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Travel

For information about day and weekend destinations in the northeast, check out our Day-Tripping page.

Booking Online

  • American Express Travel & Entertainment
    (https://axptravel.americanexpress.com/consumertravel/travel.do)
    Provides a full range of Internet-based travel services including air schedules and fares, car rentals, and hotels. Book travel reservations directly from your Web browser.
  • Concierge.com
    (http://www.concierge.com/)
    Conde Nast has assembled a graphics-intensive site that takes a while to explore, but a text-only alternative is available. Searches return periodical articles and original text about areas.
  • Cruiseopinion
    (http://www.cruiseopinion.com)
    Book a cruise or just read reviews (extensive ones!) by those who have gone before. See Cruise Lines International for a list of all the lines with contact information and more.
  • Expedia.com
    (http://expedia.msn.com/)
    Microsoft makes it possible for you to research, reserve, and buy your travel online, read travel news, get vacation ideas and expert travel advice.
  • Hotwire.com
    (http://www.hotwire.com/)
    If you don’t care exactly what time you leave and arrive, search here for fixed, discounted fares from American, America West, Continental, Northwest, United, and US Airways.
  • LastMinuteTravel.com
    (http://www.lastminutetravel.com/)
    The latest travel and entertainment offers. Deals on airlines, hotels, packages, cruises, bed & breakfasts, events, car rentals.
  • Orbitz
    (http://www.orbitz.com/)
    Another handy way to book flights, hotels, cars, cruises, and packages.
  • Priceline
    (http://travela.priceline.com/hotels/?plf=pcln)
    Hotel prices, airline fares, special deals, weather, maps, and more in this informative site.
  • SeatGuru.com
    (http://www.seatguru.com/)
    Find the best airline seats in first class, business class, or coach by selecting the airline and aircraft you’re flying on.
  • TravelNow.com
    (http://travelnow.com/)
    Recently voted as the easiest and most convenient comprehensive hotel reservation site on the Internet, this site also includes airfare and car rental sections.
  • Travelocity
    (http://www.travelocity.com/)
    Through the SABRE system, Travelocity offers schedules for more than 700 airlines; reservations and tickets for more than 400 airlines; and reservations and purchase capabilities for more than 34,000 hotels and 50 car-rental companies.
  • Jetsetter
    (http://www.jetsetter.com/)
    Jetsetter provides an edited list of hotels and vacations that have been reviewed by Jetsetter correspondents. Unlike the hotel deals that are offered through the site’s popular flash sales, these accommodations can be booked at any time. Free membership required.

Travel Guides

  • About.com: Travel
    (http://home.about.com/travel/)
    Articles and links on travel selected by experts.
  • CNN.com: Travel
    (http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/)
    An attractive offering from the Cable News Network, this site offers travel news, city guides, and information on trip preparation, events, and destinations. The “getting ready” section includes particularly helpful links to travel warnings and consular information sheets, health information for international travel, local times and weather around the world, maps and navigation aids, and a currency converter.
  • World Travel Guide
    Covers destinations by geographic region and provides information on all aspects of travel including transportation, accommodations, history, climate, and holidays.
  • Fodor’s
    (http://www.fodors.com/)
    Hotel and restaurant finders, a personal trip planner, and a travel resource center that includes photography tips, an online travel agent, a currency converter, weather, and government health advisories are all available at this site maintained by the well-known publisher of travel guides.
  • Frommer’s
    Specializes in late-breaking news that has a direct impact on your travel plans. Included are novel travel programs, recent announcements, and timely tips to save you money.
  • kasbah.com
    (http://www.kasbah.com/)
    Type in your destination and access 60,000 links to online guidebooks, local attractions, and more for over 200 countries.
  • Lonely Planet
    (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/)
    In addition to information on conventional destinations, this site offers a section on more remote locations, an extensive travel health section, and a series of regional slide shows to give you a taste of the world.
  • National Geographic.com: U.S. and Canada Travel Destinations
    (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/destinations/)
    Offers informative briefs on a number of popular tourist destinations in the U.S. and Canada, including national parks and major cities.
  • Planet Rider
    Information on destinations, maps, activities and more.
  • Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door
    An irreverent and informative look at European travel.
  • Rough Guides
    (http://travel.roughguides.com/)
    From the popular Rough Guides books for the independent traveler, explore information on 4000+ locations around the world.
  • TripAdvisor
    (http://www.tripadvisor.com/)
    Choose a destination and get links to online travel guides, articles, and commentary from real people about their vacation experiences.
  • My Little Swans
    (http://www.mylittleswans.com/home.php)
    My Little Swans is focused primarily on family travel with suggested itineraries for more than 30 destinations, based on vacations taken by the founder, Katrina Garnett, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and her family.
  • Next Great Place
    (http://nextgreatplace.com/)
    Next Great Place creates a matchmaking service for travelers seeking high-end vacations at screened resorts, villas and other properties. Free membership required.

Things to See & Do

  • EventsWorldWide
    (http://www.eventsworldwide.com/)
    A guide to arts, sports, entertainment, and special events around the world.
  • Festivals.com
    (http://festivals.com/)
    Looking for a festival or event anywhere in the world? Search this 20,000 item database by location.
  • GlobalTickets
    (http://www.globaltickets.com/)
    Theatre, opera, dance, exhibitions, sightseeing, and special events tickets and information.
  • TimeOut Online new
    Information about clubs, theaters, museums and more

Useful Travel Tools

  • Air Traffic Control System Command Center
    (http://www.fly.faa.gov/)
    Click on the airport of your choice to check on current flight delays.
  • AirSafe.com
    (http://airsafe.com/)
    Safety information for airline passengers; details of accidents and fatal events by airline and aircraft model; weather; flight tracking; and more.
  • Airlinequality.com new
    Flight reviews for every airline from Aeroflot to Vueling Airlines.
  • Amtrak
    (http://www.amtrak.com/)
    Visit Amtrak’s site to get train schedules, find vacation package deals, or book your trip.
  • CDC Travelers’ Health
    (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm)
    From the Centers for Disease Control, disease outbreak notification and health recommendations for travelers. The CDC also provides immunization information by country, region, and age of traveler.
  • The Universal Currency Converter
    (http://www.xe.com/currency/)
    From U.S. dollars to other currencies and back. For more less common currencies, try The “Full” Universal Currency Converter.
  • EarthCam
    (http://www.earthcam.com/)
    Want a preview of where you’re going?
  • FlightArrivals.com
    (http://www.flightarrivals.com/)
    Real-time arrival and departure information for all commercial airline flights over the U.S. and Canada. Airport status now displays general delays and current weather at 71 major U.S. airports. Try FlightAware,as well, for private and commercial flight tracking.
  • Flightstats.com
    (http://www.flightstats.com/go/Home/home.do)
    FlightStats delivers real-time and historical flight information. Visit their website at home, on your mobile device, or sign up for alerts.
  • Free Travel Tips
    Thousands of helpful free tips and links for travelers dealing with airlines, rental cars, hotels, cruises, restaurants, and theme parks.
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies News Archive
    (http://www.ifrc.org/news/news2001.asp)
    Stories on disasters around the world – check before you check in.
  • Language Learning Librarynew
    Comprehensive selection of free language learning tutorials.
  • Laptop Travel new
    Information on staying connected while on the road, including laptops, phones and more.
  • MapsOnUs
    (http://www.mapsonus.com/)
    An award-winning online map maker for domestic travel. Try the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection and Rand McNally Online, too.
    (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html)
  • Official Airline Guide (OAG)
    (http://www.oag.com/)
    Find flights or use their flight status tool to check the status of any flight by airline, date, and flight number.
  • OneBag.com
    (http://www.onebag.com/home.html)
    Tired of waiting at baggage carousels and tipping bell hops? Starting with the premise that you can live indefinitely out of a single bag, this site gives practical advice on what to take on your trip and how to pack it.
  • RestaurantRow.com
    (http://www.restaurantrow.com/)
    More than 165,000 restaurants in 13,000 cities. Make reservations online (for a fee).
  • SeatGuru.com
    (http://www.seatguru.com/)
    Pick your carrier and plane type and find out which are the best and worst seats on the plane.
  • The Subway Page
    (http://www.reed.edu/~reyn/transport.html)
    A collection of links for subway maps and other transit information from around the world. Try Subway Navigator, too.
  • Travel Health Online
    (http://www.tripprep.com/)
    This site provides a description of health problems found in most non-U.S. travel spots, lists the various medical providers in selected countries, and provides a list of the various diseases and other types of illnesses that can be found in countries around the world.
  • Travel Insurance.org
    (http://www.travelinsurance.org/)
  • TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers
    (http://www.travlang.com/languages/)
    Over 70 languages, useful phrases, pronunciation guides, and translating dictionaries. You may also want to use Babelfish for instant translations.
  • Tripso new
    Billing itself as the “only honest travel site,” Tripso deals with the darker side of travel.
  • U.S. Department of State: The Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Information
    (http://travel.state.gov/)
    Voluminous information including travel warnings, passport information, embassy and consulate links by country and region.
  • Visa ATM Locator
    (http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp)
    The American Express Express Cash ATM Finder and Mastercard ATM Locations will also help you find money machines around the globe.
  • The Weather Channel
    (http://www.weather.com/)
    For weather all over the globe. For historical temperatures and rainfall amounts, try WorldClimate.
  • WebFlyer
    (http://www.webflyer.com/)
    Maximize your frequent-flyer miles and learn to earn free travel and other perks. Use their MileMarker to determine your flight distances.

Economy Travel

  • Airline Consolidator.com
    (http://www.airlineconsolidator.com/reservations.html)
    This site’s specialty is international flights, but they also have a wide variety of services including domestic airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, Eurorail, cruises and travel insurance.
  • Economytravel.com
    (http://economytravel.com/)
    An international travel consolidator who contracts with airlines for discounted prices — excellent savings possible here for those who can make last-minute arrangements.
  • Eurotrip
    (http://www.eurotrip.com/)
    Youth hostels in Europe from $8-$25 per night. Try the Hostels.com Worldwide Hostel Database, too.
  • Hotel Discounts
    (http://www.hoteldiscounts.com/)
    Rates up to 65% off for domestic and international hotels.
  • OneTravel.com
    (http://www.onetravel.com/)
    For those looking for an inexpensive trip, this site provides low prices on vacations in dozens of categories.
  • Priceline.com
    (http://www.priceline.com/)
    Bid on airline tickets and receive confirmation of purchase via e-mail. A similar service is available at SkyAuction.com.
  • Sidestep new
    Save on airfare, hotels, and car rentals with this comparison search engine.

Travel News

  • CNN Travel new
    Huge resource from the news people.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    (http://www.concierge.com/sections/cnt.html)
    Part of the Concierge.com site.
  • InsideFlyer
    (http://www.insideflyer.com/)
    News for the frequent flyer.
  • National Geographic Traveler
    (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/index.html)
    See the current issue, travel tools, advisories, and more.
  • New York Times Travel Section new
    Articles and a huge archive of information.
  • Porthole Cruise Magazine new
    For all the news thats fit to sail.
  • Travel & Leisure
    Includes articles from Travel & Leisure, a Zagat survey of top American restaurants, maps, weather updates, a currency converter, information on languages for travelers, frequent flyer data, and more.
  • Travel Channel
    (http://www.travelchannel.com/)
    Here’s an online version of the cable TV network with vacation information and helpful travel tips, destination suggestions, and hot travel news with a selection of expert travel newsletters and featured guest reporters.
  • Washington Post Travel Section new
    Good travel tools and articles from the weekly coverage.

Out of the Ordinary

  • About: Travel With Kids
    (http://travelwithkids.about.com/)
    The hows and wheres of traveling with children. FamilyFun from Disney offers more information, as do Family Travel Forum and Family Travel Files.
  • America’s Byways
    Driving details on national and state-designated scenic routes.
  • CyberRentals
    (http://cyberrentals.com/homepage.html)
    The CyberRentals Vacation Rental site lists homes, condos, villas and other real estate available for rent directly from the owners and selected agencies. See also Chapters by Abercrombie & Kent and Rentvillas.com, among a host of others.
  • Earthwatch Institute
    (http://www.earthwatch.org/)
    A nonprofit organization supporting scientific research worldwide, Earthwatch provides members with unique travel opportunities. Gathering data on elephant populations in Kenya; traveling to the Amazon to research endangered river dolphins; and diving off Puerto Rico to research the destruction of the coral reefs are just some of the unique opportunities available.
  • Free Campgrounds
    (http://freecampgrounds.com/)
    This site provides resources for the RV crowd looking for a safe place to “boondock”–i.e., park and sleep without paying a fee.
  • GORP
    (http://www.gorp.com/)
    This unique site includes attractions (national parks, forests, wilderness, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and more), activities (hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, skiing, birding, etc.) and information on books, gear, tours, recipes, and art with an outdoor and active travel theme.
  • Hidden America
    (http://www.hiddenamerica.com/)
    Places to see and events to attend off the beaten track. Use in conjuction with Roadside America (below) to plan a unique vacation.
  • InfoHub Specialty Travel Guide
    (http://www.infohub.com/)
    Special interest tours, unique lodgings, weekend getaways, and worldwide specialty travel destinations are highlights of the site.
  • Motels for Train Watchers
    (http://roadrailer.webs.com/)
    Calling all rail enthusiasts! For a broader perspective, try Trainweb.
  • MountainZone.com
    (http://www.mountainzone.com/)
    Featuring articles on mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and climbing expeditions from often exotic locations, this site will help the expedition vacationer find new ideas.
  • National Park Service
    (http://www.nps.gov/)
    Visit your national parks — information included on fees, making reservations, and maps. You may want to try the L.L. Bean Park Search, too.
  • National Register Travel Itineraries
    (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/)
    Itineraries for 26 cities are currently available, along with a guide to the Georgia and Florida Coast and a guide to the Underground Railroad. Each of the travel itineraries includes an interactive map with links to individual historic sites, further information and photographs of those sites, as well as information on how visitors can learn more about the historic places described.
  • National Trust Historic Hotels of America
    (http://www.historichotels.org/)
    Searchable by name, region, state, or available facilities, with amenities listed for each hotel.
  • Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfast Guide Online
    (http://www.lanierbb.com/)
    Bed and breakfast guide for travelers who want something a little more personal. Try InnSite, Inns.com, and About.com Bed & Breakfasts, as well.
  • Recreation.gov
    (http://www.recreation.gov/)
    A searchable database that allows users to select the type of outdoor recreation they are interested in and geographic location.
  • RoadsideAmerica.com
    (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/)
    The definitive road tripper’s guide… quirky and fun. Use in conjuction with Hidden America (above) to plan a unique vacation.
  • ShawGuides
    (http://www.shawguides.com/)
    Shaw Guides are popular print resources for those interested in creative, learning vacations. Online are continuously updated guides to cultural travel, tennis & golf camps, writers conferences, recreational cooking & wine schools, photography, film and new media workshops, arts & crafts, and language vacations.
  • Ski Guide
    (http://www.ski-guide.com/)
    For the U.S. and Canada, resort information, photos, lift ticket prices, directions and road maps, as well as information on where to stay, eat, shop, what to do, and more.
  • Spafinder
    (http://www.spafinders.com/)
    Search by region or interest (from “supreme pampering” to “fasting”).
  • Travelpets.com
    (http://www.travelpets.com/)
    A deluxe database of over 6,000 accommodations around the globe that accept pets — from prestigious continental hotels to cozy inns, bed-and-breakfasts, country cabins, and roadside motels. Try DogFriendly.com
    (http://www.dogfriendly.com/), for travel with your dog, too.
  • The Wine Guide
    (http://www.travelenvoy.com/wine.htm)
    From Travel Envoy, a winery directory listing more than 6,900 wineries & vineyards in California, Australia, New Zealand, as well as many other regions of the world including France, Chile, Spain, and Italy — includes contact information for visits and tours.