Tips on travel-planning resources

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Tips on travel-planning resources
Question: In order to effectively plan my vacations, I am trying to find a way to better access information on a given area including, but not limited to, the following categories: climate, lakes, mountains, and federal or wilderness lands. I know what I want but have a hard time finding it. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.

Veronica Able
New York City, NY
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: You probably won't find one single, definitive source for place-specific information unless, of course, your home library includes a complete set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. It doesn't matter, though, since there's really no big mystery to hunting down these kinds of facts. All it takes is a trip to your corner bookstore or community library. Head straight to the travel section, where you'll likely find a wide range of books on most every destination, with information on where to stay, when to go, and what to expect in the way of terrain and weather.

And if you still can't find what you want, there's always the Internet; chances are someone out there has already created a chat room about the place in question. The park may also have an official Web page.

Other ideas: Once you know where you want to go, pick up the phone and call the park headquarters, the nearest town's chamber of commerce, or the closest ranger station, and they'll be more than happy to send you an information packet about the region. And finally, if you have questions about a specific place, you can always throw them my way.

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