FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the First Frontier Audio Adventure Tour?
The Tour is a 220-mile
self-guided driving tour with a map guidebook, a Passport, and over
2 hours of descriptive audio that is timed to the drive. The principle
roads traversed are US 25E and US 119 in Bell, Harlan, and Knox Counties
The Tour is completely free. Tourists will pick-up, use, and return the First Frontier Tour package on an honor system. The Tour can never be sold in whole or in part. Tourists can download a high-quality verison of the tour for free from this website, which includes the Guidebook, Passport, MP3 audio, and even CD-ROM labels. Tourists will need to print the paper material and either burn a CD or podcast the audio. Pick a version of the tour to download.
When you are driving
the Tour, you can dial 5-1-1 on your cell phone to learn about travel
and tourist information. While online, you can visit http://511.ky.gov/ for
travel info and the discussion
No, except overnight
accommodations. The Tour
will not contain commercials and cannot promote private businesses
except overnight accommodations. All overnight accommodations are
listed in the Guidebook to encourage the Tourist to extend their
Local tourism commissions will supplement the Tour with information for important tourist-related attractions not mentioned in the Tour.
The First Frontier Tour package consists of 3 items:
Tourist can keep the First Frontier Passport, but must return all other items. The goal of the Passport is to motivate the Tourist into one of the ten Tourist Information Sites to learn about local activities, gift shops, and restaurants that cannot be described in the Tour. The Passport is designed to be a collectable, especially after each Site gives their signature stamp to the Passport. The reverse side of the Passport is the Audio CD contents with credits and project contacts.
The First Frontier Tour Itinerary is looped so tourists can begin or end at any of these Major Tourist Information Sites in the First Frontier Corridor, in order of visitation:
Without stopping at each Pit-Stop, and for food, etc.., the entire tour can be driven in 5.5 hours. To stamp your Passport, you'll need to budget an extra hour. An average tour takes about 10 hours after you stop at all the overlooks, museums, craft shops, and local activities. You read a detailed itinerary here.
The driving tour was developed on existing tourism infrastructure with 3 criteria:
then that destination would most likely be in the driving tour. Attractions that fall outside of these criteria could be included as an Alternate Tour. If all counties wanted to include all of their attractions, then the Tour would have more driving miles in out-and-backs from US 25E and US 119 than the main tour.
If a destination is too far or difficult to visit from the main driving tour because of lack of signage or demanding driving conditions, it is designated an Alternate Tour. They are however discussed in the audio. The tours are:
Note: these destinations are as significant as any on the tour; they add too much drive time to include audio-on time.
The audio is MP3
at 64kbps and 196kbps. The
raw audio interviews are offered as low-quality MP3 audio files for
internet dispersal, which was requested by interviewees. Not all
recorded audio is offered on this site. As draft segments are completed,
they will be released in a high-quality MP3 format.