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Unit Conversion Calculators in Javascript
You can convert distance, weight, volume, temperature.


Currency Rates and Information

U.S. dollar rates for more than a hundred currencies are updated three times a day in this feature.

The Universal Currency Converter
Need to convert dinars into dollars? Try this page, which makes conversions between almost 70 different currencies. Exchange rates from the Bank of Montreal are updated daily.



Don’t overlook Web sites in other languages simply because you cannot read them. Babelfish is a free service that can translate many sites to or from English. Sometimes the translations create charming new phrases, but it beats learning another language when you’re in a hurry.

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Destination: D.C.

Planning a trip to Washington, D.C.?’s useful guide includes tours, restaurants, recreation, and cultural activities.

Global Golf Guide
Lace up those cleats for multimedia tours of 80 famous courses.

How do you choose among the 92,000 hotel rooms, more than 3,100 restaurants, and over 65 attractions in and around Orlando? Visit this comprehensive site to find out.

Newport Mansions
The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to play house on their site, which includes photos of and schedules for the 11 Gilded Age mansions and gardens that they maintain in and near Newport, Rhode Island.

PARKNET - The National Park Service Home Page
The official page of the U.S. National Park Service offers links to park sites.

Roadside America
Looking for the world’s largest nonstick frying pan? A ball of twine of mythic proportions? Roadside America has taken road tripping to a new dimension in search of all things quirky and kitsch.

The World Factbook

Published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, this resource offers a good factual overview of each country. Information is provided by the American Geophysical Union, Census Bureau, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Mapping Agency, Department of State, Board on Geographic Names, and other U.S. agencies.


The Air Traveler’s Handbook

The FAQ posting for the newsgroup offers a comprehensive collection of links to air travel and general travel resources.

Airlines of the Web
With this site’s links, you’ll never miss out on e-mail or online fares. Watch the ticker for low fares booked on the Internet Travel Network reservation system. Subscribe to Fare Mail for notification when a flight you’ve picked falls into your price range.

This comprehensive trip-planning tool develops customized itineraries for your type of drive: the fastest way possible, the scenic route, or both. AutoPilot calculates directions, distance, and travel time, and finds hotels in your price range and attractions within a 15-mile (24-kilometer) radius of your route.


Bed and Beacon
For a taste of the maritime life, check out this list, compiled by the U.S. Lighthouse Society, of lighthouses that offer guesthouse accommodations from rustic (no electricity) to refined (with gourmet meals). In many cases you’ll actually mow the lawn, tend the garden, and take wind and temperature readings; the lights are automated. In every case you’ll tap into a tiny piece of living history for a time.

This site provides a feast of information on nearly 10,000 restaurants in 18 U.S. destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. You’ll find everything from menus to handy pointers on dress codes and public transportation.

Eat Here: The Online Traveler’s Guide to Food in the ’90s
Dedicated to popular roadside eateries, Eat Here serves up food stories, recipes, and the chance to nominate your favorite spots.


Consular and Travel Advice
Maintained by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Consular Office and intended for British citizens, this site contains information that would be useful to travelers from any country.

Editor and Publisher Directory of Online Newspapers
A great way to learn about a destination is to pick up a local paper. With the advent of the World Wide Web, you can often do this via cyberspace.

The Embassy Page
This privately compiled listing of embassies and consulates in the U.S., Canada, and various other countries contains useful information on many aspects of travel.

You’ll find a network of well-organized links, handpicked and reviewed by the site’s savvy editors and backed by AltaVista’s index of over 30 million Web sites. If you need some hand-holding on the Internet, LookSmart is gentle and thorough, leading you from travel guides, maps, and bookstores to bulletin boards, chats, newsgroups, and much more.

This popular catalog of travel supplies has photos of over 500 products—some discounted by as much as 60 percent.

Peek at a new guidebook series whose focus is photography; the first two volumes cover Yosemite and San Francisco and Northern California. A host of online tips can help you make that perfect picture on your next trip. Check out the extensive links to photography workshops, equipment catalogs, and more.

For a beginning Web surfer’s guide, try SeekHelp. Beyond the sales pitch for Internet EZ Search—their own Web-searching tool (Windows-compatible only)—is a useful reference to ten major search engines, a glossary of Internet terms, and tips on effective searching.

Travel Information Page
This CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) site covers vaccination requirements, food and water precautions, disease-infected countries (the Blue Sheet), disease outbreaks, cruise ship sanitation inspections, and more.

The Traveler’s Journal
Travel writer David Bear’s “audio postcards,” available on public radio stations and Armed Forces Radio, are online too. Listen to his daily two-minute travel recommendations or read the scripts. Visitors can also get a free trial issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER.

U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs
Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a country. Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They include U.S. Embassy or Consulate locations, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. You can also get Visa and passport information, travel publications, and more.

Yahoo! Travel
When you’re planning a getaway, the Web is a great place to begin looking for information, but the sheer volume of data can be overwhelming. A good starting point is Yahoo! Travel, an indispensable index of travel Web sites.


Deja News
Newsgroups let you tap into the knowledge and experience of thousands of like-minded travelers. You can discover specialized trips and timely travel information that may be hard to come by through standard travel literature or Internet sites. Deja News provides free access to more that 500 newsgroups. ngtraveler