USATourist News MagazineOctober 2004
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Even though summer is officially over youíll still find warm weather in large portions of the USA. And for travelers who donít like it really hot, the return of autumn makes October one of the best times for travel. Itís certainly gorgeous once fall foliage season starts and while Boston, Massachusetts is a prime place to fly into to start a tour of the New England states for spectacular fall scenery lots of other areas of the USA are dazzling when the leaves turn.
One of the great treats in store for visitors from Europe in October is the difference in the color of the leaves compared to whatís experienced at home. The red and yellow coloring of the leaves in North America is more intense than in Europe. Subtle differences in the way the temperature drops on this side of the pond compared to how it alters in Europe account for this. Also in both the USA and Canada we offer vast vistas of forests. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to more varieties of trees than all of northern Europe.
The leaf season starts in late September in the north and moves down North America into the southern part of the USA in November. In the USA call the United States Forest Service toll-free phone number 1-800-354-4595, for up-to-date information on where leaves are turning. The automated phone service covers the entire USA by region providing information on when the color appears and when it peaks.
If youíre planning ahead you can book a full-board stay at La Garita Creek Ranch during 2005 and get a 10% discount. You must book your 2005 Ranch Vacation before November 1st, 2004 for the discount. A deposit is due when you book. If you pay for your vacation in full before March 1st, 2005 youíll receive an additional 5% discount.
Right now the Euro is high against the USD, with one Euro equaling approximately one dollar and twenty five cents in US currency. Pre-booking to get a discount and to take advantage of a strong Euro or Pound just makes sense.
Why La Garita Creek Ranch? Because it offers so much more than a typical dude ranch. In addition to the horseback riding and western experiences that make a dude ranch vacation a relaxing retreat from modern life, they offer special weeks for adults and seniors and a range of options including hot air ballooning, white water rafting, and tours to Mesa Verde National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park is justifiably famed as one of the most mysterious and fascinating historic sites in the USA. It was home to a community between 600 and 1300 AD. People built stone villages on this fertile plateau, farmed, made beautiful black on white pottery, constructed cliff dwellings and a sun temple. Then the community left. A visit to Mesa Verde with a return to a gourmet meal and comfortable private cabin at La Garita Ranch is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
La Garita does have a bar on site that opens at 5PM with a selection of fine wines and interesting beers available for purchase by guests 21 years of age or older. During the adult only and senior weeks, there are scheduled cocktail hour events; during those events alcoholic drinks are complementary. LaGarita is an all-inclusive resort.
Why not spend a day with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and see spectacular displays of fall leaves along the shore. Your New York Pass makes it easy and affordable to take Circle Line Tours. Circle Line Sightseeing Fall Foliage Cruises run every Saturday in October.
Guests board at 8:30am and the ship sails at 9:00am passing the Palisades, Grant's Tomb, George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters and the Tappan Zee Bridge before traveling up the scenic Hudson River to historic Bear Mountain. At Bear Mountain youíll have two hours to see the natural beauty. The ship returns to Pier 83 at 5:30pm giving you plenty of time to still enjoy dinner in New York City (or even a show.)
Bear Mountain is 45 miles north of New York City, in the Hudson Highlands. Trailside Museums and Zoo, Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge, Perkins Tower and the newly constructed Merry-Go-Round and pavilion are easily explored during the two hour stay at the park. The first segment of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is at Bear Mountain.
On October 2nd, 9th and 16th, Bear Mountain will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest. Guests of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Fall Foliage tours can join in an afternoon filled with music, dancing, food, vendors and more. Admission to Oktoberfest is complimentary.
For an additional $12 charge, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises will cater lunch. The choices are a cold salad plate that blends tuna, egg and chicken salad; the grilled vegetable wrap; grilled chicken sandwich; tomato and fresh mozzarella sandwich or the cold fried chicken platter. All lunch requests must be pre-ordered.
New York and the historic Hudson Valley will be at peak fall color through October. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offer the only fall foliage cruise from New York City to Bear Mountain. More information is available by telephone at 212-563-3200 or by visiting the ticket office at Pier 83 in New York City.
A great time for a golfing break in the USA and to help you choose where to go, check out Golf Guide Web for reviews of almost every course in the USA.
A super time for shopping in many areas across our country: in many parts of the USA end-of-summer specials still make beach and resort wear a bargain and in others shopkeepers are eager to move out Fall merchandise so they can load up on winter gear before the Christmas shopping season goes into full swing in November.
The prime time for finding haunted houses and other Halloween attractions in Haunted Houses in the Western USA and Canada, Haunted Houses in the Eastern USA, or Haunted Houses in the Central USA. And, donít forget that on Halloween youíre likely to see adults in costume if you check out local nightspots. If you love candy run into any drug, grocery, or discount store the day after Halloween, November 1st, for bargains on let off treats.
In the autumn you may even encounter a distinctly seasonal attraction --- a corn maze. You can find Cornfield Mazes in many places across the USA. Different regions of the USA all claim to have started the cornfield maze craze. Theyíve become a popular family day out over the past ten years. Some of them spell out a town name, others have childrenís play areas concealed in the corn, some of them offer cassette guides. Near my hometown thereís one that offers horse drawn wagon rides and other activities.
Itís time to start thinking ahead to Christmas. Most businesses in the USA send seasonal greeting cards to customers and clients. Ordering cards embossed with your company name in advance can help you avoid a rush job next month. Many business people send gifts to important contacts, customers and clients. If you run a large business you may want to plan an office Christmas party for staff.
If you are thinking of US travel during the Christmas season it is not too early to start making your plans. Check out all the great locations and services on our home page at www.USATourist.com and start making your travel arrangements soon.
Northwest, American Airlines, US Airways, Continental and United Airlines are all adding on an extra charge if you purchase a ticket by phone or in person at airport of city ticket offices.
USAirways has filed a bankruptcy petition but the company assures travelers that tickets will be honored, customer service will not change and flight schedules will not change in the foreseeable future. If you are flying transatlantic on USAirways you will find that complementary beer and wine are offered in First and Business Class but that there is a charge for alcoholic drinks of any sort in Coach Class.
While I normally love hearing from readers Iíll be on the road for a large part of October so please be patient with me as Iíll only be checking email to MsTravel@USATourist.com a few times until after October 24.
Have a great month and happy traveling!
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