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Swimming with dolphins, as David Sandhu did, is organised by Dolphins Plus, PO Box 2728, Key Largo, Florida (001 305 451 1993). The cost of the non-structured dolphin programme is approximately pounds 50 per person which includes a full briefing, a 20-minute swim and equipment hire. There are also structured programmes involving some direct contact with the dolphins.

A glimpse of the final frontier can be achieved by signing up to the space mission organised by Explorers Tours (01753 681999) for October.

Your pounds 595 will not actually get you any further into space than the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida, but you should get a good view of the launch of NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn.

The same company is organising walking tours to US National Parks in September; the itinerary, starting in Estes Park in Colorado and taking in Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, costs pounds 1,325. A trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska in October 1998 - when, says the firm, "Forecasts indicate we can expect a significant display" - is also planned.

Next month, thousands of Elvis Presley fans will converge on Memphis for the 20th anniversary of the death of the king of rock'n'roll. The city has teamed up with the state of Mississippi to promote the so-called "Blues Alley", following the trail of Presley and his predecessors such as B B King. A special tourist information line has been set up on 01462 440787.

If you demand dinner in London followed by dinner across the Atlantic at 60,000ft followed by dinner in New York, then you should travel on British Airway's Concorde flights by 1 August. The evening departure on the supersonic aircraft is to be cut for a month thereafter. From New York, the inbound afternoon flight is also being withdrawn temporarily. Morning services in both directions continue.

Greyhound buses are still rolling across America, and the summer 1997 prices are keen value: four days of unlimited travel costs pounds 70, while a 30-day pass is pounds 215. These must be bought in advance from Greyhound International (01342 317317).