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Bryce Canyon And Zion National Parks

Bryce Canyon and Zion: their names are known by every family contemplating a national parks road trip because of their unusual geological formations.  Along the far West edge of the Colorado Plateau –- North America’s largest plateau spanning the four states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona -- you'll get the bigger picture, a series of colorful cliffs known as...

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5 Great Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Las Vegas

All around Las Vegas lie areas of breathtaking natural beauty, offering families with young children the easy opportunity to explore unspoiled wilderness without traveling great distances. To compose this list, I tapped the memories of three experts: my children, who spent much of their childhoods hiking Southwestern trails with me. These came up as the five places they most enjoyed when they were...

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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. 2016 marked the parks system's 100th anniversary, and this year is an even more special time...

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Appreciating Democracy At America’s Birthplace

The “Historic Triangle” of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown is an energetic, living classroom, the place where the United States became a democracy. This genteel corner of Virginia is ideal for a mini family road trip because it also boasts theme parks, golf, boating and craft breweries. However, families...

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Take a Ride Through Disneyland’s Storybook Adventures

We all have sacred family traditions from our childhood that we still hold dear today. I bet for a lot of us, one of the most magical childhood vacations we think about is Disneyland. The rides, the characters we loved so much, the treats Mom and Dad made special exceptions to buy, and the endless laughter. A Disney vacation is somewhat of an heirloom, being handed down generation to generation....

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Family-Friendly Myrtle Beach Resorts for Every Budget

It’s tough to find a destination with more family-friendly hotels and resorts all in one location than Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Designed to entertain all ages both indoors and out, many Grand Strand resorts feature fun attractions like water parks, lazy rivers, arcades and even bowling alleys, not to mention miles of Atlantic Ocean beach -- adding to the area's appeal for...

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Legoland Florida Resort: Is the Hotel or Beach Retreat Better?

When we opened up the door to the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel room, I knew whoever had designed it must have had children of their own. The first thing you saw was a cubby area with a wall decorated to look like a castle, then a television and bunk beds. A special card with a LEGO character on the front let my daughter know the room was...

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Hershey, Pennsylvania Attractions

A trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania is not complete without the taste of chocolate, and the Hersheypark themepark, ZooAmerica, and Chocolate World, all fun attractions for everyone in the family.  Chocolate lovers will enjoy a stroll and the enticing aroma of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues where the street lamps are shaped like Hershey's Kisses.  When you've had enough candy,...

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Dollywood And Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This wasn't the Hamptons, and it wasn't Beverly Hills either. In fact, it may have been closer to the Beverly Hillbillies. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home to Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, dozens of other country-coated attractions, and one of the largest centers of outlet shopping below the Mason-Dixon line, has...

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9 Questions to Ask Before Planning a Theme Park Vacation

Should you really be schlepping that baby to Disney World for a family themepark vacation? Parents inevitably reach a stage in their lives when they ask themselves: why are we planning a trip to a theme park? Is it for us, for the kids, for the grandparents, or to tell the neighbors? We just met an Atlanta dad who drove a van with 11 relatives and his own kids (four of them,...

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Wet And Wild At Schlitterbahn Waterparks

It hasn't been voted the "World's Best Waterpark" for 19 years for nothing; Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is a fun, imaginative, aquatic entertainment center. Since its opening in 1979, the 70-acre resort in New Braunfels, Texas -– both an amusement park and a hotel with 238 rooms -– has been one of the top-attended...

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Lake Compounce – Fun Family Activities In Northwest Connecticut

The northwestern corner of Connecticut, the area around Waterbury and Bristol, has many fun attractions for the family. Whether you're going for a day or a weekend away, here are suggestions for popular and lesser-known attractions.  Lake Compounce, A Classic Amusement Park Bristol, Connecticut is home to Lake Compounce, the oldest amusement...

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