Heartland Tours and Travel is a family-owned tour provider and part of a rich trio of Minnesota businesses established in 1959.
With offices in Rochester, Minnesota and Bloomington, Minnesota, Heartland offers escorted tours you are going to love.
Dan and Clavonne Holter have worked to surround themselves with experienced and knowledgeable staff, eager to provide enjoyable and memorable tours for travelers of all ages.
All of our scheduled tours depart and return to Minnesota. We have three standard Minnesota departure locations -- Bloomington, Maplewood and Rochester! Contact us for directions to any or all. If you have a group of sufficient size, or if you happen to live along our travel routes, we can and will make special stops!
We offer escorted motorcoach tours throughout North America and select international tours around the world to fit your travel dreams.
Our motorcoach tours are comfortable and very affordable! Every tour itinerary is planned for fun! Our coaches make rest stops every 2-2-1/2 hours, our meal stops are typically 90 minutes, and we also plan attractions along the route to make the ride more enjoyable! Every attraction shown in our itineraries are included in our price - meals, entrance fees and tickets! We handle the expenses so you can sit back and enjoy!
Our tours serve our travelers as exciting excursions, relaxing vacations or delightful traditions.
Since you found us on the web, consider signing up for our newsletter by clicking on the yellow box with the bus driving into it! Please include your name and address details as well as your phone number in case we have trouble emailing you. We send a newsletter every few weeks, highlighting upcoming tours in a colorful and entertaining manner, complete with video samples of attractions on our tours. We also have a Heartland exclusive - the Heartland Tour Gauge - a bus depicting the approximate number of folks booked on tours. Join us and enjoy!
We fuel our motorcoaches with a mixture of B20 which is an environmentally friendly bio-diesel that reduces carbon emissions. Bio-diesel is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
Motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in North America when measured in terms of passenger miles per gallon of fuel.
A motorcoach with 56 passengers on board can achieve over 350 passenger miles per gallon. In contrast, passenger miles per gallon of fuel (single-occupant automobiles) achieve 28 passenger miles per gallon. *Figures cited from RCL internal review*
Switching to motorcoach travel for the 12,500 miles traveled annually by the average automobile would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 tons per automobile annually.
Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles and are on average 6 times more energy and fuel efficient than single occupancy automobiles.
Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by an average of 85% per passenger mile for every person who chooses motorcoach travel instead of driving alone.
Motorcoaches are 3 times more efficient in reducing C02 output when compared to commuter rail, and 5 times more efficient than transit buses.
Figures are cited from the "2006 Annual Report: Impacts of MotorCoach Industry on Society and the Economy," produced by Nathan Associates and from "Comparison of Energy Use & CO2 Emmissions From Different Transportation Modes," produced by M.J. Bradley & Associates. The full studies are available online at www.buses.org.
More than 2,000 new motorcoaches are manufactured each year at an average purchase price of $450,000 amounting to nearly $1 billion annually. Motorcoach traveler and tourist demand generates more than $44 billion annually in economic transactions.
By building nearly $1 billion worth of motorcoaches, 15,000 jobs are required in the motorcoach manufacturing industry and among its suppliers.
Every $1 invested in new motorcoaches generates an additional $1.65 of spending throughout numerous sectors of the economy, for a total of more than $1.2 billion spent on tour and travel each year.
The motorcoach industry binds the nation together. It provides 631,000,000 passenger trips annually. Its national network of terminals includes more than 3 times the number of airports and intercity rail stations.