Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page P09
MY DAUGHTER, Elizabeth Dalmas (age 12), read your article on the Simpsons and the mystery surrounding which state they actually live in [Springfield 101, Oct. 31]. Elizabeth told me she knew it was Springfield, Ill. I asked her how she knew.
Travel Q&A and YouFOR THE reader who asked about the advisability of doing a day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, I have an alternative to driving the five or six hours to the South Rim [Travel Q&A, Nov. 7] . The canyon can be accessed from the West Rim by going through the Haulapia Indian Reservation. You take the same route out of Las Vegas and past the Hoover Dam, continuing on into Arizona. At some point there is a billboard advertising the West Rim. Make a left turn and follow this road. You get to the canyon in no more than two hours. I have been there three times; on my first visit I went with a local tour company (see www.grandcanyontourcompany.com/buswgrtad.html for information).
THE YELLOWSTONE Association Institute offers numerous activities during the winter as well as the summer [Travel Q&A, Oct. 24] . The nonprofit Yellowstone Association (yellowstoneassociation.org) funds and provides educational products and services for Yellowstone National Park. It is the National Park Service's primary partner in providing educational programs, exhibits and publications for park visitors.
THIS IS in regard to the question from Chris Frillici about what to do in Banff in the summer [Travel Q&A, Oct. 31]. As a former Albertan, I highly reccommend going to the Calgary Stampede. Since most likely you'll be flying into Calgary anyway, spend a day at the Stampede. It's unforgettable (as is Banff).
I SECOND the suggestion of one-country travel over a seven-day period, with Florence as a base [Travel Q&A, Oct. 24]. Considering flying Lufthansa via Frankfurt to Florence. Instead of day trips, rent a car and stay at the delightful and inexpensive agriturisomo B&B, La Govina di Sopra, in tiny San Columba, Monterrigione, and visit the Chianti area, Siena, and the fortress towns of Monterrigione, Volterra and San Gimignano on separate day trips.