bring your favorite car — from your muscle car to your Porsche. It’s really fun to photograph from a moving car or other people in a moving car.”All you need is a working camera and the desire to experience a bit of local and national history. He’ll make sure you get where you need to go and have the guidance to capture some iconic images for your own scrapbooks.

  • Discover what happens in Vegas first hand

    The Tours and Scheduling office of the Rec Centers of Sun City West is offering a getaway to Las Vegas that you cannot refuse.The trip consists of three days and two nights, beginning Aug. 26, at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, and an opportunity to see the new Mob Museum, nominated as Best New Tour of the Year. The museum tour is optional.The Golden Nugget has witnessed Sin City turn from a barely paved road to one of the most photographed thoroughfares in the world, and into downtown’s most recent incarnation, the Fremont Street Experience, RCSCW officials stated in a release.The getaway provides time to do some shopping; relax around the pools; catch a show; try your luck at the slots or maybe a hand or two of blackjack; or join a guided night tour of Las Vegas, according to the RCSCW.The cost for the trip is $295 per person double occupancy, or $350 per person single occupancy.Reservations can be made with the SCW Tours and Scheduling office at 623-544-6129.

  • Electronic devices to receive more TSA scrutiny

    Washington (AP) • Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats.The Transportation Security Administration says it is adding the requirement that passengers coming to the U.S. from some airports must turn on devices such as cellphones before boarding. It says devices that won’t power up won’t be allowed on planes and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening.

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