USATourist News MagazineAugust 2005
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Welcome to the August issue of USATourist. We have some excellent specials this month, including VacationHomes-Pools.com in Orlando and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We also have information on the Go San Francisco Card and Go San Diego Card the only way to tour these cities.
Summer is coming to an end and as you travel here in the United States over the next few months you'll notice tourist attractions and airports aren't nearly as crowded as they were during the high-travel times of the summer months. But if you visit the Southeast over the next couple months you might need to keep an eye out on any hurricanes coming your way. In the Southwest, monsoon season has arrived and there's a good chance you will see some spectacular lightening shows.
VacationHomes-Pools.com has great summer/fall rates for their beautiful 4, 5, or 6-bedroom homes - with private pool and game room - and minutes from all Orlando attractions. Call their reservations office at 1-863-227-5281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make an offer for the vacation home of your choice and be sure to mention USATourist.com for your special rate!
Museum of Modern Art is currently offering Free Audio Guides of the Museum's renowned collection and temporary exhibitions, offering distinct audio programs designed for the general public, children ages 5 to 10, and the visually impaired. Modern Voices, designed for the general public to interpret the collection through the voices of curators and artists, is available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.
That's not all. On Friday nights, between 4-8pm, the Museum of Modern Art has free admission, courtesy of Target. The Museum also posts free audio files for MP-3 Players on its Web Site. www.moma.org
California Wine Country
Located 50 to 150 miles north of San Francisco are the beautiful vineyards of California Wine Country. You can spend a leisurely day touring the wineries and tasting a variety of wines. Many of the wineries offer free tours and wine tasting and if there is a fee many wineries wave the entry fee if you make a purchase. If transportation from winery to winery is a concern, there are many bus and train tours and even a train tour that you can choose from. For more on this beautiful land go to: www.usatourist.com/english/places/california/wine.html
California, Nevada, and Arizona are some of the most beautiful and scenic states America has to offer and one of the best ways to become emerged in their beauty is to drive. If a road trip interests you, visit our California Driving Tour page for a map and directions and attractions you can visit along the way. Our well planned driving tour includes stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, and San Diego. www.usatourist.com/english/places/california/drivingtour.html
Dont forget we can help you reserve your rental car for the drive. www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Cars.html
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California about 200 miles (300 km) east of San Francisco, about a four hour drive. Yosemite has over 800 miles of hiking trails ranging from a mild stroll to intense hikes for experienced hikers. You will also want to catch a glimpse of one of the nine waterfalls. Of course, the intensity of the waterfalls will depend on the time of year you visit. The falls are more powerful in the spring and summer as the winter snow melts. www.usatourist.com/english/places/california/yosemite.html
Information on camping and accommodations in Yosemite can be found here: www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/california/nationalparks/yosemite/yosemite-accommodations.html
Or you may want to consider renting a vacation home or cabin. The Redwoods in Yosemite has year round rentals and are completely furnished.
www.yosemite.org has current weather conditions and other updated Yosemite information.
Go San Francisco Card
Whether you take a California driving tour or not each city or town in California has plenty to offer. San Francisco is loaded with places to see and by purchasing Go San Francisco Card you will be allowed unlimited admission at over 30 attractions and including a Bay Cruise, Exploratorium, Historic Cable Car Ride, Asian Art Museum, SBC Park Tour and more. You will also be able to save up to 20% on shopping and dining and get a 124 page full-color pocket guidebook to help you plan your days.
Interested in getting a glimpse at some of the attractions San Francisco has to offer? Our San Francisco page has several virtual tours that are worth checking out: the Cable Cars, Alcatraz Island (the former maximum-security prison), Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, China Town, Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Warf Pier 39 and many, many more. www.usatourist.com/english/places/california/sanfrancisco.html
Let us help you make your airline reservation. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the main San Francisco airport. Alternative airports include Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Jose International Airport (SJC). www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Flights.html
Go San Diego Card
San Diego (SAN) also has a Go Card and you'll be amazed at the access this card will grant you. Free admissions include LEGOLAND® California, San Diego Zoo Best Value Ticket offered by Balboa Park's Visitor Center: Includes zoo admission with unlimited use of Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram, a dozen unique museums in the heart of famous Balboa Park, San Diego Harbor excursions and whale watching, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (including an IMAX movie, Temecula Wine Tasting Tour with Grapeline Tours (retails at $56!), Miramar Speed Circuit Race, Petco Park Tour, Rock Bottom Brewery Tour, guided tour to Tijuana, Mexico, with Contactours, Coronado "Promenade through the Past" 60-minute guided walking tour, Hollywood tours for Los Angeles day trips. Plus you can save up to 30% on shopping and up to 20% dining and you also get a free 124-page, full-color pocket guidebook to help you plan your trip.
Hurricane season is in full swing here in the U.S. and actually arrived early this year. The second weekend in July brought an evacuation of the Florida panhandle. Evacuations are rare and only the most intense hurricanes result in a full evacuation. If it happens that you are visiting a location that may be hit by hurricane you will be given plenty of time to plan ahead to decide how to proceed. For more details on hurricanes visit our US Travel News page: www.usatourist.com/english/bulletins/bulletins.aspx?bulletin=nb93.html
On the other side of the country Monsoon Thunderstorms cause a scene of their own. The Monsoon Thunderstorms usually begin in June and end in September. Arizona and New Mexico are given the gift of these heavy rainfalls and spectacular lightening shows. If you travel the Southwest and happen to witness one of these downpours be sure to abide by the street signs such as crossing a "wash" after the water starts flowing. A wash is a normally dry riverbed that fills during the monsoon rains. If you visit any other time of the year it's hard to believe these dry stretches of desert will eventually fill with water. People who refuse to follow the warning signs and get stuck driving their automobile though the water and have to be rescued by the fire department not only endanger themselves but are handed a hefty fine. So be sure and be aware where the "washes" are in the area you are visiting and avoid any unsafe risks.
If touring America by train has always interested you, this is the time to schedule your adventure. MacAmerica Travel has a special deal with Amtrak for international visitors: unlimited train travel in the Northeast. Stops include Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Niagara Falls, and Montreal. Plus, their website is multilingual. www.usbyrail.com/MacAmerica
Looking for a travel guidebook on train travel? Order USA by Rail by John Pitt. For more information click on this link: www.usatourist.com/english/traveltips/transportation/train-travel-tips.html
Still can't decide what attractions you want to see when you visit the United States? Stop by our Best of the US page for a list and links to some of America's top attractions. www.usatourist.com/english/traveltips/best-us-destinations.html
That's all we have for this month. Be looking for our September issue. Next month we'll be featuring Las Vegas, Nevada. Happy travels!
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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