SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP. Shopaholics will have yet one more outlet mall to stop at on their way from Utah to Southern California. The Fashion Outlet of Las Vegas - a slight misnomer because it's actually located in Primm (formerly called Stateline), where Buffalo Bill's, Whiskey Pete's and Primm Valley Resort are located - is scheduled to open this July. Among the tenants: Neiman Marcus The Clearance Center, Williams-Sonoma, St. John Knits, BCBG, Jhane Barnes, El Portal and LaCoste.

- THE BEST OF BRITAIN. If you like to live like British royalty, send for a free copy of "Jewels of Britain" by calling the British Tourist Authority at 800-462-2748. The color booklet lists nearly 250 acclaimed hotels and restaurants.But beware. The bill may require a king's ransom.

Among the hotels mentioned in the book:

- The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments in Piccadilly has 33 luxury apartments and a full-service spa.

- The Cavendish Hotel in Baslow, Derbyshire, is in the heart of Peak National Park.

- Gilpin Lodge in Windermere, Cumbria. This is an elegant hotel on 20 acres of woodland in the Lake District.

- Lainston House in Sparsholt (near Winchester), Hampshire, has stunning parkland views and the ruins of a 14th-century chapel on the grounds.

- Balgonie Country House Hotel, in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, is a secluded Edwardian country house in Scotland.

- Among eight properties in Wales listed in the directory is The Lake Country Hotel in Llangammarch Wells, Powys, on 50 acres of riverside grounds. Book through your travel agent or through Europe Express in Seattle, 1-800-253-8649, or via the Web at (www.jewelsofbritain.com/).

- GRAND COUNTY, COLO., vacation guide. The 1998 Grand County Colorado vacation guide is available free by calling 1-800-729-5821. Or visit the Web at (www.grand-county.com). Grand County is northwest of Denver and includes portions of Rocky Mountain National Park, the communities of Winter Park and Grand Lake and portions of the Routt and Arapaho national forests.

- RV PARK DIRECTORY. For a free copy of the "Best Holiday Trav-L-Park Directory," call 1-800-323-8899. The 16-page booklet lists 66 of the finest RV parks and campgrounds in North America. Campgrounds and RV parks listed must have high ratings in three nationally published camping guides. Each listing has a location map, gives the owners or managers names, the number of sites, the season, mailing address and phone number. You may make reservations at any of the parks by calling the park directly or by calling 1-800-323-8899.

- ALASKA ON YOUR MIND. If you're driving north, to Alaska, here are some not-to-miss stops recommended by Tourism North, which markets the highways of Alaska and the Yukon.

- Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, 600 miles north of Dawson Creek.

- Cassiar Highway, an often-overlooked shortcut to the Alaska Highway linking Canada's Yellowhead Highway with the Alaska Highway. Many travelers say the Cassiar offers better scenery and better campgrounds than what's on the lower portions of the Alaska Highway.

- Teslin, a native community about 100 miles southeast of Whitehorse and the site of the longest bridge on the highway.

- Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory.

- Take Klondike Highway 2 from Whitehorse to Skagway. The drive is 99 scenic (and paved) miles.

- On the way, you'll pass the world's smallest desert. The mini-Sahara north of Carcross is sandy material left from a long-ago glacial lake.

- Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike gold fields. Parts of downtown are a national park. The White Pass & Yukon Railroad dates back to gold rush times.

- Take a ferry from Skagway to Haines.

- Klondike Loop Highway.

- Beyond the Yukon River town of Carmacks is a turnoff to the little-traveled Campbell Highway. Most of the highway has a gravel surface and it offers stunning views of the Yukon River.

- Dawson City, the focal point of the Klondike gold rush.

- Take the free ferry that crosses the Yukon at Dawson to access the Yukon's Top of the World Highway and Alaska's Taylor Highway. The Taylor joins the Alaska Highway at Tetlin Junction. Turn left (north) for the community of Tok. In downtown Tok, turn left for Anchorage. Go straight ahead for Fairbanks.

- In Tok, stop at the Mainstreet Visitor Center for more trip planning information.

- Delta Junction, the official end of the Alaska Highway.

- As you head toward Fairbanks from Delta Junction, you'll get a stunning view of the Alaska Range about a mile north of Tok. Turn left onto a gravel bank above the Tanana River to see Mount Hayes and other high peaks.

- The Richardson Highway. Turn off at mile 275 for Rika's Roadhouse, probably the best food on the northern highways.

- Soon after turning north again after stopping at Rika's, watch for a spectacular view of the Trans-Alaska oil pipelines as it swings over the Tanana River.

- Mail a Christmas letter at the North Pole. The year-round Christmas community is 15 miles from Fairbanks.

- Fairbanks is smack dab in the state's heartland. Be sure to visit the University of Alaska Museum.

- Turn south from Fairbanks onto the George Parks Highway and head toward Anchorage. The distance between the two cities is 358 miles. You can't see Mount McKinley from the park's entrance, but there are some great views from the highway farther south if the weather is cooperating.

- The Matanuska and Susitna valleys near Anchorage on the Glenn and Park highways are some of the state's most underrated visitor areas. There are beautiful mountains and lovely farms.

- Anchorage is the state's hub with excellent hotels and first-rate museums.

- WEST COAST B&Bs. The Border to Border Bed & Breakfast Directory has information on more than 350 Oregon, Washington and California bed and breakfast inns. For a copy, send your name, address and $1 for shipping to Moriah Mountain Publishing, P.O. Box 1283, Grants Pass, OR 97528. Or consult the Web at (www.moriah.com/inns).