Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Two great ways for families to visit the Galapagos

Giant Galapagos Tortoise © J Unger

For wildlife and nature lovers, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s ultimate destinations. Swimming with sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, and marine iguanas are just a regular part of your day. And while visitors are advised to remain at least six feet away from wildlife to minimize any human impact, the animals haven’t received that message yet and fearlessly approach, nonchalantly walk by or playfully swim past, oblivious to your intrusion into their world.

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Miami Beach, Florida

Fun with kids in Miami

Miami Seaquarium

If you’re looking to combine some sightseeing with your beach vacation, then Miami Beach may be an ideal destination for your family. The beaches rival those on many Caribbean islands— wide with fine, sugar-white sand— and the Atlantic Ocean takes on the blue and green hues of the tropics.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Family fun in Charleston

Cottages at James Island County Park, Charleston, SCConsistently ranked as a top ten travel destination in the U.S.,  Charleston, South Carolina, is renowned for its southern charm and hospitality, historic preservation, stately homes and gardens and, as we discovered one spring, a wealth of family-friendly activities.

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Smugglers Notch Resort, Vermont

Kids rule at Smugglers Notch

Smugglers' Notch Resort, winter skiing
It would be difficult to find a resort more dedicated to families than Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont. In fact, when school is out, kids camps and down-home family fun and games rule the village.

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Tucson, Arizona

Family fun and sun in Tucson

Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

Arizona, particularly Tucson, has always been one of our family’s favorite vacation destinations. The dramatic rocky landscapes of America’s southwest, deep blue skies, and majestic saguaro cactus are worlds away from our typical scenery at home and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, a sunny vacation is virtually guaranteed

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San Diego, California

Kid favorites in San Diego

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island, San Diego, California
Against a backdrop of natural beauty, surrounded by beaches, mountains and desert, and graced with average year-round temperatures of 70 degrees, San Diego is a terrific vacation destination with many unique attractions for families. Visitors have a choice of several major regions for lodging and each offers a different perspective on the city.

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Woodstock, Vermont

Unwind in Woodstock

Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, Vermont

Small towns don’t get more picture perfect than Woodstock, Vermont. It is quintessential Vermont at its finest—quaint shops, historic homes, white picket fences, brilliantly colored gardens, classic church, village green and even a covered bridge. Located in the foothills of the Green Mountains on the banks of the Ottauquechee River, the town is surrounded by lush farmland and pristine nature.

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Walt Disney World

3 ways to save on your Disney vacation

by Stacey J. Cabell, Starstuff Travel

Rivers of Light, Disney Parks

Years ago when my kids were still very young, we lived on a very tight budget. I obsessed on how I would get us all down to Orlando for our very first Walt Disney World vacation and spent hours researching money-saving tips. Ironically, many of the things that were supposed to save our family money often ended up costing us more in the long run. There are, though, some excellent ways to save while planning your Disney vacation.

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Family Travel | Pointe Hilton, Phoenix

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

For parents traveling with kids, the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort offers many attractive amenities. An all-suite resort, guests at Squaw Peak can choose from a standard two-room suite, one- or two- bedroom casita, Grande Suite or mountainside Palacio, a 3-bedroom fully furnished home overlooking the resort. The resort’s Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch features four acres of cascading waterfalls, secluded waterways, three swimming pools, and a 130-foot waterslide. Located on 27-acres the property is surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and bordered by the 3,000-acre Phoenix Mountain Preserve offering immediate access to hiking, jogging and biking trails. The Coyote Camp children’s program, available for children ages 4-12 and teens, offers a full schedule of sports and activities. 800.876.4683

Family Travel | AMNH

American Museum of Natural History Expeditions

Led by study leaders and youth coordinators and designed to give families the opportunity to experience the world as a living, breathing classroom, American Museum of Natural History Expeditions offers a variety of family programs including digging for dinosaurs in Colorado, journeys to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and more. Find information online or by calling 800.462.8687.

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson

Family escape to a Tucson ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZWhen the last dreary days of winter linger, there’s nothing better than a trip that promises warm sun and clear blue skies. Tucson, Arizona, is renowned for its superb weather, boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, more than any city in the U.S.

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