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Four Reasons To Plan Your Family Cruise With Holland America

Have you ever thought about taking the family on an Alaska cruise and worried the kids would be bored?  Holland America Line (HAL) designs cruises that can please every member of the family regardless of age or interest. Their stylish, comfortable staterooms, shore...

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The Red Clover Inn And Restaurant, Killington, Vermont

Couples retreat to Killington's Red Clover Inn for a warm welcome and easy access to nearby ski slopes, the hills or the golf course. Nestled in the Green Mountains near Killington, Vermont, The Red Clover Inn & Restaurant provides a charming New England experience. The restored 1840s Inn and Carriage House offers 14 accommodations for skiers, hikers,...

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Snowflake Lane: The Most Magical Winter Wonderland

Experience falling snow and more during the most festive season at The Bellevue Collection, the Northwest’s premier shopping destination. The star of the show for the last 15 years in Bellevue is

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Thanksgiving in China! The most interesting Thanksgiving of my 24 years…

I have lived in Wuhan, China for three years now, teaching English at Wenhua College, while returning home to America each Christmas and Summer break. This leaves a few holidays in which I cannot return home; thus the reason for this most interesting journal entry: I started Thanksgiving Day with my normal bowl of oatmeal (the one western-type breakfast food that is readily available...

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota’s Shrine of Democracy

I finally scratched it off the list: the very best of South Dakota's Black Hills region including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Badlands National Park! 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...

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Road Trip USA: Great Sights of the West – Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone And The Grand Tetons

Plan a driving trip to experience many national parks and monuments, as well as other interesting Western sights in South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. When Yellowstone, America's first national park, was founded by Congress in 1872, it established a tradition for the preservation of our country's natural resources. Today, we count nearly 400 natural treasures from Acadia to Mt. Zion in our National...

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Infinity Pool in the Bahamas
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These Four Hotels Made Me Fall in Love with the Bahamas

Nassau and Paradise Island, among the beautiful Islands of the Bahamas not impacted by Hurricane Dorian, share a sparkling surf that melts from blue to green as it gently laps the sand. Served by short flights from major U.S. cities, they boast delicious local cuisine, nightlife, resorts for every budget, two world-class casinos and some of the most gracious locals you’ll...

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Cycling, In-line Skating and Skateboarding Safety

Safety comes first for kids and parents who bike, rollerblade, scoot and go skateboarding so we're sharing tips to keep it fun and protective gear ideas to keep you safe. When the weather gets warm, adults and kids start to pull out their bikes, scooters, skates and skateboards. Before you let your kids set off to ride to...

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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. Bargain watchers take note:  These hotels (in the commercial area formerly known as Downtown Disney) are closest to the parks without being Disney managed, offer free shuttles every...

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Goat with baby goats.
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Agri-Tourism Opportunities Around the World

This directory of agri-tourism resources will help you plan a farm stay so your kids can learn where food comes from, and also lists other environmentally-friendly accommodations around the globe. Agri-Tourism hasn't quite caught on in the United States yet the way it has elsewhere, particularly in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. But more and more families are considering agri-vacations for organic,...

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Iowa Attractions

Iowa may be off your flight path, but when you head out Io-o-way, you'll find several Iowa family attractions, such as the legacy of Lewis & Clark, Herbert Hoover, Blue Bunny ice cream and that Field of Dreams. Iowa Tourism has a helpful Iowa website to help you figure out even...

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KOA Moab campground, Utah
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We Go RVing

Our very first RVing adventure begins after the kids have left home and for three of us, the latest compact Winnebago Boldt RV is a very good choice. Even so, it's not easy.

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Washington Monument and Cherry Blossoms
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Washington DC Family Attractions

There are hundreds of free family attractions in Washington DC, the American capital where presidents and their legacies are celebrated, and now it's also a very cool city to visit, with fresh dining, art and cultural happenings. The only challenge is making time to do them all. What follows is a review of our favorite Washington DC attractions and activities for families. Try...

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Aspen Meadows Resort: Big Ideas In The Colorado Rocky Mountains

Aspen Meadows Resort a Dolce Resort is a place of stunning natural beauty, outdoor recreation and so much brainpower it should impress the kids. Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, Aspen’s majestic mountain scenery is inspirational...

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Rome, Italy Family Attractions

At the heart of Rome’s family attractions is la dolce vita – that easy-going, laidback lifestyle the Italians have perfected. Why not do as the Romans and allow plenty of time to savor each of our top family attractions over a cappuccino or gelato? Anything you don’t get to do on this trip will wait for your next visit to the Eternal City. Great Fun for the Kids (Toddler...

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Air Travel Tips To Ease Family Vacation Hassles

We're sharing some air travel tips because travel has never been as challenging for families, with road rage taking to the skies, confusion about carry-ons, misinformation on service animals, exorbitant fees for seat reservations, glitches in airport software and less than stellar customer service at most airlines.

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Skeleton costumes for Halloween
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Halloween in New York City for Free And Cheap Fun

Starting in early September, carved pumpkins, spooky ghosts and candy treats for Halloween sprout all over New York City making window shopping a great way to enjoy free fun. Best yet, it spreads the spirit of autumn across the five boroughs through All Hallows' Eve on October 31... and maybe the following weekend! Whether it's watching the world-famous Village Halloween Parade...

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More Time for Family Fun with FlightsFrom.com

Forget boring layovers, airplanes without in-seat video screens and expensive airport food. With FlightsFrom.com it’s easy to find a non-stop flight that meets all of your requirements and keeps the family smiling all the way to the destination. How it works

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Destinations Where Black Lives Matter

With a super-charged topic like race relations coloring the perception of many American cities, we recommend exploring these destinations and dozens of cultural sites 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 Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, Missouri, Tennessee and...

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New York Halloween Getaways Upstate

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and upstate New York haunts come to life for a spooky Halloween. This tranquil region along the Hudson River and farther upstate New York in Westchester, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties is bursting with fun things themed to the holiday. First, you should know...

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Traveling With Children On The Autism Spectrum

Parents with children on the autism spectrum know better than most that family vacations are, by their very nature, a break from routine. But what do you do when routine is what your child requires? This is the dilemma faced by families traveling with children with disorders on the autism spectrum, and is made all the more poignant when families have an older child with whom they...

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Family Travel Forum Announces Winners Of 2019 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

(New York, NY – September 24, 2019) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners congratulate the winners of the 2019 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. Completing its 13th year, this annual merit scholarship is hosted by the award-winning vacation guide to promote teen literacy and reward teens’ best travel blogs with cash prizes for college...

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Dead Exposure: Patient Zero skulls.
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Surviving Halloween Horror Nights

Having survived a night of gleeful terror at Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, I can report that #HHN is a blast. It's a frightful fest of doom taking place over 39 nights between Sept. 10 and Oct. 31, 2020 in Orlando. Halloween Horror Nights also takes place at Universal Studios Hollywood and at the Singapore and Osaka, Japan theme parks with dates T.B.D....

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Oktoberfest in Nuremberg
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The Real Oktoberfest

Cologne is known for Carnival, Berlin has its Film Festival, and Munich -- where they adopted the beer purity law in 1516 -- may be the epicenter of Oktoberfest. Surely, though, those three cities aren’t the only worthy hosts of internationally celebrated events. Of all of Germany's festivities, my particular interest is Oktoberfest and Nuremberg is a great place...

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California Haunted Houses and Halloween Happiness

If ghosts, haunted houses, goblins, and Halloween costumes are on everyone’s mind, there’s now something ghoulishly fun for all fear tolerances including California haunted houses, theme parks, and other Halloween fun. Since the fright industry has grown so quickly, both mild and terrifying fun are available throughout the fall. We’ve found some great events (many of them free) in San...

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The elegant Eurodam sailing off the coast of Puerto Rico
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Fabulous Fall Vacations and Getaways

Harvest season. Kid-friendly festivals. Halloween. Let the fall fun begin! There’s no better time than autumn to get outdoors and get away whether you have a day, a weekend or a week for fall vacations. The climate is ideal; there is the right ratio of visitors to locals, and grandparents can savor their preschoolers without the crowds. In many places, shoulder season prices make a fall getaway...

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Road Trip USA: Leaf Peeking in New England

New England's beautiful display of nature, charming towns and friendly faces make Vermont and New Hampshire perfect choices for a family road trip, especially in autumn. Vermont’s small size and little 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...

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Apple Picking And Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple farms and pumpkin picking at a local orchard or farm are among Fall's best family getaways. Read along as the apple-a-day FTF staff divulges the best places across America to pick your own fruit. Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple orchards...

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Orlando Haunted Houses and More for Halloween Season
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Orlando Haunted Houses and Spooky Thrills in Orlando

Say the word Orlando and "vacation" may come to mind, along with theme park rides, thrills, and characters. But come Halloween, some people prefer the spooks and chills of the hauntingly horrifying holiday complete with Orlando haunted houses. Others, especially those with younger children, may seek a more light-hearted approach to the autumn occasion. We’ve found a few fun Halloween...

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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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11 Tips For Traveling and Coping with Food Allergies

For the millions of people with food allergies (and their families), traveling can be a source of tremendous anxiety. Dining in unfamiliar cities and restaurants -- which may or may not be able to accommodate special dietary requirements -- can be extremely stressful. Worrying about a possible allergic reaction compounds the problem. I've traveled extensively with my own children...

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Apple River Wisconsin fall foliage
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Leaf Peeker’s Guide To America’s Fall Foliage

Fall foliage tours and affordable leaf peeping road trips are easy to plan if you use this How-To, Where-To guide to Leaf Peeper Hotlines plus tips on the best places to see leaf colors changing en route. You’ll probably find a fall festival at your destination to make it a fun day’s outing or enough harvest events...

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The rustic l’Auberge du Vieux Moulin
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It’s All Family Fun and Games in Quebec Canada

Québec is an outdoor playground for families looking to get back to nature and be adventurous. The second largest region in Canada, Québec features more than 30 national parks and over 14,000 square miles of protected wilderness area to explore. For your next family vacation, head north of Montréal to Laval and the Lanaudière region. These two lesser known gems are perfect for your next...

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High Times at Fall Festivals

Fall for a fun festival or free outdoor activity this season, when there are so many options for adult getaways, whether you’re BFFs or couples. For example, on Sept, 14- 15, Altamont, New York celebrates the harvest season with the Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival where they make local specialty beverages....

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Washington Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is apple picking time at the u-pick apple orchards and farms and pumpkin patches surrounding the city of Seattle. Did you know that Washington State is the country's Apple Capital? It's true, in 2006, a survey found that 56% of all apples consumed in the U.S. were grown in Washington. The state is also well known for...

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Kenai River view of distant fire.
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Fire on the Road: An Alaska Trip to Remember

It was before dawn on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s only highway when an official flagged down our rental car. “There is fire on both sides of the road,” she said. “It’s smoky. Be careful. And don’t stop to take pictures.” We didn’t. And it was scary. We were in the middle of a two-week trip to Alaska, on our way to go fishing on the iconic Kenai River, having left...

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Our Favorite Vacation Deals and Booking Sites

We are often asked how to save money planning a vacation, so we are sharing our favorite sites for discount travel booking. We really do use them all. You can click on any of these site ads, search for your needs and pay for your bookings through them, knowing they are trustworthy.  Through our affiliate relationship with them, we will get a small commission payment. Our commission doesn't...

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Las Vegas, Nevada Attractions

We'll roll the dice on this and guarantee fun on your next Nevada vacation -- if you pack our age-appropriate rundown of the best attractions for kids, teens and families in adult-oriented Las Vegas. Great Fun for the Kids (Toddler to Age 8) Circus Circus Adventuredome 2880 Las...

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Molokini Rafting adventure.
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Maui Family Travel for the Eco-Conscious

Green travel has gone from a niche industry to a global standard, with 87% of international travelers claiming they want to vacation sustainably. It’s no wonder. Eco-conscious traveling is, in the end, a moral imperative, allowing sightseers to explore the world while giving back to the lands they visit and the Earth-friendly businesses they patron. Consider yourself not just part of the 87% ...

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Teens love apples too.
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Massachusetts Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Have you considered a bargain staycation near a u-pick fruit farm or apple orchard in New England? If so, Massachusetts family farms -- some even wind-powered -- are your destination.  Farm stays are a great way to introduce kids to healthy eating and the wonders of nature, and experiencing a pick-your-own fruit farm will reinforce the message. If school has started, plan...

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California Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is apple picking time for San Francisco and Bay Area families. Review our list of apple orchards and pumpkin farms of Mendocino, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties for a fun weekend away or even a day's outing with the kids. Whether you are looking to pick fruit, go on a hayride, or buy fresh baked goods in northern California,...

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Cleveland at night, glowing above the Lake Erie shore.
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Cleveland, Ohio Rocks The Weekend

Cleveland has rock and roll and so much more to entertain your teens on a weekend getaway. A simmering cauldron of energy on Lake Erie, #CLE as it’s known, has an incredible music museum, marina, sports venues and clubs within walking distance of well-priced hotels. That energy is powered by the city’s youth, a population so proud to be Clevelanders that it’s infectious. Cleveland’s a...

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Kids on hay bale at Edwards Orchard, Illinois
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Illinois Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Stick with us while we drive to countryside U-Pick apple farms in Rockford, Caledonia, Winnebago and other regions near Chicago, Illinois then head southwest across the state to Alton to check out the orchards near the Mississippi River and St. Louis, Missouri. In our family, a day...

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Haunted Houses, Halloween Ideas and Weekend Breaks

Halloween is an estimated $9 billion holiday -- with more than $300 million of that spent to dress up family pets -- so it's no wonder that kids have ghost stories and candy on their minds from the beginning of the school year. When the chill winds blow, a family Halloween weekend away at any of America's haunted houses for kids, an outing to a creepy place, or just a costume shopping spree may restore...

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When In Rome for the Second Time

Rome is one of those cities that gets better with age and experience, making your second visit the ideal time to explore lesser known sights.  Assuming that you saw our top family attractions in Rome on a previous trip, experience how 2,000 years of history has made Rome classic and relevant at the same time....

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The Millennium Falcon is a highlight of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, An Epic Adventure

Give in to the gravitational pull of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World because there’s just no resisting it. Whether or not you’re a Star Wars fan, whether you side with the Resistance or the First Order, these duplicate 14-acre "lands" – the largest in Disney’s history – are so immersive that being there is just, well, irresistible. Bright...

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Autumn Adventures In A 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, according to the directory at Corn Mazes America, there are approximately 800 to choose from in the U.S. 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...

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Oregon Apple Farms – U Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Follow us to the countryside during the autumn months for some leaf-peeking, then head to the U-pick farms and apple orchards outside Portland, Oregon where you can pick your own from the season's bounty. With hours worth of family-fun apple and pumpkin picking, you can enjoy a staycation or long weekend road trip and save money on your food bills for weeks to...

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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. If...

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Best Family Plantations Along Louisiana’s Great River Road

The glamorous life of old on display in New Orleans’ Garden District is far surpassed by the many riverfront antebellum mansions and plantations lining the Great River Road. Be sure to allow half a day to tour one, show the family the agricultural heart of the state, and discover how the lives of plantation owners differed from that of their slaves. Preparing for your Plantation Visit If...

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Boys in Uzbekistan dress.
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9 Questions About the Global Nomad Life You Are Too Shy to Ask

We recently corresponded with Sarah and Gavin Steiner of @AwaywiththeSteiners to learn more about traveling the world full time with kids. Sarah describes their clan as a typical Kiwi family, having taken a year out from a busy lifestyle in New Zealand to travel fulltime with two boys, now 4 and 6. Their passion is for travel that gets them off the beaten track and out adventuring, experiencing...

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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. Now 230 years later, several historic beacons offer affordable, family-friendly lodging along the East and West coasts of North America. When compared to hotels, lighthouses...

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Pennsylvania Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

September and October are our favorite months to tour the Pennsylvania U-Pick farms for apple and pumpkin picking. Even a day in the fields can make a long weekend in the great family-friendly city of Philadelphia seem like a full vacation. If you're a history buff and are touring the great battlefield of Gettysburg, we have a few pick-your-own farms in that region...

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Trying standup paddleboarding in the lagoon at Atlantis.
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Bahamas: Nassau And Paradise Island Guide

If you’re looking for a destination that offers a unique experience, yet is family-friendly and easy to travel to (and navigate), then Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas are among the top Caribbean picks.

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Exploring the Museum of Emigration in Antwerp, Belgium

Visitors to the Red Star Line Museum in the Belgian city of Antwerp can experience the fascinating story of people in search of a new home in North America. History of Immigration to the US Immigration is a concept on which the United States was built, and one which today evokes heated discussion in Congress and amongst our citizens.  Since America's earliest days, immigrants...

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It’s Not Just a Mountain

“There it is guys!” I turned and looked out the window to see it. It was even more breathtaking than I had imagined. I had visited many mountains during my family’s yearly trips to national parks, but no peak possessed the beauty and grace of this one, standing tall and alone in the landscape. No mountain was as gorgeous as Mount Rainier. The first day, we hiked it, but not in its entirety...

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An Escape From The Concrete Jungle

They say that riding a bike is something that you remember how to do your whole life, and once you learn, you’ll never forget. This felt quite untrue as I pedaled my bike through the lush forests of Whistler, Canada, struggling to keep up with my brothers and father as they rode quickly past fellow tourists hiking and biking the trail. With every twist and turn I could feel my body lean, and thought...

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Yellow Mountain: From a Picture to Real Life

The first time I heard about Yellow Mountain (“Huangshan”) was when my dad showed me an old black-and-white photo in which he, a then-7-year-old boy, stood in front of a gray mountain and grinned widely. He pointed at the mountain in the background, which was more like a blurry outline in the dusk, telling me it was the most beautiful mountain in China and was located right in the south of his...

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Returning Home

It had only been a few hours since I’d lugged my overstuffed suitcase off the plane, through customs, and out the double doors of the airport. But now, far from the newly remodeled, sleek corridors of Heathrow, I stared up at the ancient, towering clock whose chime resonated throughout the city. From a young age, I had romanticized what it would be like to roam London’s cobbled streets. Like many...

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Dying to Go Home

It was July 11, 2018 when I stepped into the small hair salon with my new friends and tour guide. As I relaxed into the black leather chair and stared at myself in the mirror, I tried to catch a glimpse of the lower half of my hair, which was soaked in red hair dye. It’s too late to turn back now. I would have been lying if I told you I was not nervous. I had not asked my parents for permission to...

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