Family Travel Option: Low-Cost Cultural Vacation in Nevadas Pony Express Territory

Pony Express Territory, Nevada (PRWEB) May 17, 2012

Although theres not much todays traveler can do about rising gas prices, smart travelers can seek out some of the most affordable lodging options and still get to experience a low-to-no cost cultural adventure in Nevadas Pony Express Territory.

This area includes the six adventurous towns of Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka and Ely all connected along U.S. Route 50 through the middle of Nevada also known as Americas Loneliest Road. To counter rising gas prices, our towns are offering some incredible lodging deals and we’ve always had the most unique ways to experience the cultural heritage of Nevadas rugged West, said Rick Gray, president of the Pony Express Territory.

According to a recent report, the Travel Price Index rose 3.6 percent year over year, primarily a result of rising gas prices and lodging becoming more expensive. But Gray reminds travelers that in Nevadas Pony Express Territory, affordable lodging and lower cost cultural adventure help to counter the gas price.

Gray pointed to a relevant 2012 report by Trip Advisor on U.S. Travel Trends which cites a surge in popularity of Cultural Trips with 42% of travelers wanting to visit museums and historical sites especially if the trip, tours and lodging are affordable. Cultural travel is on the rise and our Territory has the adventure, mystical vistas and quirky historical towns to match, said Gray. And, importantly our attractions and lodging are both affordable and accessible.

Travelers can drive the entire territory from one end to the other starting in either Dayton or Ely and can expect to drive roughly 409 miles in about 6.5 hours if driving 65 miles per hour. In comparison, original Pony Express Riders took approximately 41 hours to cover the territory on horseback.

Headed across the Territory, travelers witness dramatic landscapes between each of these towns along Americas Loneliest Road. Starting with the town of Ely, heres a glimpse of some of the low-to-no cost historical adventures and affordable lodging:

Just announced from the town of Ely, located 350 miles east of Reno and 240 miles north of Las Vegas, is a new lodging program for 2012 Spend the Night at the Museum where guests choose to sleep in either a Caboose or in the Bunkhouse. Home of the Ely Renaissance Society, this town displays rich murals to celebrate its history. The Nevada Northern Railway is a main highlight where visitors can actually operate a historic locomotive and it is the recent winner of the Nevada Top Treasures award. The 1929 Ely Hotel is another affordable lodging option and is both pet and celebrity friendly!

Stay the night in Ely and take a short-distance day trip to the Great Basin National Park with several sites listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Wheeler Peak is the second highest in the state and The Lehman Caves is a magnificent limestone cave ornately decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. Park rangers guide cave tours. Extensive backpacking or short walks to Lakes and ancient Bristlecone pine forests also welcome visitors. The Border Inn is also a favorite place to stay near Great Basin National Park.

Eureka offers a walking-tour of restored historical buildings including an art gallery, the Eureka Sentinel Museum and the 1879 Courthouse used today by county government. Performances regularly occur at the festive Eureka Opera House and its Cultural Arts Center is a visitor favorite. The official grand opening of the Eureka Opera House in January 1881 featured the drama, Forget Me Not.

Austin founded in 1862 during the silver rush is a classic historic mining and living ghost town. It features 11 sites on the National Register of Historic Landmarks: the Courthouse; Episcopal and Catholic Church; the Methodist Church/Emma Nevada Town Hall; The Austin Cemetery; the Round Table down below town, Old Town Hall/ American Legion Hall; the Masonic Hall; Austins old School House; Stokes Castle and the Gridley Store. Fourteen miles east on U.S. Route 50 is Toquima Cave an archaeological site that contains prehistoric pictographs and petroglyphs. Native peoples consider it a sacred site still used today for ceremonial activities and visitors can view from a distance.

Fallons Grimes Point offers a self-guided tour of petroglyphs and tours to Hidden Cave, an important archeological dig site. Visitors are encouraged to start at the Churchill County Museum. Fallon offers a historic downtown walking tour along with guided tours of the World War historic, Naval Air Station. For the birding enthusiasts, the internationally recognized Lahontan Valley Wetlands is known as a historic birding paradise. Sand Mountain is a Singing sand dune 20 miles east of along U.S. Route 50, lying on the edge of the ancient Lake Lahontan, which dried up 9,000 years ago.

Many travelers know Fernley as a gateway to the Paiute Tribe Reservation where Pyramid Lake is located (30 mile drive), the largest remaining remnant of a lake system known as Lake Lahontan that covered much of the Great Basin at the end of the last ice age. The Museum and Visitors Center feature several Paiute tribe exhibits.

Dayton, a short drive from Carson City, is where Nevada’s first gold was discovered in 1849. In 1950, Misfits starring Marilyn Monroe was filmed here and Old Town features historic buildings such as Wells Fargo, the Pony Express Way Station, the 1865 stone Schoolhouse Museum and the restored 1875 firehouse and jail. Visitors may also tour the ruins of Fort Churchill, an1860s-era U.S. Army base built to protect settlers.


Nevada’s Pony Express Territory sits on 17 million acres of wide-open space with 150 years of rich history, rugged undisturbed nature and black night skies. The Territory is where the Pony Express riders once galloped along its main trail crossing 1,840 miles of wilderness, now Highway 50 which connects the six adventurous towns of Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka and Ely. Twenty years ago, Life Magazine designated this section of Nevada State Highway 50 Americas Loneliest Road. For more information, visit or call 1-888-359-9449. Follow the Territory on Facebook and on Twitter!/PonyExpressNV

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Napa Valley Gets New Holiday Inn Express

American Canyon, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2009

A new hotel located in Napa Junction, the gateway to Napa Valley, can now lay claim to being the Valley’s newest hotel.

The three-story, 101-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Napa Valley recently opened across from Napa Junction’s Main Street Park. The hotel includes 76 guest rooms, twenty-five suites and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

Co-owner Stan Boyd says he is proud to be the newest hotel in the Napa Valley. “Given the projects currently in the pipeline, we expect to hold that title for some time,” says Boyd.

Boyd expects guests at the property to be a mix of business travelers and value-oriented visitors to the Napa Valley. Hotel rates are expected to range from $ 119 to $ 279 a night, depending on the room type and time of year, significantly less than many hotels in nearby Napa or Yountville.

Value-conscious travelers will also like the hotel’s complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access, as well as its complimentary Express Start

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Riding the elevator at the Holiday Inn Express in Fayetteville, Georgia.
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Fire ravages the Holiday Inn Express in Pekin, IL on Oct. 23, 2009.
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Holiday Inn Express Vancouver partners with Vancouver Giants of Western Hockey League

Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) December 25, 2004

Holiday Inn Express Vancouver has partnered with the Vancouver Giants, of the Western Hockey League to hotel guests the best in amateur hockey. “Packages include over-night accommodation, deluxe Express Start Breakfast, and two tickets to a Vancouver Giants home-game starting at just $ 100.00 per couple.” said Mark Moore, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Vancouver.

Out of town fans coming to watch the Vancouver Giants home games at the Pacific Coliseum are only a 5 minute walk to the game when staying at the Holiday Inn Express Vancouver. Check out the Vancouver Giants home game schedule at Packages can be booked by calling toll free 1-866-512-7666 and asking for Vancouver Giants hockey packages. Tickets to the game will be provided at time of check-in.

Holiday Inn Express Vancouver, located at 2889 East Hastings Street, offers 100 comfortably appointed guest rooms. All rooms include remote control, 27″ colour TV’s, On Command pay per view movies, Web TV, Sony playstation, dual line phones with modem hook-up and guest voice mail, in-room coffee/tea, air-conditioning, iron & ironing boards and separate 4 piece bathrooms with hairdryers. Many rooms have scenic views of the North Shore Mountains.

InterContinental Hotels Group franchises Holiday Inn Express and is the world’s most global hotel company and the largest by number of rooms. Intercontinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,500 hotels and 535,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world InterContinental Hotels Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo, and also has controlling interest in Britvic, the second largest soft drink manufacturer in the UK.

The Holiday Inn Express Vancouver is managed by Halifax based Pacrim Hospitality, recognized internationally as a leading hotel development and management company. The company develops, owns and/or manages hotels, restaurants and golf club properties throughout Canada Its portfolio includes nationally renowned independent properties and many of the world’s most recognized and most highly respected brands by Carlson Hotel Group, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Cendant Corporation and Prime Restaurant Corporation. Independent properties include John Stanfield Inn and Fine Dining, Truro, Nova Scotia; Hotel Suites Le Faubourg – Montreal and Golden Eagle Golf Clubs, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.


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Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites Featured in Citizen Tribune

Morristown, TN (PRWEB) July 10, 2008

Morristown Holiday Inn Express Hotels was recently awarded with the Horizon Award at the Small Business Awards ceremony and was featured in Citizen Tribune newspaper. The daily newspaper provides information on local news, classifieds, real estate, sports, business, lifestyle and entertainment.

The article, titled “Pulmacare takes top honors at Small Business Awards” recaps the winners of local small businesses in the area. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Small Business Awards. General Manager Robert Dyson and Assistant Manager Julie Stockton accepted the Horizon award presented to Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, which is owned locally by BB and J Hotels.

“The hotel opened May 17, 2007 and offers 80 guest rooms, 15 of which are suites. Guest amenities include indoor heated pool, exercise room and a free full breakfast every morning,” wrote Citizen Tribune staff writers.

The award was a surprise to Dyson and is greatly appreciated. ‘”We have been very successful as far as our guest ratings. We’ve got a very good staff of people that have been trained to be good to our guests. I think that makes the big difference,”‘ Dyson said in the article.

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About Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites has 1,600 locations worldwide and offers comfortable lodging accommodations for professionals and travelers. Amenities include a daily and complimentary breakfast bar, Simply Smart bedding, free high speed Internet access, swimming pools, fitness centers, media rooms and laundry services.


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