Places to stay, a place to play


In the Mojave Desert in California, near Death Valley National Monument, is a 12-bed hostel with an additional room for a family that may be reserved. Bicycling is popular in the area, and this hostel rents bicycles. Members of Hosteling International-American Youth Hostels may stay overnight for $12; $15 for nonmembers. Death Valley Hostel, P.O. Box 277, Johannesburg, Calif. 93528; (619) 374-2323.

Forty miles from Yosemite National Park, on the campus of Columbia College in Sonora, is a 36-bed hostel with family rooms, laundry facilities and a recreation room. It is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, five minutes from the New Melones Reservoir, which offers water sports. The fee for members is $12 a night; nonmembers $15. Sonora Hostel, 11800 Columbia College Drive, Sonora, Calif. 95370; (209) 533-2339.

The third new hostel is at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on the Outer Banks. It has 53 beds, including some rooms for families, which can be reserved. The former schoolhouse is set on 10 wooded acres. Bicycles, canoes and kayaks may be rented. The overnight fee for members is $15; for nonmembers, $18. Outer Banks International Hostel, 1004 West Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, N.C. 27949; (919) 261-2294.

The hosteling association is offering a free color map of its 149 United States members, with a state-by-state list. Requests: H.I.-A.Y.H. Map, 733 15th St. N.W., Suite 840, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 783-6161, fax (202) 783-6171.

Sega high-tech park

Sega Enterprises, the Japanese video-game company, opened its third Joypolis indoor high-tech amusement park last month on three floors of the Decks Tokyo Beach Building. The building is part of a shop and restaurant complex developed on reclaimed land on the Tokyo Bay waterfront.

The facility has 11 attractions, as well as two restaurants and a Sega retail outlet. Attractions use virtual-reality computer graphics. Rides include Halfpipe Canyon, which is designed to provide the sensation of skateboarding through streets; the Aqua Nova Tour, an interactive trip to the bottom of the ocean; Time Fall, a time machine ride; and Powersled, on which participants compete in a sled race. One of the three floors will be dedicated to sports games, and another, called Mysterious, will feature attractions with spooky themes.

The Tokyo Joypolis is open daily, 10 a.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Entry is $4.50, $2.70 for children 7 to 14. The prices of attractions and rides range from about $4.50 to $7.50, with combination tickets available. Sega operates Joypolis parks in Osaka and Yokohama, and plans to open another in Tokyo.

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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