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Autumn Interludes and Fall Family Vacation Ideas

If a uniquely American and slightly eccentric fall festival in North Carolina,Texas, Wisconsin, Maine or Vermont is your idea of a fun fall getaway, read on. Autumn is the time to harvest some of the many free activities and discounted hotel rooms offered in small towns across America. Whether you combine a stay deal with

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10 Reasons Not to Race Through Cabarrus County

Race fans and car nuts know all about Cabarrus County, a corner of North Carolina that’s home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and its famous auto events. The Speedway hosts NASCAR races this year in May and October, and occasional car shows and special events at the...

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Aw Shucks! Autumn Adventures In A Major Corn Maze

We think visiting a farm -- one with a huge corn maze the kids can puzzle on -- is a great autumn family getaway, and there are approximately 500 to choose from this season. If you can also pick apples, sit on a hay bale, buy some local produce, and bring home a big pumpkin at half the price it sells for in your home town, it's a value getaway too. Making a corn maze isn't easy... or fast....

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Road Trip USA: The Blue Ridge Parkway From Virginia To Tennessee

The beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway will inspire your backseat passengers to sing "Country Roads, Take Me Home" as you cruise between the Shenandoah and the Smoky Mountain National Parks on this classic family roadtrip. Connecting the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains along the North Carolina/Tennessee border, the

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Asheville, North Carolina

With great leaf-peeking, historic mansion tours and free music festivals, western North Carolina's favorite city is always fun for a cultural family vacation. For such a quaint town in such a quiet region, Asheville, North Carolina has surprisingly much to offer in the way of small-city ambiance and cultural entertainment. America's largest private mansion, Biltmore, may be Asheville's best-known...

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Fall Festivals Offer Local Color In North Carolina

Autumn in North Carolina features festivals both big and small, mostly free, focusing on a array of subjects from food to animals -- it's a great excuse for a quick family fall getaway.Throughtout September and October, North Carolina offers fall colors to feast your eyes on, as well as festivals in various towns. Focusing on a dizzying array of subjects ranging from the outdoors to cuisine,...

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina

A park ranger holds the audience spellbound--and I mean moms, dads, kids and grandparents. Pacing energetically in front of a reproduction of the famous plane, he recounts the flights and explains the history. The event comes to life. No coughs; no throat clearing. Lots of questions to and from the audience sitting on the edges of their seats. The look on the faces of the young and old is pure fascination...

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Top 10 Family Camps For Family Together Vacations

Family Travel Forum's picks have been compiled from more than a decade of "Top 10 Getaway Winners" to help your family begin their lifelong love of nature. The following options combine a laid back, but active experience, with a commitment to educating kids and providing an enjoyable vacation at a variety of price points. Each provides housing and a myriad of supervised activities...

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Family Tee Time Golf With Kids

As golf becomes more popular with younger generations, golf resorts are catering to grandparents and parents interested in upping their game with kids -- whether on vacation or during special skills camps.  By incoporating youth golf programs, one-on-one instruction and kid-friendly discounts, many golf resorts are bringing families closer together for the love of the sport.  Whether your...

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The Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

An isolated private castle in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greystone sits above Lake Toxaway and welcomes families with gracious service and outdoor recreation.How many family-friendly, luxury properties offer lakefront scenery, water sports, elegant cuisine, world class tennis, golf and spa treatments – yet only an intimate 33 guest rooms? Not many, I suspect. But The Greystone Inn tucked...

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