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Apple River Wisconsin fall foliage
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Leaf Peeker’s Guide To America’s Fall Foliage

Fall foliage tours and affordable leaf peeping road trips are easy to plan if you use this How-To, Where-To Leaf Peeker's Guide plus tips on the best places to see leaf colors changing en route. In this pandemic year, a leaf-peeping road trip is a safe bet as long as you remember to wear masks, keep your distance from others and wash hands frequently. While you're out, you’ll probably find a fall...

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Entry market to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Three Desert Adventures for Las Vegas Day Trips

The words Las Vegas conjure up images of glitz, glam and gambling but in reality, the "outside world" provides great desert adventures for your Vegas day trips. Las Vegas, Nevada easily caters to outdoor enthusiasts, families, and to those who just want to discover and enjoy its nearby scenic desert landscape. Here are just...

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Teens love apples too.
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Massachusetts Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Have you considered a bargain staycation near a u-pick fruit farm or apple orchard in New England? If so, Massachusetts family farms -- some even wind-powered -- are your destination.  This year, keep in mind that to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many U-pick farms require face...

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Oregon Apple Farms – U Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Follow us to the countryside during the autumn months for some leaf-peeking, then head to the U-pick farms and apple orchards outside Portland, Oregon where you can pick your own from the season's bounty. With hours worth of family-fun apple and pumpkin picking, you can enjoy a staycation or long weekend road trip and save money on your food bills for weeks to come. At...

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pick your own pumpkin at Alstede Farms
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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. This...

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Pennsylvania Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

September and October are our favorite months to tour the Pennsylvania U-Pick farms for apple and pumpkin picking. Even a day in the fields can make a long weekend in the great family-friendly city of Philadelphia seem like a full vacation. This year, keep in mind that to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many U-pick farms require face coverings and...

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Aerial of Colorado River seen flowing through Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Rafting, This Year’s Bucket List Experience

There’s never been a time like Fall 2020 for a Grand Canyon rafting adventure, this year’s premier bucket list experience. Look ahead to possibly months of remote work and learning. Tap into that wanderlust; you’ll see why there’s no better time for an outdoors adventure...

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Two standup paddleboarders on a scenic river.
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Protect Yourself in the Great Outdoors

Vacations in nature top the escape list for many families, so it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself in the great outdoors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are spending time outside for their mental and physical well-being. While fresh air and nature provide health benefits, their popularity can bring its own problems.

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College student in a seminar class.
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Back To School: 5 Essential Tips For College Students Flying To Campus

Moving to college is never easy; especially for college students who fly. Not only do we have the standard stress of tracking down room keys, awkwardly meeting our roommate and climbing stairs with heavy boxes like everyone else, but we also wrestle with airfares, baggage fees, rides and more.

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Michelle and Barack Obama in Hawaii with their daughters.
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9 Lessons Learned: Michelle Obama on Becoming a Family Traveler

I recently learned some family travel lessons from former First Lady Michelle Obama. As one of the most traveled women in the world, she spent some of her White House years becoming a family traveler. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of reading Becoming,...

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Nags Head beach on a cloudy day
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Ocracoke And The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Majestically tall sand dunes, steady winds and lack of nosy neighbors attracted the Wright Brothers to test their flying machine at the Outer Banks of North Carolina more than a century ago.

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Kids can see how aircraft are restored before display at the Udvar-Nazy Center of the NASM.
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Family travelers looking for some "space" away from the crowds should plan a weekend around the recently reopened, and still amazing, Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Along with the National Zoo, it is the only part of the Smithsonian Institution currently open to the public.

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