Hitting the Road, Seeing the Sights

A banner season for the U.S. travel industry

Along with 9% mortgages, roadside diners and the Everly Brothers, the all- American vacation is making a comeback. As millions of tourists enter the last items in their summer itineraries, they are setting out to explore what John Steinbeck called "this monster of a land." Travelers will be driving down country roads, hiking in the mountains, jogging on the beach. Their expeditions will spark a business boom for hotel owners and cruise operators, car-rental companies and motor-home manufacturers. In all, some 92 million Americans and 24 million foreigners are expected to vacation in the U.S. this year. As a result, revenues...

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