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You’ll Strike Gold in Northern California

In Northern California's gold country, the western frontier and gateway to the foothills of the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tuolumne County came to be in 1850, the same year California achieved statehood. With the arrival of the thousands of prospectors, a few sophisticated but mostly lawless settlements sprung up. These pioneers were later joined by ranchers, loggers and frontier families that...

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Puerto Vallarta, Grandparents Love Mexican Traditions, Hollywood Passion

Warmed by the breezes of trade winds filled with the scent of spice and flowers, romantic and exhilarating Puerto Vallarta has great appeal for grandparents wanting to share Mexico's charms with their extended family. This once unknown fishing village sits along the silver ripples of the largest natural bay in Mexico, Bahia de Banderas. Set in the heart of the Mexican Riviera, with Mazatlan to the...

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The Del Hotel Ultimate Family Reunion

Recently, five generations of our family gathered to share good times at one of the most famous San Diego beach hotels, the historic Hotel Del Coronado, better known simply as The Del. This is a journal of our multi-generational family reunion. Day one.  The California sun plays hide ‘n’ seek through the morning mist,...

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Julian, California: A Gem in Eastern San Diego

A natural landscape encased by iridescent skies and crisp mountain air dominates the view heading into the Gold Rush era town of Julian in the heart of San Diego's backcountry.     Rich in history with a small town spirit, the whole family will enjoy the grand legends Julian has...

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Santa Barbara Paradise, California Style

Just about anything your family can do outdoors can be relished in Santa Barbara, California's flawless Mediterranean climate. In this wonderful seaside sanctuary known as "America's Riviera," kids can play, parents can relax, or all can enjoy land-based recreation and marine activities together. The affluent city sits on a prime Pacific perch overlooking sweeping vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains...

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Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Devil's Thumb Ranch typifies the best of western Colorado and Western culture, the way it was meant to be experienced by all ages. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Ranch encompasses 4,000 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide. Along the road there, craggy mountain ranges cast their shadows across canopies of quaking aspen that grow thick along the Colorado River. A haven...

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Montgomery, Spirit of Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama, a place for leisure and sightseeing, is also a modern metropolis whose history and wonders turn this charming city into something grand for the whole family. Courageous, sassy and rebellious, Alabama was the twenty-second state to enter the Union. Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederate States of America, finally becoming the Alabama state capital...

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Reunion Celebration At Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort

The Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa was the perfect desert playground for our "Five Generation Family Reunion" celebration. The prestigious desert enclave of Indian Wells, California nestles along the foothills of the spectacular Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west. The smallest of the desert getaways, Indian...

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Classic Children’s Book Princess April Morning-Glory Is Now Available

“ A moral and inspirational story with a very special message, exquisitely and artistically illustrated in the spirit of the Fairbanks legacy,” says Vera Fairbanks about Princess April...

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Elephant Odyssey at the San Diego Zoo

Elephant Odyssey in the San Diego Zoo is Enormous Fun.  Begin a journey through time at the awesome 7.5-acre, multi species natural habitat at the San Diego Zoo. Discover animals that roamed Southern California 12,000 years ago including mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, and get to meet their living relatives. The new exhibit also incorporates hands-on fun such as a fossil dig for kids...

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San Diego’s Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina Loves Families

Squeals of playful laughter and contagious giggles fill the air at San Diego's Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, a convention style hotel where families are very welcome. Overlooking the bay, the recently re-invented, 17-story coastal hotel is a recreational haven with fun for all ages and a good value Explore Family Adventure Package available year round. Family-friendly...

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Lights, Camera, Action Sheraton Universal Hotel, Hollywood

Rides and attractions, backlot tours, movie stars and a great hotel. Los Angeles, California's Universal City is sounding good and good value.There's no shortage of star power atop Universal City, California. Topping 40 years of age, one of Hollywood's most iconic stars proves it's not "over the hill" as it celebrates with a fresh new look. Known as the "Hotel of the...

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Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Family spring breakers should head to Fort Lauderdale if they want guaranteed fun in the sun and activities to keep kids busy from dawn to dusk.The faint mist that sprinkles the tropical air has been known to cause contagious giggles along south Florida’s Gold Coast. That joy in a family beach vacation can also be credited to the aqua waters that wave to the cotton-puff clouds in the...

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Dana Point’s Spirit Lures All The Generations

With magnificent ocean views that belong to everyone, delight in the sight of sprouting whales and frolicking dolphins in the breathtaking splendor of California's Dana Point. Beautiful Dana Point was named after the 19th century seafaring author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., who related his adventures with incredible descriptions of the Headlands in the classic sea journal “Two Years Before...

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Irvine California’s Family-Friendly City of Diverse Delights

Make yourselves comfortable at the family-friendly Hyatt Regency Irvine (17900 Jamboree Road , 949/975-1234) centrally located in California’s Orange County. There are 536 spacious rooms and suites, with many that connect. Each one is equipped with iHome stereo and iPod docking stations. The on site 6ix restaurant...

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Picture Perfect Family Getaway in Marina del Rey

The whole family will catch the wave of excitement in Marina del Rey.  Close to LAX, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Hollywood, it’s the perfect year round base for families who want a little bit of everything close to Los Angeles. For those who want to get right on the water the Marina offers harbor cruises, fishing expeditions, chartered sail and power boat rentals, or relaxed...

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Hyatt Regency Orange County, California’s 2010 Summer of Fun for Families

Welcome to the Hyatt Regency Orange County, California’s “2010 Summer of Fun” for Families Pack up and ship out for an incredibly fun, affordable, and adventurous Southern California retreat launched at the freshly upgraded Hyatt Regency Orange County. Created for families, this treasure is replete with all the top...

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A Myrtle Beach Family Vacation

Offering fun and adventure in an ideal family beach getaway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a friendly, sought-after vacation haven all year-round. Step right up for outdoor adventures that run the gamut from wet'n'wild to easy and laid back. And, don't forget to bring pails and shovels to build sandcastles along the 60 miles of ocean-splashed golden beaches at Myrtle Beach,...

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The Broadmoor Resort And Southern Colorado Attractions

Check out the region's Old West charm, amazing natural splendor and scenic drives, while being pampered in style.Nature's greatest triumphs and deepest mysteries fuel the beautiful natural aura of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak country -- so much so that Katherine Lee Bates, enraptured by the "purple mountains majesty” of nearby Pikes Peak penned "America the Beautiful” here...

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Sacramento, California

Memories of fun-filled childhood vacations are in the making in this northern California city, the state's capital of family-friendliness. To the delight of both children and their parents, excitement awaits railroad buffs, sports enthusiasts, lovers of art and fantasy and, for the more adventurous, boundless outdoor offerings. In Sacramento, the rest is history!The local...

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Pre-Schoolers Love San Francisco, California

San Francisco is an urban paradise when it comes to family-friendly activities. Toddlers can take in the sights, enjoy the great outdoors and maybe learn something, too.The spirit of family fun is contagious in San Francisco, “everyone’s favorite city.” Excitement sparks from the city’s rich history and in the colorful neighborhoods and lively waterfront, making this...

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Viva Republica Dominica! Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace!

The Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace & Dominicus Beach Resorts in the Dominican Republic are family-friendly, all-inclusive, and alive with international flavor.Fringing the southeast coast near La Romana, the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace resort celebrates the best in tropical style. Set on 26 lush palm-studded acres on Bayahibe's white sand beaches, the resort looks out across crystal clear...

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Crystal Cruises And The Smithsonian Sail The Panama Canal

A luxury Crystal Cruise includes the super teaching skills of the Smithsonian Museum staff to offer families at sea a sailor's life of learning.Take one magnificent ship, add a dash of mouthwatering cuisine, a sprinkling of awesome life at sea, the thrill of a transit through the Panama Canal, and the tropical island adventures in St. Croix, St. Barts, Antigua, and Aruba. Stir gently for...

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Hotel Jerome and Aspen, Colorado

In a winter skiing Mecca and flourishing cultural center on par with Europe's finest, families will adore the historic and very luxe Hotel Jerome. Aspen’s origins were sparked in 1879 when the cry of “Silver!” sent prospectors flocking across the Continental Divide into Ute City.  By spring, the city, with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and stunning panorama of mountains,...

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Tortola BVI

This British Virgin Island is one of those civilized places where families can do as much or as little as they please and still have fun.If you swim and snorkel in its radiant bays, dive in its mysterious caves, frolic on its white sand crescent beaches, hike its ribbons of lush hillsides and mountaintops, and laugh in its sunshine, you’ll have found the true essence of Tortola. Rising...

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Rosarito Beach, Mexico Hotels And Resorts

A close look at the friendly enclave of beachfront resorts south of Los Angeles, just over Mexico's Baja border.The lively beach resort of Rosarito Beach, a popular getaway for southern California families, is worthy of a weekend break for others traveling with kids who may tire of the summer heat in metro Los Angeles and San Diego. If you're driving through Tijuana, heed the current directive...

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Milestone Hotel, London, United Kingdom

One of the UK's finest hotels, this small boutique operation offers both luxury and convenience in bustling London, England.The Milestone Hotel is located directly across from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There are 45 luxurious bedrooms (which can accommodate two adults and two chilldren) and 10 individually themed suites as well as two pairs of interconnecting rooms...

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KidsSuites are Family Treat at California’s Beverly Garland Holiday Inn

Minutes away from many of Hollywood’s most popular destinations, the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn (4222 Vineland Avenue; 800/BEVERLY) named...

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Mexico’s Rosarito Beach

Visit Rosarito Beach for an old-fashioned beach vacation, a cool movie-making theme park and amazing arts and handicrafts. Bienvenidos! Mi casa es su casa. The saying "My home is your home" embodies the infectious warmth of Mexico's Rosarito Beach resort. A playground for all ages and all tastes, it is located 22 miles south of the California - Mexican border and stretches across 20 scenic...

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort, California

A luxury California resort has a variety of options for playing, dining, and having fun in the sun - no matter what your age.Enchantingly sprawled across a 5.5-mile-long peninsula, the charming seaside village of Coronado forms the western boundary of San Diego Bay. Its connection to downtown San Diego is the two-mile long Coronado Bridge that’s arched like a rainbow over the sea. While...

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Exploring Antigua, West Indies

This tropical island near St. John beckons with wonderful weather, unusual sights, great beaches and interesting history.Legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson claimed Britain’s most important Caribbean base when he sailed into Antigua in 1784, to conquer the prized coastline that had taunted and lured the French, Spanish, and English for centuries. Over 200 years later, the island’s cool trade...

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Los Angeles Comes Out to Play

Activities from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Los Angeles Zoo plus California's great weather makes LA a year-round travel hot spot. With flair and attitude, Los Angeles, California provides the setting for families seeking the excitement of outdoor activities, the intrigue of world-class culture where you can explore the past or discover something new, or just plain, pure fun....

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Long Beach, California

Here's a southern California getaway designed with little travelers in mind: small towns, animals, beach fun, and gentle surf.Long Beach, the city by the sea, embraces the charm of a bustling waterfront with an upbeat ambience of urban chic.  Just 20 miles south of Los Angeles, it’s the ultimate year-round playground for seafarers and landlubbers of all ages.  The warm temperate...

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Velkommen to Solvang, California

Take this FTF family's advice on what you should see and where you should stay in the Danish-American community of Solvang , meaning "Sunny Fields" in DanishStraight out of a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Solvang is the "Danish Capital of America." Designated a "Preserve America Community" by First Lady Michelle Obama, it sits at the crossroads of California's southern central coast...

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Kids Rule At Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California

Grandma and Grandpa take 14-year-old cousins to this classic southern California family resort and say that being together has never been more fun. Anticipating the excitement of sharing special moments together, we set out with our granddaughters, Tatum and Casey, to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, the legendary oasis in San Diego North County. During our drive...

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Wonderful Wales

Go off the beaten path in the United Kingdom with a trip to Wales - a fascinating country whose culture combines history, literary legends and natural mystery.Rising between the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel, the ancient principality of Wales is perched on the rocky fringe west of England. Captivating fairytale castles echo the sounds of harps and merry Welsh songs, and enchanting childhood...

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Success! 5 Generation Family Reunion

When you have to entertain pre-schoolers and matriarchs in the same reunion weekend, you need a homebase that anticipates and delivers everything. Stunning sunsets, sparkling waters, and sandy beaches are daily sights in Newport Beach, one of the toniest resort beach cities in Southern California. Along the peninsula’s shore, the busy harbor bustles with pleasure...

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A Outing On Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island makes a great day trip from Long Beach, or a trypical southern California style weekend getaway with the kids. Only 22 miles off the coast of California lies Santa Catalina Island, an interesting destination that's  part retro resort town and part unspoiled nature preserve. Families can peruse T-shirt and ice cream shops, as well as kayak through...

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San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo offers families small town charm, big city culture, history and old-fashioned fun.A delightful family getaway, the old mission town of San Luis Obispo is found amidst rolling pastures, vineyard and farmlands.  The town's friendly small town vibe gives way to an abundant supply of first-class attractions, activities and events, blending culture with lots of family fun. The vibrant...

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Northern California Getaway to Marin County

A great family getaway is to the coastal destination of Marin County where the pace of life is in sync with the seasons. Hikers will find lots of reasons and places to hit the dirt. Bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming and water skiing are also favorite pastimes. The entire region is awash with things to see, hear and experience. The newly renovated...

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The Lodge At Torrey Pines, La Jolla

Fit for multi-generational travel and the U.S. Open, it's the place to stay and play on the beautiful southern California coast. Blessed with an ideal climate year-round, California's La Jolla beckons sun and sea worshippers with its incomparable blend of bedazzling beaches, spas and golf courses. With facilities for tennis, golfing, surfing, diving, sailing, fishing, cycling, and hiking,...

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Michigan’s Gem: Grand Rapids

The city's rich cultural landscape, different from so much of Michigan, makes it an edutainment playground for families.Whether you’re a kid or kid at heart, Grand Rapids has a continuous array of events, a spectrum of cultural offerings, and many new ways of having fun. Set in an amazing natural environment along the western coast of Michigan, it was first inhabited it in the early...

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Caribbean 101: Ports Of Call Define Islands

Here's what to expect as you step onto the most popular islands of the Caribbean, whether you arrive by sea or air.The fabled Caribbean "ports of call" -- where cruise ships make their stops -- lure sun and fun seekers of all ages and, in may ways, define the personality of each of the islands, too. Everywhere, young explorers and their families will delight in nature’s bounty, trekking...

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Paradise Point Resort And Spa, California

This resort on a small island in Mission Bay offers comfy accommodations and lots of activities in close proximity of the treasures of San Diego.Many families looking for fun in the sun head to Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego’s Mission Bay.  Insulated from the city, but not isolated from San Diego’s features and attractions,...

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Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, Kansas

Beyond Dorothy' wildest dreams, prepare to be dazzled in Kansas City, Kansas, the fabled land of Oz, with a stay at Great Wolf Lodge. As "there’s no place like home," you may want to make your homebase at this Great Wolf Lodge (800/608-WOLF (9653), the perfect-for-families blend of a wilderness retreat with the comfort of...

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Westward To Kentucky

Recapture the historic charm of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, an integral part of America's frontier, on this rich road trip.Follow in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he led the first group of settlers through the Gap in the Cumberland Mountains back in 1775. You can re-live the excitement of the pioneers as they moved north into Kentucky, blazing the trail that would become the Wilderness...

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Oklahoma – Midwest Meets Southern Charm

Because of its unique place in history, this petroleum-rich town outside Tulsa offers mansions, museums, Wild West lore and more to visitors.Where can families see roaming herds of exotic animals on an oil baron's vast ranch, explore Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, experience the art, culture and history of the American west, and shop for unique treasures? Bartlesville, Oklahoma,...

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Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

One of the city's most recognized symbols, it has been welcoming guests with a French flair and "once upon a time" atmosphere since 1893.One of the city's most recognized symbols, it has been welcoming guests with a French flair and "once upon a time" atmosphere since 1893. Nowhere does Quebec’s old-world charm spring to life more than in its provincial...

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Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, London, England

An elegant London hotel welcomes your family with unusually large accommodations, great service, cozy extra features and a great location.The magical world of British literature from J.K. Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien to "Mary Poppins" and "Oliver Twist" springs to life in London’s hidden alleys and murky passageways that intertwine to form routes where monarchs, dukes and knights have walked....

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Maximize The Magic Onboard MSC’s Lirica

Thinking of taking a cruise? Check out what makes the MSC Lirica a great choice for an upscale onboard experience for the whole family.Pack lots of fun gear, toss in some chic party clothes, stir up lots of imagination, and mix in a beautiful ship for an unforgettable family escape onboard the “Italian Signature” MSC Lirica, a cruise offering understated European ambience...

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