Los Angeles Times

The 2003 Sourcebook

Our annual directory of travel resources, including updated security information, tips on finding air fare discounts, tourism contacts and much more.

  • How to sidestep scams that offer too-good-to-be-true vacation deals

    The Federal Trade Commission calls them "trip traps," tickets to Heartbreak Hotel. They are the too-good-to-be-true vacation offers that flood mailboxes, fill the Internet or are pitched by fast-talking telemarketers: "Hello. You have been chosen to receive our spectacular luxury dream vacation...."...

  • Living with new luggage scrutiny

    Airports now screen checked bags, most electronically. Here's what else you need to know to keep your trip hassle-free.

  • How to keep a low profile when traveling abroad

    You're traveling abroad, and you've left at home the trappings that fairly shriek "rich American": the logo baseball caps and T-shirts, the expensive athletic shoes, the designer watch and flashy jewelry. That's about all you can do to keep from being targeted by a terrorist, a con artist or a...

  • U.S. travel warnings and advisories

    The State Department is warning Americans to avoid travel to these countries: Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Burundi; Central African Republic; Colombia; Congo-Kinshasa; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Ivory Coast; Jordan; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Macedonia;...

  • Foreign government tourist offices

    Here is a list of selected government tourist offices. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-1234; dial 0 and ask for the number of the country's U.N. delegation. Anguilla: Anguilla Tourist Board, P.O. Box 1388, The Valley, Anguilla, British West Indies;...

  • State and U.S. territory tourist offices

    Alabama: Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, Montgomery, AL 36104; (800) 252-2262, (334) 242-4169, fax (334) 242-4554, http://www.touralabama.org. Alaska: Alaska Travel Industry Assn., Visitor Information Center, 2600 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK 99503; (907) 929-2200,...

  • California city, county visitor bureaus

    This list of visitor information offices, edited by The Times for space, was provided in part by the California Division of Tourism in Sacramento. Amador County: Amador County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 596, Jackson 95642; (800) 649-4988 or (209) 223-0350, fax (209) 223-4425,...

  • National parks and monuments in the Golden State

    Find out about scenic and historic sites as well as special programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ft. Mason, Building 201-Alcatraz, San Francisco 94123; (415) 561-4900, (415) 705-5555...

  • Major car rental agencies

    Ace Rent a Car (800) 243-3443 http://www.acerentacar.com Advantage (800) 777-5500 http://www.arac.com Alamo (800) 462-5266 http://www.goalamo.com Americar Rental System (800) 327-9096 http://www.americar.com Auto Europe (800) 223-5555 http://www.autoeurope.com Avis (800) 331-1212 http://www.avis.com...

  • Riding the rails the world around

    In Europe, better and faster trains are the order of the day. In the United States, the good news is that Amtrak apparently is secure for another year. In British Columbia, the poor economy has caused BC Rail to eliminate its passenger service on what once was among North America's most scenic...

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