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

Take some advice from a frequent camper who's learned that overnighting in a local park is just as thrilling, and less cumbersome, than a long hike into the wilderness. I want my kids to have the same enriching experiences I had when I was a youth, but I know why my parents sent me camping under the care of others. Simply put, it's not easy, especially for weekend warriors who haven't polished their...

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Florida’s Secret: Anna Maria Island

There is a place in Florida that does not have the very best in beaches, the most Caribbean-like climate, the best recreational opportunities or the hottest resorts or nightlife in the State.  So, why is an island peninsula community of 15,000 residents on the Gulf Coast considered by many to be a "best kept secret"?  For those in the know, it is an affordable...

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Not Your Parents Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What happened to Pittsburgh? Someone switched cities while I wasn't looking. Don't worry; the city of three rivers is still the familiar Pennsylvania Steeltown of the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers but some might be tempted to ask its residents, "OK, who are you and what have you done with Pittsburgh?"Not only has the once-industrial city quietly evolved into a cultural and recreational mecca...

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Amelia Island Plantation: All Natural Florida

Amelia Island is an all natural, friendly and all-comfortable resort in north Florida that is often overlooked by the beach traveler. Don't make that mistake, especially now that a new family-friendly hotel group, Omni, has taken over its long popular resort.Just past the Georgia State line and easily accessible via Jacksonville's user-friendly airport, the environmentally...

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Going To Gulf Shores, Alabama

Alabama's Gulf Shores promises the pleasures of a sand beach, watersports and fine golf, with the gracious ways, slower pace and lower prices of the Old South. And, while America's Gulf Coast is steadily picking itself up and dusting off its oil-spattered knees, it's important that family beach vacation seekers keep tabs on the state of the shoreline at Gulf Shores and...

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

There's more than a choo-choo train in Chattanooga, an example of what the U.S. News and World Reports dubs a "Smart City" -- a city that exemplifies extraordinary and successful efforts to improve the quality of life for its citizens while protecting its resources. Since the 1970's, through sheer tenacity and pride, its leaders and citizens, along with private...

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Laurel Highlands – Pennsylvania’s Funlands

Idlewild and Soak Zone -- the key family attractions in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands -- provide old-fashioned amusement to family thrill-seekers so much so, that I need to remind myself this is the 21st century. Looking around at the amusement park attractions and vendor, the rides of my childhood whirl in a blur of nostalgic scenery. We were delighted to find ourselves in Idlewild...

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Our Sea Turtle Adventure On Anna Maria Island

Join this family help save baby sea turtles as they hatch along the coast of Anna Maria Island, Florida, then make their way to the sea.My previous coverage of Anna Maria Island revealed a myriad of subtropical family fun to be explored during the off season. A family destination truly worthy of a visit is one where there is always something new to discover, and just when I think I have covered...

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Reality Camping

Everything you need to know about camping with the family, and how to get started in a nearby park so you can practice before your national park expedition. I have a confession to make. I used to love camping - the more primitive and remote, the better. But, now that I am older with children, it is becoming more and more of a challenge. Just when the children crave the experience...

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Wisp Mountain Resort, Maryland

Head to Deep Creek Lake for skiing at Wisp Mountain, dogsledding, winter sports and more in a little known, top value resort. Within driving distance of many East Coast and upper Midwest communities lies the under-discovered resort area of Deep Creek Lake. This massive yet cozy vacation community is nestled in the natural mountain heritage of the Appalachians. Back in the 1960s,...

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Deep Creek Lake – Maryland’s Seashore In The Mountains

Maryland's Deep Creek Lake has watersports and mountains, fishing and hiking, keeping tadpoles and tree huggers happy, too.Maryland's Deep Creek Lake has watersports and mountains, fishing and hiking, keeping tadpoles and tree huggers happy, too. Summer vacation again – the beach or the mountains? Hmmm – I can never decide, but what about both at the same time? Well,...

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