Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on June 19, 1988 · Page 56
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Sunday, June 19, 1988
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Page F4 IM.IM •Travel- Americans would rather do the driving By Glenn T. Lashley For the Mirror The first National Scenic Byways Conference provided plenty of evidence that there will be a continuation of America's love affair with the family automobile. As recommended by the President's Commission on American Outdoors, these conferences are designed to enhance America's recreation resources and opportunities for future generations by identifying, preserving and protecting scenic byways and thoroughfares in each of the 50 states. The 1986 Market Opinion Research Study, conducted for the President's Commission, reported that approximately SO percent of American adults drive for pleasure, second to walking as a favorite form of recreation activity. Other surveys have concluded that the automobile WIIH BLUt & WHITE MOTOROACH TOURS •GUARANTEED DEPARTURES WuMngMi Wwtondi July 14, Aug. S-7, hp- 11-11 PobrtarEipnn July 9-14, 23-21, July 30-Aug. WllllMMburg BuwMGvdmi July 1M2, $KIL 27-M — CoHtil Niw Eitglind July 22-29, Sq* M-Oct 7_. '212 July SMO, tafX. 17-24 '403 July 244ug. 4, Aug. *1-S«pt 1 899 $ 619 »1249 HjcUnK btand Aug. 15-23, SqX. 12-20-, South*** USA. S^t, JWrt. It OVERNIGHTS Agm CnyM Jim 21-21, Aug. 11-21.. (ban Fife Jm 2*27 fog* JUM JWuly 1 OounCky, MD July MftgW raw July 11-14.. Ntw y«t My WHkmd July 15-17, Oct 14-16 Migm fat Miy July 1*21, Aug. HI Gn« Opm Wm July 24-Auj. 7.. OcMflCly, MD Aug. 7-12 NorfoU-aDiy Aug. ZMO Ihrylwd Eipwbnc* SipL 24 Th« Adirondack! Sept 15-16 SENIORS Dteowr London Aug. 15-18 Ifcgleil Mar/tad S«pt 14-16.... Ocein City, Mttytwl SqX. 19-2J MyrtUBwch Sept. JMO ....... '419 .'100 .»359 .'215 '115 .'165 '190 '899 '332 '159 ,'169 .'240 • _*328 ...'225 ....'215 ....«329 ONE DAYS *37 July 3, Aug. 21 bMflnUrtaplK. , 355Q July 9 vtJWU Ctdtf Point July 9, Aug. 13 . '47, Herihty P«k $« c cft July 16, Aug. 13, Aug. 27 OO.DU Century HI MM July 16, OcL a ..., ' 16.75 July 20, Aug. 20 Jury 20 26.50 Adult '21.50 CM, Pnlfi^ FwwMf Show c^ A dft Aug. 6 ._.....„...„.., 10.3U ChvlMtown RKM $JA Aug. 10 4^ .Ptttburgh Scltnet FXr "GUARANTEED DEPARTURES" DifinJI*fy wM dtpwt on uttflntd dtft*. ilowtvtr, Mpflnurt punti w not QUMMV tMd. Al prtoM on OwmfgM Tour* art fMM Dtf ptfMIL CM or Writ* to Ord#f Our Ntw 1960 dialog Call Your Local Travel Agtnt or (114) 944-2565 Mon-Fri. 9-S. S«t 9-12 will be the favorite mode of transportation for family vacations into the next century. Americans really are at home on the road. The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee is a model scenic highway and ranks as one of America's most popular national parks with more than 19 million visitors annually. Designed solely for leisure travel and recreational use, today's parkway meets travelers' needs more than ever. Another model scenic thoroughfare, Skyline Drive, forms the centerpiece of the 300-square-mile Shenandoah National Park, which is open year round. This 105-mile drive atop the Blue Ridge Mountains is the ideal way to enjoy the views of the Sbenandoah Valley. The scenery is some of the most spectacular afforded on the entire East Coast, embracing, as it were, the Piedmont (a region of low plateaus to the East), the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and distant Allegheny Mountains. Easy and convenient access to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park may be obtained via Interstate Highways 81,1-66 and 1-64 and from two scenic highways Routes 33, the legendary Spotswood Trail, and U.S. 211 which passes through Shenandoah National Park at the Central Entrance to Skyline Drive. Seventy-five parking outlooks offer and unmatched panorama for those passing through. Visitors may enjoy a variety of hiking and horseback trails in the park, camping/cabin facilities, visitor centers and concession units. This renewed emphasis on pleasure driving should be welcomed and supported by all citizens. It reminds us that when the family buggy nude its first appearance our way of life was enjoying leisure outings and a tranquility that would almost evaporate in the machine age. Only the wealthy persons could afford the motorcar in the beginning but today, the major objective of every youngster at age 15 is to obtain that license to drive. The fascinating story of the progress of transportation and leisure travel can be viewed under a single roof at Luray Caverns just 90 minutes by automobile from 1-495 around Washington, D.C. Luray Caverns was opened to the public in 1878 by the Valley Land and Hotel Company. Some years thereafter visitors to the famous caverns came by train from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other eastern cities. Then, in October 1921, according to former Luray Caverns Vice President Robert C. Harasberger, "The Pennsylvania Railroad advertised an excursion from New York City to Luray for $6.50 round trip and they anticipated three to four thousand people would make the trip. To their surprise more than 10,000 people swarmed Perm Station in New York, climbed over guard rails and demanded transportation. The railroad put into service anything that had wheels and some of the cars brought to Luray still had gas fixtures for lights. Thirteen trains arrived in Luray, Va., starting at 5 a.m. in the morning with more than lO.OOOpeople and by actual count 9,432 toured Luray Caverns." They were transported from the down- town railroad station in what mutt have been the first tour bus, the Mountain Wagon Hack, which is on display in the Historic Car and Carriage Caravan at Luray Caverns. The October 1921 excursion clearly established Luray Caverns as one of America's earliest major travel destinations. On loan from the Early American Museum in Silver Springs, Fla., the Mountain Wagon Hack has 360 degrees of windows and very large wheels to travel over mountain roads. B» priceless collection in the Car and Carriage Exhibit features more than 100 antique automobiles, coaches and costumes dating back to 1625. It includes a 1903 Bern Roadster (Germany), a 1903 Knox 7-Passenger Touring Car (Springfield, Mass.), a 1903 Speedwell Roadster (Manchester, England), a 1906 Autobuggy (Sears Roebuck Co., Chicago); a 1907 Baker Electric (Cleveland, Ohio), a Royal Coach from Portugal, a Cooestoga Covered Wagon and many others. Since Luray Caverns operates two motels, this is an ideal vacation headquarters while exploring Shenandoah National Park and scenic Skyline Drive. Their Caverns and Coach Restaurant offers fast-food style service. While nearly 500,000 visitors from every state and some 75 countries tour the caverns each year, other features of the resort are not widely known. The Caverns Country Club Resort is open to the public. It is adjacent to Luray Caverns Airport and free transportation is available to fly-in visitors between the airport, motels and Country Club (tennis and golf). The 18-hoie, championship golf course, situated high above the Shenandoah River in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains will test the skills of every golfer. The Great Stalacpipe Organ, the only musical instrument in the world that plays music of concert quality on stone formations, is played for visitors on each tour of the caverns. The organ was recog- nized in the Wt« Guinness Book of World Records as "the World's Largest Natural Musical Instrument." The first composition played on it was "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" on July 29, 195«. This rare musical instrument was created by Leland W. Sprinkle, an electronic scientist and organist, after observing the musical sound when a tour guide gently tapped the stalactites. DON'T MISS THE 9TH ANNUAL OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL JUNE 25 & 26 RAFTSV M, \ :26 _- J Old Bedford ViUagefT^ ADMISSION \ Located Jiut off Bedford Exit i, ...... ' of PA Turnpike. t for each paid admission ; ' Open Eniydijr from 9-S Uuu \ With this COUpOtt / loct-aott. \ r^-i .«., , (814)623-1156 V ^^ •**"* CARS, CARRIAGES and costumes depicting the history of transportation dating back to 1625 are on exhibit at the Historic Car and Carriage Caravan at Luray Caverns, Va. Pictured here is a 1910 Maxwell Roadster made famous 'by Jack Benny. Travelers get price break WASHINGTON - Beginning June 20, families traveling one-way on Amtrak's Auto Train will get a significant price break. The new summer, one-way coach fares are $29 for children 2-11 and 199 for passengers 12 and older. Children under 2 ride free. One-way automobile charges will be $160. Summer rates for bedroom accommodations are $169. The special, one-way coach fares are in effect through Sept. 30, and include a buffet dinner and continental breakfast. The number of seats available at the new fare is limited. Families traveling round-trip on Auto Train can buy economical coach fares of $58 for children 2-11, $169 for adults (passengers over 11), and automobiles $274. Amtrak's Auto Train is a daily, nonstop train operating between Lorton, Va., (near Washington, D.C.) and Sanford, Fla. (in central Florida, 20 miles north of Orlando). For reservations, call 1-800-USA- RAIL, or a travel agent. I four Seasons Travel %> Orchard Plaza <** to BU*-D " 946-1303 Make This Father's Day extra special — Give him a gift certificate for his vacation from Four Seasons Travel (Next to BiLo). Visit or Call Us at 946-1303. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Sat. 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Closed Sunday KllTZTOU)N FOLK June25-26 1-2-3-4 OWN I A.M. TO S P.M. ACTIVITIES 'TIL 7 M. Rothrauff World Travel Service Presents... Overnight Sensation JULY 23.24 \\w-prESCAPE Baltimore Inner Harbor YOUR WEEKEND TOUR INCLUDES: •AramMp Ifauiauch Atom to Bdumon •HUN Hw Tow el BriUiMM* PoM* of Mm* . MM on Swiff « BWu* HnuwrM HothrauN Tm« Ewort T!§? •!•».» orrtuitiwBwvttaditoBdpt) phone 943-5295 205 Tennyson Squaw Off Frankstown Rd. (Across from U-Save) Open Monday-Friday 9 to 6; Saturdays 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. ANDGETAMLAUNCH. As if our terrific weekend rates weren't enough, now you get discount coupons, too. For the Gateway Clipper. Museum. Shops: Everything under the Pittsburgh sun. There are discounts for the Vista, of course And lots of goings-on. Like Friday's SeafesL Saturday's Italian Festival. Plus our bountiful Sunday Brunch Call l-800-TOR-VISTAor4l2-28l-3700. You'li eel a fabulous room in Pittsburgh's newest hotel And all of Pittsburgh as well. V I S T A^ W E E K E N D Husliix ftr peison, per night, double occupancy. Children due in paims' room. 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