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Top 10 National Parks For Family Vacations

Read "Where Families will Go in 2017" for other great family vacation ideas. Everyone agrees that the national parks are a treasury of great escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Working with an annual budget over $3 billion and a crew of 22,000 to serve more than...

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12 Reasons to Love Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Those who recall Vice President Richard Nixon opening the VIII Olympic Winter Games here on February 18, 1960, know Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort simply as “Squaw Valley.”  And, after 58 years, it just keeps getting better. Here’s why. Beginners love it. Squaw Valley’s learning terrain is...

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Gutsy Travelers: The Physically Challenged

Handicapped travel, travel for the disabled or travel for the physically challenged -- whatever you call it, people with disabilities are hitting the road, the ski slopes, mountain trails and climbing cliffs. The sweet looking German shepherd, cocks his head and looks a bit anxiously up at the mountain. His mistess...

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View of the water from Nikko, Japan at dusk.
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Nikko, Authentic Japanese Immersion

If you’re considering a family trip to high-tech Tokyo, a side trip to traditional Nikko should be on your list. This beautiful city with a strong sense of place is far enough off the tourist track to feel like a discovery yet it’s only a 2-hour train ride north of Tokyo. An interactive dive into the Edo period Imagine a theme park where costumed re-enactors are dressed in kimonos...

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Park ranger demonstrates gold panning to guests at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma.
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Multi-Gen Families Strike it Rich in California Gold Country

Sippy cups and stemware come together seamlessly in Coloma, a town that's two hours northeast of San Francisco with an unusual convergence of multi-gen family fun. How about white water rafting in the morning with your grads and wine tasting in the afternoon? Or, staying with preschoolers at a family-friendly bed and breakfast with a sandy beach next to its luxurious pool? All ages can try panning...

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How To Avoid Typical Travel Ripoffs

As smart as we all are about buying vacation packages online, it's even smarter to refresh our "scam" antennae every once in awhile about new ripoffs. Booking online seems so simple — you search for the lowest rates, you click, and you’re on your way. But being your own travel agent isn’t as easy as it might seem, according to ShopSmart magazine from Consumer Reports. The consumer...

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The Grand Canyon is magical in winter
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Hear The Whistle Blow On The Grand Canyon Railway

Come aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway for a comfortable train trip that will wow grandchildren. The journey travels through time between the Old West town of Williams, Arizona and the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon. Until I met my husband, I had never heard of anyone riding a train.  I don’t mean riding a train to get somewhere, but riding it for the sheer pleasure; such as taking...

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Windsor Castle with the British flag welcoming visitors.
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Join the Royals at Windsor Castle

One of the noblest of treats on a London holiday lies on the outskirts of London -- the town of Windsor and its famous Windsor Castle, which makes every visitor feel regal. The Royal castle, dating from the 11th century, is still used today by Queen Elizabeth and the Royals as a private weekend residence. Perhaps most famously, it was the wedding venue of Prince Henry of...

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Award-Winning Vermont Resort Rolls Out Discount Ski Deals

There are some great winter discount packages coming out of Vermont as more snowflakes fall -- after a big snowy start to the season. At Smugglers Notch in the north country, the #1 Family Ski Resort in the Northeast according to Ski Magazine, they are snowmaking at a furious pace to keep three mountains fully open. Plus, the resort of the same name is offering a variety of packages and plenty...

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Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
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The Top Disney World Deluxe Resorts

Wondering which of the deluxe Walt Disney World properties is worth the big bucks? It largely depends on style and location; some are built around the Magic Kingdom, some are adjacent to the other theme parks. While the Magic Kingdom resorts are easily serviced by monorail, we urge families to pick the resort closest to their favorite park to minimize the walk/ride time. Take note that Disney’s Yacht...

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Stars of the "LEGO Movie: 4D A New Adventure" await the family at LEGOLAND, where discounted family tickets are available through VisitOrlando.com
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Top 3 Bargain Winter Getaways for 2018

Looking for a bargain winter getaway with all the holiday fun and festivities but without the cold, the work or the stress? Read on for current winter bargains in Florida, the Caribbean and New England. Big Orlando Sale! Welcome to the holidays -- Orlando Style. The best part: You don’t have...

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Brightline’s Bright Idea Comes to Florida

Brightline, a high-speed rail line that serves south Florida’s busy tourist corridor, is up and running. Their motto -- “carefree and car-free” – sums up the vast potential for this train to succeed with business commuters and international tourists who prefer not to rent a car.

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