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Rand McNally selects The Animal Ark in North Reno

Rand McNallyRand McNally’s travel experts scour the country for outstanding trips and stops, representing the best that America has to offer.  Of the many submissions, Rand McNally editors drive five new road trips and share their findings in the annual Road Atlas. 

Rand McNally, America’s most trusted source for maps, directions and travel content, has chosen Reno’s Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary over hundreds of other locations as a unique travel destination, awarding the Ark their prestigious “Best of the Road” designation.

In the 2011 Road Atlas of America, editors present several 2-3 day road trips highlighting a geographic area’s unique attractions: those which best capture the region’s essence and appeal to a broad range of people. Their trip entitled “Earth Tones: Reno Nevada to Yosemite California” describes a route that showcases the browns of the high desert, deep blues of Lake Tahoe, cool greens of the sierras, the granite gray bluffs in Yosemite and soaring red sequoia trees.  The Animal Ark is listed as one of ten intriguing attractions along this driving tour.   Page 137 offers the details and map.

This designation by Rand McNally is an exciting honor for the Animal Ark and all of Reno Tahoe USA.

Each “Best of the Road” tour has 10-12 recommended stopping points. On the Earth Tones route from Reno, NV to O’Neals, CA, the noted stops include:

Animal Ark

Westbrook Winery (O’Neals, CA)

TNT Stagecoach (Virginia City, NV)

Tahoe Maritime Museum (Homewood, CA)

Sugar Pine RailRoad (Fish Camp, CA)

Local’s BBQ & Grill (Carson City, NV)

Thunderbird Lodge (Incline Village, NV)

Camp Richardson (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Tahoe Trout Farm (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Nature Center at Happy Isles (Yosemite)

The editor’s route starts in Reno, heads south and around Lake Tahoe, rejoins Hwy 395, south to Lee Vining, then over Hwy 120 and south, ending up in Sequoia.

The Animal Ark in Reno shares this pretigious spot with the following trips:  

Wild, Warm Alaska:  Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska

Earth Tones:  Reno, Nevada to Yosemite, California

Seaside to Summit:  Manchester to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Around Lake Erie:  Cleveland, Ohio, to Windsor, Ontario

Following Old Man River: Natchez to Tunica, Mississippi

In developing the trips, editors consider locations that are lesser-known or off the beaten path, are unique or have special character, capture the region’s essence, and appeal to a broad range of people.   For many travel enthusiasts, these 150-200 mile trips satisfy their search for a long weekend of adventure.  Each trip includes maps and directions and lists of “best known” spots.  In addition, Rand McNally’s experts have presented stops along the route that showcase the unique aspects of each region. 

“We congratulate The Animal Ark for being identified in our 2011 Best of the Road® listing.  While there are multiple options for planning and on-the-road navigation, Americans continue to rely upon the Rand McNally Road Atlas each year to give them the big picture and the finer details of each road they travel,” said Dave Muscatel,  CEO of Rand McNally. 

The Animal Ark is a nonprofit organization that houses animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Glass viewing areas offer visitors a window into nature as they see wildlife up close in natural habitat exhibits.  Educational programming is scheduled for school age youngsters throughout the year and special events offer recreation education for all ages.