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Disney World: Money-Saving Tips For Maximizing The Fun

By doing some extensive research and talking to lots of traveling families, the FTF staff has come across several ways to save money on your vacation, with these exclusive Walt Disney World tips. (They work at most other themeparks too!) When to Go to Disney World Despite the location, Walt Disney World is exposed to many different weather conditions, so it's good...

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A Club Med Sandpiper Bay Family Vacation

At Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Americans no longer need a passport to enjoy an exotic, all-inclusive family beach vacation packed with children's activities. Club Med's legendary tropical village ambiance -- minus the beads -- has been remade in central Florida at the very sporty Sandpiper Bay. The resort is thriving after a $27-million investment a few years back that...

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Skip Las Vegas and Bring the Kids to See Camels in Virginia City

Time travel to Virginia City, a Nevada town that offers families the chance to experience what life was like in a 19th-century mining “boomtown” -- and see how fast camels can run. Located just a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe area, you’ll step back in time as you visit historic buildings and old-fashioned saloons. Kids of all ages should enjoy taking a mine...

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Chicago, Illinois Hotels

If you and your family are looking for lodging in Chicago, Illinois, here are some of the top kid-welcoming hotels to crash in style in the Windy City. Note that Chicago is the Midwest's financial hub, and hotels are substantially cheaper over weekend nights than during the week. If you have trouble deciding whether you'd rather be north of the river (closer to shops, Wrigley Field...

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Living the Broadway Dream on Vacation

"Awaken your highest potential!" they claim. Unlike the P.T. Barnum’s of old, the Broadway Dreams program for young people interested in theater arts really delivers and makes the basis of a fun family vacation. So, if you’ve got a family member who longs to star on The Great White Way – or just do a better job in the high school play – check out the

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Mount Rushmore, Shrine of Democracy In The Black Hills

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 list. Finally, I made it, seeing the very best of the Black Hills region including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Badlands National Park over five days. Mount...

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Clearwater: Another Side of Florida

I’m not a fan of Florida, so when I was invited by the Clearwater Region Chamber of Commerce to explore “Natural Clearwater,” I must say I was intrigued. I spent four days exploring this wonderful part of the state and discovered that this region is worthy of attention, After learning that it survived Hurricane Irma and Jose without problems, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite destinations. For...

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10 Best Free and Low Cost Activities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Straddling the junction of major interstate highways I-29 and I-90, Sioux Falls, South Dakota should not be one of those cities that most summer road-trippers zip right through. Whether you're on your way to Mt. Rushmore or rushing back from Yellowstone, we suggest you pause for a few days and soak up the many fun, often free activities that a family can enjoy. Founded in 1856 among...

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Lighthouses For The Night

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day and if you've never thought about staying in one, this is your chance.  In 1789, the United States passed an Act in support of all lighthouses, beacons, and public piers. More than 200 years later, several historic beacons offer affordable, family-friendly lodging along the East and West coasts of North America. When compared to...

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Road Trip USA: Leaf Peeking in New England

The beautiful nature, charming towns and friendly faces make Vermont and New Hampshire a perfect choice for a family road trip. Vermont’s small size and sparsley-traveled roads make it super for a family driving trip, and October brings leaf peepers to view nature’s annual display of autumn colors. The northern part of Vermont is remote enough to never truly be crowded. Of course, you'll ...

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