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Where To Go Next for Friday, May 30

06-03-2008




Today's Travel News
Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1, 2008

Yellowstone: A "Drive-To," Not a "Drive-Through" Destination

If you drive to Yellowstone National Park, once there you can enjoy a car-free experience and learn all about the park at the same time. It's a kind of "leave the driving to us" philosophy which provides not only transportation inside the park, but also offers an insider's knowledge.

"Stopping at the visitor centers, attending ranger-led talks and participating in interpretive tours are all great ways to improve the vacation while not having to focus on driving," says Rick Hoeninghausen, director of Yellowstone sales and marketing for Xanterra, operator of activities, lodging, restaurants and gift shops in Yellowstone and over 17 other national and state parks. "People who learn about Yellowstone simply have a significantly better vacation experience. Yellowstone is really a 'drive- to,' not a 'drive-through' destination."

The famous and nostalgic Yellow Buses have returned to Yellowstone.


Last summer, Xanterra reintroduced eight White Motor Company model 706 touring vehicles to the park after an absence of more than 40 years. These 13-passenger touring cars with roll-back tops were refurbished and brought to today's commercial, safety and emissions standards to allow the vehicles to be used for park tours.

The "Historic Yellow Buses" are located in four of the park's five villages where they are used for partial, all-day and evening tours. The original touring vehicles transported visitors in the park for more than 20 years starting in 1936 when the Yellowstone National Park Transportation Company purchased 27 of the Model 706's for the season. By 1940, 98 of the vehicles were being used throughout the park. In the 1950s, however, private vehicle usage increased tremendously and the vehicles were sold and disbursed across the country. Under the guidance of trained drivers/interpretive specialists, the tours cover a wide range of topics like park history, wildlife and geology.

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