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23 Resources for Virtual History Lessons About America

History matters; whether experienced personally, studied in virtual field trips or confronted in our travels. American history is a major part of our educational curriculum and...

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Alaska Cruise Options Return for Summer 2021

The restart of the US cruise industry has taken a major step forward now that some Alaska cruise options will resume in mid-summer. Ships will sail from Seattle without any port...

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Pale green daybed on lawn in front of pool.
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An Outdoor Makeover To Inspire Backyard Vacation Ideas

With summer on the horizon, it's time to create fresh backyard vacation ideas to keep everyone busy and happy. In this pandemic era, one thing families can rely on is their own...

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

Finally, we present our 51 great summer vacation ideas with hope for a more (somewhat) normal summer vacation. It was welcome...

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Parents and kids are scrambling over rocks on summer hike in Vail Valley.
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13 Reasons to Try a Top Value Mountain Resort in Summer

Ski mountain resorts offer great summer values at rental condos, which also feel as secure as your own home away from home. Just select your destination resort carefully.

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Airline pilots wear face masks in the cockpit of a United flight.
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This Will Make Flying Safer

A lot has been done to make flying safer since the age of coronavirus began. Yet, it's still a big topic as confidence in leisure air travel -- and crowds -- increase. U.S. passengers...

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Top Family-Welcoming 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. It's time to get...

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Goat with baby goats.
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Farms Stays and Agritourism Around the World

Use this directory of agritourism resources -- agricultural businesses that extend hospitality to guests -- to plan farm stays. Your kids will learn where food comes from and will...

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Lady Gaga wax statue in London Madame Tussaud's wears the famous Telephone Hat from designer Philip Treacy
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Star Trekking: Lady Gaga Shrieks Viva Las Vegas

The Grammy's make us dream about the big year for Lady Gaga. When one of the world's most flamboyant and individual performers joined the A-list at Madame Tussauds in...

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Arches National Park in Moab, Utah
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The Very Best Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Now that we’ve put the dreaded year 2020 behind us, let’s cautiously consider some spring break vacation ideas. From very...

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Base Lodge with skiers outside at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah.
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Sundance Mountain Resort, Where Stars Go To Play

Bathed in the glamorous glow cast by its annual film festival, the Sundance Mountain Resort is, at heart, an unpretentious mountain hideaway.  This central...

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Parents taking child out on skis outside Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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The Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

As we contemplate the best family getaways to light this dark winter, we accept this year is very different from past ones. Our public health officials, family doctors, bosses,...

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Cowboy holds up a girl so she can groom her horse at Elkhorn Ranch in Arizona.
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Sun, Snow and Wide-Open Spaces at a Family Dude Ranch

Picture yourselves on horseback galloping across wide open spaces at a family dude ranch. Have you ever ridden through deserts dotted with giant cactus?  

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CDC Map of Cornoavirus Hot Zones around the World
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Heads Up! Negative COVID-19 Test Is Required for Travel to the U.S.

Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, a negative COVID-19 test result is required for travel to the U.S. Under a broader

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

Don’t worry about safety, budget or logistics with our guide to the best virtual vacation ideas and digital family experiences for the winter and spring of 2021. Virtual travel...

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Mount Vernon, on the banks of the Potomac River, boasts beautiful landscaping at any time of year.
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A Historical Weekend In Mount Vernon, Virginia

There's a safe place to step back in time and experience American history, and that's at Mount Vernon. The Mt. Vernon estate is George and Martha Washington's home and farm in...

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America’s Top 10 Snowy Cities

Think you've got it bad? Here is a list of the average annual snowfall in America’s 10 Most Snowy Cities, according to The Weather Channel

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Wally Byam's camping trailer has traveled all around the world since 1948.
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8 Best Things to Do on an Amarillo Road Trip

Discover the unexpected on an Amarillo road trip. This northwest Texas town is, for many, just a pitstop where I-40 crosses the classic mother road, Route 66. Instead, devote a...

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Man in face mask stands with selected Christmas Treet at u-pick farm.
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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 harvest your own tree at a Christmas tree farm this winter? We make it easy...

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Family in snow gear outside Alta Lodge, Utah
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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...

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How To Avoid Typical Travel Ripoffs

As smart as we all are about buying vacation packages online, it's important to refresh our scam antennae to avoid travel ripoffs.

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Dad and son watching holiday windows at Macy's Herald Square.
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Top Holiday Lights Celebrations Across America

We love the holiday season -- the decorations, starry lights, religious displays and multicultural celebrations that light up cities and towns everywhere from November to January.

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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...

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in winter. Photo by Jake Frank for NPS.gov
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The Essential Guide to Camping in the Winter

Winter camping can be great fun, waking up with a frost covering the tent and a beautiful misty sunrise. But it can also be a truly miserable experience if you end up cold and...

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American Song docked at a pier along the Columbia and Snake River route.
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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...

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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. Sadly, this frightful...

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Haunted Houses, Halloween Ideas and Weekend Breaks

Take candy sales, haunted houses, halloween costumes and weekend breaks and you've got an estimated $9 billion holiday that won't fall flat this year. Who wants to give up the more than $300 million annually...

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Grand Canyon Rafting, This Year’s Bucket List Experience

There’s never been a time like Fall 2020 for a Grand Canyon rafting adventure,...

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Horses in a field outside Triangle-X Ranch in Wyoming.
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20 Fall Getaways For 2020

Let’s hear it for fall!  The changing colors are guaranteed to lift your spirts. So will the crisp air -- and crisp apples.

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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. This...

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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 while enjoying the outdoors -- is a great autumn family getaway. According to the directory at Corn...

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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 Leaf Peeker's Guide plus tips on the best places to see leaf colors changing en route. In this...

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Ocracoke And The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Majestically tall sand dunes, steady winds and lack of nosy neighbors attracted the Wright Brothers to test their flying machine at the Outer Banks of North Carolina more than...

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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...

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North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates meet at TÞingvellir National Park
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Exploring Iceland’s South Coast On A Family Road Trip

There’s no better way to appreciate the rugged beauty of nature than a family road trip, especially along Iceland's south coast, one of the world’s most geologically diverse...

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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,...

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Wet And Wild At Schlitterbahn Waterparks

It wasn’t been voted the “World’s Best Waterpark” for more than 20 years for nothing; Schlitterbahn Waterparks are fun, imaginative, aquatic entertainment centers. However, several things have...

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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....

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Willkommen… New Braunfels Embraces All

New Braunfels embraces all visitors to Texas because it's a relative vacation spot for many people seeking to escape reality for a day, a weekend, or maybe even longer. Quite a...

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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...

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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...

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Pop Up Camper Trailer parked by the beach.
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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...

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Cows fighting for herd dominance in Valais. Photo by Francois Perraudin.
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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Screenshot of lobby from National Museum of Natural History on Smithsonian VR tour
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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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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...

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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...

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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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Turkish Airlines toy kit for travelers.
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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