Whether you prefer to spend your vacation time exploring big cities or going to remote places, the World Wide Web is a valuable resource for planning your trip. While there are a great number of travel sites on the web, these four are among the most comprehensive and reputable.
Preview Travel www.previewtravel.com link removed Travel planning has never been easier than with Preview Travel. You can research destinations through Fodor's guides then book your flight, car, and hotel room online. The sight is secure, easy to use, and has a section devoted exclusively to business travelers. Many airlines offer double frequent flier miles when you book through Preview Travel, and the Travel News section keeps you updated on any beneficial fare wars taking place in the industry.
Travelocity www.travelocity.com link removed Travelocity is the public version of Sabre, the network that travel agents use to book their customers' vacations and business trips. Best Fare Finder, a feature recently added to the site, quickly retrieves the lowest fares published daily, then lists the dates and times the fares are available. This is a quick way to find out what special airfares are being offered by all airlines. Want to visit Paris but not sure if you can do so on your budget? Use Travelocity's Price Shopper to look for vacations to worldwide destinations in any price range. Recent offerings included 6 nights in Paris at only $349 per person or 6 nights in London for $469. These deals always change, so check back often.
National Park Service ParkNet www.nps.gov link removed Our national parks offer unsurpassed beauty and ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, or even lounging. You can search for parks by region, theme, or name. Descriptions of all parks, historic sites, and monuments are given, as is pertinent information such as hours of operation and entry fees. Links to expanded pages for most parks are also provided. If you have never visited a national park, the gorgeous pictures on this site are sure to entice you. If you have been to the most famous parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, or Great Smokey Mountains, this site is an excellent place to research less known but equally stunning wilderness areas throughout the United States.
Great Outdoors Recreation Pages www.gorp.com link removed Interested in hiking, fishing, or mountain climbing in foreign lands? This site lists all the major parks and wilderness areas throughout the world. You can search by attractions (forests, parks, wilderness areas), activities, or location. After you find the perfect destination, you can make all your travel arrangements on GORP or buy all the equipment you will need for your outdoor adventure. Even if you will never visit the places described at this site, you can still take in the exotic beauty of Chilean national parks or African wilderness areas through the numerous photographs featured. The many travel articles written exclusively for GORP are outstanding and a valuable resource for anyone planning an outdoor excursion.
-- Tanya Sanchez