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July 27, 2003

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Passengers can follow routes on flight maps

Next time you fly to Denver, you can make sure the pilot doesn't make a wrong turn. A new series of flight maps for passengers shows the landscape, highways and other notable features travelers pass over on the way to the Mile High City.

The Spin Maps, printed on heavy paper, also include trivia about flying, weather patterns and the sights along the way. Other maps are available from Denver to Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco. The firm also has a map outlining the route of the Durango & Silverton railroad in southwest Colorado.

The maps cost $6.95 apiece and can be ordered through major bookstores or by calling (970) 375-2321 or visiting www.spinmaps.com.

Travel magazine names 'World's Best'

Sydney, New York and Bali are among the winners of Travel + Leisure magazine's eighth annual "World's Best" awards.

The rankings include some other surprising choices in addition to the inclusion of the Indonesian island less than a year after a terrorist attack there killed 202 people. Cuba was named best island in the Caribbean, and Istanbul, Turkey, and Santa Fe, N.M., debuted on the magazine's top 10 list of the world's great cities.

Complete results are featured in the magazine's August issue.

German bike rentals put cyclists on a roll

Deutsche Bahn has a new bicycle rental program to help you see Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt.

More than 3,000 bikes are parked throughout the central areas of each city and near the main train station. To use a bike, call the telephone number inscribed on it and provide your credit-card information.

The rate is 6 euro cents per minute to a maximum of 15 euros a day (about $17) or 60 euros (about $70) a week. You can leave the bike wherever you like within the central area, or take it to the outskirts, lock it to a secure sign or other stable public object near a major intersection and call in the location. Information: www.callabike.de.

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