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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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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 train
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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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$100 Flights Give Lift to New York – Mexico City Tourism Partnership

Great news! American families now have more access with very affordable flights to one of the world’s great cities – Mexico City -- a destination packed with family activities and attractions. Viva Aerobus has just launched new air service between New York and Mexico City, nearly five years...

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hiking on Franz Josef Glacier
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8 Days Wellington to Queenstown: New Zealand Our Way

My fiancé and I set off to explore the South Island of New Zealand on an eight-day road trip that coincided with the wedding of dear friends. Using online travel blogs and friends’ recommendations, we built our jam-packed, eight-day driving itinerary, trekking from Wellington (site of the wedding) to Queenstown. Air Qantas: NYC> LA > Sydney > Auckland > Wellington Getting...

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hiking in woods
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New England Camping For Novices

Are you ready to join an experienced camper and learn how to make New England wilderness camping more fun with young kids? Hope so! As a native of Boston, Massachusetts, I have often sought out more remote New England towns for a relaxing retreat from the city. However, it wasn’t until recent years that I began to cultivate an interest in all the outlets these places had to offer for nature enthusiasts. A...

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Celebrity Equinox evening illumination
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Plan a Multi-Generational Cruise Vacation With Celebrity

Cruise vacations are noted for luxury, convenience, varied activities and distinctive ports of call.  Could a cruise be the answer to your 21st century multi-generational group’s dilemma of “what should we do this year?” Maybe as you read this, you are shaking your head in doubt: the cost, the extras, the food, and gratuities. However, when you look at the actual costs, they will be less...

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