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May 22, 2017
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Mount Vernon is as close to royalty as America gets


Bowling green lawn at Mount Vernon
America may lack royalty, but Mount Vernon, the regal estate of our first president, is a must for families taking in the history of our nation’s capital. more
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This fall, explore America off the beaten path


Falls Park in Sioux Falls SD
Take a fall weekend to explore a smaller city or region near your home and you’ll be amazed at what you find; especially if you let the kids lead the way. Honestly, before I got there, I wondered what Sioux Falls S.D. would have to offer a traveling family. more
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When a hotel is more than just a place to crash


I didn’t want a hotel that was just a place to sleep. I didn’t want a hotel that was just convenient to the train station. I wanted a hotel that would be part of the experience—a big part of the experience. We were staying in Rome just one night and it was my birthday. more
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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris. more
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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks


Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)
When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski more
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Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty


Laurel and Katie Grace at the Statue of Liberty
My family decided to end our stay in the Big Apple with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. Let me tell you, the “Summer Evenings” Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of our whole trip. more
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Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island


Laurel visits Plimouth Plantation
As summer draws to a close, we all like to think back on this year’s family travels. And why not reminisce on the sweet break we had? This summer I had an experience to last a lifetime. This summer, I got to travel to two large cities: Boston and New York. more
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Next time consider a villa on your family vacation


Villa Aquamare on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
A villa or condo makes vacationing with kids — no matter what their ages — so much easier. Remember that the kitchen is always open and in some cases you have a staff all to yourself. And you don’t have to share the pool with strangers. more
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A kids view of Boston and New York City


The Dhority girls and their mom Christie Yemma strolling in Central Park
What surprised me most about Boston was how history and the modern city were combined. There was a colonial age church between a coffee shop and a bank, cemeteries hidden between buildings ... more
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Nieces on a road trip to Boston and New York City


Laurel Dhority visits historic cemetery along Freedom Trail in Boston
My nieces from Arkansas recently visited Boston and New York with on a two week road trip with their parents. The girls used CityPASSes to visit top attractions and museums in New York and Boston. more
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