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If you want to visit any of the major cities in the United States this summer, the time to make your plans and reservations is now. Tourism in the United States will probably be up this year as North Americans who can't afford to go to Europe compete for space with bargain-hunting Europeans, Latin Americans and Asians. There is some good news for budget travelers to the United States. Gasoline is expected to be in plentiful supply this summer, and the price is not likely to rise. It may even fall a little because of the world-wide oil glut. However, gas is considerably more expensive in the United States than in Canada, already as much as 50 per cent higher in some parts of the country. Food costs in the United States are approximately equivalent to those in Canada. In most major cities it is easy to find good, moderately priced restaurants with a bit of looking. As a last resort, you can always turn to the ubiquitous fast food places. The bad news concerns the cost of accommodation. Many of the big tourist cities, such as Boston and New York, suffer from a general shortage of hotel rooms, and a severe shortage of budget priced rooms. At the height of the summer tourist season the few reasonably priced rooms tend to be booked up months in advance. The same forces that have led to the revitalization of the central part of such cities as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington have sent real estate prices skyrocketing and made the construction and even the operation of budget-priced hotels unfeasible. For the budget traveler, the choice is to plan travel far in advance or be prepared to pay prices of $60 to $100 U.S. a day for a hotel room. If you are traveling by car, you can often find lower-priced hotels and motels on the outskirts of major cities. Look for national and regional budget chains such as Day's Inns, Motel 6, Scottish Inns and Suisse Chalets. It is usually a lot cheaper to stay in the suburbs, drive into the city and pay for parking than it is to try to find accommodation in the central city. Of course, if you are traveling by air, rail or bus you rarely have the choice of staying in the suburbs, and you must plan ahead. The United States was not really prepared for the recent onslaught of tourists, and the traveler is generally on his or her own to find a place to stay. I have never seen the kind of hotel-finding service common in Europe in any American train station or airport. Another problem is that you can't assume that a low-priced hotel in the United States will be safe and clean. Often the lower-priced accommodations are located in fringe or unsafe areas of a city. Therefore, the only thing to do is to find out about the city you plan to visit in advance. Consult columns such as this one, and budget travel books such as those published by Arthur Frommer, which are generally reliable. Consider alternatives to hotels such as YMCAs or YWCAs, or university residences. Almost every city has a convention or visitors' bureau that can supply information on lodging and points of interest. On a recent trip to several major American cities, I was able to keep costs for accommodation and three meals a day to between $40 and $50 U.S., without staying in youth hostels or eating in fast food joints. However, I think this is about rock bottom for a person traveling alone, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. For a couple the cost could be cut to $30 or $35 a person a day, and with one or two small children sharing their parents' room the cost per person would be lower still. But don't expect to keep to these limits without advance planning. There is both good and bad news on air fare costs in the United States. At the moment many airlines, including Air Canada, United Airlines and Trans World Airlines, are offering discount fares to or within the United States. For example, TWA will fly you anywhere on its routes within the United States for $298 U.S. round-trip for adults, $98 for children under certain conditions. New York Air and Eastern Airlines are currently offering a $29 U.S. one-way weekend fare between New York and Boston or Washington. A new airline to be called PEOPLExpress is set to start operations soon with discount fares between many American cities. USAir's unlimited mileage fare, good from Toronto or Montreal, is a good deal if you want to visit several American cities
Charlottetown PEI - 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables Nestled just off the Northern shores of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is the picturesque island of PEI. Prince Edward Island makes a relaxing vacation for couples and seniors. Plenty of golf courses, scenic roads, hotels, and bed and breakfast inns make this destination all about relaxation. Movie and television viewers are congregating this year in a place they have only seen portrayed in a popular literary and television production. They will find it perfect for relaxation. PEI is on the other side of the Northumberland Straight which is about 20 miles across. Ferry boats used to be the sole means of transportation for islanders to get to the mainland, however the completion of construction of the 9 mile long Confederation Bridge has allowed unlimited and quick access to and from the island. The bridge is an engineering marvel and has been a boon for tourism. This year in 2008 has seen a record number of visitors to the Island. 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of the book Anne of Green Gables. The popular novel series by Canadian Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, has a global best seller and droves of avid fans of the author and story are flocking here to celebrate. Lucy Maud Montgomery drew upon her own experiences in growing up in PEI to write the series of novels. The book is particularly popular in Japan. It's odd that a work of fictional writing could be the inspiration for a global tourism destination, but the romanticism and warmth of the novel depicting Victorian life in 19th century Atlantic Canada appealed to a lot of people. The Gentle Island The Prince Edward Travel Guide uses the term "The Gentle Island" to describe a visit to PEI. The gently rolling landscape with vivid colours is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs. The flatness of the island makes it perfect for easy touring by car or bike. No hard work necessary if you just want to walk the beaches or ride a country road. PEI is not all rural despite the promotion of the island as a throwback to turn of the century agricultural life. Charlottetown and Summerside are the two major cities. Charlottetown's population and geographic area is just the right size to keep things very personal here and compared to Toronto and Montreal, the lifestyle is very laid back. For those that need a little more excitement on their vacation, the Bay of Fundy and Moncton, New Brunswick are not far away. Either makes a nice day trip for those in Charlottetown. The Bay of Fundy and its world record tidal flows makes it a haven for fisherman, whalewatchers and beachcombers. Things to See in Charlottetown Confederation Centre of the Arts Charlottetown's Confederation Centre of the Arts showcases more than 15,000 pieces of historical, modern and contemporary Canadian works of art. It was established in 1964 and is the largest art gallery east of Montreal. The Gallery is also home to a number of musical and theatrical performances including Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. Historic Charlottetown Waterfront The Historic Charlottetown Waterfront takes visitors along a boardwalk, through areas of historic interest. Beginning with Charlottetown and Victoria Park to Fanningbank Historic House you can continue to Peake's Wharf Historic Waterfront and Peaks Quay, the island's largest outdoor patio on the marina. Peake's Wharf still has a lot of the character of late 1800's. You'll find plenty of waterfront boutiques, craft shops, restaurants, bars, bistros, cafes and free outdoor concerts. Restaurants offer your choice of great Maritime seafood dinners including fresh lobsters, swordfish, shellfish, oysters, scallops and mussels. The Hillsborough River, a Canadian Heritage River is fed by the Hillsborough River Watershed, the main river system on Prince Edward Island. It contains the largest saltwater and freshwater marshlands on the Island, and you can take walking tours, from Founder's Hall and guided by the Fathers or Ladies of Confederation. Golf PEI There are 29 golf courses on PEI, more than enough to appeal to golfers of all skill levels. PEI is quickly becoming Canada's number one golf destination. Highly recommended is the scenic, ocean-side golf course, Green Gables course which has a distance of 6,459 yards. Built in 1939, this classic golf course has rolling greens protected by deep bunkers and water holes. Some of the Charlottetown hotels offer golf package deals and CAA and seniors discounts and are worth investigating. For senior couples looking for a nice vacation spot, PEI is the perfect choice. Enjoy the easygoing charm of Maritime Canadians and an island where everything is close enough to do at your leisure.
Another aspect of Niagara Falls that draws tourists is its vast selection of casinos, both on the New York and Canada sides. Depending on which side tourists intend to visit, the currency dealt in Niagara Falls Casino may either be American or Canadian dollars. Also it is worth knowing that the legal gambling age in Canada is 19, while in New York you are only qualified to gamble when you are 21. Age-supporting documents are necessary when going to casinos in both locations. As one of the main tourist attractions in Niagara Falls, casinos have been housed by hotels to offer more extensive amenities to its guests. Room rates vary from one Niagara Falls casino hotel to the other and may be based on how extensive or how large their casino area is. World class casino resorts are as popular as Niagara Falls itself. Casino resorts and hotels operators have made painstaking efforts to transforming vast square footages of their hotels to accommodate gambling machines and dealing table to provide clients with a wide variety of gambling choices. Furthermore, Niagara Falls casino hotels offer a venue where luxury meets excitement. Detailed décor and furnishings are sure to delight one's senses, coupled with the lavish excitement that casino gaming offers. Niagara Falls casino hotels offer different room standards ranging from the most basic to the more extravagant presidential suites. Hotel guests can enjoy themselves with the variety of gaming tables with continuous games of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Chinese poker, or Caribbean stud poker. There are also countless slot machines interspersed among tables and along slot machine "only" areas. Having only the best in mind for their guests, casino hotels also have dining establishments that the tourists may visit for a quick snack in between games. These casinos are accessible for persons with disabilities and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.