Internet Resources:Travel
American Corner | 2013-01-31 17:08
America’s Byways
The National Scenic Byways Program, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, was established “to help recognize, preserve and enhance” nearly 1,500 state and nationally designated byway projects. The site offers trip ideas, trip planners. travel information, and links.
Arizona Highways Magazine
Published by the Arizona Department of Transportation, the online version of this 80-year-old magazine contains exclusive features in addition to the articles on events, travel, hikes, and native plants and animals. The photography section features virtual tours and photo essays with full-color images taken by “many of America’s best photographers.” Links and maps are provided as well. This is but one example of the sites provided by the 50 states to assist travelers.
Brief listings and links to tourist information for selected cities throughout the United States are provided on this site. Information listed includes attractions, museums, lodging, dining, specialty shopping, and recreation. To access the information, click on a map or select a state.
MapQuest is one of several online services that help you map and find directions to locations throughout the United States. In addition to door-to-door directions, maps, and mileage, this interactive atlas contains trip-planning information such as city data, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and weather.
National Park Service
This government Web site provides links to all U.S. national parks searchable by topic (historic sites, geysers, mountains, etc.) or by geographic location within the United States. Natural, historical, and cultural resources in the parks are featured as well.
Rand McNally
A user-friendly interface leads you to free maps and route planning with detailed driving directions for the U.S. and Canada. Links to lists of hotels and nearby activities are also provided. Free registration allows you to save trip plans and addresses, though other site features require paid membership or lead to references to Rand’s print atlases.
This site has links to information about several thousand federally owned or affiliated recreation areas. Entries include contact and weather information, directions, links, and available recreational activities (hiking, fishing, boating, cultural activities, camping). The site is searchable and browsable by keyword, site name, state, and activity. Once you locate a recreation area, you can view it and customize a map of the area.
Road Trip USA
“Follow route numbers or names to access driving tours along more than 30,000 miles of classic blacktop. Lively mile-by-mile descriptions celebrate kitsch oddities, local history, and apple-pie diners distributed over 10 yards of clickable image maps.” In addition to the 11 routes described by author Jamie Jensen, the site includes a blog, a driver’s almanac that explores a different location each month, a contest, and links.
Roadside Peek
This searchable site offers a photographic tours of mid-20th century roadside architecture, profiling styles such asTiki, Roadside Vernacular, and Neon. Route 66 landmarks are accorded a special section. Coffee shops and eateries, drive-in theaters, bowling alleys, motels, signage, and automobiles are featured as well as a daily news update and links.
See America
Developed by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) in partnership with other travel industry organizations, this online portal includes “more than 10,000 links to hotels, airlines, attractions, convention and visitor bureaus, state tourism offices,” and other resources. Available in Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Japanese.
NewsDirectory: Travel Planner
This site provides access to Visitors and Convention Bureaus in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Links to airports, hotels, rental cars, and airlines can be accessed here as well.
U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
This State Department site offers information to temporary visitors to the United States. It includes details about visas.
Voice of America News: Visiting the USA
VOA’s thorough travel planner takes the tourist step-by-step through the process of visiting the United States, beginning with planning your visit, what to expect when you arrive, and information on parks, recreation, and scenic routes. A drop-down menu or clickable map of the 50 states links you to the official visitor’s center of each state.
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