Memorable hotels and No. 1 guests The National Trust...

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March 19, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

Memorable hotels and No. 1 guests

The National Trust Historic Hotels of America knows a few travel destinations you can visit to show your patriotism during this election year -- 145 of them, in fact. The hotels identified by the trust have all maintained their historic structures and charms, and many boast presidential memories.

On Nov. 11, 1918, for example, former President Taft slept through the armistice declaration of World War I at the Pfister in Milwaukee, Wis. Reporters woke him up to tell him the news.

Last May, the Driskill hotel in Austin, Texas, refused the Secret Service's request to drive President Clinton's limousine directly into the building's lobby because they had just refinished the floors.

For a full listing of the hotels, go to http: //historichotels.nationaltrust.org. Room rates are available and reservations can be booked.

You can also order a free brochure by calling 800-678-8946.

Running around the world

"Traveling on the Run: A Complete Guide to Fitness & Running Around the World" ($14.95) has all the information to keep runners pounding the pavement in 70 U.S. and 23 foreign cities. Maps, landmarks, hotels, running routes, sports medicine contacts and fitness facilities fill the 195-page book that's still small enough to toss in with your workout gear. To order, call 877-367-2786, or go to www.travelingontherun.com.

Accommodating spots

Virginia's "Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities" offers more than 500 listings of attractions, hotels and restaurants with the features to make a disabled person's visit comfortable and accessible. The guide features such accommodating sites as Smith Mountain and Grayson Highlands state parks, both of which have accessible fishing piers, camping, cabins, hiking and swimming areas. For a free copy, call 800-742-3935 (804-371-0327, TTD).

Beach scouting reports

Before you sun seekers hit the beach for spring break, you might want to check out www.studentadvantage.com/springbreak. The site offers advice, deals and discounts, and features reviews of popular destinations by experienced "breakers," budget travel options, safety tips, a list of action spots and the "Beach Party Bingo" page where students can chat up their peers for the latest word on the spring-break scene.

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