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5 Destinations Where Black Lives Matter

With a super-charged topic like race relations coloring the perception of many American cities, I suggest exploring five destinations 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 Boston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis and Washington DC to enrich your next vacation. Boston,...

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The Lotz House in Tennessee

Nashville is more than music, riverfront, and great food. Its surrounding area also has a rich history dating back to the Civil War era. My family and I recently took a trip to the city and explored the Lotz House. Imagine the cheerful occasion of celebrating your daughter's 6th birthday. Loved ones gathered, presents to open and smiles around...

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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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Dollywood And Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This wasn't the Hamptons, and it wasn't Beverly Hills either. In fact, it may have been closer to the Beverly Hillbillies. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home to Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, dozens of other country-coated attractions, and one of the largest centers of outlet shopping below the Mason-Dixon line, has...

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Spring Break Vacation Deals Busting Out All Over

From the cabin fever-struck New England to the blizzard-battered Midwest and the snow-blanketed slopes of Lake Tahoe, many families are looking to plan a Spring Break getaway. So, which destinations are hustling to attract families this spring, and how? We have some surprising answers. This spring, all the early signs are pointing to a big season for families trying out vacation rentals...

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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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Memphis, Tennessee And Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if you've seen the very special Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC, your family should not miss an opportunity to visit "his" museum: The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Each winter, this fascinating collection runs several special family programs in honor of Dr. King and African American History Month.Struggle against injustice...

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We Love Memphis For Music, Music Shrines And Elvis

Memphis, Tennessee is a hoot for a lot of reasons—Elvis, music, Elvis, Ducks, Elvis, Civil Rights, Elvis.  Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River, its rich musical history goes way beyond Elvis and is celebrated all over town.  Nashville may own Country Music, but Memphis IS the Blues, and from the blues came Rock ‘n Roll, and then there was Elvis. And Otis Redding and Al Green.The...

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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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Nashville, Tennessee Attractions

Learn about Music City Nashville's history, visit an 1800's print shop, cruise on a riverboat, and see the Parthenon without ever leaving the South -- and at great prices to boot. When the "100-year-flood" of the Cumberland River hit Nashville during the rains of May 2010, the roiling waters took down the The Opryland Hotel, the Grand Ol' Opry, the Country Music Hall...

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