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Mount Rushmore, Shrine of Democracy In The Black Hills

Ever since seeing the debonair Cary Grant and the beautiful (but dangerous?) Eva Marie-Saint climb atop the presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore in Hitchcock’s classic movie “North by Northwest,” South Dakota has been on my travel bucket list. Finally, I made it, seeing the very best of the Black Hills region including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Badlands National Park over five days. Mount...

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Clearwater: Another Side of Florida

I’m not a fan of Florida, so when I was invited by the Clearwater Region Chamber of Commerce to explore “Natural Clearwater,” I must say I was intrigued. I spent four days exploring this wonderful part of the state and discovered that this region is worthy of attention, After learning that it survived Hurricane Irma and Jose without problems, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite destinations. For...

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Scuba Diving Sister and Brother
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Cabo San Lucas and One Unforgettable Dive

With a forceful surge of energy, I heaved myself up out of the chilling water, and collapsed onto the closest bench. The whole snorkel-boat shook -- though admittedly, it was scarcely more than a large white dinghy, having a maximum capacity of perhaps eight passengers. Gulping in the warm Baja air, I gasped with gratitude as our little native guide helped unburden me from my hefty load of scuba...

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10 Best Free and Low Cost Activities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Straddling the junction of major interstate highways I-29 and I-90, Sioux Falls, South Dakota should not be one of those cities that most summer road-trippers zip right through. Whether you're on your way to Mt. Rushmore or rushing back from Yellowstone, we suggest you pause for a few days and soak up the many fun, often free activities that a family can enjoy. Founded in 1856 among...

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Lighthouses For The Night

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day and if you've never thought about staying in one, this is your chance.  In 1789, the United States passed an Act in support of all lighthouses, beacons, and public piers. More than 200 years later, several historic beacons offer affordable, family-friendly lodging along the East and West coasts of North America. When compared to...

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Road Trip USA: Leaf Peeking in New England

The beautiful nature, charming towns and friendly faces make Vermont and New Hampshire a perfect choice for a family road trip. Vermont’s small size and sparsley-traveled roads make it super for a family driving trip, and October brings leaf peepers to view nature’s annual display of autumn colors. The northern part of Vermont is remote enough to never truly be crowded. Of course, you'll ...

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The Real Oktoberfest

Cologne is known for Carnival, Berlin has its Film Festival, and Munich -- celebrating the 500th anniversary of Germany's Beer Purity Law -- may be the epicenter of Oktoberfest. Surely, though, those three cities aren’t the only worthy hosts of internationally celebrated events. Of all of Germany's festivities, my particular interest is Oktoberfest and Nuremberg...

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Massachusetts Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Have you considered a bargain staycation near a u-pick fruit farm in New England; if so, Massachusetts family farms -- some even wind-powered -- are your destination.  Farm stays are a great way to introduce kids to healthy eating and the wonders of nature, and experiencing a pick-your-own fruit farm will reinforce the message. If school has started, plan a daytrip to a local...

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California Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is apple picking time for San Francisco and Bay Area families. Review our list of apple orchards and pumpkin farms of Mendocino, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties for a fun weekend away or even a day's outing with the kids. Whether you are looking to pick fruit, go on a hayride, or buy fresh baked goods in northern...

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Why Beaches is Better than Most All-Inclusives

While Turks & Caicos is known for its clear turquoise water, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers more than just sun, sand and surf; thanks to a menu of activities, eateries and amenities that ratchet the resort above the usual all-inclusive experience. EDITORS NOTE:  Beaches Turks & Caicos will...

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Mi Casa, Su Casa: Home Exchanges

What's the best money-saving and culturally educational accommodations option available to travelers today? Well, I'm not planning a trip to the French Caribbean right now, but the idea of a complimentary four-bedroom home with a pool on the island of Guadeloupe might make me reconsider. A week or two in Paris isn't really in the works either, but when I read the description of the luxurious houseboat...

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Family Ties To Fort Wayne

Whether it always feels that way in America’s heartland, or the fact that a sheriff is handing out chocolate chip cookies at the airport, Fort Wayne is the kind of place you immediately feel at home. I don’t actually have family ties to this friendly town, but I suspect their amazing genealogy research center will soon find ties to all humankind. Fort Wayne is built on Family Fort...

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