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Ski school lesson at Okemo with Sunburst 6 Bubble lift overhead
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Okemo and Stowe and the Vail Effect

Who wins when we compare the Okemo and Stowe mountain resorts in Vermont to see what they offer families and how they’ve changed under Vail Resorts' ownership? You do. Overall, we found Okemo reliable and comfortably luxurious while Stowe is showier and more opulent than other New England mountain resorts. Is one better...

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Winter entrance to YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
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Wonderful Winter in the Rocky Mountains

Winter in the Rocky Mountains is your chance to explore a snow cave, meet a search and rescue dog, try your hand at ice anchors and ice climbing and much more away from crowded snow resorts. A plus: at YMCA of the Rockies, you and the kids can borrow all the cold weather gear you need. Winter is the time of year...

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Family outside barn at C Lazy U Ranch in winter
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The Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

Don’t let shorter days get you down when the best family getaways and family vacation deals can really light up your winter. The shoulder season travel weeks between the holidays and spring break are a great time to plan an affordable vacation with the kids, whether it’s exploring quieter beaches, a family ski or snowboard vacation at one of North America’s top mountain...

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Couple on Red Clover Inn lawn
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The Red Clover Inn And Restaurant, Killington, Vermont

Couples retreat to Killington's Red Clover Inn for a warm welcome and easy access to nearby ski slopes, the hills or the golf course. Nestled in the Green Mountains near Killington, Vermont, The Red Clover Inn & Restaurant provides a charming New England experience. The restored 1840s Inn and Carriage House offers 14 accommodations for skiers, hikers,...

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Mt. Rushmore at night
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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota’s Shrine of Democracy

I finally scratched it off the list: the very best of South Dakota's Black Hills region including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Badlands National Park! 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...

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Goat with baby goats.
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Agri-Tourism Opportunities Around the World

This directory of agri-tourism resources will help you plan a farm stay so your kids can learn where food comes from, and also lists other environmentally-friendly accommodations around the globe. Agri-Tourism hasn't quite caught on in the United States yet the way it has elsewhere, particularly in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. But more and more families are considering agri-vacations for organic,...

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Washington Monument and Cherry Blossoms
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Washington DC Family Attractions

There are hundreds of free family attractions in Washington DC, the American capital where presidents and their legacies are celebrated, and now it's also a very cool city to visit, with fresh dining, art and cultural happenings. The only challenge is making time to do them all. What follows is a review of our favorite Washington DC attractions and activities for families. Try...

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London skyline and London Bridge
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London, England Attractions

Having studied the top London, England attractions from iconic Big Ben to high fashion, I can say that this city is electrified by centuries of history and the energy of its forward-thinking people. Family members of any age will embrace the elegance and breadth of the city and its many attractions. And since there's a lot to do and see in any visitor's presumably short amount...

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A black candle is lit
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Destinations Where Black Lives Matter

With a super-charged topic like race relations coloring the perception of many American cities, we recommend exploring these destinations and dozens of cultural sites where black lives not only matter, they fuel fascinating cultural institutions too few travelers know about. Here are some highlights of African American culture in Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, Missouri, Tennessee and...

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Teen doing homework
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Traveling With Children On The Autism Spectrum

Parents with children on the autism spectrum know better than most that family vacations are, by their very nature, a break from routine. But what do you do when routine is what your child requires? This is the dilemma faced by families traveling with children with disorders on the autism spectrum, and is made all the more poignant when families have an older child with whom they...

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