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Bear Lake, Utah In August

Travel back through time to Bear Lake, for an annual family ritual of berry-picking and canning next year's raspberry jam. There are no traffic lights in Garden City, Utah. There are no airports, there are no glamorous spas and the closest resemblance to a McDonald's is the local Quick 'N' Tasty, which features the local treat - the "Bear Lake Monster Burger." What is the...

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A Los Angeles Museum with Kids? Anything’s Possible

Here's a museum that your kids will remember, and probably ask to return to. No kidding...A recent visit with a restless 6-year-old convinced us that the very picturesque Getty Center of Los Angeles, California (310/440-7300; closed Monday), with its thoughtfully-designed Family Room and incredible bookstore, is just terrific for kids of...

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Aspen, Colorado: Snapshot of America’s Favorite Mountain

Historic buildings, great peaks, discounted children's lift tickets; something for all ages in this legendary ski haven. Aspen, Colorado is the ideal skiing destination.  There's a choice of four mountains within a 10-minute shuttle ride of town, offering something to please every member of the family, no matter what the age or ability. If I had to break a leg skiing somewhere,...

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New York on the Cheap

I'm a cabbie, and whenever I can, I try to take a day off from work to do something fun and not expensive with my kids, ages 10 and 14. In nice weather, our favorite thing to do is walk around South Street Seaport and see the old ships, then take the Staten...

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Sharing a Find in “Old Florida”

My wife and I enjoy your newsletter. We recently moved to Cape San Blas, to a small town on Florida’s Panhandle Gulf Coast and we love it here. We’ve lived all over and are turning all of our friends onto the little-known beaches that have been ranked #1. Yesterday evening I took our 5- and 8-year-old kids and our dog and played on the...

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San Francisco’s SoMa District

Follow a family of movie buffs as they trace the steps of royalty from "The Princess Diaries" and find a little fun of their own in San Francisco, CaliforniaIf my family hadn't loved The Princess Diaries so much, we might never have decided to trail young Mia Thermopolis (played by Anne Hathaway) to her charmingly eccentric San Francisco neighborhood. Haven't seen Disney's...

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Doing The O.C. In The Real Orange County

Taking the kids to the real Newport Beach, California to live like the rich teen stars of Fox TV's legendary hit show, The O.C.Whether real or fictitious, "Peyton Place" or "90210," "The Blue Lagoon" or "8 Mile," the geography of popular culture has long appealed to travelers. Does seeing the real Middle Earth, the West Wing or The O.C. excite your otherwise slacker teens? If so, their...

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Free Orlando!

After spending all or most of your money at the local theme parks, what do you do with the rest of your vacation? Families and others who find that being a tourist here is synonymous with thin wallets might consider the free sights in the world's premier tourist attraction. If you've visited lately, you might think any notion of free is a Disney fantasy. And don't misunderstand. While a...

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Kona Village Resort, Hawaii

Note : Due to the debris and water damage resulting from the tsunami that struck Hawaii's Big Island after the March 11 earthquake that shook Japan, the Kona Village Resort has closed.  We have just heard that it will not reopen, although the management has entertained family visitors for the past 45 years.  Stay tuned... The Kona Village Resort is a laid-back,...

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Minnesota’s Tale Of Two Cities

A trip to this Midwest hub of museums, theatres, sports and outdoor activities will keep your family busy from morning 'til night. From malls (including the original Target store) -- to mills (home of the Pillsbury Dough Boy) -- to theatre (the nation's top regional and kid's drama companies), livelier Minneapolis and its more traditional sister, Saint Paul offer endless cultural and recreational...

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