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Park ranger demonstrates gold panning to guests at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma.
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Multi-Gen Families Strike it Rich in California Gold Country

Sippy cups and stemware come together seamlessly in Coloma, a town that's two hours northeast of San Francisco with an unusual convergence of multi-gen family fun. How about white water rafting in the morning with your grads and wine tasting in the afternoon? Or, staying with preschoolers at a family-friendly bed and breakfast with a sandy beach next to its luxurious pool? All ages can try panning...

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, Kids in Tow

Quaint and walkable Carmel-by-the-Sea is packed with chic shops, trendy restaurants and stylish wine tasting rooms -- it’s been a romantic adult getaway for decades.  But it’s also the perfect romantic family place to headquarter with your children if you know where to stay.   The Bavarian-style Hofsas...

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A Branson Christmas for the Whole Family

If your hometown has been letting you down in the Christmas jollies department, a trip to Branson, Missouri can’t help but get you in the mood to make merry.  Starting in November, the Branson Christmas shows (and there are 100 of them in 50 theaters) shift to Christmas-themed performances, and you’ll see big production numbers all dressed up in tinsel, stars, Santa hats and glittery...

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Mi Casa, Su Casa: Home Exchanges

What's the best money-saving and culturally educational accommodations option available to travelers today? Well, I'm not planning a trip to the French Caribbean right now, but the idea of a complimentary four-bedroom home with a pool on the island of Guadeloupe might make me reconsider. A week or two in Paris isn't really in the works either, but when I read the description of the luxurious houseboat...

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Vinum et Familia: California’s Hidden Multigen Reunion Destination

The Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California is an ideal destination for multigenerational vacations, family reunions and intimate destination weddings. On any starlit night, the Holman Ranch is the picture of a perfect California evening -- sprawling oak trees are silhouetted against a moonlit sky and a light sea breeze inspires us to linger around the firepit roasting...

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The Keys To The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys extend south of Miami in a string of narrow limestone and mangrove islands bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.  The main artery, Route US 1, offers one of the most scenic road trips in the country. You can rush down to Key West in about 3.5 hours or take a week and savor the many colors along the way. You'll...

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Four Seasons At Whistler Blackcomb British Columbia

Get ready to hit the ski slopes, the mountain bike trails or the lake, with family traveler reviews about Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.If British Columbia is Canada's premier outdoor recreation province, then Whistler Blackcomb is its crowning jewel, providing an adventure for every season. My family of ski and snowboard fanatics likes to visit the resort...

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A Youtful Dowager: Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria Island, British Columbia

The beautiful Empress Hotel is a landmark on British Columbia's Victoria Island that has attracted stylish travelers for close to a century. Many of today's grandparents (and their parents, as well) stayed in this legendary Canadian establishment in their youth; today's travelers will find that the hotel has updated their services and amenities while maintaining their original old world glamour...

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Taos Ski Valley Leads The Sporting Life

Spanish charm, a beautiful mountain setting, and an intense focus on improving your snowsports skills, athletic prowess and general wellness; that's Taos, New Mexico, long the bastion of artists and New Age healers. In the past few years, Taos has been putting itself on the map as a destination for athletes, skiers and even filmmakers.The state's forward-thinking economic...

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The Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego, California

The Bahia Resort in San Diego has all the advantages of its mid-century vintage -– a pick-of-the-litter location on Mission Bay, its own private beach, and lush, mature tropical landscaping that gives it a secluded, Hawaiian island atmosphere. Since it’s been continually renovated and upgraded since it was built in the 1950s, its accommodations and amenities are fresh and modern. Families will...

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Be One With The Trees In Nebraska

Lied Lodge is located at Arbor Day Farm and, like trees in a forest, the lodge and the farm are firmly entangled in each other’s business.  Both are operated by the Arbor Day Foundation n Nebraska City, Nebraska and are part of a 260-acre historic landmark dedicated to forest conservation that was once part of the estate of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day.It’s an unusual...

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Snowbird Ski And Summer Resort, Utah

Snowbird, Utah is one of our top recommendations for skiing families because of its excellent children's learning programs, but it's a wonderful mountain resort for families in summer, too. It doesn't hurt that the average annual snowfall is 500" (that's 70% more than Park City, and twice as much as Aspen), and powder conditions just don't get any better except...

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Turtle Talk at Hawk’s Cay Resort in Marathon, Florida

Hawks Cay, right in the middle of the laid-back Florida Keys, offers plenty of opportunities to create a successful vacation, by offering both the recreational programs you might expect at a family beach resort, and several surprising diversions as well.   When I say a resort is great for families, what I really mean is that the place has enough programs to keep...

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The Beach Club Resort, Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Beach Club Resort is the biggest destination resort in Gulf Shores and it’s on one of the prettiest and quietest, white sand beaches of all.  People jokingly call Alabama’s 30-mile long Gulf Coast the Redneck Riviera, but it really should be renamed the “Bargain Beachfront" since it’s a gorgeous stretch of sand...

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The Fairmont Hotels Of Bermuda

We headed east to review The Fairmont Southampton and The Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotels in Bermuda thinking they would be the perfect resort duo for us – a family with young adult children taking advantage of that rare moment when everybody’s schedules lined up. One kid had graduated from college a few days earlier and hadn’t found a job yet, and the other...

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The Buccaneer St. Croix

If you're looking for old-world  elegance in a family-friendly resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this hill topper in St. Criox may be your answer . The Caribbean's Most Historic Resort Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer in St. Croix...

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Four Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea, Hawaii

This particular Four Seasons is on Maui's sunniest and driest crescent of white sand in Wailea, on the island's southwest shore. Hawaii's only AAA 5-diamond and Forbes 5-star resort, it's known for its princely level of service: staff members spritz guests lounging in the sun with chilled Evian misters; kids have their own pint-sized plush terry robes and milk 'n' cookies upon...

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Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai expands across the exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast in Ka`upulehu-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. After repairs to landscaping damaged by the tsunami that followed the March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake, the resort is looking more beautiful than ever. The tropical oasis has long provided a luxurious and relaxing environment for families, and an ideal...

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Ahwahnee Hotel Is Yosemite Gem

The Ahwanee Hotel is a great place to return to after a long hike in California's Yosemite National Park and a great base for northern California family adventures.The celebrities of majestic Yosemite National Park - Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridal Veil Falls - are all in Yosemite Valley, a spectacular glacier-carved, seven-square-mile canyon where most of the tourist action takes place. ...

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Unique Family Journeys In The African Wild

One family of travelers explores the culture and wildlife of Kenya while on safari in Africa. It was the sheer number of animals that took our breath away in Kenya. There was something new at every bend in the road—a baby giraffe racing around a stand of trees like a frisky colt, a parade of 50 zebras walking single file at twilight, a drowsy leopard draped over the branch of a...

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Efteling Park And Golden Tulip Efteling Hotel, Holland

For a fairy-tale family adventure in the Netherlands, visit Eftling Park and the Golden Tulip Efling Hotel in Kaatsheuvel. Fairy tale forests and gnarly little gnomes rub shoulders with white-knuckle thrill rides at Efteling Park, a fun-filled amusement park in the southwest of Holland. Plan to arrive the evening before you want to visit the park, so...

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Marbella Club Hotel, Costa del Sol, Spain

Find out how this resort on Spain's fashionable Malaga coastline measures up to other hot properties at these wonderful beaches.Some of my family's most successful vacations combine the beach and its low-key pleasures with access to big city excitement and cultural activities. The following European destination has it all: history, culture, and charm; relaxed fun in the sun; and action-packed...

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Winter Fun In Door County, Wisconsin

From ice fishing to snowmobiling, snowshoeing to cozy inns and fish boils, there is lots to enjoy in Door County after all the summer beach bums go home.Door County is best known as the summer stomping ground for Midwesterners and Chicagoans who come to enjoy its miles of beaches, historic lighthouses, arts and culture, boating and fishing and edible regional specialties such as cherry pie...

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Four Seasons Nevis, St. Kitts And Nevis

Find out why Four Seasons Nevis is not just a playground for the rich and famous, but for families as well. Their excellent childcare programs are even affordable during the quieter summer season. [Editor's Note:  This resort was badly damaged by Hurricane Omar in mid-October 2008 and due to ongoihg litigation, has postponed its reopening till November,...

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Vail, Colorado For Snowsports

FTF's ski experts rate the family-friendliness and ski-ability of the popular Vail ski and summer mountain resort in Colorado.Vail has one of the single biggest ski mountains in North America, with terrain to please every taste and ability. Its many diverse areas attract families and people of all ages, sustaining its popularity throughout the years. But popularity doesn't have...

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On Horseback At Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, Tucson, Arizona

Here's a deluxe western dude ranch where preschoolers are taken seriously and horseback riding is open to all ages and abilities. As I glanced around at the striking desert landscape from the back of my palomino horse, it was easy to understand why European families especially love this ranch.  It’s the quintessential American southwest – the lonely desert landscape dotted...

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Sea Kayaking In Baja California

Like remote places, but don't like giving up modern comforts? This reviewer heads to a Mexican wilderness retreat for kayaking and exploring marine life in Baja California. If the thought of rubbing shoulders with thousands of other people on board a glitzy floating resort makes you tremble in your Tevas, hop on a private aircraft from San Diego, California, then take a short motor boat...

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The Riches Of France By Barge

For a different kind of "cruise" and an offbeat French experience, consider cruising around France with your family in one of Crown Blue Line's barges. "You could have picked a boat a little less broad," muttered the gentleman who helped us tie up our 39-foot cabin cruiser in the charming French village of Verdun-Sur-Le-Doubs on the Saône River. I thought I had picked a fine Crown Blue...

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Dreams Los Cabos Suites, Golf Resort And Spa

Personal service and special touches make this Dreams Resort a standout among all-inclusive Cabo San Lucas resorts on Mexico's busy coast of Baja California.We were seated at the al fresco Oceana seafood restaurant enjoying a drink on our first night at Dreams Los Cabos when a white rabbit hopped by. Dumbstruck, we watched it nibble at the lawn along the restaurant's edge before it hopped...

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Melia Cabo Real, Los Cabos

One of the only Los Cabos all-inclusives that accepts babies and toddlers in supervised nursery programs.The Buckley family of Northern California -- mom Ita, dad Shane and children Chloe age 10, Cameron age 9, Olivia age 7 and Stefan age 6 – count their week-long stay at Melia Cabo Real as one of their best family vacations ever. They'd previously traveled to Hawaii, Bali, Spain, Portugal...

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Kids Fun In Lexington

One of the world's capitals for horse breeding, this fun city offers racetracks, horsey theme parks and museums, and family horseback riding. Lexington is the place where more racehorses are bred, sold and catered to than just about anywhere else in the world. Families can visit all kinds of horse-themed attractions, including working thoroughbred horse farms, an historic racetrack...

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Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida

Sundial Beach Resort, located on a unique barrier island off the southwest coast of Florida, accommodates families with the comforts of home. White sand and blue-green waters greet you on Florida's Sanibel Island at The Sundial Beach Resort.  With 270 accommodations, a nature reserve, and plenty of activities to choose from, the Sundial is sure to please your...

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Lexington, Kentucky Attractions

One of the world's capitals for horse breeding, this fun city offers racetracks, horsey theme parks and museums, and family horseback riding.Lexington is the place where more racehorses are bred, sold and catered to than just about anywhere else in the world. Families can visit all kinds of horse-themed attractions, including working thoroughbred horse farms, an historic racetrack and...

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Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club, Palm Beach, Aruba

Find out how this welcoming Caribbean resort on one of visitors' favorite islands rates according to Family Travel Forum's resort expert. Bon Bini! Bon Bini! From the minute we touched down on the Caribbean island of Aruba, we heard the words "bon bini" over and over again. We heard it from the pilot as we landed, from the flight attendants as we exited the plane, from...

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Grand Traverse Resort And Spa

Find out if the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on Michigan's west coast makes the grade with Family Travel Forum's resort reviewer. This split-personality Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (800/236-1577) in Acme, Michigan does a terrific job of being all things to all people, especially parents who want some quality time with the kids,...

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Scottsdale Fairmont Princess, Arizona

Based on her experience staying at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess with her teenage son, Family Travel Forum's resident resort reviewer takes a look at this luxurious Arizona property. The Fairmont Princess (480/585-4848) is set against the...

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The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, Hawai’i

One of Waikiki's oldest hotels, the Royal Hawaiian, offers 10-acres of exclusive beachfront property and fun for the entire family One of Waikiki's oldest hotels, the Royal Hawaiian, offers 10-acres of exclusive beachfront property and fun for the entire family The newly renovated Royal Hawaiian Hotel (2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu,...

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Keystone Resort, Colorado

Find out how this skiing destination in the Colorado Rockies rates according to Family Travel Forum's ski expert. Find out how this skiing destination in the Colorado Rockies rates according to Family Travel Forum's ski expert. The Keystone Resort (800/354-4FUN) in Colorado is comprised of three mountains- Dercum...

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North America’s 4 Top Family Ski Resorts

Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, Idaho...which of these family-welcoming ski resorts is best for your family?Read on to find out why contributing editor Laura Sutherland, author of "The Best Family Ski Vacations in North America" (St. Martin's), recommends Snowmass (Colorado), Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (Utah), Whistler Resort (British Columbia), and Sun Valley (Idaho) as the top family...

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Hotel Del Coronado, California

As a family-friendly resort in California, the Hotel Del Coronado is both classy and fun for kids. Find out the scoop on Family Travel Forum's ratings of this famous property.The "Del" as it's fondly called, has reigned supreme for more than a century as southern California's premiere beachfront resort. Built in 1888, this elegant Historic Landmark hotel sits on 28 seaside acres on...

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YMCA of the Rockies

Outdoor fun awaits your family at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Read on to discover the recreational activities and amenities available at this property. I doubt that few places anywhere in the world can rival YMCA of the Rockies for the sheer quantity of recreational activities available at...

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Holiday In Zermatt, Switzerland

Family Travel Forum's resort expert hits the slopes to review Zermatt, Switzerland in winter. Horse drawn sleighs still travel over the- cobbled streets of this quaint mountain town where the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous landmark, dominates the snow-covered peaks. Visitors arrive by mountain railway after leaving their cars at Visp or Brig...

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Explore Nature in Gunflint, Minnesota

If you love the outdoors and want to fish, bike, or hike with your family, then we've found the perfect, rustic, four seasons lodge for you in the Minnesota wilderness. If you love the outdoors and want to fish, bike, or hike with your family, then we've found the perfect, rustic, four seasons lodge for you in the Minnesota wilderness. Does paddling along at sea level sound like...

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Sunset Key Guest Cottages, Florida

Find out if the exclusive Sunset Key Guest Cottages off the coast of Key West make the grade for those seeking privacy and service.One destination can equal two distinctively different vacation experiences when you stay on a quiet island a short ride away from big city excitement. This resort has golden sand beaches, warm water, and a relaxed and restful tropical-island atmosphere. And it's...

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Utah’s Quiet Snows

An expert skier mom reviews what's what for families with all-age skiers at Utah's Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton mountain resorts.My family has enjoyed skiing Utah's mountain resorts ever since we realized that it's easier to fly to Utah than to drive from our home in the San Francisco Bay Area to the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. Once we land in Salt Lake City, it's a 30-minute...

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Exploring Aspen And Snowmass, Colorado With Teens

Post X Games, a noted ski specialist totes teens to Colorado's top mountain resorts to evaluate just how hip it is.I couldn’t resist the chance for an all-girl getaway to Aspen and Snowmass with my teen-age daughter Madeleine, and my friend Mimi, and her teen daughter Christina. It would be a chance for some mother-daughter bonding, yet would allow each of us time with someone our...

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Class VI River Runners, New River, West Virginia

Class VI River Runners in West Virginia take the family white-water rafting in style, and is a great place to get your "feet wet" in this exciting sport.As I watched my two children, then 9 and 11, paddle alone through their first-ever set of rapids in West Virginia, my mother-hen tendencies kicked in and I started to worry. Up until that point I'd been happy to let the river guides take...

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Sea World Nara Resort

Imagine sleeping in a marine theme park with dolphins and sea lions to lull the kids to bed and thrill rides to wake them up.Australia's surfside answer to Orlando is a gorgeous stretch of Queensland's Gold Coast which has a host of theme park attractions and a number of resort hotels. But if you headquarter at the Sea World...

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Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii

Grand Wailea in Maui has more than you and your family could want for golf, tennis, swimming pools, kid's camp, spa and almost anything else under the Hawaiian sun. One of the liveliest resorts under the Hawaiian sun, the Grand Wailea is part elegant country club-style resort and part water play land.  Fronting the spectacular Wailea Beach on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens, this...

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Albatroz Hotel, Estoril Coast, Portugal

Family Travel Forum's resort expert rates the waterfront Albatroz Hotel in Casais, Portugal. Read on to find out if it measures up to your family's expectations.Just an easy 30-minute electric train ride from Lisbon, the seaside village of Cascais was once a quaint fishing town, and you can still see the twice-weekly fish auction at the docks if you're up early enough....

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Chateau Lake Louise is a great place to hang your hat after a day of wildlife viewing in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Find out more about what this unique destination has to offer for family travelers.Snowcapped mountain peaks and formidable glaciers cradle Lake Louise's emerald depths in a natural icy amphitheater. Situated in the corner of Banff...

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Playa Las Tortugas

Independent, active families will treasure their time at this eco-friendly villa compound and turtle conservation area.We clicked off our flashlights and were enveloped in darkness, the only light coming from the reflection of the stars and moon off the sea. We'd set our plastic bins down in front of us in the sand and the scrabbling and scratching noises became more pronounced. As I look down...

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Summer At Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

A traditional family resort in Sun Valley, Idaho offers recreation during both summer and winter seasons.Readers may remember my review of Sun Valley's spectacular ski experience a few years back -- and it remains one of my favorite places to take the kids for winter family fun. But once the snow melts, Sun Valley, Idaho is transformed into a summer playground with non-stop activities and a...

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Sapphire Beach Resort And Marina, St. Thomas

Contributing editor Laura Sutherland grades a popular family resort that has changed management on their effort and accomplishments, and notes what needs improvement. Located at the east end of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as far from the hustle and bustle of shopper frenzied Charlotte Amalie as you can get, is the Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, formerly known as the Doubletree...

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Global Volunteers Serve Up Family Vacations

Here is a solid vacation idea: Global Volunteers can engage your teen and your parents in something truly meaningful.If you ask most teens where they'd like to go on vacation, they'll tell you they want to go to Hawai'i to lounge on the beach. Ask mom and dad and they'll tell you they want to get their kids away from narcissistic tanning and ogling other teens in bikinis and board shorts and...

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Teen Trips Sampler

Family Travel Forum provides information on exciting, alternative travel adventures for teens.Departing for a group tour sans parents can be an exciting new experience for a teenager.  Just because a trip is without parents, however, doesn't mean that it should be without guidelines or safety.  Today's teens can pick from specialized sports camps, cultural immersions, community...

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Kenya Sweetwaters

Meet our neighbors at this luxury tent camp in a private game reserve in Nanyuki, Kenya; it's a wild experience for family travelers to Africa. Going on safari is typically a series of fascinating one-night stands as you move from one game park to another. But Sweetwaters Tented Camp, on the savannah grasslands below Mount Kenya, is the kind of place you should plan to stay for a few...

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The Cotton House, Mustique, BWI

For those who like pampering and privacy, Family Travel Forum examines The Cotton House, located on a tiny but very chic island near Grenada in the British West Indies. The chic Caribbean island of Mustique is a tiny speck of land hidden between Grenada and St. Vincent that has long been the preferred retreat of international celebrities (David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Princess Margaret have...

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Aspen, Colorado: Snapshot of America’s Favorite Mountain

Historic buildings, great peaks, discounted children's lift tickets; something for all ages in this legendary ski haven. Aspen, Colorado is the ideal skiing destination.  There's a choice of four mountains within a 10-minute shuttle ride of town, offering something to please every member of the family, no matter what the age or ability. If I had to break a leg skiing somewhere,...

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Kona Village Resort, Hawaii

Note : Due to the debris and water damage resulting from the tsunami that struck Hawaii's Big Island after the March 11 earthquake that shook Japan, the Kona Village Resort has closed.  We have just heard that it will not reopen, although the management has entertained family visitors for the past 45 years.  Stay tuned... The Kona Village Resort is a laid-back,...

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