Halloween six feet under

Tours of New York cemetery feature petrified woman, diet doctor, mobster

The Smart Traveler

October 08, 2006

NEW YORK

GATHER 'ROUND, BOYS AND GIRLS, for a titillating Halloween tale: The Petrified Body of Lake Placid.

DEVILS ON THE

DEEP BLUE SEA

Plume / $16

Usually people going on cruises bring along guidebooks or other light reading. But for those who want a bit of history on the side -- and yet still want to stick to a cruising theme -- Devils on the Deep Blue Sea just might be the perfect choice. Author Kristoffer A. Garin tells the story behind the cruise-ship empires with intelligence and humor, and explains how cruising emerged as a successful industry. Here are the stories, often sordid but always entertaining, behind the names of the familiar cruise lines.

JUNE SAWYER

COLORADO

Rocky Mountains bathed in gold

Gold and white are the colors of the Rocky Mountains as the leaves change and the first snowfalls hit. Snow has already fallen in several locations, and the Loveland Ski Area said it hoped to begin making snow early this month. The high country is a popular destination for day-trippers who want to see the aspens and other vegetation change color. Leaves change later in the season at lower elevations. For suggested drives in the area, check out parks.state.co.us / fall.

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ARKANSAS

Autumn colors in the Ozarks

With nearly 200 species of hardwood trees, Arkansas has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the United States, and the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn are just a few weeks away. The Ozarks typically peak in early to mid-October, with the other two regions -- central-western and southern-eastern -- peaking from late October through mid-November. The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism posts its weekly fall color up-dates at arkansas.com. Click on "Fall Color in Arkansas."

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GEAR & GADGETS

Coleman's Collapsible Basket is about the size of a supermarket hand basket, but folds flat, making it a great item to keep in the car for picnics or camping trips. Made of canvas with a lightweight aluminum frame and double folding handles, the basket opens via two metal inner stabilizers that, when pushed out from the center, keep the sides taut. The bottom of the basket is reinforced with rigid PVC board, and five rubber stoppers keep the basket stable. Coleman collapsible basket is $14.99. 800-835-3278 or coleman.com.

JUDI DASH

TOP 10

Scouting out best spots to take fall photos

The National Park Foundation's top public spots for fall photos:

1. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington (for views of the Capitol)

2. Beaver Chief Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

3. George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Virginia / West Virginia / Kentucky

4. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

6. Everett Road Covered Bridge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

7. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California

8. Freedom Trail, Boston National Historic Park, Massachusetts

9. Governors Island, New York (for views of two forts)

10. El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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