Weekly travel rail, with a guide to Honolulu, the most pet-friendly hotels, travel tips and more.
American Tourist: Honolulu
What is it: Hawaii celebrates its 49th birthday on Aug. 21 (having been admitted as the 50th state on Aug 21, 1959), so why not check out Honolulu?
About the city: Honolulu is the capital and most populous census-designated place in Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, Honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter." It lies along the southeast coast of the island of Oahu. The population was 371,657 at the 2000 Census. Honolulu is the only incorporated city in Hawaii; all other local government entities in Hawaii are administered at the county level.
Main tourist attractions:
- Ala Moana
- Aloha Tower
- Bishop Museum
- Diamond Head
- Hanauma Bay
- Honolulu Academy of Arts
- Iolani Palace
- Lyon Arboretum
- National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
- USS Arizona Memorial
- Waikiki Aquarium
- Waikiki Beach
Weather: The average daily low and high temperatures in January are 65/80 and in July are 74/88. Temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees, with lows in the 50s occurring perhaps once or twice a year.
Where to fly to: Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is the principal aviation gateway of Honolulu and the state.
Sources/more information: Wikipedia.org; http://wikitravel.org/en/Honolulu%2C_Hawaii; http://www.honolulu.gov/main/government; http://www.gohawaii.com; http://www.hnlnow.com/events/main.php
Here are the top pet-friendly hotels in the U.S., according to a survey by TripAdvisor.com:
- Gazebo Inn Ogunquit, Ogunquit, Maine
- TierraLinda Bed and Breakfast, Galena, Ill.
- Sleepy Dog Guest House, Bisbee, Ariz.
- Spruce Moose Lodge and Cottages, North Conway, N.H.
- Brittania and W.E. Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast, Albuquerque, N.M.
- Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, San Simeon, Calif.
- La Quinta Inn and Suites Madison American Center, Madison, Wis.
- Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, Mass.
- Hotel Monaco, Denver
- Paw House Inn, West Rutland, Vt.
Good to Know
Beginning in June 2009, travelers will be required to show passport information when crossing the Canadian, Mexican and Caribbean borders. If you’re not flying into these places, you can forego getting a regular passport and just get a passport card. The card is about the size of a credit card and is being touted as a cheaper, more portable option. It costs $45 and is good for a decade. For more information, go to www.travel.state.gov.
- One of the strangest events of the summer in Nagoya, Japan, is the World Cosplay Summit, where admirers of Japanese animation dress up as their favorite animated characters and parade through the streets. (Wikitravel.org)
- If you fly into Peoria, Ill., you'll travel from airport to city on a road named for comedian Richard Pryor, a native of Peoria. (Wikitravel.org)
Travel Tip: Safe travel with batteries
- Keep batteries and equipment with you, not in your checked baggage.
- Buy batteries from reputable sources and only use batteries approved for your device. A counterfeit battery is more likely to cause a fire in your equipment.
- Do not carry recalled or damaged batteries on aircraft. Check battery recall information at the manufacturer's Web site or at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Only charge batteries that you are sure are rechargeable.
- Take steps to prevent crushing or puncturing of the battery, as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.
For more travel tips, go to www.tsa.gov.
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