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Globetrotting: Art of the American west

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ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST

George Catlin and Thomas Moran may not be household names. But their paintings captured the American West in the 1800s as explorers ventured across newly chartered territory. An exhibit of journals and paintings of Catlin, Moran and Nicolas Point, a Jesuit priest who lived among the Blackfoot and Flathead Indians, will be displayed at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts through Sept. 29. Also included in the exhibit are paintings of contemporary British artist Tony Foster. The exhibit is titled "After Lewis and Clark: Explorer Artists and the American West." The 22 watercolors by Foster are for sale. The center is at 5th and Washington in Ketchum.

COSTA MESA, CALIF., VALUE-ADDED COUPONS

This Orange County business center is putting out the welcome mat for tourists. Hotels participating in "A Gift From Us to You" will give patrons value-added coupons for discounts on dining, limousine or taxi services and shopping as well as special offers at the renowned South Coast Repertory theater. For information on the program, call 1-714-435-2109 or visit the Web: www.costamesa-ca.com

CRYSTAL CRUISE 2001 ATLAS

This cruise line for millionaires is thinking way ahead. Its 2001 cruise atlas is just off the press. The 96-page guide describes the line's worldwide itineraries. Request a complimentary copy by calling 1-800-820-6663. Web site: www.crystalcruises.com

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS

Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels (HI-AYH) publishes a brochure that lists all 134 of its hotels and locates them on a map. Each hostel listing contains the address, telephone number and operating dates. Obtain the free brochure by calling 1-202-783-6161. Web site: www.hiayh.org

ARE YOU A SUN WORSHIPPER?

When it's hot in Utah, it's hotter in Arizona. Many hotels and resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson decrease their rates as temperatures increase. Some luxury hotels slash rates as much as 50 percent. Even at that, they're still not what you'd call "cheap." Standard room rates at the Phoenician in Scottsdale start at $169 per night Sundays through Thursdays. Weekend rates are higher. Summer rates at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess begin at $129 per night Sundays through Thursdays. Request a free copy of "Arizona Hotel Specials/Summer 2000" by calling the Arizona Hotel and Motel Association at 1-602-604-0729.

FREE CONCERTS IN VAIL

Every Tuesday through July 25, visitors may avail themselves of entertainment at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Genres range from bluegrass to popular rock. 1-970-949-1999. Web site: www.vvf.com/ford_amph.cfm

WHERE TO STAY IN OREGON

The 2000 edition of "Where to Stay in Oregon" is available free by calling the Oregon Lodging Association at 1-800-547-7842. The 88-page booklet has 1,100 listings of hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, chambers of commerce and convention/visitors bureaus. The listings are also available on the state tourism commission's Web site: www.traveloregon.com

RAILS TO TRAILS

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy established a Web directory of multi-use trails throughout the country. It gives runners, walkers and bicyclers an easy way to locate trails. Currently, there are more than 1,000 outdoor recreation pathways across the United States that cover 11,000 miles. Web site: www.traillink.com


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