Over the past 35 years Shebby Lee Tours has developed a reputation for providing quality tour programs that provide more than just a scenic overview of an area. Our tour directors are trained to provide the insights to the sights: Who lived here first? Why did they disappear? Is the wildlife of this area endangered? Why is Lake Powell so low? They also encourage enlightening discussions among participants so that everyone comes away from their travel experience with a deeper appreciation of what they have just seen and explored.
Specializing in the historic and cultural heritage of the Great American West since 1978, the company is a member of ABA (the American Bus Association) and a founding partner in the Travel Alliance Partners (TAP). Our staff is always on the hunt for tour components that will enhance these unique experiences for our clients.
Free Background Materials for Learning Vacations
Participants interested in learning more about an upcoming Vanishing Trails Expeditions are provided with suggested reading lists. And with the traveling public’s growing desire to understand more about the various people and events which shaped our country’s development, Shebby Lee Tours decided to go a step further and provide historically researched background materials online with two websites for armchair travelers as well as those already booked on an excursion to the past.
The first is devoted entirely to the epic journey of America’s first government sponsored exploration. Written by Tour Director Kris Lokemoen, the Explore the Lewis & Clark Trail site includes eleven articles chronicling the 28 month adventure which opened America’s West. The articles originally appeared in Show-Me Missouri magazine (showmemissouri.net) and were added quarterly as they appeared in the months leading up to the anniversary of the Corps’1804 departure from St. Louis. A photo gallery is also included on the site.
The articles on the second site: Explore the Old West covers a broader range of subjects researched and written by award-winning historian Shebby Lee over the past 30 years. The sites are designed to enhance the touring experience offered to participants on Shebby Lee Tours’ western interpretive programs. Historic graphics lend interest to the site, and brain teasers such as a unique “What if?” category encourage visitors to speculate on paths not taken in a number of posed situations.