Call toll free to reserve camp space
Families or groups who are planning camping trips can now call a toll-free line of the National Park Service to make campsite reservations at any one of its 15 most frequently visited areas.
Campsite reservations for a party of up to six people may be made in one of two ways: on the day before arrival, or at least eight weeks in advance. Larger groups are advised to speak to the superintendent of the individual park before making reservations. Charges for park entrance and daily use of campsite are payable by Mastercard, Visa, Discover, money order or personal check. For reservations, call (800) 365-2267.
The 15 parks and other areas for which this service has been introduced are: Acadia National Park in Maine; Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina; Death Valley National Monument, California and Nevada; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee; Joshua Tree National Monument, California; Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri; Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado; Sequoia National Park and neighboring Kings Canyon, both in California; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California; Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and Yosemite National Park, California. Reservations for tours of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky can also be made through the telephone service.
For about $1,000 an hour, travelers will be able to circle the globe to commemorate Columbus' voyage 500 years ago.
Participants will leave Lisbon on Oct. 12, Columbus Day, and are to return there 23 hours and 10 minutes later. They will make the $23,800 journey aboard an Air France Concorde traveling 25,110 miles at an average speed of 1,083.9 miles an hour. The flight, dubbed Sunchaser One, will make six refueling stops on its Lisbon to Lisbon route: Santo Domingo, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Bangkok and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Several point-to-point speed records are expected to be set.
The price includes round-trip flight from the United States to Paris, an overnight stay at the Sofitel Hotel in Paris on Oct. 10, round-trip flight on the Concorde to Lisbon, and a night at the Hotel Ritz Lisboa before the flight leaves and on returning.
Information: travel agents or Concorde Spirit Tours, (800) 662-1492.
Anew 900 telephone line provides information on antique shows and flea markets. Callers to the Antique Show Hot Line, (900) 903-7469, can choose a region of the United States and then an area within the region. For example, those requesting the Northeast may pick New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania or the rest of New England. Then a recording lists dates of shows for the following week (or further ahead if there are only a few for that week), their locations, sponsors and number of dealers there, and numbers for more information.
The service says its listing contains all the major shows in an area and a sampling of smaller ones. The cost of a call is $1.49 a minute, and a call should take three to four minutes, the service's operators say.
New Heathrow terminal
British Airports Authority announced plans to build a fifth terminal at London's Heathrow Airport.
When finished in 2016, the new terminal would be able to handle 30 million passengers a year. That would bring the airport's total capacity to more than 80 million, compared with 46 million now.