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Houseboating on Lake Powell

Houseboating on Lake Powell, previously a winner of "FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Reunions" Award, gets a fresh look as a vacation option in 2018. Lake Powell is at the heart of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a 1.25 million-acre geologic playground straddling northern Arizona and southern Utah. The 186-mile-long,...

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Surviving Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Tackling a new sport like skiing -- whether you're my age or a toddler -- is a challenge that the snow sports industry helps overcome each January with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Perhaps a child, a new companion, or a childhood yearning have driven you to try skiing or snowboarding. Some may be ready to face a...

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Whether your kids and teens want a scary haunted house, a real haunted house, or a haunted house tour, the area around Salt Lake City, Utah can supply it. Plus, with the city as your base, you'll have more than just haunted house stories; there are hayrides, museums, nature trails and mazes to navigate at local farms. Across the country, family vacationers can find...

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With today's total solar eclipse crossing America, interest in the universe is sky high. Since everyone in the United States can observe a partial to total eclipse of the Sun for the first time since 1918, we suggest you watch our

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Bryce Canyon And Zion National Parks

Bryce Canyon and Zion: their names are known by every family contemplating a national parks road trip because of their unusual geological formations.  Along the far West edge of the Colorado Plateau –- North America’s largest plateau spanning the four states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona -- you'll get the bigger picture, a series of colorful cliffs known as...

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Finding The Grand In The Grand Canyon

At 277 miles/446 kms long and up to 6,000 feet/1,829 meters deep, the Grand Canyon, cutting through Arizona, Nevada and Utah, is truly spectacular. It's so enormous that some families mistakenly believe there is enough room for all who come to admire it. Not so! America's second most popular national park (behind Great Smoky Mountains) welcomes...

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A Family Reunion On Lake Powell, Arizona

This is the story of my family reunion aboard a houseboat on Lake Powell, and the power of natural beauty to keep us all entertained in Arizona's Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Back in the early 1960s, my father and his friends took off by private plane to satisfy their curiosity about the progress of Lake Powell. Construction of the Glen Canyon Dam...

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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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Grand Lodge Ski n’Stay Specials in Southern Utah

Looking for a spring getaway with great snow, lots of style and not too pricey? The Grand Lodge at Brian Head Ski Resort in southern Utah is welcoming guests through the end of their season (April 16, 2017) with a variety of Winter and Spring Ski packages. Brian Head, a past winner of

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Downclimbing is always harder…In Utah

The first thing you learn when you get to Utah is it takes twice as long to get anywhere you need to go.  I don’t mean this in a big city way, with the people and traffic.  It takes twice as long to get to places in Utah because Utah is HUGE. Garrett, my aunt Barb and I got the car in order with guide books, water bottles, snacks and cd’s, for a Saturday road trip to Nine...

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