Mini owners, pack your bags, get your car serviced and then get your butt to San Francisco; the Mini Takes the States road rally is back! This biennial event is the largest official Mini road rally covering 18 states, 15 cities and more than 5,000 miles. The trip will begin on Saturday July 26 in San Francisco California and will end two full weeks later on Sunday August 10 in Boston.
Along the way, you will get the chance to see much of our great country as the journey winds West into Colorado, then cuts south into Texas. From there you head towards Memphis, Tennessee and up to Chicago finishing with a northern detour to Buffalo, NY and finally arriving Boston. There are several more stops scattered through the middle as well.
While the cost for the trip will be what you make of it, Mini has thankfully made the entry and registration fees decidedly affordable at $45 per person with kids under 12 and all pets being freebies. If you decide that a 14-day cross-country vacation is not quite your cup of tea, Mini happily invites you to join for any portion of the festivities you prefer.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Takes The States Event.
Mini Takes The States
By our rough math, the entire trip will total just over 5,100 miles excluding any major detours or sightseeing trips. That is a lot of miles, but if you are a big fan of road trips, we can think of fewer better ways to spend the summer.
The full list of cities and dates for the journey includes:
7/26 - San Francisco, CA
7/27 - Reno, NV
7/28 - Wendover, UT
7/29 - Grand Junction, CO
7/30 - Albuquerque, NM (don’t forget to hang a left here)
7/31 - Lubbock, TX
8/1 - Austin, TX
8/2 - Dallas, TX
8/3 - Memphis, TN
8/4 - St. Louis, MO
8/5 - Chicago, IL
8/6 - Cleveland, OH
8/7 - Buffalo, NY
8/8 - Bethlehem, PA
8/9 - Boston, MA
Along the way you will pass national treasures like the Bonneville salt flats, the Million Dollar Highway, alien-infested Roswell, Route 66, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Niagara Falls. Doesn’t that sound like one hell of a vacation?
More details here: http://www.minitakesthestates.com/welcome
Pack your bags and get ready to Motor! Registration for MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now officially open for the legendary cross-country road rally. MINI owners looking to participate can now register at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com. The registration fee for adults is $45. Pets and kids under 12 are free.
MTTS, the biggest official MINI road rally for owners held every other year, will kick off on Saturday, July 26, in San Francisco and will make a cross-country journey through 18 states and 15 cities over 14 days, finishing the epic Motoring adventure in Boston on Sunday, August 10.
“We’ve seen so much excitement and anticipation from the MINI community online and on our social channels that we really hope this year’s MINI TAKES THE STATES sets a new record,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “This will be my third MINI TAKES THE STATES and I’m calling on all owners to come out and Motor with us. You won’t be sorry!”
Along the way, MINI USA will provide its loyal owners and enthusiasts with genuine, once-in-a-lifetime motoring experiences including daily activities. MINITAKESTHESTATES.com now also includes a sneak peak of some of the fun activities planned for owners at the stops along the way.
Earlier this year, MINI USA announced Best Friends Animal Society as the charitable partner for MTTS 2014, meaning that a portion of the proceeds from the event registration fees will be donated to Best Friends. The partnership puts MINI owners and MTTS participants in the driver’s seat helping Best Friends in their endeavor to Save Them All®. Pets are welcome on this year’s tour as we mark our territory across the country.
There are many valuable partners who support us along the way. Sponsors to date include Intercontinental Hotels Group®, Liberty MutualInsurance, MINI Financial Services, MINI Card®, and NEW PEEPS® minis™.
Panting for more information? Additional MTTS 2014 details including a route map with stops/dates and partner hotels can be found at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com.