The Smart Traveler

June 24, 2007


Roaming with Rover

The best cities in the United States and Canada to take your dog, from

1. Boston 2. Vancouver, British Columbia 3. New York City 4. San Francisco 5. Austin, Texas 6. Portland, Ore. 7. Northern Virginia (Alexandria, etc.) 8. Orlando, Fla. 9. San Diego 10. Dallas / Fort Worth


Polls close July 6 for seven wonders

The Great Wall, the Colosseum and Machu Picchu are among the leading contenders to be the new seven wonders of the world as a huge poll enters its final month with votes already cast by more than 50 million people, organizers say. As the July 6 voting deadline approaches, the rankings can still change. Also in the top 10 are Greece's Acropolis, Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, Easter Island, Brazil's Statue of Christ the Redeemer, the Taj Mahal and Jordan's Petra. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving structures from the original seven wonders of the ancient world, are assured of keeping their status in addition to the new ones. The winners will be announced July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. To vote, go to www.new7won




No carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are not hard to find. They are available in many stores, and a growing number of people are using them in their homes. But if you go looking for one in a hotel room, a new study says, chances are it will not be there. Writing in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers said that from 1989 to 2004, they found 68 incidents that affected more than 700 guests, 41 employees and 20 rescue workers. Twenty-seven people died. Even after these episodes, the researchers found, most of the hotels where they took place still did not install the detectors. Federal law requires that hotels install smoke detectors, but it does not require carbon monoxide detectors.



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