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USATourist News Magazine

May 2004

In this issue:

May is prime time for a beach break

If you want to do Walt Disney World, spend time at the beach or travel to any of our wonderful National Parks May is the ideal time. The weather is usually warm all across the USA and schools are still in session. In the USA parents do not withdraw their children from school for family vacations so the number of people visiting attractions is smaller than it is in June and the weather is just as pleasant.

The last week in May is Fleet Week in New York City. Many of the US Navy’s ships show up off of Pier 88 at the intersection of 12th Ave. & 46th Street. They are open to the public for tour. Photography is permitted. You can find out more about this event including precise directions and times that you can tour.

Gas prices almost always rise during the June through August summer season. And, while they are currently high in comparison to usual prices in the USA, they are expected to rise a bit more in the summer.

Our Japanese visitors will find that the yen is stronger against the dollar than it has been over the past few years.

So, all in all, it’s a great time to come see us.

Regular readers of this newsletter

Should stop by the USATourist Website from time to time. We’re constantly updating and adding new information about places you’ll want to see and things you’ll want to do. Many of our new listings point you to hotel bargains in some of the most popular areas for tourists to stay.

If you’ve always wanted to see The Grand Canyon

You can vacation in a variety of places and easily take a day trip to this natural wonder. Las Vegas is America’s biggest and most exciting adult playground. It’s full of casinos, shows, and shopping. The city is awake around the clock. Many visitors take day trips to the Grand Canyon while visiting Vegas. It’s easy to do on a tour by motor coach, airplane or helicopter. The Grand Canyon is only a half hour flight from the glittering Las Vegas strip.

But, adding the Grand Canyon to your itinerary need not involve Las Vegas if you enjoy more of a natural setting for your stay you might find Lake Powell, Arizona the perfect destination. The area offers a wealth of out door activities. Swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing are all available. You can rent bicycles, motorboats, or kayaks. In addition to the Grand Canyon, you’ll find other National Parks within a short drive.

Phoenix, Arizona is a popular place for retirees. Year round it has a wonderful warm dry climate. Many people with chronic respiratory and sinus problems find that they breathe easier in Arizona. Phoenix is also popular with golfers who visit the area year round to play the hundred plus courses in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Courses cover all skill levels and anyone from a novice to a master can find a course that suits them.

Phoenix is a popular city for workshops, conventions, and conferences. It has the right mix of attractions, location, climate, and facilities to attract many trade and interest groups to this desert city. Whether you are there for business of pleasure, you’ll find that you’ll have easy access to the Grand Canyon.

Near Phoenix you’ll find Sedona, an area that is often touted as the most beautiful part of America. Check our main page for our Sedona page under New Stuff, if it isn’t there yet, it’s coming soon!

Have you ever wanted to spend your summer working in the USA?

Yellowstone National Park‘s operator of lodging, restaurants, gifts shops and activities, Xanterra Parks & Resorts hires more than 3,000 seasonal employees every summer. They need seasonal staff in lodging, maintenance, food service, campground management, accounting, housekeeping, human resources, interpretation, laundry, marina, entertainment, reservations, retail, security, transportation and other areas. If you have a good attitude, willingness to work hard and a little flexibility in your schedule, you’ll fit in well. Hiking, backpacking, horseback-riding, canoeing, fishing and relaxing are how you’ll spend your time off.

The company is seeking employees for the June-through-August summer season, and seasonal workers who have the flexibility to work the entire season, May through October. Xanterra hires students, seniors and international workers. In 2003 the company hired workers from every continent except Antarctica. Living quarters are dormitories. Employees pay a small fee that covers the rooms or spaces, their meals, laundry and bedding.

You can apply several different ways. To find out more about employment or to request a job application, telephone 1-307-344-5324 or check on the web. Job application requests can be faxed to 1-307-344-5441. You can email an application request to

Chicago is a super place to learn a bit about one of America’s most influential women

and it’s exceptionally friendly for international guests because it has a diverse population.

With streets laid out on an easy to follow grid system it’s easy for visitors to find their way around. Chicago also boasts one of our best systems of public transportation so it is easy to get around without a car.

If you have an interest in the development of social work in the USA and in how immigrants from previous times were absorbed into our culture, visit the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at The University of Illinois at Chicago. It’s at 800 S. Halsted in Chicago on the University campus. Admission is free and it is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m., it’s closed Mondays and Saturdays.

Jane Addams founded the social settlement Hull-House on Chicago's Near West Side in 1889. Hull-House, built in 1856, was located in an immigrant neighborhood with Italian, Irish, German, Greek, Bohemian, and Russian and Polish Jewish residents. By the 1920s, African Americans and Mexicans joined the mix. Hull-House provided kindergarten and day care facilities for the children of working mothers, an employment bureau, an art gallery, libraries, English and citizenship classes, and theater, music and art classes.

Hull-House projects included the Immigrants' Protective League, the Juvenile Protective Association, the first juvenile court in the nation, and a Juvenile Psychopathic Clinic (later called the Institute for Juvenile Research). Jane Addams was instrumental in helping to pass the USA’s first protective legislation for women and children in 1893. Jane Addams was a leader in the Consumers League, the first woman president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections (later the National Conference of Social Work), vice-president of the Campfire Girls, and a member of the executive boards of the National Playground Association and the National Child Labor Committee. She supported the campaign for woman’s suffrage and the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909) and the American Civil Liberties Union (1920). Jane Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Need some help?

We hope your travels to the USA are problem free. But we do know that accidents happen. We’d like you to know a few things that will help keep you safe in the United States.

  • If you are a crime victim, have a medical emergency, or are in a traffic accident dial 911 anywhere you travel in the USA. 911 is the emergency call number everywhere in the USA.
  • If you have a medical problem that is not an emergency check with your hotel desk for doctors in the area. If you are not staying at a hotel or traveling between places look in the yellow pages for Urgent Care. Urgent care centers may be free standing clinics or they may be attached to a hospital, they treat problems that require a doctor but are not emergencies. They take credit card payments.
  • If you regularly use an over-the-counter pain medication that has codeine as an ingredient you will not be able to purchase it in the USA without a prescription. If you bring the medication with you from home it is helpful to have a doctor’s prescription for it even if you bought it at home without one. You can buy medications with codeine as an ingredient without a prescription in Canada.
  • If you are traveling from Western Europe please be aware that even a trip that doesn’t take in the seaside could expose your skin to more sun that you’d get at home. Please use sun protection.
  • In tourist areas you will usually have no trouble using traveler’s checks in US dollars. Outside of tourist areas many merchants are reluctant to accept them and you might want to cash a few before getting out and about. You will find easy acceptance for credit cards even for small purchases and you will not find a surcharge added onto the cost for using a credit card.
  • Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in the USA.

Drive time

This month we are skipping the hotel and restaurant reviews to give you a little information that will make your driving vacation a smoother ride throughout the USA. Keep in mind that our friends at Payless Car Rental are still running a fantastic special offer on mid-sized compact cars for only thirty dollars a day. If you are traveling in an area that they don’t serve, you can check Car Rentals through our search engine.

We also offer motor home rentals.

As you drive America’s highways you’ll see signs for “rest areas” a rest area usually has a small outdoor picnic site (no cooking or fire allowed), a few vending machines with sodas and snacks, and toilet facilities. If you see a sign for a rest area with the notation “no facilities” it means there are no toilets and it is just a place to pull off the road and take a short break. Many younger travelers are tempted to save money by sleeping in their cars at a rest area. Please do not do this. It is not safe to stay in a car all night at a rest area. They are perfectly safe during the day but can be a bit risky after dark.

You’ll also see signs for state “welcome centers” as you cross into a new state on the Interstate Highway system. While we don’t have tourist information centers in most cities, “welcome centers” serve much the same purpose. You’ll find area maps, brochures for area attractions, and traveler’s assistance. Some state welcome centers offer courtesy coffee or a sample of a non-alcoholic drink made in the region. When they are closed you can often pick up brochures outside. Generally, you’ll find a signboard with information outside; some of them even offer external interactive maps that give weather information for the state. “Welcome Centers” are often only open from 9 AM until 5 PM.

Most Interstate highway exits have signs informing you of the hotels, restaurants, and gas stations available around the exit. Many gas stations are combined with small shops where you can get snacks and over the counter medications. Most gas stations and almost all truck stops are open twenty-four hours. You will usually find restaurants serving full meals at truck stops.

The speed limit varies throughout the USA highway system so be certain you keep aware of speed limit signs.

Wherever you go in your travels

We all hope that you have a wonderful time. Please email me at MsTravel (email address no longer active) with any comments, questions, or concerns. I really enjoy hearing from readers. Lately I’ve had a wonderful time answering questions and finding information for folks.

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