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No Barriers to Visiting California National Parks

Jul 25, 2017
A new travel guide details wheelchair-accessible trails, attractions and lodging options in and near Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks

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New: Great Smoky Mountains; NYC (updated); DC (updated)
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The Chick Flies the Coop

“This is going to be the first time truly putting my travel skills from growing up to the test but I know it is just the beginning,” my youngest daughter Mel wrote in the “thank you” note she left more
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to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

We're at Hall of Human Origins, the newest exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, now celebrating its centennial year. (It's the most visited of the 19 Smithsonian museums with 7.4 million visitors last year!) It's the most visited museum in the country and has the most visited science museum in the world. It's easy to see why. Even kids who profess to "hate science" can't help but love this 21st-century museum. more
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Ready for some sand and surf?

The way it sounds, oil is washing up on shore at every beach along the Gulf Coast. But that's not the case, folks in the Southeast want us to know more
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Taking the Kids To Cooking School

I am standing in a Mexican kitchen on a picturesque Ranch outside of Oaxaca city kneading dough that will become mini tortillas. I've already grilled the cactus that will be a part of the topping for these mini tortillas called Memelas more
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Giving back

This past weekend, I sat on the National Mall facing the Capitol in Washington, DC as Michelle Obama extolled the new graduates of George Washington University to broaden their horizons through travel abroad, working to help those less fortunate wherever they go. more
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See you in Times Square

I'm in a darkened Broadway theater watching the new Tony-nominated musical "Memphis" (nominated for eight awards!), which tells the story of what happens in the segregated South when a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun, played by Chad Kimball, falls for "Negro" music and a terrifically talented black singer named Felicia Farrell, played by Montego Glover more
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Puppy love

It took me years to get our three kids out of our bed, whether at home or in a hotel. Now just as the last one has left for college, we've got a new puppy who likes nothing more than snuggling up between us--that's when she's not chewing the computer wires under my desk or snacking on my newest shoes that I mistakenly left on the floor. more
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Putting on the Ritz in Orlando

As Orlando gears up for the much-anticipated opening in June of Universal's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" -- 20 acres within Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures -- keep in mind there are plenty of options to stay -- some 115,000 hotel rooms, including more than two-dozen new hotels, including the brand-new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando. more
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The dirty little secret of family vacations

No, it's not the piles of laundry when you get home. It's that moms rarely get a break. On vacation, just like at home, they're the activities directors, psychologists, chefs and medics, among other tasks and all in unfamiliar turf. more
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Giving Mom the Best Mother’s Day Present She’s Ever Had

We moms all know the dirty little secret of family vacations. No, I'm not talking about the piles of laundry when we get home, though that's certainly no fun. I'm talking about how moms whisper on the beach, around the pool and on line at theme parks that family vacations are really no vacations at all for them, especially when young kids are part of the equation.. more
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