The Mustang Enthusiast's Road Trip Guide

10 Mustang Road Trip Destinations

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
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 American Tour
Be sure to take a tour of his factory/and museum, which is located near I-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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. Contact the Shelby Museum and Gift Shop for tour times and schedule.

1968 GT390 Mustang
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
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? Contact the shop for tour times and schedule.

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.

The 2015 Mustang Club of America Grand National will be in Columbus, Ohio. Illustration Courtesy of Mustang Club of America

Columbus, Ohio

Each year the Mustang Club of America hosts a Grand National Show. In 2015, the show happens to take place in Columbus, Ohio.  The event runs September 3rd September 6th. If you attend, be prepared to be surrounded by all things Mustang for several action packed days of fun in the sun.

Sturgis Mustang Rally takes place over the Labor Day Weekend. Photo Courtesy of Sturgis Mustang Rally

Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis isn’t just for motorcycles. Each summer Mustangers from around the country converge upon the town to celebrate all things Mustang. This year’s event, taking place over the Labor Day Holiday weekend, will once again feature a show and shine car show, a poker run, giveaways, a Mustang parade, and more. Ford Racing Driving School will be on hand to offer up Mustang ride alongs. Drag racing time trials will take place at Sturgis Dragway.

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 14 – 18th. It’s a week long journey full of Mustang activities, sleeping in, and having fun!