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1992 IS THE YEAR OF ADVENTURE IN TRAVEL

 1992 IS THE YEAR OF ADVENTURE IN TRAVEL
 LAWRENCE, Kan., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Adventure, exploration and


experience are the words that many Americans are using to describe the types of vacations they want to take this summer. And according to Maupintour Inc., a leading Midwestern-based escorted vacation company, travel agents report that the top domestic destinations for excitement and adventure are Alaska and the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
 Ed Clement, the company's director of marketing says that 1992 will be the year of adventure in travel. "A survey we conducted of more than 1,200 travel agents indicates that the hot domestic destinations for the 1992-93 travel season will be Alaska, Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest. These destinations allow travelers to experience vast wilderness and mountain regions, while still remaining close to home."
 Clement notes that despite the economy, many people have "cabin fever" after staying close to home for the last two years. "Now they are looking for a chance to get out and explore scenic destinations, and some of the more remote, wilderness areas of North America offer this opportunity," he explains. "Because of the pent up demand, we hope to see tourist levels similar to 1990 or even slightly higher."
 With the emphasis on adventure vacations, more travel companies are putting some excitement and exploration into their domestic tour and sightseeing programs to places like the Alaskan frontier and Inside Passage, the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.
 For example, Maupintour has a new program called Alaska/Glacier Bay Adventures, an 11-day land, sea, rail and air tour of America's last great frontier. This expedition begins in Anchorage and includes sightseeing excursions to Portage Glacier, Denali National Park, the Juneau Icefield and Glacier Bay. One highlight of the program is a three-day yacht cruise of the Inside Passage that allows guests up close views of glaciers, whales and other wildlife.
 In addition to Alaska, Maupintour features two Canadian Rockies programs of Alberta and British Columbia. The first is an eight-day motorcoach tour called Canadian Rockies Leisurely that begins and ends in Calgary. The second is a similar program called Canadian Rockies/Calgary, a 12-day tour of that begins in Calgary, Alberta, and ends in Seattle. Both allow travelers to experience majestic mountain peaks, glaciers, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Specific points of interest include Yoho, Banff, and Jasper National Parks, the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Glacier, Takakkaw Falls, Mt. Assiniboine and Lake Louise.
 The grand tour of the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains is Glacier Park/Canadian Rockies, a 15-day motorcoach expedition that begins and ends in Seattle. It is a comprehensive wilderness program that includes national parks and forests in three states and two provinces.
 To explore these destinations, travelers have several options to choose from, including blazing their own trail or going as part of a guided tour program.
 "There are advantages to both types of vacations," Clement explains. "Some people like to travel at their own pace on their own schedule. Others enjoy a planned itinerary where the transportation, food, lodging and sights are taken care of for them."
 However, Clement cautions that adventure vacations to these more remote wilderness areas are not for everyone. "Generally, you'll find accommodations in the remote wilderness areas of Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest to be comfortable, but rustic and rather basic. They are not the deluxe facilities that you'll find in large cities. This is all part of the experience in learning the history and culture and seeing the beauty of the destination."
 While there are many good tour operators available with a wide variety of itineraries and programs, sightseeing options and modes of transportation, Clement notes that it's important to select the operator and program that best fit the type of vacation you want to take. "A little checking up front can prevent a lot of disappointment later on," he adds.
 For help in planning your summer adventure vacation to Alaska or Canada, see your travel agent or contact Maupintour at 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, Kansas 66047; telephone, 800-255-4266.
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 /CONTACT: David Smith of Maupintour, 913-843-1211; or Kelly Schwalbe of Harmon Smith, 816-756-0756, for Maupintour/ CO: Maupintour ST: Kansas IN: LEI SU:


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