Something To Declare: Salvador Dalí in Sunshine City; Amtrak's Rail Sale

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"From the outset, Dalí was attracted to industrial culture and as early as the 1920s extolled film, photography and advertisements," says the curator of Dalí and Mass Culture, the new exhibition starting next month at St Petersburg's Salvador Dalí Museum.

Destination of the week: Salvador Dalí in Sunshine City

"From the outset, Dalí was attracted to industrial culture and as early as the 1920s extolled film, photography and advertisements," says the curator of Dalí and Mass Culture, the new exhibition starting next month at St Petersburg's Salvador Dalí Museum. Beginning on 1 October and running through to 30 January next year, it covers the surrealist's time in the US in the decade before the Second World War. Dalí worked in Hollywood and later on the New York World's Fair of 1939.

The museum (001 727 823 3767; www.salvadorDalimuseum.org) opens 9.30am-5.30pm daily except on Thursdays (when it opens until 8pm) and Sundays (when it opens at noon). Admission is $13 (£8), though you can save a couple of dollars on this by downloading a voucher on the website, or by turning up after 5pm on Thursday, when the price is $5 (£3).

St Petersburg, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, calls itself the Sunshine City because the sun fails to shine on an average of only five days a year.

Bargain of the week: Amtrak's Rail Sale

America's national railroad corporation, Amtrak, is desperate for customers to stem its heavy losses. Anyone hoping to combine a trip to Florida with a visit to the cities of the North-East can capitalise on this by checking out the Rail Sale offers on its website, amtrak.com. This offers absurdly cheap tickets in limited numbers for specific journeys. This week, for example, one-way seats between Washington DC and either Tampa or Miami are available for $37 (£22) and $42 (£25) respectively.

Florida is also covered by the good-value USA Rail Pass: East. This week, prices for the pass fell to $210 (£125) for 15 days or $270 (£160) for 30 days. This covers every Amtrak line east of Denver, including those in Florida.

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