Travelogue: Check out the monster in Delaware

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Roadside Attractions

What: Miles the Monster at Dover International Speedway

Where: Dover, Del.

What’s there: The famous monster sits behind the front-stretch grandstand at the NASCAR-sanctioned track. The monster came about because the track is known as “The Monster Mile.”

More info: www.doverspeedway.com

Travel Tip

With a down economy and the potential for higher gas prices this summer, many Americans are looking to take a more budget-friendly trip. Taking a "staycation" instead of a traditional vacation is a great option to save money.

Many state and county parks and recreation sites offer the opportunity to go kayaking, canoeing, sailing, biking and fishing, or just rent a cabin and relax. To find what your area has to offer, simply conduct an online search for your state's tourism department. This will reveal all the travel destinations and activities available to you, so you can best plan your staycation this summer.

Bringing essential gear with you instead of buying or renting it when you reach your destination is another way to save money. Make a list of needed supplies, including food items, clothing and other gear you'll need and pack your vehicle ahead of time.

-- ARA

Number to Know

42: Percent of Americans who plan to take a vacation this year, according to a new AP-Gfk poll. That’s down from 49 percent in 2005, according to the survey.

Good to Know

The crown of the Statue of Liberty has been closed since 9/11, but it will reopen this summer - on July 4, appropriately enough. It was closed to the public because of security issues, but officials say those have been addressed. 

Site to See

The U.S. has a new tourism Web site: DiscoverAmerica.com. The site highlights all sorts of destinations in the country, so check it out if you’re looking for vacation suggestions.

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