Civil War tours
ALBANY, N.Y. — A popular Civil War tour at the state Capitol in downtown Albany is continuing in the new year.
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Office of General Services say the free hour-long tours are being offered on the first Thursday of the month beginning Feb. 7 and continuing through June.
The tours were begun last September. Led by guides dressed in Civil War-era clothing, the tours highlight the Civil War imagery in the Capitol's ornate carvings and feature a special tour of the building's latest battle flag exhibition, titled "1862: Red, White and Battered." The exhibit includes nine conserved flags from New York state that were carried into battle in 1862.
Reservations for the tour can be made online at www.ogs.ny.gov or by calling 518-473-7582.
Wonders of West
OAKLAND, Calif. — Train Holidays is offering tours for summer 2013 to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks on the California Zephyr and the Empire Builder.
Programs begin in Chicago or San Francisco. Complete fares for the entire 10-day program including the California Zephyr to Utah (from Chicago or Northern California), hotel stays, most meals, sightseeing in the national parks, the Empire Builder back to Chicago or the West Coast and more, start at $2,795. Guests reserving by Jan. 31 receive free train travel from their hometown to the nearest starting point for the trip.
For information & reservations, call 800-543-2846 or visit www.trainholidays.com.
SEATTLE — The National Park Service has approved long-awaited upgrades to Mount Rainier's Camp Muir — one of the main stops for the thousands people who climb the mountain.
Pacific West Region director Chris Lehnertz determined that upgrading the high camp would have no impact on the park, giving the green light to replace the camp's non-historic structures. Camp Muir is the highest backcountry camp, located at an elevation of 10,080 feet. About 500 climbers visit Camp Muir a day during summer and it's one of the main routes for people summiting the mountain.