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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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First Screen from the NPS video tour of historic Gettysburg Battlefield
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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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Screen of virtual tour of Fort Knox in Maine.
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23 Resources for Virtual History Lessons About America

History matters; it informs everything we do whether experienced personally, studied in virtual history lessons or confronted in our travels. American history is a major part of...

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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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Public artwork like this traffic signal is featured all over the District in Columbia, Missouri.
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Columbia, Missouri is a Cool College Town

We have long been fans of cool college towns and recently visited Columbia, Missouri, a university community with three schools to tour.

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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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License plates nailed to wall.
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Family Car Games – The License Plate Game

It's back to the future with the License Plate Game, one of our favorite car games -- in printable form -- to make road time and the long miles fly by. We've also got game suggestions...

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Wish you were here sign in snow
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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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Tourists visiting Rome with extended family
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UK Citizens Will Enjoy Visa-Free Travel Post Brexit

As confusion reigns among UK citizens and many international travelers about European travel post Brexit, let’s look at what we do know.

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Couples on cross country skis glide past steeple of Mackinac Island church.
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Ski Style: Nordic? Cross Country? Ski Touring?

If you love cross country skiing, and want to share your pastime with the kids, these helpful tips will be right up your well groomed alley!

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Couple standing inside a recess in Hocking HIlls State Park, Ohio
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Forest Bathing in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Get familiar with Shirin-yoku, the Japanese concept of forest bathing, to understand the appeal of a walk in the woods in Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park. Immaculate...

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Court Square in Montgomery, Alabama
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Montgomery Confronts The Legacy of Racism

The city of Montgomery, Alabama has embraced America's legacy of racism and the heroic civil rights struggle with open arms. That big hug is what invites visitors of every skin...

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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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Motorcycle driving past Courthouse formation at Arches National Park, Utah
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Scenic Road Trips From Moab Utah

Avoid the desert heat and enjoy beautiful Moab, Utah and the surrounding region from the comfort and safety of your own car with these easy to follow scenic road trips.

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Mom hugging boy
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10 Tips For Vacationing With A Child Who Has Autism

For the parent of a child or close relative on the autism spectrum, many questions come up each day, even more so when trying to plan a family vacation with autism needs.

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

We really don’t have a way to make flying safer for you in the age of coronavirus, but it's a big topic as leisure air travel increases daily. As of November, U.S. passenger...

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3 Great Florida Beach Towns to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

A family vacation for a Florida New Year's can be a low-cost, beachside adventure with hiking, biking and plenty of outdoor attractions. The cities and quaint oceanside towns dotting...

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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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Girl holding a white rabbit in her arms.
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Give Back Gifts that Give Back and Help Others

Tis the season for gratitude, and we're grateful for the give back gifts that offer sustainable options to help others, support many good causes and let us skip long lines.

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Two bike riders rest on the Mission Bay Bike Trail in the rain
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8 Easy Little California Road Trips From the Bay Area

Sharing eight little California road trips, wonderful overnights and easy escapes from the San Francisco Bay Area we've recently discovered.

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St. Stephens Square in Vienna, Austria at night, in a snowstorm.
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Austria: A Hub of Culture and Art

Back at the turn of the 20th century, Paris and London were not the only two European centers for intellectuals and artists. In fact, the Austrian capital of Vienna...

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Dad and son watching holiday windows at Macy's Herald Square.
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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 winter holidays, when most...

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Statue of Liberty seen in the distance from the water.
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Lady Liberty Carries A Torch For America

The weather report promised New Yorkers four consecutive 70+ degree sunny days to heal the hurt of nine months of pandemic purgatory and partisan political hostilities. I wondered,...

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Pet-Friendly Ski And Snowsports Resorts

These 10 dog-loving, pet-friendly ski and snowsports resorts are ready when you want to hit the slopes, and all those pets who enjoy winter weather will be able to join you in...

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Amtrak ticket buyer in facemask.
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Health & Safety Guidance for Holiday Travelers

I won't tell you not to be among the holiday travelers, because my family is, but I will share the health and safety guidance that we practice to keep everyone safe. We follow...

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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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Logging truck in upstate California with Mount Shasta in the background.
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Next Stop: The Mountain Town of Redding

Redding, California, the center of outdoor recreation in the Northlands, is becoming the next stop for active families. Head upstate about 220 miles north of the Bay Area to experience...

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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 wait in snow gear outside Alta Lodge Utah.
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Introduce the Next Generation to Alta Lodge with Kids Stay Free Deals

Planning an Alta, Utah family ski vacation with the next generation? The family-owned and operated Alta...

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Garden of the Gods Resort hotel rooms with view of deer and mountains
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Trending Now: Work From Home Resorts

Satisfy your wanderlust safely at a Work from Home (WFH) Resort  -- a hotel promising a change of scenery and a comfortable space to work online during the pandemic. With...

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three kids sledding in snow
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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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I Love NY selfie spot at LaGuardia Airport Terminal B
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Why LaGuardia Terminal B Is The Future of Airports

LaGuardia Terminal B represents the future of airports with spaces to feed the body and soul and artwork, safety features and conveniences to love.

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California State Capitol in Sacramento
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A Sacramento Staycation Worth the Trip

Take the capital of America’s most progressive state, let busy lawmakers work from home and Sacramento becomes a laidback town with big city dining and amenities for staycation...

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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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C Street in Virginia City
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Relive The Wild West In Virginia City, Nevada

Relive the Wild West outdoors, in safety, and take remote learning to the highest level in Virginia City. At its peak a bona fide frontier boomtown, this hilltop village is located...

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Horse skeleton in stable
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Utah Haunted Houses and Spooky Fun

Whether your kids and teens want scary haunted houses in rural Utah or spooky Halloween fun, the area around Salt Lake City, Utah can supply it. Plus, with the...

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Our Cross Country Family Road Trip 2020

The New York Tough Get Going should be the name of our cross-country road trip from New York to California. We are heading West to visit our son and stay awhile, then...

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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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New York Halloween Getaways Upstate

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and upstate New York haunts come to life for a spooky Halloween. This tranquil region along...

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Grand Turk beach with Carnival Sunrise ship in the background.
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Cruise With Kids Vacations And Family-Friendly Ships

Coronavirus Update for Cruise Travelers - Nov. 2, 2020 –

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Gaylord Texan: Big Dallas Hotel, Big Gaylord Values

Make no mistake when you pull up to the enormous Gaylord Texan Hotel:  This is Texas, where everything is big and, at this country-chic resort, it's even bigger. No...

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Space Center Houston gets into the Halloween Spirit with astronauts trick or treating.
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Houston Halloween Fun And Autumn Weekends

Looking for Halloween ideas? Autumn is the season is time to start planning the ghost stories you're going to share with the family on a scary Halloween family break in Houston,...

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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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Aerial of Colorado River seen flowing through Grand Canyon
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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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Apples on tree
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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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Traditional instruments and musicians parade for Khmer New Year
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Celebrating Khmer New Year in Cambodia with Kids

Explore Cambodia as a family for an enriching experience, especially during Khmer New Year. The Khmer people are known for being warm and friendly, and you and your children will...

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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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Entry market to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Three Desert Adventures for Las Vegas Day Trips

The words Las Vegas conjure up images of glitz, glam and gambling but in reality, the "outside world" provides great desert adventures for your Vegas day trips.

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Teens love apples too.
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Massachusetts Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Have you considered a bargain staycation near a u-pick fruit farm or apple orchard in New England? If so, Massachusetts family farms -- some even wind-powered...

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apple on tree
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Oregon Apple Farms – U Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Follow us to the countryside during the autumn months for some leaf-peeking, then head to the U-pick farms and apple orchards outside Portland, Oregon where you can pick...

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pick your own pumpkin at Alstede Farms
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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families....

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Pennsylvania Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

September and October are our favorite months to tour the Pennsylvania U-Pick farms for apple and pumpkin picking. Even a day in the fields can make a long weekend in the great family-friendly...

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Two standup paddleboarders on a scenic river.
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Protect Yourself in the Great Outdoors

Vacations in nature top the escape list for many families, so it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself in the great outdoors. During the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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College student in a seminar class.
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Back To School: 5 Essential Tips For College Students Flying To Campus

Moving to college is never easy; especially for college students who fly. Not only do we have the standard stress of tracking down room keys, awkwardly meeting our roommate and...

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Michelle and Barack Obama in Hawaii with their daughters.
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9 Lessons Learned: Michelle Obama on Becoming a Family Traveler

I recently learned some family travel lessons from former First Lady Michelle Obama. As one of the most traveled women in the world, she spent some of her White House years becoming a family traveler. Anyone...

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