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Seattle inns offer super savings

SEATTLE SUPER SAVER discount program for hotels. Through March 31 you can save up to 50 percent on downtown hotel rates with the Seattle Super Saver Package. Twenty-five downtown hotels participate. You must book through the hotel directly or through the Seattle Super Saver reservation line, 1-800-535-7071. The line operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time. Participating hotels include the Alexis Hotel ($115 Super Saver rate vs. $225 rack rate); Best Western Executive Inn ($76 vs. $150); Crowne Plaza Hotel ($97 vs. $240); Days Inn Town Center ($59 vs. $125); Four Seasons Olympic Hotel ($155 vs. $315); The Madison, A Renaissance Hotel ($119 vs. $220); Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers ($125 vs. $210); Warwick Hotel ($93 vs. $220) and Westin Hotel, Seattle ($119 vs. $250).

- SPEAKING OF HOTEL RATES . . . According to the American Hotel & Motel Association, the average room rate in the United States was $69.66 in 1996. The typical business traveler pays $73 per room per night. The typical leisure travelers pay $67.60 per room per night.- NEVADA BONUS BOOK: The 1998 edition of the Discover Nevada Bonus Book, with value-added coupons and free offers, is available free by calling 1-800-NEVADA-8. The book also has events calendars and suggested driving itineraries.

- SAN FRANCISCO WEB SITE: The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the official San Francisco visitor Web site. The address is (http:www.sfvisitor.org). The site includes local and state maps, travel tips, a narrative tour through some popular and little-known areas of the city, a calendar of events and frequently asked questions.

The site also has forms through which you can request visitor information, order printed material and request tour planning assistance. Non-Web users may order printed visitor literature by sending $3 to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visitor Information Center, P.O. Box 429097, San Francisco, CA 94142-9097. For city-wide hotel reservations, call 1-888-782-9673.

- DURANGO, COLO., VACATION GUIDE: For a free copy, call 1-800-463-8726. The travel planner is also available on a Web site at (http:www.durango.org).

- ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIGS: The Archaeological Institute of America has published the 1998 edition of the "Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin," a guide to excavations, field schools and special schools that have openings for volunteers, students and staff throughout the world. Each entry includes information about the site, age requirements, application deadlines, costs and the name of a person to contact for information.

This edition lists more than 300 opportunities to participate in archaeological programs. The price is $12 plus $4 for shipping and handling. Order with your Visa or MasterCard by calling 1-800-228-0810. Or send a money order or check made payable to Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Order Department, 4050 Westmark Dr., Dubuque, IA 52002.