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The Mustang Enthusiast's Road Trip Guide

10 Mustang Road Trip Destinations

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Looking to hit the open road in your Ford Mustang? No doubt, leaving it all behind in search of road trip adventures is a favorite pastime of many Mustang enthusiasts. So where do you go? The following is a list of top Mustang road trip destinations. Each one is sure to offer up plenty of excitement for the adventurous Mustang enthusiast.

The Henry Ford Museum

Ford Mustang Prototype
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, Michigan

Stop by and learn a thing or two about the late great Henry Ford. The museum features a tour that is open seven days a week, year round, 9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Be sure to check out the new Driving America exhibit which features some amazing cars, including the original Mustang prototype.

Shelby America Factory Tour

Shelby America Factory
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas
Las Vegas, Nevada

When it comes to making Mustangs fast, Carroll Shelby is the man. Be sure to take a tour of his factory/and museum, which is located near I-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Shelby Museum and Gift Shop is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please arrive at Shelby by 10:15 a.m. if you plan to go on the tour.

San Francisco Bullitt Tour

1968 GT390 Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
San Francisco, California

Go back in time by taking a tour of Lt. Frank Bullitt’s San Francisco. You can follow his exact chase scene route, or drive by his apartment. A bit of advice. I’ve heard the self guided tour is even better if you’re driving a Highland Green 1968 GT390!

Telstar Mustang, Cobra, & Shelby Museum

Telstar Mustang, Cobra, & Shelby Museum
Photo Courtesy of Telstar Mustang, Cobra, & Shelby Museum
Mitchell, South Dakota

This museum features at least one Shelby Mustang from every year and model of production. While you’re there, you can browse through the various restored Mustangs for sale. Who knows, you might go home with a new ride! Interesting to note, all the Cobra and Shelby titles have been autographed by Carroll Shelby. Guided Tours are given. Appointments are recommended.

Foose Design Shop Tour

Foose Design
Photo Courtesy of Foose Design
Huntington Beach, California

Chances are you’ve seen him on TV, and you’ve seen his custom-built Foose Mustangs. Why not stop by Chip’s shop? Tours are given Monday through Friday at Noon.

Gateway Colorado Auto Museum

Gateway Colorado Auto Museum
Photo Courtesy of Gateway Colorado Auto Museum
Gateway, Colorado

This road trip destination is located in the canyons of Western Colorado. Even better, it’s right next to the Gateway Canyons Resort. It's the perfect place to stop after a long day on the road. The museum features an immaculate 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, as well as a 2006 "Stallion" Chip Foose Mustang. Of note, the Stallion on display was the first one produced, and is listed as number #001.

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
Photo Courtesy of Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
Pomona, California

Ford, and its Mustang, has been very active in NHRA racing. Stop by the NHRA Motorsports museum, which features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles –- nearly 50 at the Grand Opening -- along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports.

Attend a Mustang Grand National Show

Mustang Grand National Show
Photo Courtesy of Mustang Club of America
Mustang, Oklahoma

Each year the Mustang Club of America hosts a Grand National Show. In 2012, the show happens to take place in Mustang, Oklahoma. What better location for a Mustang show? The event runs August 31st through September 2nd. If you attend, be prepared to be surrounded by all things Mustang for several action packed days of fun in the sun.

Attend Mustang Week

Mustang Week
Photo Courtesy of Mustang Week
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Another big Mustang event, worthy of a road trip, is the yearly Mustang Week festivities in Myrtle Beach. This year’s event runs from July 16 – 22nd. It’s a week long journey full of Mustang activities, sleeping in, and having fun!

Mustangs Across America

Mustangs Across America
Photo Courtesy of Mustangs Across America
Various Locations

In April of 2014, Mustang enthusiasts from across the world will join together in a Mustang cruise across America in celebration of the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary. The cruise, which takes place April 12-17, 2014, will include numerous stops across the country. The most recent run, in 2009, ended in Birmingham, Alabama for the Mustang’s 45th Anniversary.

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