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Summer travel is looking up, say the prognosticators at the 9th annual Leisure Travel Summit sponsored by Best Western Hotels. Each May, the Summit of travel industry experts follows the AAA Memorial Day Travel forecast to give those within the travel industry a pretty good idea of how business will be for the next few months. Here is some news from the panelists and other industry...

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Pair Swiss efficiency with an Italian lifestyle -- add mountains, countryside restaurants and alpine lakes -- and Ticino provides a stunningly scenic, gourmet vacation for families seeking la dolce vita. Switzerland's canton south of The Alps is more Latin, laid back and affordable than other provinces. Protected by The Alps, it also offers insta-worthy mountain and lake...

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Ah summer. A time for sun, sand, sea and -- art? Even kids who regard museum visits as a form of punishment can enjoy some of the season’s most inventive art installations without setting foot indoors. Here are a few favorites from a nation full of outdoor -- and free -- public art that's sure to keep minds of any age engaged. Middlebury College, Vermont Middlebury College...

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Thinking of spending the holidays (any holiday) on a family cruise vacation; here's my report on the stress-free pluses and minor minuses of cruising over an Easter school break. As much as I love to travel, I have always preferred to spend the holidays at home. Baking, decorating, cozying up to the fire with loved ones are hard to beat. But this year when an invitation arrived to spend a week cruising...

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Wales, a small country in the United Kingdom (along with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland), offers a great diversity of surprising experiences. It feels comfortable, safe, and familiar -- yet foreign enough to be exciting for Americans. While everyone speaks English, the ancient Welsh language is experiencing a resurgence. You’ll see bilingual signs everywhere and eavesdrop on plenty of...

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Everyone looks forward to a family vacation, but planning for it, especially when there are so many new choices in transportation, lodging, reservations and more, can be overwhelming. After the decision about where to go is resolved, the next hurdle is where to stay. Factors to be considered usually include location, space, amenities and, often most important, the budget, which is where

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Best Family Activities in Victoria, British Columbia

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria hits scenic and culinary sweet spots, balancing leisurely outdoor activities like whale watching with cultural offerings such as the Royal BC Museum and farm to fork dining. If you like your cities with plenty of eye-candy, Victoria’s beauty will certainly please. Verdant mountains and the pristine Pacific Ocean...

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Dubbed “The Big Easy” and “The Most Interesting City in America” depending on your viewpoint, New Orleans, Louisiana will not disappoint anyone on your next family vacation. This charming Southern belle boasts a culture that is unique, music that is truly inspiring, cuisine to die for, entertainment that is wild, and a dark history that will intrigue. Known for Mardi Gras parties, its vibrant...

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A Chihuly Summer in Gardens of Glass

Through October 29, the New York Botanical Garden will be showcasing more than 20 beautiful installations by world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Chihuly, sponsored by Bank of America, features artwork and sketches from throughout Chihuly’s career, giving viewers a look inside the artist’s creative process. An experiment in light, color, and form, the nature-inspired...

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