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Go Jump In a Lake, Take a Hike, Cross the River




See American
Roots with
Forever Resorts

The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as "traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic and natural resources." As a whole, cultural and heritage tourists travel more often and further distances to experience what they seek. They are frequently business and international travelers who desire travel to be "educational" and who are willing to pay for these experiences. With this in mind, during 2013, DISCOVER Forever will introduce our readers to some of the many cultural heritage icons and landmarks in close proximity to Forever Resorts lodges, marinas and attractions.


The first gem in this series is Mammoth Cave National Park, which in and of itself evokes all the tenets of the definition—and then some. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 and a biosphere reserve in 1990, the Park is also recognized as one of the oldest tourism attractions in the United States, second only to Niagara Falls. Located in Kentucky, just an hour’s drive northeast of Nashville, The Park and world’s most extensive cave system reflect several stages of the Earth's evolutionary history. The Park’s geological processes have been going on for over 25 million years —in fact, nearly every type of cave formation is found in the site. Additionally, Mammoth Cave features the richest cave-dwelling wildlife on the planet with 130 known species, 42 of which have adapted to life in total darkness. Cave history is alive with stories of people from the past; there’s archaeological evidence of four pre-Columbian Indian cultures as several mummies, sandals and campfire sites have been found in the cave. In 1798 a homesteader accidentally discovered the natural entrance to the cave while tracking a wounded bear. Word spread about the massive cave; Americans and Europeans became enthralled with visiting this vast mysterious underworld. The above-ground historical record related to accommodations andtransportation for the burgeoning tourist crowd is also fascinating. Mammoth Cave Hotel features an interesting historic photo exhibit entitled Centuries of Hospitality (in the Travertine Dining Room) remembering the various hotels that have stood at the site since the early 1800’s. And, you can actually see the railroad history via The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail follows an old rail corridor of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, which carried passengers until the early 1900s from Glasgow Junction (now Park City) to Mammoth Cave. The rail also hauled mail and other necessary supplies for the area's citizens. You can still see Engine No. 4, the only complete dummy engine of five remaining in the United States, on display in the park. There are several other cultural heritage sites in the area including Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace and The National Corvette Museum and South Union Shaker Village, built in 1807.

Forever Resorts: MIGHT WE SUGGEST?
Are the cold February temps already prompting you to dream about your summer vacation? Might we tempt you with some destinations, attractions and adventures that are affordable and in uniquely-Americana settings?


1. Go Jump In a Lake
Why not get your family,extended family or friends together and rent a houseboat? This is truly an adventure you’ll never forget. Not only does Forever Resorts offer a fleet of boats that sleep from 4 to 12 people comfortably, they get you out on some of the most famous and beautiful lakes in America: PowellMeadMohave, and Trinity to name just a few. Plu
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