Covering all the bases

TRAVEL SMARTS

April 30, 2000

For all you die-hard baseball fans, tour operator Sports Travel is offering a grand slam of a road trip: a 36-day tour that stops at all 30 major-league stadiums.

The Millennium Tour begins at Denver's Coors Field to catch a game between the Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds. From there, travel by bus or plane to Arizona, California, Washington, Texas, and on to Florida and New York, plus a couple dozen other stops along the way. The tour rolls into Camden Yards Aug. 1 when the Birds take on the Minnesota Twins.

The trip ends -- where else? -- at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Fans who have visited all the major-league parks are invited to next year's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, where they will themselves become part of baseball history by being installed in the "Stadium Hall of Fame" for their 30-park achievement.

The Millennium Tour costs $7,662. To check out the itinerary, call 800-662,4424 or go to www. sportstravelandtours. com.

Hersheypark gets kiss from families

Hersheypark gets some sweet affirmation in the April issue of Family Fun magazine. For the second year in a row, the venerable amusement park garnered the top "family-friendly park award" for the Northeast, establishing it as a high roller in the world of theme parks. Hersheypark was established in 1907 as a "picnic and pleasure grounds," and has since expanded to 110 acres with 60 rides. For more information about the park, call 717-534-3090.

Why pack at all?

For those who like to pack light -- and we mean light -- here's a guide to 225 destinations where you won't need a stitch of clothing. The "North American Guide to Nude Recreation" provides every detail for a clothes-free vacation: where to go, when to go and, for that matter, why to go ("It's a natural choice for relieving stress," a brochure observes). For information about the guide or the nudist way of life, go to the American Association for Nude Recreation's tasteful Web site at www.aanr.com, or call 800-879-6833 to order the $24.95 guide. You might also consider stocking up on sunscreen.

YOUR PERSONAL WEB GUIDE TO EUROPE

Planning a trip to Europe? Check out www. visiteurope.com for access to U.S. contacts for 27 member countries. The European Travel Commission's site also has links to pages providing useful trip-planning information.

If it's your first visit abroad, a newcomer guide gives you an idea of what to expect, and a checklist walks you through getting your passport, health certificates and making travel arrangements.

Veteran travelers can find a "dateline" for the latest news, a calendar of events for up-to-the-minute destination information, and a special interest link that focuses on individual activities from opera to genealogy.

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