Dallas sights; cruise routes
Q Dallas. I’m taking Can you my recom- first trip to mend there? must-see We’ll have attractions a car, so exploring outside Dallas is also a possibility.
A You must visit Dealey Plaza, the site of JFK’s assassination. The Sixth Floor Museum in the former school book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot the president is pretty fascinating. The Dallas Arts District is worth a visit, too. Southfork, the ranch of “Dallas” fame, is open for tours. But if you have a car, be sure to head over to Forth Worth, barely half an hour away. Visit the Stockyards, touristy but fun, and the Cultural District downtown brings together five fabulous museums.
Is it possible to take a cruise to places other than the beaches and Alaska? We prefer the mountains or river tubing to a crowded boardwalk or beach. Certainly there are cruise options for travelers like us.
Sounds as if you’d be prime candidates for a Canada/New England cruise. My parents took a cruise that started in New York, worked its way up the New England coast and ended up in Quebec City. They liked it.
My alma mater is having a once in a lifetime basketball season (we’ve only made the NCAA tournament once in 10 seasons) and I’m strongly considering traveling to see them play in March. This seems to be challenging because the schedule of games is only known a few days in advance. What’s the best strategy for purchasing tickets at reasonable fares? I’ve never purchased for leisure travel on such short notice.
Some airlines, such as American, still post discounted weekend fares. It’s best to sign up on the airline sites to receive sale notifications. You should also sign up to receive Twitter updates from airlines such as JetBlue that offer sales through social media. Consider using alternative airports (BWI Marshall instead of Reagan National, for example). Go to the destination’s airport Web site to find out what airlines fly there to make sure you’re not missing a discount carrier that wouldn’t show up on third-party booking sites.
Do you know about options for the handicapped at the Vatican or St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome?
There is disabled access — ramps, elevators, rental wheelchairs, etc. — to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s, but those requiring a wheelchair have to take some longer routes to get from one to the other to avoid the many stairs. And generally, they do the museum tour in the opposite direction from the route most visitors follow, again to avoid stairs. Check Sage Traveling ( www.sage
traveling.com) for information.
What’s a reasonable senior ticket price for round-trip air between San Diego and Geneva? Is buying tickets 10 to 11 weeks out good advice for snagging the best fares for summer trips to Europe?
Only a few airlines offer senior discounts, and they often aren’t cheaper than the going economy rate. I’d start tracking the fares now. There have been various studies done on best times to buy air tickets, and they often contradict one another. It all depends on demand. If there are empty seats as summer gets closer, sales will take place. If not, no sales and higher prices. You may be able to save money by flying out of Los
Angeles or by tweaking your travel dates.
I’d like to take a road trip with my 13-year-old son this August. He’s a huge Stephen King fan and wants to visit the author’s hometown: Bangor, Maine. We’ll be driving from Falls Church. Can you suggest some interesting stops along the way and some things to do in Bangor? An amusement park would be a nice diversion too.
I’d stop in Princeton, N. J., for a stroll through the Princeton campus, then maybe somewhere in western Massachusetts — Stockbridge is lovely and has the Norman Rockwell museum, or Northampton or Amherst, both beautiful college towns — then head east to the coast. You can stop at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., if you want an amusement park, then head to Portsmouth, N.H., or Ogunquit or Kennebunkport, Maine. Then up through Portland and on to Bangor. The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor has a good collection, including works by Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. There’s a police museum and a fire museum, too.
I’m planning a trip to Mongolia for late August or September. Can you recommend a tour company that isn’t too highend? I’m also looking for an airline recommendation.
I flew United, connecting in Beijing, but my friend Ed always flies Korean Air. I chose the cheapest fare, but I’ve heard very good things about Korean Air, and Seoul is a great layover airport. I’d look at Boojum Expeditions for a tour. Unfortunately, because Mongolia’s tourist infrastructure is still developing, the trip will be pricey. But you can save money by opting for more budget lodgings and cheap eats.
A friend and I are traveling to Amsterdam in May. Are there a few things that we absolutely must do? We’re looking into which museums we should visit and maybe a canal tour.
Yes, a canal tour is great, and definitely visit the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. Most people take a walk through the red-light district for the voyeurism/curiosity factor.
I’m running the Paris Marathon and managed to get a cheaper flight to London Heathrow, then plan to connect to Paris via Eurostar. Is 3 1/ hours
2 enough time to clear customs and get to St. Pancras train station in London?
You can take the Piccadilly line from Terminal 5 at Heathrow to St. Pancras. The trip takes about an hour, so that should give you enough time even with the typically long immigration process at Heathrow.
We’re looking for an inexpensive summer vacation. We like to do things outdoors, like walking tours, amusement parks, historical areas. Our budget is around $1,000 or less.
How about Williamsburg? Visit Colonial Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown and Busch Gardens, maybe hit the sand at Virginia Beach if you have time.
We’re trying to figure out where to go for our summer vacation. We’re looking for a place where we can bring our new puppy. We’d love to go somewhere that we would all enjoy (Mom, Dad and 12-year-old daughter).
West Virginia is a very pretty state and I love it for a summer
getaway when it gets oppressively hot in Washington. Try looking for places in or near some of the resort areas, such as Canaan Valley or Snowshoe. State parks also often have reasonably priced, petfriendly accommodations.
I’m traveling to Hawaii in May. I’d like to have a room with a kitchenette so that I can save money by eating some meals in the room. Would it be better to look for a condo to rent?
Many lodgings come with kitchen facilities, not just condos. Check Oahu’s tourism Web site ( www.gohawaii.com/oahu), which has an accommodationfinding tool. Also check the main booking sites, such as Kayak and Expedia. The hotel description will include the availability of a kitchenette.
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City has access for the disabled, but wheelchair routes can be longer.