This schedule is preliminary and it is subject to change at any time up until the start of the event while activities are finalized. The final schedule will be made available to all TT West 2017 attendees at the event. Also, the distances listed are approximate and can change due to weather, road construction and/or other unforeseen circumstances, so please view these distances as best estimates.
There will be an optional Lake Mead Dinner Cruise in the evening. This activity will be a joint event of TT West and the ACNA Southern California chapter to give us an opportunity to meet other Audi enthusiasts.
4:30 – 5:00 Early TT West registration at the Audi Henderson (directions) parking lot. (Note: The dealership buildings will be closed.)
5:00 - 5:10 Drivers meeting for the drive to the optional Lake Mead dinner cruise Note: last day to sign up for the cruise is July 15, 2017.
5:10 – 5:40 Drive to Las Vegas Marina on Lake Mead
6:15 – 6:30 Board the boat
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner cruise
Distance: TBD miles (approximately)
Weather - Avg Temps High/Low: Las Vegas 91°F/67°F (current)
7:15 – 9:15 Registration, car wash, coffee, and donuts at the TT West host dealership Audi Henderson 7740 Eastgate Road, Henderson NV. Mechanical service will also be available for emergency repairs, if needed. Anyone needing mechanical service or a safety check should arrive no later than 7:30.
9:15 Driver meeting
9:30 – 11:30 Start our 250 mile drive by heading to Beatty NV for lunch. Beatty is a popular home base for testing future cars under development by various manufacturers and they are often seen between Beatty and Death Valley.
11:30 – 12:30 lunch in Beatty
12:30 – 1:15 to Rhyolite ghost town and exploring. Rhyolite was a gold mine town that started in 1905, grew to 5000 people, and was deserted by 1920.
1:15 – 2:30 to Stovepipe Wells village in Death Valley stopping at the Devil’s Cornfield and Sand Dunes viewpoints. We may visit additional sites in Death Valley if the weather is unusually cool – around 90 degrees (normally 102 degrees this time of year).
3:00 – 4:30 to Lone Pine. For western movie fans in the evening, the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine have been the location for hundreds of movies. Local maps to movie sites are available. The roads are mostly smooth dirt, OK for a TT but dusty.
Distance: 250 miles (approximately)
Today’s 120 mile drive is our first excursion to another exTTreme, into the tops of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and has some unique stops. First, a view of the highest mountain peak in the lower 48, Mount Whitney. Then we visit a WW II Japanese-American internment camp, and finish with an interesting volcanic rock formation at Devils Postpile.
8:30 Driver meeting
8:45 – 9:45 to Mount Whitney Portal for a vista of the mountain and a short hike to waterfalls.
9:45 – 11:15 to WW II Manzanar Japanese Relocation Center and exploring. One of the saddest chapters of WW II history as the US Government forced west coast US citizens of Japanese ancestry to liquidate their belongings in a matter of weeks and forced them to remote camps to live during the war.
11:15 – noon to Bishop CA for lunch.
Noon – 1:30 lunch in Bishop.
1:30 - 2:45 to Devils Postpile National Monument. This route takes us through our final stop in Mammoth Lake resort but we will continue on to nearby Devils Postpile. Once at Devils Postpile, you are on your own to explore and then return to your Mammoth hotel.
Distance: 120 miles (approximately)
Today’s 150 mile trip will be our first full transverse of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We will take the little used east entrance on Rt 120 to Yosemite. As we drive along the Rt 120 alpine vistas we will have some photo stops. We then arrive at the main Yosemite Park complex for lunch. After exploring Yosemite on our own, we spend the night just west of the park near Groveland.
8:00 Driver meeting
8:15 - noon To Yosemite with a comfort stop in Lee Vining. After arriving in the main Yosemite National Park complex on the West side of the Sierras, you are on your own the rest of the day for lunch and exploration. Keep in mind that our Groveland hotel is about 37 miles away from Yosemite Valley and a 1 hour drive in no traffic. Traffic out of Yosemite gets very heavy around dinner time.
Distance: 150 miles (approximately)
This 240 mile route will take us back across the Sierra Nevada’s via scenic Route 4. We will stop to see the Giant Sequoias at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Unfortunately, one of the novel attractions of a drive-through tree inside the park was felled over the winter by the heavy storms that pounded the area.
Virginia City sprang up as a boomtown with the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States. At the city's peak of population in the mid-1870s, it had an estimated 25,000 residents. The mines' output declined after 1878, and the city itself declined as a result. As of 2010, the population of Virginia City was about 855. The town still retains much of its 1800s character.
8:15 Driver meeting
8:30 Depart Groveland
10:00 Arrive at Big Trees
11:15 Depart Big Trees
11:45 lunch at Grizzly Bar and Grill – Bear Valley
12:45 Depart Bear Valley
5:00 Arrive Virginia City
Distance: 240 miles (approximately)
Today’s 103 mile drive takes us around Lake Tahoe to view the many alpine lake vistas. This will be a “go with the flow” all day drive with lots of stops for sightseeing. Morning temps on Lake Tahoe are near freezing (our last extreme experience) and will typically rise to about 70 during the day. The trip will end in Stateline NV on Lake Tahoe. There will be a no-host group dinner at the Ace High Saloon in South Lake Tahoe to end the event.
7:30 Driver meeting at Silverland Inn.
7:45 Depart Virginia City to the Lake. We will take 341 South to 50 and then north on 28 at Spooner Lake. This will allow us to circumnavigate about 80% of the Lake Tahoe and see some of the more remote West shore.
8:45 Stop at Bonsai Rock viewpoint
9:15 Depart Bonsai
9:30 Stop at Memorial Point viewpoint. There is parking along the side of the road to get to Bonsai, and Memorial has a dedicated parking area. Should parking be full at both of those sites, we will spend the $12 fee (not included in Registration fee) to visit the nearby Sand Harbor State Park which has ample parking.
10:00 Depart Memorial Point
10:20 At Incline Village we will go left on Lakeshore Blvd and stop at the Hyatt Resort Casino for a comfort stop and a walk to the lake.
11:00 Depart Incline
11:45 Lunch at the Gar Woods Grill and Pier. It looks like the best place by far to eat and is large enough to handle us, is on the Lake, etc.
1:15 Depart Gar Woods
1:45 Stop at the Emerald Bay vista point and its short hike to Eagle Falls.
2:30 Depart Emerald Bay
3:00 Time permitting, we will have our final stop at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center
4:00 Depart Taylor Creek
4:30 Arrive at Lakeside Inn, 168 Highway 50, Stateline NV
6:30 Farewell dinner at the Ace High Saloon, 4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 130 miles (approximately)
Weather - Avg Temps High/Low: Lake Tahoe 70°F/35°F (current)