Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma

The popular 1966 Mustang at the LeMay America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Wa.
LeMay America's Car Museum (ACM), is a sprawling four-story, 165,000 sq.-ft. facility near the Tacoma Dome in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. And it is perfect for a family's afternoon RV Short Stop.

Since 2012, the museum has housed 815 vehicles including cars, motorcycles and boats (sorry no RVs included, as of yet).

“The automobile played a significant impact on our nation’s heritage and development, and our current focus is ensuring that unforgettable vehicles are enjoyed by future generations,” said America’s Automotive Trust President and CEO David Madeira.

Lucky's Garage exhibit at America's Car Museum (ACM)
The museum’s eclectic cars and rotating exhibits give a glimpse into the histories of countless different marques and vehicle types.

“The wide-ranging assortment at ACM is truly one-of-a-kind and the vehicles rotated into the museum are prominently displayed alongside staple exhibits like ‘Lucky’s Garage’ – which pays tribute to Harold LeMay’s unbelievable treasure trove of cars and auto-related memorabilia,” said ACM President and COO Paul E. Miller.

Route 66 Gallery (LeMay America's Car Museum)

The museum's Route 66 Gallery is known for featuring vintage American cars from the golden age of motoring – the ’50s and ’60s. To pay homage to the historic Route 66 – aka “The Mother Road” – the primary means of interstate transportation a half century ago, the museum has rolled in an assortment of convertibles from the era.

Take a Spin in history. (ACM)
For a year full of events, click here. One hugely popular event is the Summer Drive Series (free with admission).

This is where visitors can ride in vehicles from the ACM Collection and "experience history in motion." Vehicles will vary and may be a selection from antiques and pre-war classics, to the Fabulous Fifties. Click here for the 2017 "Take A Spin Dates."

In celebration of the museum's fifth year, it is offering $5 off admission on every "fifth day of the month throughout the year." (Also if you are an AAA member, ask for the extra 10-percent off.)

If you go:

1930 Duesenberg (ACM)
LeMay America's Car Museum
2702 East D St.
Tacoma, Wa 98421
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily
Museum will close at 3 pm on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving and Christmas

1994 Flintmobile (ACM)
  • Adults: $18
  • Seniors (Age 65+): $16
  • Military: $16
  • Students: $14
  • Youth (Ages 6-12): $10
  • Child (5 and under): Free
Parking on site: $5-10
Traffic Lane Switch on I-5 in Tacoma. Two big traffic shifts on I-5 in Tacoma are scheduled to occur between July and December 2017. Click here for details.

- Julianne G. Crane
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Need a break on I-40, pull off when you see the 'World's Largest Spinach Can'

I-40 is an incredible interstate ... it cuts through the south-central portion of the United States and is the fastest route from the Atlantic Ocean to California.

(Stephanie Geckle)
Because Jimmy and I tend to favor two-lane roads, it seems that just about every time we've been on I-40, we are outrunning bad weather or in a rush to get home.

However, to relieve boredom, or to just get out of your rig, stretch your legs and grab an ice cream, consider an RV Short Stop in Alma, Ark., the self-proclaimed Spinach Capital of the World. (BTW: Crystal City, Texas, also calls itself the Spinach Capital of the World.)

Once you spot the World's Largest Spinach Can sitting along I-40, you're pretty much there. Alma is located in the Arkansas River Valley at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and sits just off exit 12 on I-40 at US 71, about 12 miles east of the Oklahoma border and a dozen miles north of Ft. Smith (about a two-hour drive west of Little Rock).

Alma is the original home to Popeye Brand Spinach (once with the Allen Canning Company, now part of Del Monte). "Around 1987, Alma began calling itself the Spinach Capital of the World because the Allen Canning Company based in Alma canned more than half of all the spinach canned in the U.S., about 60 million pounds annually," states Wikipedia.

Popeye Park, Alma, Ark. (Wikipedia)
Popeye Park
A bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man was unveiled in April 2007 and sits in the heart of a circular garden near downtown Alma.  In 2009 a mural was painted on an adjoining wall of old Fayetteville Avenue.

Popeye Statue
Directions to Popeye Park:
801 Fayetteville Ave., Alma, Ark.
I-40 exit 12 onto US 71 south. Go through the traffic light, bear left, then turn right onto Fayetteville Ave./Hwy 162 into downtown. The Park is at the other end of town, on the right. (If you get to the high school, you’ve gone too far.)

While in Alma, if you are looking for a cool ice cream treat, check out Braum's Ice Cream and Burgers, 129 US Hwy 71 North. Open daily at 6 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

To read more about Braum's ice cream, and nearby day hiking and camping at White Rock Mountain, click here.

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-- Julianne G. Crane

Photos: World's Largest Spinach Can (Stephanie Geckle). Popeye Park and bronze statue (Source: Wikipedia.)