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Guide: Planning your vacation in 2012

It's time to exercise your imagination and start stretching your budget. The ideas and info in these stories will help you plan your ideal trip -- whether you're headed to New York (above) or New Mexico, the Summer Games in London or the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the Caribbean.

  • Travel updates for 2012

    Travel updates for 2012

    Here are a dozen travel-news tidbits that will make you a better informed consumer in the new year.

  • 12 places to visit in 2012

    12 places to visit in 2012

    From historical celebrations to Oregon wines to a diamond jubilee in Britain to Warhol in Arkansas, here are a dozen places to explore and enjoy.

  • Interactive: Southern California airports

    Interactive: Southern California airports

    An interactive user's to Southern California's airports. Double-click icons for more information.

  • California national parks

    California national parks

    California national parks: From Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park.

  • Rental car listings

    Rental car listings

    Rental car agencies Contact information for rental car agencies, here and abroad: Ace (800) 243-3443 http://www.acerentacar.com Advantage (800) 777-5500 http://www.advantage.com AllRite No central booking number http://www.allriterentacar.com Alamo (877) 222-9075 http://www.alamo.com Apex Car Rentals,...

  • A list of selected airlines that offer flights out of major U.S. cities

    A list of selected airlines that offer flights out of major U.S. cities

    Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major U.S. cities. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage-reward program but may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier." Aer Lingus (800) 474-7424 reservations/FF http://www.aerlingus.com...

  • State tourism offices

    States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible.

  • Cruise line listings

    Here's a list of many of the lines that carry passenger traffic, along with a list of their vessels. Ships that are to have maiden voyages this year also are listed; check with the cruise line, though, because dates can change. AIDA Cruises, (011) 49-381-20-270707, http://www.aida.de. Each name...

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