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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. Recently, I’ve been bursting at the seams with holiday spirit (I had too much to eat at Thanksgiving), and being in the city that never sleeps, I’ve found an endless list of activities...

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Going Wild At Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a perfect vacation spot where you can appreciate some quality time without interruption, save the cry of an endangered Bald Eagle or the humbling roar of a gushing waterfall. Theodore Roosevelt saw it as a gift for all humans to enjoy. Nearly three decades later, his fifth cousin and 32nd...

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Yosemite National Park For A Summer Vacation

“All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” It’s difficult to say which of America’s national parks rank at the top, but we can certainly understand what inspired the Scottish-born writer John Muir to credit Yosemite National Park as the finest creation of nature incomparable to any other on the face of the earth. Geologically speaking, Yosemite owes its splendorous...

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Bryce Canyon And Zion National Parks

Bryce Canyon and Zion: their names are known by every family contemplating a national parks road trip because of their unusual geological formations.  Along the far West edge of the Colorado Plateau –- North America’s largest plateau spanning the four states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona -- you'll get the bigger picture, a series of colorful cliffs known as...

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Ancient Cultures Meet Scenic Vistas In Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park attracts outdoorsy families with its scenic hiking trails, Pueblo cliff dwellings, easy railroad tours and thrilling whitewater rafting. There should be no whats, ifs, ands or buttes – pun very intended – when deciding whether to visit Mesa Verde National Park...

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Helpful Tips For Holiday Travel With Pets

FTF loves its four-footed friends, and wants to help you make traveling on the road and in the air just a little more pet-friendly. According to the US Travel Association, more than 30 million adults say they have traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more. While dogs and cats are ranked as the top travel companions, the overwhelming majority travels primarily by vehicle and very...

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Kids Wanna Hunt Ghosts at Mansfield, Ohio Reformatory?

Who wants to tiptoe around an old, possibly haunted prison reformatory at night? That’s right, we do. The infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio opens its doors on select Fridays and Saturdays, once or twice each month, to give ghost hunters from all over the world a chance to walk among the spirits said to be still inhabiting the facility. Volunteer tour guides will...

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Getting A Taste for the City of Steel – Pittsburgh Top Eats

Formed at the head of three rivers snaking through the Pennsylvania hillsides, Pittsburgh, the city of steel, rivals Philadelphia in cultural diversity, museum attractions, shopping and, not least -- cuisine galore. Featuring more than 90 neighborhoods with their own boldly proclaimed national identity, we have broken down the city into several major

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Arrg, Piracy On The Rise: Tips For Smooth Sailing

From the coast of Peru to the South China Sea, acts of piracy have been a fear of cruisers since about 2009, when these incidents were widely reported. How likely is it to happen to your family? Fortunately, new international laws and patrols by ocean-going vessels have decreased them substantially. Travelers can allay their fears and keep up to date with these tips. While many travelers...

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America’s Image Abroad – Are We All Canadians?

I’m not a huge proponent of national pride. That’s not to say I don’t love my country, but I feel, in the chaotic scheme of life, humans were dumped onto different landmasses and that was that. From then on, our environment and available natural resources shaped us into the cultures we are today.It surprises me then to hear stories of American travelers abroad assuming Canadian identities,...

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Nashville Hotels Offer Holiday on Ice Packages starting at $189/N

Country fans will want to get on one of these fun-filled packages to spend the winter holidays in Nashville, Tennessee before the year is out. Young or old, any generation can appreciate what this city of country legends has to offer and especially the "Dancing Lights of Christmas" displays at Jellystone Park. So, where to stay? The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel "Third...

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New England Family Vacation in Fall from $103/N Plus Waterpark

If the shopping malls start stocking Christmas wreaths, get into the fall foliage - leaf peeking - autumn harvest spirit with this family beach vacation deal at the Cape Codder Resort in Massachusetts. Beach vacation? Yes, okay, it's off season. But it's still a beach and a fun and restful family vacation getaway for those on a budget. Fun family amenities...

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Family Attractions In Jacksonville, Florida

From art to history to outdoor fun, discover all the great things to do in this vibrant city in northeastern Florida.Jacksonville, Florida is more than a day at the beach. 22 miles of sand and shore also offers art galleries and gardens, a zoo and science museum,  amusement parks, a baseball field, great shops, and a look at slave history. Great Fun for the Kids (Toddlers...

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Star Trekker: Robin Thicke Performing At Atlantic City Resort

Smooth singer and songwriter Robin Thicke is set to perform Saturday, March 13 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort’s Showroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets for the event are available from February 12, 2010; prices range between only $35 and $55 per person and they can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, through the Ticketmaster website...

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Witches And Wharves Among Salem Family Attractions

North of Boston, Massachusetts there's a place once haunted by evil memories where all visitors can now have a good time and study the past.While other places may try to hide a grim or particularly incriminating reputation, Salem, Massachusetts makes it a point to preserve its past and take heed of valuable lessons learned. Because of this endeavor to learn from mistakes, the town's efforts...

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Punzabo Winner Megan Baatz Conquers Grand Canyon With Friends (January 2010)

Congratulations to the January 2010 Punzabo winner, Megan Baatz, author of  “A Landscape Transformed”! Megan shared with us her physically and emotionally taxing journey through the Grand Canyon with her Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries youth group last spring at the young age of 16. With the help of new friends...

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Star Trekker: Zac Brown Band Cruises to Grand Cayman

On September 2, 2010, the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will be taking the long way to Grand Cayman aboard the Carnival Inspiration. The country music ensemble will depart from Tampa, Florida for a four-day "Sailing Southern Ground" cruise to entertain lucky fans on board. The Country Music Award-nominated group has had previous experience cruising –...

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Food + Art in Boston, Massachusetts

FTF's Lee Dunlap hunts down the best places to eat and seek Boston's finest via the T.Boston is a wonderful place for art-lovers and foodies of all kinds. Whether it's sweets, scrod or savory steaks, no one can be disappointed by the endless list of culinary options here in Beantown. To aid your quest for the best, check out these scrumptious hotspots all accessible via the colorful Boston...

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Bahamas-Bound On The New Disney Dream

Innovative as ever, the Disney Dream sets sail with 4-night Bahamian cruises starting at just $3,500 for a family of four. Wow!Eight decades have passed since Steamboat Willie chugged out onto the screen and into the hearts of Americans everywhere. Throughout the years, the evolved Disney icon has commanded the most impressive vessels with unsurpassable superiority no other cruise...

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Friends Help Punzabo Winner Conquer the Grand Canyon

Congratulations to the January 2010 Punzabo winner, Megan Baatz, author of  “A Landscape Transformed”! Megan shared with us her physically and emotionally taxing journey through the Grand Canyon with her Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries youth group last spring at the young age of 16. With the help of new friends...

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Bus Bazaar Lee: Back to the Big Apple

Having successfully taken on Beantown, I was ready for my return trip on Megabus from Boston to New York City. Though I'm exhausted from my stay in Boston, I reflect now almost incredulously on how much I was able to do without having to pay a cent for my Megabus fare. I visited three attractions a day, my favorites including the colossal Egyptian exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts,...

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Urban Hiker 3: Sitting on the Broken Dock of the Bay

When I sprinted over the dead grasses and dry, cracked ground at what I had thought to be the lush grounds of Gateway National Park at the tip of Brooklyn, little did I realize I was trampling the ground which was once the graveyard of residential trash, asbestos incinerator ash and dead mobsters. Prior to setting out on my exploration run – or my “explorun,” if you will...

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Bus Bazaar Lee: Pennsylvania to New York

Taking the bus has never been so exotic. Why travel by bus? Planes are faster, trains are bigger and cars more personalized – yet, I chose bus over all other means to take the hours-long journey from my hometown near Greensburg, Pennsylvania to my new home in New York City. It’s entirely true that I expected the worst out of my trip: luggage too heavy and large to fit under the...

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Eco-Friendly Family Vacations In Asia

From the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, these green beach getaways throughout Asia give families a great way to give back to the environment while having fun.Going eco-friendly means more than just purchasing green décor for the lobby or adding a few plants here and there in the guest rooms. These family hotels and resorts, some new and some renovated to be made more energy-efficient, really "get...

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Greening Your Family Travels

Needless to say, we love traveling, but we also love the Earth, and present this guide to cutting down on the carbon emissions produced in your travels... and other tips to living green. I haven’t traveled extensively, but enough to feel the burning guilt that followed reading a report on green traveling by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). As an aspiring...

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Germs, Germs, Go Away: Hand Hygiene

If you don't think hand-washing warrants a three-page report, after reading this you may want to sanitize the computer mouse you're using.If you don't think hand-washing warrants a three-page report, after reading this you may want to sanitize the computer mouse you're using. In a report released by FluView, the week of November 22-28, 2009 brought about...

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Blue Ridge Parkway – An Outdoorsman’s Paradise

Running from Virginia south and west to the Carolinas, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America's most scenic drives.The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just 469 miles of obscenely beautiful vistas and picturesque rainbow-colored trees in the fall. Stretching from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the north, running southwest to the Great Smoky Mountains straddling the North...

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Urban Hiker 2: At the End of the Earth…in Brooklyn

My mother hates New York. Her visit here a few weekends ago to help me move into my new Brooklyn apartment certainly showed her true colors. I couldn’t say I blamed her at the time; Brooklyn isn’t like my former five-week stomping grounds on the upper west side of Manhattan, where a jog across the George Washington Bridge could bring me solitude and scenery in...

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Gandhi Quandary: Peace Leader’s Home Ignites Conflict

Last week, a number of news syndicates including BBC and UPI reported that Mahatma Gandhi’s home in Johannesburg, South Africa was sold to the French travel company, Voyageurs Du Monde. The house, which has been said to sell at prices varying from $377,029 to $500,000, had been Gandhi’s residence of 21 years while working as a lawyer and activist. Now that the owners...

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Urban Hiker: The Henry Hudson Drive Trail

I recall the days at Boy Scout winter camp when I’d be nestled comfortably inside my warm sleeping bag, only to be rudely awakened by the blaring of a bugle sounding off reveille. The next thing I knew, I was trundling down to the lake for a “polar bear swim.” To this day, I believe whomever thought it was a good idea to jump into an icy lake at six in the morning should...

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Family Camping Getaways in Beautiful New Hampshire

Need a fun-filled vacation to get the whole family outdoors without burning a hole in your pocket? Take a trip to the Northeast and experience the beauty of New Hampshire's pristine lakes and colorful trees, along with a never-ending list of activities for the whole family to enjoy.Need a fun-filled vacation to get the whole family outdoors without burning a hole in your pocket? Take a trip to...

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Bus Bazaar Lee: New York to Boston

Every once in a while, some brilliant employee behind a desk at Megabus headquarters decides to bestow unbelievably low-priced tickets upon a lucky traveler such as myself. Taking advantage of the bus line’s free promotional tickets between East coast destinations and New York, I hopped on board to take a four-hour journey from the Big Apple to the beautiful city of Boston. Now, as...

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