The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 20, 1996 · Page 58
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 58

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 20, 1996
Page 58
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TRAVEL BY GINA PERA Peak trips, off-peak Take advantage of fall's short lines, low prices, great weather m GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Conrad Kageyama recalls a childhood vacation when his family drove from Chicago to the Grand Canyon — only to find no lodging in the park. "That impressed me." For the past decade, Kageyama, 49, his wife and father-in-law have toured national parks in the off-season, including Zion, Glacier, Yellowstone, Bryce and Yosemite. "Fight the crowds in Yosemite once, and you'll never again travel in peak season," says Kageyama, a retired computer consultant from Cypress, Calif. A favorite trip: a recent autumn visit to the Grand Canyon. Lodging was plentiful (the number of visitors in October is 44 percent lower than in July) and often cheap (most room rates are much lower; rooms on the rim are never discounted). Kageyama's room overlooked the rim, great for animal viewing and catching the sunrise, "even She wears no appliance, yet she has an ileostomy. Vickie Wliite » Surgery Date: 1116189 If you have severe, medically unresponsive inflammatory bowel disease and are facing surgery, or if you currently have an ileostomy, you owe it to yourself to find out more about this innovative procedure. can 1-800-879-2879 today for a free package of complete information. CONTINENT OSTOMY CENTERS Or visit us on the World Wide Web at 4 The sunrise at Grand Canyon Is tarn exquisite'hi autumn because the sun is lower in the sky. ^WlUlamsburg in the fall: fewer tourists, nore realism more exquisite in fall," with longer shadows and vibrant colors. Cooler weather also means better hiking, especially if you trek to the bottom, where fall/ winter temps are in the 90s (vs. 120 degrees in summer). "Rangers tell us that over the last five years more families are yanking their kids out of school to give them a better park experience," Kageyama says. Park information: 520-638-7888. Lodging reservations: 303-297-2757. • WILUAMSBURG, VA.: The best time to visit historic Williamsburg? In the fall, because crowds fall off and "it's much easier to imagine you're strolling through a community from the time of Jefferson," says Insiders' Guide to Williamsburg author Michael Bruno. October and November events include seminars and workshops (all with Colonial themes), like "The Art of Dining" and a Nov. 7-9 history forum featuring retired Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee "interviewing" Thomas Jefferson on free speech. History buffs should see nearby Jamestown, where the recent discovery of the first English settlement, built in 1607, has made headlines. After Labor Day, most hotels drop prices. Midweek fall getaway packages at an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel start at $43.50 per person. By December, holiday events bring in more visitors. At least 35,000 attend the "Grand Illumination," where a nighttime cannon shot and fireworks signal the lighting of single candles in the windows of historic buildings. Call 1-800-447-8679, • ORLANDO: "Even though I'm a Midwesterner, I have an East Coast attitude about lines," says Steve Loucks, of the American Society of Travel Agents. "I also like to get the most bang for my buck." That's why Loucks picks fall and winter to visit Orlando. Last year, visitors to this theme-park mecca peaked at 3 million in July and dipped to about half that by November. Admission to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World stays the same, but hotels slash prices by as much as half. By September, humidity and temperatures start to drop, which makes fall ideal for exploring the "other" Florida: natural attractions that lured visitors long before theme parks. Best budget bet: a weekday visit to Blue Springs State Park, 45 minutes north. For $3.50 a carload, you can swim in the spring, just yards from manatees drawn to the 72-degree waters. Or: A$75 day-long tour takes you to Blue Springs, a historic Indian mound, then to New Smyrna Beach for a cookout, then aboard a St. Johns River pontoon boat to spot migrating birds. Call 1-800-551-0181. a 18 USA WEEKEND • Oct. W-20. I9V6

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