Seeing the World on Two Wheels; Xanterra Parks & Resorts Offers Array of Cycling Adventures

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DENVER, April 28, 2014 – May is National Bike Month, and Xanterra Parks & Resorts has some ideas about how to celebrate and participate. A global, diversified travel and hospitality company with varied trip offerings throughout the world, Xanterra offers a wide range of vacation experiences for travelers who like to use pedals to power their travels.

“There are tremendous advantages to taking the slow road when traveling, and a cycling adventure allows curious travelers to immerse themselves in the scenery and culture of a destination while enjoying the tremendous physical benefits of pedaling away the miles,” said Betsy O’Rourke, vice president of sales and marketing for Xanterra. “We encourage our guests to embrace active vacations, and cycling is a wonderful way to explore like a local.”

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month spotlights the league’s mission to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America. Xanterra also encourages employees to embrace Bike to Work Week May 12-16 and Bike to Work Day May 16.

“Xanterra’s president and CEO, Andy Todd, is an avid cyclist who pedals many miles every week,” said O’Rourke. “And during Bike to Work Week we encourage employees, whether in Yellowstone, Williamsburg, Denver or any other of our many locations to commute to work on their bikes.”

Here are some examples of Xanterra cycling adventures:

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations – This active vacation company offers an array of bike tours worldwide, including destinations throughout Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam and the United States.  The Tuscan Coast tour, for example, includes seven adventurous days of exploring the exquisite Italian countryside on two wheels, as well as wine tastings, a cooking lesson and an olive oil tasting at a family-owned mill. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities and on-tour vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes roundtrip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations.

Austin Adventures – With a focus on family adventures, Austin Adventures offers an award-winning selection of bike tours as well as multisport vacations in the US and abroad that include one or more days of biking in the itinerary.  The South Dakota Black Hills to Mount Rushmore adventure is a six-day, five-night tour that features cycling through back roads and along the popular Mickelson Trail as well as hiking along the base of Mount Rushmore and exploring Wind Cave National Park.

Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park – With miles of long, straight, level roads and unparalleled roadside geological beauty, this 3.3 million acre park is a year-round cyclist’s paradise. The family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek offers full- and half-day rentals of bikes to suit the entire family. The historic AAA Four Diamond Inn at Furnace Creek hosts many cycling tour groups.

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va. – This AAA Four Diamond resort rents bikes by the hour, and travelers cycle leisurely through the resort grounds as well as bike trails in and around nearby Colonial Williamsburg.

Yellowstone National Park – Bicycles can be rented at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge for use on paths in the Old Faithful area. Bike-accessible paths extend to the Morning Glory pool and along a service road to Lone Star Geyser.  Park roads tend to be narrow, winding and without shoulders. Xanterra recommends checking with the local National Park Service for the latest hiking trail and bike path conditions and information.

Grand Canyon National Park – Cyclists can pedal the new Greenway, a bicycling/walking path that connects the historic Grand Canyon Village with the National Park Service Visitor Center, where bikes can be rented from Bright Angel Bicycles. Many cyclists enjoy riding to historic Hermits Rest along the West Rim road, which is closed to automotive traffic in the summer. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, this celebrated building is a great place for riders to relax and take in the view before returning to Grand Canyon Village on the eight-mile road.

Grand Canyon Railway – Offering roundtrip tours to the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Railway will stow guests’ bikes on the train in the cargo car for free as they enjoy the 65-mile trip to the Grand Canyon through ponderosa pine forests and scenic desert landscapes.

Windstar Cruises – The popular Windstar Cruises “Bike on Board” program allows cruise passengers to borrow bikes for a half or full day to explore the many ports where these ships anchor. Windstar Cruises destinations run the gamut from Asia and Tahiti to the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and the Greek Isles.

Maumee Bay  Lodge and Conference Center  – Situated on Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio, bikes are a great way to explore the miles of shoreline, and they can be rented directly from the lodge.

Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center– Located near Columbus, this sprawling state park lodge offers bike rentals for exploring the vast park and cycling around the 1,300-acre lake.

For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations numbers, visit www.xanterra.com.

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