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

Today you see families cruise with kids in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and far-flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands. Given that the industry’s trade organization, CLIA, projects a whopping 32 million cruise passengers worldwide in 2020, you can count on kids being seen and heard everywhere.

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Camera, laptop, travel magazine
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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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large goolet yacht outside walls of Dubrovnik in Adriatic Sea.
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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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Playing hockey outside on a frozen lake.
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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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Family outside barn at C Lazy U Ranch in winter
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The Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

Don’t let shorter days get you down when the best family getaways and family vacation deals can really light up your winter. The shoulder season travel weeks between the holidays and spring break are a great time to plan an affordable vacation with the kids, whether it’s exploring quieter beaches, a family ski or snowboard vacation at one of North America’s top mountain...

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Liberty Mountain in Pennsylvania is proud of training every 4th and 5th grader to ski or snowboard free of charge! Photo c. SkiPA
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The Best Ski and Snow Family Vacations

Winter is a great time to get outdoors with the kids, whether it's a ski and snow family vacation at one of North America’s top mountain resorts, snowmobiling, snowboarding or snow shoeing on local trails, fun in the snow on a tubing run or seeing wildlife at a national park.

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A 400-pound Peeps chick rings in the new year in Bethlehem, PA.
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Celebrate First Night On New Years

Archaeologists believe the Babylonians were the first civilization to celebrate "First Night" or the New Year, with an 11-day holiday tied to the vernal (spring) equinox starting with a first-night festivity. Sometime during the Roman era, New Year's was set as January 1st, a custom that was adopted in the Middle Ages by many Western countries. For millions who equate New Year's...

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Elk Mountain Pennsylvania, boys in the snow with ski gear
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Pennsylvania Ski Resorts Welcome Beginners

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Pennsylvania ski resorts want all the beginners in your family to learn in their state! Did you know that tens of thousands of winter enthusiasts migrate to the slopes in Pennsylvania every week to ski and snowboard on trails that truly offer something for everyone?

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Winter Village shops and rink at Bryant Park, New York
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Christmas In New York City – The Best Holiday Attractions

Grab the kids and get into the holiday spirit by experiencing all that Christmas in New York City has to offer during the November to January winter holidays when most family activities are free.

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Baby ising the Airtushi portable inflatable high chair
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Christmas Gifts to Surprise Family Travelers

Now that we’ve planned a few short trips with Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday online deals, we are turning our attention to some practical Christmas gifts to surprise family travelers by making their travels more fun. Here’s a quick guide to gifting that may surprise you!

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three kids sledding in snow
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Kids Free Learn To Ski Passes

The amazing Kids Free and Student Learn To Ski Passes which are available  to local (and visiting) schoolchildren in several states are a great value for family ski vacations. Their goal is to introduce residents to the winter recreation around them and develop a lifelong love of snow sports. We like to apply the expression “think globally, act locally” to teaching our kids snowsports –-...

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Kids eating cotton candy at Christmas Market
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12 Top German Christmas Markets, A European Family Tradition

Traditional German Christmas Markets, also known as Chriskindlesmarkt, are located in a variety of big and small towns throughout Europe, but the tradition is perhaps strongest in Germany.

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field of Christmas trees
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Christmas Tree Farms: Where and How to Harvest Your Own Tree

Family excursions make the holidays special, so why not take the kids to a Christmas tree farm this winter? We make it easy with this guide to the U-Pick Christmas Tree Farm nearest you. Did you grow up with a fake Christmas tree? According to the National Christmas Tree Association, about...

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The 2019 Winter Market at Munich Airport
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Munich Airport, Unexpected Palace of Family Fun

If there's one airport in Europe to get stuck in, make it MUC in Munich, Germany, then follow this Munich Airport activities guide and discover its many surprising attractions and amenities. The sleekly modern Munich Airport (MUC), voted the #1 in Europe in the 2019 World Airport Awards survey, is more than a European hub. Hundreds of foreign carriers and 45 million annual passengers...

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Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection, Bellevue, Washington
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Top Holiday Lights Celebrations Across America

We love the festive season, when bright holiday lights, Christmas decorations, menorahs, colorfully wrapped gifts and imaginative retail displays illuminate cities and towns around the world, regardless of whether there is sun or snow outside. For many, ’tis the season to spend time with family, bake and decorate (see our 

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Holland America's Westerdam is sailing in Alaska Photo c. Holland America Line
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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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Christkindlmarket takes over Vienna's Old Town during the holiday season.
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Holiday At Europe’s Favorite Christmas Markets

Despite chill winds and snowflakes, the holiday cheer radiating from the tents and stalls of European Christmas Markets is enough to make visitors feel welcomed and toasty warm. Here's our pick of the very best places in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain and Austria to celebrate the season with kids at Europe's great Christmas Markets.

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Couple on Red Clover Inn lawn
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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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Blue Princess at Snowflake Lane
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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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Mt. Rushmore at night
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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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Family waiting on airport floor.
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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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Mt. Rushmore
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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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Sakteboarder in air
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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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Snoopy, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
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New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Planning a visit to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? Grab extra blankets, a thermos of hot chocolate, and this list of the best viewing spots.

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DisneyStyle shop
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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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Ice Cream truck
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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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Children on lawn of Colosseum.
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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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Koalas for adoption at Koala Hospital in Australia
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Kids’ Gifts that Give Back and Help Others

Tis the season for gratitude, and we're grateful for the sustainable presents that make fun children's gifts, plus let us skip long lines, stay warm and help a good cause. Live your family values out loud by spending your gift allowance to show the kids how to support many wonderful adopt-an-animal programs, educational initiatives and life-changing organizations which work around the world. Here...

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London skyline and London Bridge
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London, England Attractions

Having studied the top London, England attractions from iconic Big Ben to high fashion, I can say that this city is electrified by centuries of history and the energy of its forward-thinking people. Family members of any age will embrace the elegance and breadth of the city and its many attractions. And since there's a lot to do and see in any visitor's presumably short amount...

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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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FlightsFrom.com route map.
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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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A black candle is lit
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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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Teen doing homework
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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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Snoopy and family
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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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New England road
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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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Apples on tree
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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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Artistically painted pumpkin
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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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AllergyEats popup tents
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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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