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With kids and grandparents, the quiet pleasures of Carmel and Monterey - hiking, shopping, dining - create a perfect multigenerational vacation. Two or three times each year, my parents, my three children and I head out for a few days of sightseeing and family togetherness. It's a wonderful...

Vancouver Island is very different from the glamorous city; it's British Columbia's eco-haven for outdoors families interested in bikes, hikes and gray whales.Vancouver Island is very different from the glamorous city; it's British Columbia's eco-haven for outdoors families interested in bikes,...

Enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, leisurely drives, and many more on-the-ground adventures as the slow-paced way to get to know Switzerland and neighboring Italy. Mix stunning scenery with a new culture, wonderful cuisine, eons of history and the majesty of the Alps, and you'll understand why France...

If your family loves to whitewater raft, hike, rappel or hang glide, this scenic area around Dawsonville could be your next road trip. From Atlanta, adventurous families can find a starting point to get away from it all and head for the mountains of North Georgia. The large city is an excellent...

Q.  Cathy P. and family of St. Peters, Missouri are visiting San Francisco and Yosemite National Park and want budget hotel and sightseeing ideas along the way. A.  Thank you for your note requesting itinerary planning advice for your upcoming trip to California.  As we understand it, you will be...

Your guide to a pleasant drive from the U.K. - even with fussy little ones - and a delightful, budget camping adventure in the south of France. There are many good reasons for taking a holiday in the south of France, but the 12-hour drive down from England is not one of them. However, over the...

Trends Report, June 7, 2009. Families say they'll stay close to home and spend less, but if your kids are almost out of the house and this is your year to go.Trends Report, June 7, 2009. Families say they'll stay close to home and spend less, but if your kids are almost out of the house and this is...

Q. Eva S. of Wisconsin asks for help planning which destinations and wildlife viewing activities to plan on their summer family road trip to Wyoming. A.  Thank you for your request for help in planning your Wyoming road trip this summer. Traveling with two young teens means you will want to take...

Q. Amelia M. of Van Nuys, California writes: My family of four, including myself, my 73-year-old mother and two sons (ages 11 and 22) want to drive the PCH from Southern California, and visit Yosemite. We need help with an itinerary, lodging, and suggestions for what to do. We love swimming and...

Regardless of how you feel about the United States government, everyone agrees that the national parks system is a treasury of great escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Working with an annual budget over $5 billion and a crew of 28,000 to serve nearly 12 million visitors, the...

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