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Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From NASCAR to Dollywood to Sevierville, this region offers an unusually interesting array of manmade and natural attractions. The Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee is one the most beautiful places in North America to visit any time of year. The buds of spring brighten up the valley of the Forks of the Little Pigeon River below, in summer the mountains are thick with foliage, autumn...

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What the Experts Forecast for Summer 2017 Travel

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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Road Trip USA: Great Sights of the West – Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone And The Grand Tetons

Plan a driving trip to experience many national parks and monuments, as well as other interesting Western sights in South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. When Yellowstone, America's first national park, was founded by Congress in 1872, it established a tradition for the preservation of our country's natural resources. Today, we count nearly 400 natural treasures from Acadia to Mt. Zion in...

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My recent visit to Providence, Rhode Island, long considered a second city to Boston (its neighbor barely 45 minutes to the north), proved that it's second to none. Instead, Providence is home to some amazing cultural institutions, six schools of higher education, and fabulous eating possibilities from the very simple to elaborate dining. All ages will appreciate that, while New England may conjure...

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Short Breaks And New England Weekend Getaways From Boston

The dense population of families in and around Boston, Massachusetts draws on beautiful New England for weekend getaway ideas. Whether your family is looking for a rural holiday, a cheap vacation package, a fun last-minute excursion to break up a road trip, or a weekend getaway along the Atlantic coast, you will find dozens of great options within a 200-mile radius of the Boston metropolitan...

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Free and Fabulous! Public Art Supports Summer Learning

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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11 Tips For Traveling and Coping with Food Allergies

For the millions of people with food allergies (and their families), traveling can be a source of tremendous anxiety.  As the parent of three food-allergic children, I know first-hand how nerve-wracking it can be!   Dining in unfamiliar cities and restaurants - which may or may not be able to accommodate special dietary requirements - can be extremely stressful. ...

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It’s not often that you find a dad (or mom for that matter) who is willing to embark on a road trip with the kids without his better half. Whether you’re a single dad or a husband just giving his wife a chance to stay home for some peace and quiet, road-tripping on your own is a brave act. From planning and packing to actually hitting the road without a hitch, dads traveling without moms have...

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Family Destination News from IPW

For Family Travel Forum, the IPW travel convention which brought together 6,300 buyers, sellers and media covering international travel to the United States, was an opportunity to understand the facts behind the #travelban Internet meme, learn how the Department of State might be changing its document...

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Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawaii

The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, one of many resorts on the 3-mile-long Ka'anapali Beach, is so authentically Hawaiian that families return over and again, as if to visit ohana (family). Over several visits to Maui, we have tried hotels ranging from small B&Bs to elegant five-star luxury resorts, and my favorite place to stay is the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (KBH). Beyond the rooms, meals and...

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