A museum on the fast track

Fans can glimpse 100 years of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame

The Smart Traveler

May 20, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS

THE 100 BEST VACATIONS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE

National Geographic / $19.95

There are many things one can do on a vacation -- summer or otherwise -- and author Pam Grout describes 100 opportunities in the United States, Canada and Mexico in this entertaining and often inspiring book. Divided into four chapters (arts and crafts getaways, volunteer vacations, brain retreats and wellness escapes), they range from working on that novel at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival to mastering the clarinet at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Others are just plain adventurous (some might say even a tad dangerous) such as tracking mountain lions in the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona or monitoring active volcanoes in Hawaii. If wild animals and hot lava beds are not your thing, you could always help run a tourist town in Medora, N.D.

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[JUNE SAWYERS]

ENGLAND

Dickens' characters come alive

Charles Dickens' 19th-century characters are about to be brought to life in a decidedly 21st-century manner -- as animatronic figures in a new theme park. Opening Friday, Dickens World (dick ensworld.co.uk), in Chatham, Kent, England, will introduce visitors to life in Dickensian times. The attraction includes rides, a shopping mall, a themed restaurant and a theater, all in one building. Visitors can take a boat ride in the dark through London's sewers or see the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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[NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE]

TRAVEL BOOKS

Michelin Guide hits L.A., Vegas

First there was New York, then San Francisco. Now Los Angeles and Las Vegas will get the Michelin treatment. In November, the famed Michelin Guides will expand to cover two more cities in the United States, awarding stars based on reports from a team of anonymous inspectors. When Michelin published its first New York guide in 2005, it was the first time the company had rated restaurants outside Europe, and it immediately caused a stir, giving most of its three-star ratings to French establishments. Wonder if Wolfgang Puck is worried?

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[NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE]

10 FOR THE ROAD

You gotta have art

The top mid-sized cities, population 100,000-499,999, for art, from AmericanStyle magazine (with 2006 ranking in parentheses):

1. Pittsburgh (3) 2. Albuquerque, N.M. (2) 3. Las Vegas (18) 4. Scottsdale, Ariz. (4) 5. Atlanta (8) 6. New Orleans (5) 7. Honolulu (*) 8. Miami (11) 9. Tucson, Ariz. (*) 10. Savannah, Ga. (6)

*Not in top 25 in 2006

DISNEY

Be treated like a princess for quinceanera

A horse-drawn crystal coach for your daughter? Her own twinkling ballroom? Anything is possible these days at Disney resorts, which stage elaborate quinceanera parties, the traditional celebrations of coming-of-age for 15-year-old girls in Latin American cultures. Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has three party packages, including the $20,000 package called "Belle of the Ball (La Bella del Baile)." In it, the quince girl is a princess, with trees lavished in twinkle lights, a tiered cake, photography and more. The package is available to groups of 100 or more. For more information, go to disneyworld.com / quinceanera.

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[LOS ANGELES TIMES]

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