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This Will Make Flying Safer

We really don’t have a way to make flying safer for you in the age of coronavirus, but it's a big topic as leisure air travel increases with the onset of summer. Fortunately, contactless check-in, onboard hygiene, passenger cooperation and sanitized public spaces are already being implemented to help contain the spread...

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Students Can Learn from Disneyland’s Storybook Adventures

A Disneyland vacation, like a storybook adventure, will always be something that is somewhat of an heirloom, being handed down generation to generation, no matter the age when you first visit. It's a family vacation we save for, spend time planning out to every last detail, and one we want our children to remember for the rest of their lives. I'm going to help you maximize the magic and warm memories...

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Doing Atlantis On A Budget At Comfort Suites Paradise Island

I am delighted to recommend the Comfort Suites Paradise Island hotel, a wallet-conscious way for the family to enjoy an Atlantis family beach vacation without breaking the bank.  My kids had been aching to visit Paradise Island in the Bahamas -- especially Atlantis,...

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Take a Ride Through Disneyland’s Storybook Adventures

We all have sacred family traditions and storybooks from our childhood that we still hold dear today. I bet for a lot of us, one of the most magical childhood vacations we think about is Disneyland. The rides, the characters we loved so much, the treats Mom and Dad made special exceptions to buy, and the endless laughter. A Disney vacation is somewhat of an heirloom, being handed down generation to...

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Families swimming off side of gulet in the Aegean Sea.
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51 Great Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer vacation is the traditional time for families to reconnect, with generations coming together to recreate favorite childhood memories and make new ones. But this year, what a roller coaster.  And we’re not talking about this summer’s latest theme park attractions. We’re talking about the havoc the COVID-19...

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Are Hotels Safe in the Age of Coronavirus?

Having tested negative for COVID-19 after a two-week road trip where we slept in a B&B, Airbnb, motel, historic inn, boutique resort and several chain hotels, we can confirm that hotels are safe in the age of coronavirus. The trick is staying alert to the many ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Woman poses with Alligator statue in Gift shop along the Boudin Trail of Southwest Louisiana.
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Lake Charles Louisiana Knows How To Party

Given a limited budget, an unlimited appetite and an interest in local culture, you can’t go wrong with a weekend road trip based in Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana. I recently spent three days at a Lake Charles casino resort and discovered the glitz, cuisine and the nightlife that people love about Las Vegas plus real Southern hospitality.

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Disney Springs Discount Orlando Rates

It's time to finally take the family to Walt Disney World, and booking one of the seven value Disney Springs Hotels lets you take advantage of specials for stays almost all year long. [Editor's Note: Several of the Disney Springs Hotels: Best Western Lake Buena Vista, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Holiday Inn...

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50 Tips For Car Trips

Here's our pick of the top 50 tried n' true road trip tips, culled from families who've logged enough road miles to circumnavigate the globe.  Whether you're driving to the local mall or across the sands to Timbuktu, there's bound to be a tip for soothing the kids that you haven't thought of! Prepare the Car & Family Before Departure 1.   Make sure your vehicle or...

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Introduce Family Camping To Little Explorers

Is it time to introduce family camping to your little explorers? This year especially, when warm nights beckon cooped-up kids to brave the wilds of the back yard and beyond, you'll have to be ready. Here are some favorite recommendations, resources and vintage children's books about family camping to make you a seasoned pro.

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Rental RVs Are Your Portable Safe Zone

Travelers who are timid about leaving their safe zone after emerging from stay-at-home orders should consider RV rentals for a vacation this year. Several companies are making fully sanitized rental RV units with sleeping, cooking and lounging spaces on wheels, available at locations around the U.S.

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Family Camping In Vermont

When Vermont state parks reopen for family camping in late June, you'll be able to sleep under the stars with close friends and family on the Lake Champlain Islands and enjoy the summer's most peaceful getaway.

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Mountain Resorts Offer Summer Values

Mountain resorts offer great summer values when you rent a furnished condo at a major ski resort, plus you'll have the security of a home away from home. And given such a long school break for the kids -- and the possible need to quarantine upon arrival in a new region -- families should look for a summer rental in a region with enough activities to occupy all ages for a few weeks. In a surprise move,...

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The All American Cruise Lines Small Ship Experience

We’re in an era when made in America and stayed in America travel experiences are what families are looking for and, for the right family, the all American American Cruise Lines delivers. American owned, the company proudly sails three styles of small ships on 35 different itineraries, plus theme and holiday...

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The 51 Best Virtual Family Vacation Ideas for Staying Safe During this Pandemic

No worries about budget -- or logistics – with our guide to 51 best virtual family vacation ideas for beating this pandemic while staying home safely.

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Camping 101: How To Look Like An Experienced Camper To Your Kids

Camping is not easy, but these eight Camping 101 tips will help you look like an experienced camper to the kids -- especially useful for weekend warriors who haven't polished their "rub two sticks together" or tent pitching skills. First, take it from me that overnighting in a local park is just as thrilling, and less cumbersome,...

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Adventures In Legoland California

The imagination of my two boys skyrocketed as they built and built their own adventures in Legoland California, a different kind of theme park surrounded by other fun attractions in Carlsbad, California. Since 1932,...

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Fighting Cattle in Valais, Switzerland

Fighting cattle are an unusual natural attraction and a good enough reason to go to places we've never heard of to experience such a treasure. Since we know that cattle battles are a local sport in parts of Indonesia, the cow fighting season in Switzerland caught our eye.

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Reopening Soon? Summer Travel in the Untied States

Look ahead to travel reopening during summer 2020 and you’ll know why we call it the Untied States of America. The once united states are completely untied, vying with each other to keep their borders open or closed, to protect their residents’ health or to ward off economic ruin.

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Expats Living Abroad Are Sheltered During the Pandemic

Americans and other expats living abroad have been sheltered by their adopted communities during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, say correspondents for InternationalLiving.com, the respected resource for global retirement and relocation options. IL correspondents are at home in different countries around the world, so...

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Road-Tripping: Three Rules for Planning a Single Parent Road Trip

It’s not often that you find a dad (or mom for that matter) who is willing to embark on a single parent road trip with the kids without his or her better half. Whether you’re a single dad or mom or a spouse just giving a partner a chance to stay home for some peace and quiet, road-tripping on your own is a brave act. In...

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Is It Safe to Travel This Summer?

As the seasons begin to change and states slowly reopen during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, every family is asking is it safe to travel this summer? Is it safe to go on vacation? Is it safe to take even a short road trip? Eileen Ogintz of

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7 Top Train Trips for Exploring the East

It’s a good time for thinking about family-friendly trip ideas, and these seven top train trips – all short ones -- are ideal suggestions for families with little ones and big ones. So as a father, avid train traveler and vacation-lover, I am sharing a few of my favorites family railroad adventures available in the eastern...

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Who Says Carnivals Are Just For Kids? Cruise for All Ages

On May 4, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that, contingent on current governmental guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, it plans to begin cruising Aug. 1, 2020, when the port of Galveston will welcome the Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista; the port of Miami will have berths for...

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11 Driving Tips for Easier Road Trips

Family roadtrips, whether over busy holidays like spring break, the height of summer or for end-of-year festivities, can be made easier with preparation and these handy driving tips for road trips. When it comes to travel, if things can go wrong, they usually do. Do we agree that few things spoil a pleasant journey like car trouble, major congestion, unexpected toll roads or needless fines? What...

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Tulip Time In Holland

There's nowhere like Keukenhof Gardens in springtime to introduce the beauty, color, scent and creative potential of flowers to children on a family visit to Holland.

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Pets on the Road: Car Travel Tips for Your Pet

Keep the family's four-legged best friend healthy during car travel with pets and you'll never hear him barking "Are we there yet?" again. The following road trip tips are compiled from FTF’s community of pet travellers to help you make a long road trip or any car travel with pets (see

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How Coronavirus Will Affect Your Travel Plans

Updated Mar. 29, 2020. As Passover, Easter and summer vacations approach, families around the world are very concerned about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its impact on health, safety and travel plans. The State Department has issued a Level...

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Dubai World Expo Is A Dazzling World’s Fair

The United Arab Emirates once anticipated welcoming millions of visitors to a dazzling Dubai World Expo in 2020 but their dream was posponted due to the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The international exposition is now scheduled to take place Oct. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022.

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7 Great Destinations Offering Virtual Visits from Home

Whether you’re sheltering in place by choice or command, we hope you’ll enjoy touring seven great destinations offering virtual visits from home.

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Vera Bradley, Queen of Fort Wayne, Indiana Outlet Sales

It took me awhile to recognize the Vera Bradley label belongs on a dizzying array of quilted fabric accessories but, as soon as I did, I understood the appeal of the Queen of Fort Wayne and her famous outlet sale.

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The Very Best Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2020 : Due to the unprecedented global health crisis caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking

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Top 10 Reasons To Take The Family Dog On Holiday With You

Perhaps you've considered taking your dogs on holiday with you, rather than putting them in the kennel or hiring a pet sitter.

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Private tub cabana at Riverbend Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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Hot Springs of Truth or Consequences

Spa going in the hot springs of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is a quirky family endeavor that may start your kids on a lifelong path to wellness. It's also among the most affordable winter...

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Children's yoga class at Adler Spa Thermae in Italy.
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Spa Holidays Are A Family Tradition Across Europe

Did you know that spa holidays are a family tradition in many of Europe’s top destinations? Pack an ETIAS visa waiver to easily travel between several European countries, choose wellness oriented hotels, and you’ll return home with cultural riches, incredible experiences and healthy habits to last a lifetime.

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Beachfront pool of Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen Best Places To Stay

Mexico's busy little port Playa del Carmen is a hotbed of small boutique hotels and condos that are the best places to stay for families who want to get away from large all-inclusive resorts. Once just a funky stop for the Cozumel ferry, Playa del Carmen is now the biggest town along the Riviera Maya, that beautiful 100+ mile stretch of gold sand beaches on the Caribbean coast...

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Grand Turk beach with Carnival Sunrise ship in the background.
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Cruise With Kids Vacations And Family-Friendly Ships

Coronavirus Update for Cruise Travelers - June 19, 2020 – Following the March 2020 advisory recommending against cruise vacations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has

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Ski school lesson at Okemo with Sunburst 6 Bubble lift overhead
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Okemo and Stowe and the Vail Effect

Who wins when we compare the Okemo and Stowe mountain resorts in Vermont to see what they offer families and how they’ve changed under Vail Resorts' ownership? You do. Overall, we found Okemo reliable and comfortably luxurious while Stowe is showier and more opulent than other New England mountain resorts. Is one better...

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Bernina Express sightseeing train runs past scenic Lake Poschiavo in Switzerland.
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Top 25 Recommended Rail Journeys Worldwide

Do you enjoy the rumbling of the rails? Rail journeys combine the contemplation of slow overland travel with the pleasures of getting somewhere, letting you take environmentally-friendly trains instead of carbon-spewing flights. Whether you're grandparents contemplating a multigenerational adventure or adults traveling with...

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Kanazawa students in traditional kimonos at Kenroku-en Gardens.
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11 Very Japanese Things To Love About Kanazawa

Kanazawa has so many very Japanese things to love – its own shogun castle, Geisha district, quirky museums, fish market -- that it’s earned the nickname “Little Kyoto.”

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Top Family-Accommodating Tennis Resorts

Here's your go-to resource for the top-ranked tennis resorts and tennis training camps in the world which accommodate families and their tennis-playing children. We would like to thank critic Roger Cox and his comprehensive website, TennisResortsOnline for providing us with his readers' selection of the Top...

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Light saber lessons with a training remote at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World.
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Time Travel Aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Time travel aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser requires two days and two nights of vacation, but the magic of outer space has never been so close.

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See Istanbul with Free Sightseeing and Stopover Tours

We really appreciate what Turkish Airlines has done to make families feel welcome, by offering free sightseeing and stopover tours in addition to in-flight toys, family entertainment and healthy dining and drink options on their Trans-Atlantic flights.

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Falling in Love with the Taj Mahal in Agra

On your first trip to India, fall in love with the Taj Mahal in Agra, a monument to love that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This UNESCO World Heritage site divides the world into two kinds of people, said President Bill Clinton, “Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and those who have not.”

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Families compete in Water balloon toss at Camp Nawakwa.
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Top Family Camps In The Midwest

Family camps in the Midwest offer fun, adventure and family bonding vacations at reasonable rates. To plan sleepaway camp together with your kids, start by checking out these great family overnight camps and be ready to book one early in the year. Family Camps, a growing trend

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Quebec Carnaval Celebrates Family Fun In Snow And Ice

Carnaval is a wintry, family-friendly wonderland that comes alive when the temperatures drop in the heart of the “world’s snow capital” -- Quebec City in Quebec province, eastern Canada. As North America's only fortified city, the crenellated walls and castle-like structures of the Old Town are a stunning backdrop to the fun. Spanning three weekends, Quebec will host its annual carnival or

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Cat in the Hat costumes at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
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Our 15 Favorite Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Here's our top 15 places for party-lovers and Catholics everywhere for Mardi Gras celebrations, Carnival festivities and other pre-Lenten festivals. A traditional period of celebration that begins on 12th Night in January, and culminates on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday), it's always celebrated 47 days before Easter to mark the first...

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Grand Residences Riviera Cancun: Vacation Paradise for Families

Sometimes, luck is on your side and you choose a resort that suits your family as perfectly as milk goes with cookies, like Mickey’s made for Minnie, the way Fred dances with Ginger. For my family, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico is just...

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Downtown Dubail skyline as of Oct. 2014.
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One Day Layover In Dubai

In Dubai, a one day layover is an ideal family adventure because this financial hub of the United Arab Emirates is a unique destination. Dubai is flush with contemporary superlatives because it was built to be just that; a city state with one of the world’s largest airports, its tallest building, the world’s third largest...

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What Is ETIAS and How Will It Affect Travel to Europe?

There is big news for those planning to travel to Europe soon. The Schengen authorities are finding new strategies and technologies to make the region safer for tourists and residents alike.

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Winter entrance to YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
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Wonderful Winter in the Rocky Mountains

Winter in the Rocky Mountains is your chance to explore a snow cave, meet a search and rescue dog, try your hand at ice anchors and ice climbing and much more away from crowded snow resorts. A plus: at YMCA of the Rockies, you and the kids can borrow all the cold weather gear you need. Winter is the time of year...

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Destinations Where Black Lives Matter

Explore these historic sites, institutions and destinations where black lives not only matter, they fuel fascinating cultural conversations too few travelers know about.

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The Best Places to Sail in Croatia

Croatia is one of the best places to sail whose popularity seems to be only growing, especially among yacht lovers. Due to the short distances sailing between islands, a rich cultural heritage, well preserved natural beauty and more than 1,200 islands, many people recognize...

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Camel caravan of thousands at Echoing Sands National Geopark, Dunhuang, China
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Highlights Along The Silk Road, Journey Of A Lifetime

Trek 4,000 miles from the Kingdom of Xi'an west across the Gobi Desert, through the oases of Dunhuang, Turpan and Kashgar, across the Stans to the courts of India, Persia and Europe and you've traced the highlights of the historic Silk Road, one of travel's most storied journeys. And one of its most relevant. It is...

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Playing With Ice – Ice Safety

Whether you're snowboarding, fishing, skating, or just taking a slippery stroll, knowing ice safety could save your life. During the winter season, families from Maine to Siberia will take to frozen lakes and ponds to ice fish, play hockey, or snowmobile. Accidents will happen, but they can be avoided by following these guidelines...

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Thatch umbrellas and beach chairs at Finest Playa Mujeres
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Cancun Family Vacation: 3 Tips When Planning Your Trip

Cancun family vacation 2019, what a wild ride! We had an absolute blast with the kids, everybody came back home with sun-kissed skin and sand in everything! They are really not keen on going back to school, but at least they can be the envy...

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VR Room and Sandbox Maker Studio at Zaha Hadid Apartments in New York.
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20 New and Familiar Trends in Family Travel

Looking back on a year of climate crises and social turmoil, it is surprising that many of the family travel trends noted in the past continue to play out. Family, this huge segment of the leisure market, keeps getting bigger. There’s still an upswing in multigenerational travel including trips just for grandparents and grandchildren and families continue to focus more on...

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The chic Western style mountain town of Park City, Utah
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Star in Your Own Very Romantic Weekend at Park City

Charming, rustic, sexy, folksy -- Park City, Utah is all of those things rolled into an easy access, laid back package. It's a fun small town with a sophisticated vibe that will remind new parents of their B.K. (Before Kids) days and refresh the affections of empty nesters who want to be where it's at. Park City Weekends for All Seasons January brings the annual...

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Elliot, Regan and Zander at Sunday River.
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Skiing Sunday River Is A Peak Maine Experience

Thrill to the top quality experience with kids when skiing Sunday River in Maine: easy access, friendly staff, great grooming and spectacular scenery. A favorite of New England skiers and an easy reach from Portland (1.5 hours) Boston (3.5 hours), Sunday River is, arguably, one of the best ski mountains in the Northeast. My family certainly thinks so.

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The Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update - March 15, 2020 : Due to the unprecedented health crisis faced by communities around the world from the coronavirus COVID-19, travel within, to and from the U.S. has been severely disrupted. Local governments, under the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, have banned...

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