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New York: The Most Useful Websites

Veteran travelers usually carry some essential items to make their trips easier. Following is a selection of online tools to bookmark and use.

General Travel Websites

Airplane Seating and Food. Find out which seats to reserve and which to avoid (and more) on all major domestic airlines at www.seatguru.com. And check out the type of meal (with photos) you'll likely be served on airlines around the world at www.airlinemeals.net.

Foreign Languages for Travelers (www.travlang.com). Learn basic terms in more than 70 languages and click on any underlined phrase to hear what it sounds like.

Intellicast (www.intellicast.com) and Weather.com (www.weather.com). Give weather forecasts for all 50 states and for cities around the world.

Mapquest (www.mapquest.com). This best of the mapping sites lets you choose a specific address or destination, and in seconds, it will return a map and detailed directions.

Subway Navigator (www.subwaynavigator.com). Download subway maps and get savvy advice on using subway systems in dozens of major cities around the world.

Time and Date (www.timeanddate.com). See what time (and day) it is anywhere in the world.

Travel Warnings (http://travel.state.gov, www.fco.gov.uk/travel, www.voyage.gc.ca, www.dfat.gov.au/consular/advice). These sites report on places where health concerns or unrest might threaten American, British, Canadian, and Australian travelers. Generally, U.S. warnings are the most paranoid; Australian warnings are the most relaxed.

Universal Currency Converter (www.xe.com/ucc). See what your dollar or pound is worth in more than 100 other countries.

Visa ATM Locator (www.visa.com) for locations of PLUS ATMs worldwide, or MasterCard ATM Locator (www.mastercard.com) for locations of Cirrus ATMs worldwide.

New York State

I Love NY (www.iloveny.com). Maintained by the New York State Division of Tourism, this is the best site for general information about visiting New York. With the click of a mouse, you can search a vast database of state attractions, events, suggested itineraries, transportation options, and accommodations.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (www.nysparks.state.ny.us). The official website for the state's parks and historic areas.

Campground Owners of New York (www.gocampingamerica.com/newyork/cony.html). A directory of independent private campgrounds and RV parks. Each profile includes a summary of the campground's facilities, including number of campsites, ability to accommodate RVs, and availability of phone and TV hookups.

ReserveAmerica (www.reserveamerica.com). Thanks to partnerships with organizations like Campground Owners of New York, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, ReserveAmerica allows campers to browse information about nearly 140 New York campgrounds, then reserve their campsites online.

Go Camping America! (www.gocampingamerica.com/directory/newyork.html). Sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, this site provides a directory of more than 250 privately owned campgrounds in New York.

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (www.agmkt.state.ny.us). Ignore the latest information on organic pesticides and click on "Farm & Market Search." This will lead you to the "Farm Fresh Guide," a database of farms, orchards, fields, and the like that welcome visitors for activities such as apple-picking, hayrides, or just browsing bushels of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. Perfect for day trips and lots of fun for kids.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/huntfish.html). Scout public and private locations for fishing and hunting. Make sure to secure the proper license and review the regulations for the area you plan to visit.

Ski Areas of New York, Inc. (www.skiandrideny.org). Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter-sports fans can compare the stats of mountains and trails at more than 30 resorts.

Uncork New York! (NYS Wine and Grape Foundation; www.newyorkwines.org). A comprehensive list of New York wineries, categorized by region; links to wine trails; and major wine competition awards.

New York City

NYC & Company (www.nycvisit.com). A clear and practical orientation to the city. Includes explanation of bus and subway lines, neighborhood descriptions, and suggested itineraries.

Citysearch (www.newyork.citysearch.com). Get the lowdown on New York City hangouts and happenings from opinionated New Yorkers themselves. The site provides editorial reviews of local venues and allows patrons to post their own sentiments about which spots are hot and which aren't worth the trip.

Village Voice (www.villagevoice.com). The website of downtown Manhattan's alternative weekly paper. Also the best source for a list of art films as well as mainstream Hollywood movies playing in the city.

Zagat Survey (www.zagat.com). This handy guide to hundreds of New York City restaurants can now be viewed online. There is a subscription fee to read restaurant reviews ($1.50 per day; $2.50 per month; $15 per year), but nonsubscribers can still use the site to search for restaurants by neighborhood and type of cuisine.

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