There are American Indian ruins, Spanish missions, Mormon pioneer settlements and mining ghost towns to explore.
Oracle, AZ (Vocus) April 22, 2010
The US Route 89 Appreciation Society has been created to celebrate the majestic scenery, history and culture of the of the American West. Along highway 89 travelers can visit 20 national parks and monuments as well as numerous national forests, wilderness areas, state parks and historic sites. The Society website is a resource for planning a road trip and a place for sharing the experience.
James and Barbara Cowlin, a photographer and artist team with a passion for traveling on America’s slow roads, founded the US Route 89 Appreciation Society to encourage tourists to try a different way of travel. According to Ms. Cowlin, “We wanted travelers to have a more authentic vacation experience, to slow down and enjoy the journey instead of speeding from destination to destination.”
US Route 89 is the perfect road for a family driving vacation. Along its nearly 2000 mile length between Mexico and Canada it passes through or near the seven premier western national parks—Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier. Travelers on highway 89 also experience the full variety of the western landscape: desert mountains and valleys in southern Arizona, canyons and rocky plateaus in northern Arizona and Utah, and majestic mountains in Wyoming and Montana.
“Not only does US Route 89 carry travelers from one scenic wonder to the next, it gives them a taste of the history and diverse cultures of the West,” notes Mr. Cowlin. “There are American Indian ruins, Spanish missions, Mormon pioneer settlements and mining ghost towns to explore.”
While the large cities and national parks along US Route 89 continue to attract tourists, the US Route 89 Appreciation Society website encourages families to visit the places in between. The Road Trip Guides on the website detail all of the towns and cities, public lands and historic sites with maps, driving directions and photographs.
To aid in planning a driving vacation on US 89, the Appreciation Society has published a Road Trip Map Book. It is available either as an instantly downloadable e-book or as a soft cover book and can be ordered from the Map Book page on the website.
When their trip is over, travelers can contribute to the richness of the website by adding their own stories and pictures. Share Your 89 Stories allows registered users to upload photographs and a description of their favorite places or unique experiences to the appropriate road trip guide.
The Cowlin’s are inviting the public to sponsor a section of their upcoming one month road trip which begins on May 17th. Sponsors can select from a list of road guides on the US Route 89 website or one of the twenty National Parks and Monuments along 89. A sponsor could also pick a few miles and contribute a dollar a mile.
Detailed information and a sign up form are available on the 2010 Road Trip Sponsorship page on the US Route 89 website. All sponsors will be recognized on the website and receive special rewards for their contribution during and after the trip. Supporters can contribute $100 for one of 19 uniques sections of highway 89 or one of the 20 national parks and monuments or they can select a smaller section for $1 per mile. And sponsoring the Cowlin’s trip is a great way for road trip aficionados to promote the slow road movement.
The US Route 89 Appreciation Society is a resource for planning a western road trip vacation and a place for sharing stories and photographs of this unique highway. It is part of the “slow road” movement that encourages travel on the two-lane roads that lead to the heart and soul of America. For more information, visit http://us89society.org/. Media Contact: James Cowlin, 602-944-3286, jim at us89society dot org.