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Planning a vacation or business trip this year? Our travel resource guide has everything you need to know before you go.

March 4, 2007

Maryland travel resources

Where to find information on travel within the state of Maryland.

March 4, 2007

10 underrated cities that deserve a visit

Many travel wish lists include cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta. But less well-known cities can be equally riveting. Here are 10 underrated cities with unexpected appeal:

March 4, 2007

10 smart tips for travel shopping on the Internet

This year, more than half of all travel will be booked using the Internet, a first. For travelers using the Web to plan or buy, here's a primer on 10 things you need to know before hitting the "buy" button:

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

Staying fit on the road requires planning and dedication. Here are some ways to stay on track during your next trip -- whether it's for business or pleasure, in Iowa or Indonesia:

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

Whenever a family vacation looms on the horizon, all of that quality bonding time looks a bit daunting. How can the same trip be wonderful for people with different needs and interests, especially when they"re wedged into tight quarters and spending more time than usual together?

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

Although there's almost nothing you need that you can't get abroad -- including credit cards -- there are still a few essentials that you don't want to leave home without:

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

With the number of ways to keep in touch today while traveling abroad, it's a wonder anyone managed to survive time away from home and hearth when postcards and telegrams were the only options. Here are a few ways to stay in touch while abroad -- not all equally inexpensive or fast:

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

We travel to see the world -- but if we want to ensure that there will always be a world left worth seeing, we should start thinking of our sojourns not only as personal respites but also as the means by which to improve things little by little. Here's what you can do to help:

March 4, 2007

Travel tips: 10 ways to...

You have to pay the mortgage, taxes and car payments, and that can leave little for a grand tour of Europe or a fancy cruise. But with discipline and diligence, families can save for that trip of their dreams. Here are some ideas to help make the dream a reality:

March 4, 2007

Money-savers on the road

Americans spend close to $2,500 on a typical summer vacation, one of the larger expenditures a family makes in a year. The fun of a great trip, however, quickly evaporates if there is a huge credit card bill to pay when you return home. Here are ways to trim expenses once you hit the road:

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Baltimore-area airports

Get information about BWI, Dulles and Reagan

March 4, 2007

Airlines

Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major cities in the United States. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage award program, but it may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier."

March 4, 2007

Hotels

Major lodging companies' phone numbers and Web sites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. Corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. The list has been edited for space.

March 4, 2007

Trains

Here are contacts for selected trains around the world. Note that some numbers are for U.S.-based agents that have booking contracts with the lines, but most trains can be reserved by any travel agent.

March 4, 2007

Cruise lines

Here is a listing of selected cruise lines and their vessels:

March 4, 2007

Car rental

Here are contacts for selected car rental agencies:

March 4, 2007

Buses

Several lines offer express, economical service from various Baltimore locations to Atlantic City, New York and other mid-Atlantic destinations. In addition to Greyhound, a variety of other bus lines depart around-the-clock from the Baltimore Travel Plaza off Interstate 95. Reservations for bus companies offering service to New York's Chinatown can also be made at gotobus.com. Fares average about $20 one-way and $35 round-trip.

March 4, 2007

Parks

Find out about historic and scenic sites, as well as programs, fees and directions to Maryland's national parks, monuments and recreation areas:

March 4, 2007

State tourism offices

States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Here's a list of Mid-Atlantic region state travel offices.

March 4, 2007

Foreign tourism offices

For tourist information on selected foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. 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. mission or delegation. A helpful Web site is the Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory, towd.com.

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