Ca'd'Zan, the Ringling Estate in Sarasota, Florida. photo c. Ringling.org
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7 Florida Hot Spots to Visit That Don’t Include Disney or Universal

With 271,000 miles of road, more than 30,000 lakes, 11,000 miles of waterways and over 1,300 miles of coastline beaches that touch the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it's easy to explore Florida beyond the theme parks. The Sunshine State is home to one of the 15 oldest cities in the United States, and features 11 professional sports teams from hockey to NASCAR and golf. There's something...

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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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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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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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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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Travel Insurance For Families

We love travel insurance and won't leave home without it. Since the very first holiday spent battling storms and re-booking missed flights (at great expense), our family has found it essential. It should be for every smart vacation planner, too, particularly when traveling with kids. Hopefully, none of you will ever need it, but I urge you to consider purchasing family travel insurance...

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