TT West 2017: Sunday September 24 to Friday September 29, 2017
TT West 2017 explores the exTTremes of the American West as we start in Las Vegas, Nevada, travel along and through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and finish at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Our exTTreme drive takes us into the lowest elevations in the US as we pass through Death Valley and the highest elevation in the lower 48 as we view Mount Whitney. We will also experience exTTreme temperatures of 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley and near freezing at night at Lake Tahoe.
SOLD OUT – TT West 2017 has reached 19 registered vehicles and registration is now closed. See you in 2018!
TT West 2017 – The ExTTreme Drive
TT West 2017 starts Sunday September 24, 2017 at Audi Henderson in Henderson, Nevada with an optional evening dinner cruise on Lake Mead. This optional drive will be a joint event of TT West and ACNA Southern California Chapter (which includes Las Vegas) to give us a chance to meet other Audi enthusiasts.
Monday we will leave Vegas for the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada, and then drive through Death Valley (lowest elevation in the US) to Lone Pine, California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The average temperature in Death Valley that time of year is 102 degrees Fahrenheit, so doing much more than drive through will depend if the temps are below normal. The Alabama Hills just west of Lone Pine has been the site of hundreds of western movies that folks can explore on their own Monday evening.
Tuesday we will drive to the Mount Whitney (highest mountain in the lower 48) Portal to view the mountain and do a short hike to nearby waterfalls. Then we will visit the Manzanar Detention site for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Next we climb the Sierras to the Devils Postpile National Monument and stay overnight at the nearby Mammoth Lakes resort.
Wednesday we drive to Yosemite National Park, crossing the Sierras via the rarely used east entrance near Lee Vining, California. Once we arrive at the Park’s main complex on the east side of the mountains around noon, folks will be on their own the rest of the day. Our hotel site is outside the west entrance to the park near Groveland, California.
Thursday we cross the Sierras again heading northeast on the way to Virginia City, Nevada. The main attraction during this drive is the Calaveras Big Trees State Park that has a Giant Sequoia forest and hiking trails. We finish in the old silver mining town of Virginia City, Nevada.
Friday we do a circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe and end our trip on Lake Tahoe in State Line, Nevada. A no-host farewell dinner will be held. Night time temps once we leave Lone Pine will be cold but daytime temps will be in the high 60s.
Registration is limited to 19 cars. Last year we sold out in 6 weeks so register now! This is an Audi Club of North America sanctioned event, so the driver must be an ACNA member at the time of registration or the driver must pay an extra $49 in annual dues to join ACNA to participate in this event. This is a non-profit event. Your registration gets you a TT West hat provided by ACNA, a TT West polo shirt, and entrance to Big Trees State Park. All of the other sites we plan to visit are a part of the National Park service and their fees are not included because so many participants have annual passes to these areas.