Travel and geography

Websites for this Topic | Research guides and databases


These databases are available from outside the Library using your Carol Stream Library card and pin number.

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America the Beautiful (Grolier)

Learn about the geography, history, people, economy, and government of each state.
An encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events for middle and high schools. Access through the link on the left hand side of the main page of Grolier Online.
Discover country and cultural information with this comprehensive business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference tool.
Learn foreign languages or learn English as a second language.
Access travel ebooks online.
For current events, See News and Current Events
Encyclopedias are also a valuable source of information. See Encyclopedias


Planes - Safety information and tips for flying. Includes accident and fatality statistics by airline and aircraft, who to contact in case of a complaint, advice on flying with children, and more.  - Graphically tracks airborne flights in real time. 

Trains (USA) - Official Metra train site. - The Chicago Transit Authority Website. - Amtrak's useful site. Online booking is available. 

Trains (World) - Canada's rail system. - The official Eurail site. - Information on European rail travel. - The official Britrail site. - Channel Tunnel's official booking site. 

Automobiles - Maps, driving directions, road trip planners, live traffic reports, and city guides for the U.S. and Canada. - National Scenic Byways homepage sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Describes the nation's scenic byways and includes information for planning a trip. - Offbeat roadside attractions, such as the world's largest catsup bottle, a petrified wood car dealership, the Liberace Museum, etc. Includes sample "hypertour" road trips. - Trip planners and brochures with information about Illinois travel destinations. Includes Spanish sections. - Wisconsin calendar of events, seasonal choices, attractions, and recreational opportunities. - Indiana trip ideas and a suggested weekend getaway for each week of the year are among the many included features. 

City Guides - Things to do in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs: movies, restaurants, stage productions, art exhibits, museums, festivals, parades, and more. Feature articles and restaurant and movie reviews from the Chicago Tribune are also included. - (City Search/ City guides to U.S. and several international cities. Great for getting information about arts events, restaurants, and concerts. - Produced in London, this city guide focuses on major European and U.S. cities. Online Booking Sites Use these sites to research trips and prices and to book flights, rental cars, hotels, vacation packages or cruises. Destination information and travel tips are also included on most of the sites. 

Book travel and explore travel guides - Expedia's site is well designed, easy to use, and provides good information and travel bargains. - Another inclusive site, easy to use and with a reputation for good customer service. Requires registration (free) for access to all parts of the site and for bookings. - Good specialty travel links. - Lanier Travel Guides include great bed & breakfast section. 

Helpful Government Sites: - U.S. State Department site provides links to information and forms for passports and visas, travel warnings, U.S. embassies worldwide, and more. - U.S. Customs Information. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Traveler Health site. Includes information about specific travel destinations, outbreaks, and required vaccinations. Also provides tips on healthy and safe traveling. 

International Travel - Currency converter. Includes historical data. - Worldwide directory of official tourism offices. - Travel, city, airport, ski, attraction, events, and weather guides for around the world. A well-organized and easy-to-navigate site. 

Specialty Travel - Access-Able Travel Source. Travel information for disabled and mature travelers. -'s travel page. - The Ecotourism Society Web site promotes environmentally responsible travel. - The Elderhostel program is now called Road Scholar. It is is a not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality, affordable, educational adventures for adults who are 55 and older. -'s travel page. Emphasis is on Disney vacations since is owned by Disney. - Journeywoman Website with travel resources especially for women.