Q I'm looking to do a tour of Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas. Where can I get information? What airport would I fly into?

C.F. Carr


A Many tour operators offer trips that include Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada as one of the stops, but they don't spend more than a day or two there. If you want to spend more time, you're better off putting the trip together yourself.

The closest international airport is about an hour away in Fresno, Calif., but flights from D.C. cost more than $400 round trip. You can fly into Oakland or San Francisco for half the cost, but the drive to the heart of the valley takes about 31/2 hours each way.

Yosemite offers many different lodging choices, ranging from the Ahwahnee, a four-diamond historic lodge built in 1927 (rooms start at $367 a night) to Curry Village, where a canvas tent cabin starts at $60. The middle-of-the-road Yosemite Lodge is $110 a night. Info: 559-253-5635, www.yosemitepark.com.

Several bus tours of the park are offered, including the full-day "Grand Tour" for $55 that hits most of the key sights, including the Mariposa grove of giant sequoias and Glacier Point, one of the best viewpoints in the park. You can book these tours at the lodges or by calling 209-372-1240 within six days of your trip. Yosemite Mountaineering School (209-372-8344, www.yosemitepark.com) also leads climbing, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing tours.

I plan to rent a vacation villa in coastal Spain. What should I look for?

Chuck Welter


The coast of Spain encompasses several thousand miles, and each area has a different personality. Here's a quick description of some of the better-known regions:

* Costa del Sol, east of Gibraltar along the southern coast, is Spain's best-known resort region. The beaches are beautiful and draw large, mostly European crowds. Popular towns include Malaga and Marbella.

* Costa Blanca, on the southeastern coast, is also very popular, especially with the British. Rainfall is minimal and the beaches are lovely.

* Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, is rockier, with fewer wide stretches of beach, and fewer tourists.

* Costa Verde, or the Green Coast, on the northern coast is much more temperate. Tourists are less common, and, if you're not the type who likes to lie on the beach, this may be a good choice.

The Tourist Office of Spain (212-265-8822, www.okspain.org) keeps a list of companies that rent villas.


Sue Marcus of Fairfax recommends taking a tour of the Acoma pueblo's "Sky City" for visitors to New Mexico who are interested in Native American culture (Travel Q&A, June 6). "Taking a bus up the steep slopes of the mesa, on which Sky City is built, then looking over the surrounding landscape was magical," Marcus said. Info: 800-747-0181, www.puebloofacoma.org.

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