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National Park Unit in Chicago Progressing

Jul 27, 2016
In February 2015 , President Barack Obama proclaimed Pullman National Monument in Chicago the 406th unit of the National Park Service.

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Taking The Kids was named one of the top travel websites by Parents Magazine in 2016
New in 2016: Great Smoky Mountains; New York City (updated)




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Food and wine and an angry potato make a grownup family weekend in Aspen/Snowmass


"Angry Potato" served at Aspen Kitchen
When you’re traveling with grown kids, as we are this weekend, artisanal cocktails can play a key role. more
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Snowmass in Summer – cool air and lots of family activities


Bluegrass concert atop Aspen Mountain
After an arduous 16 mile hike yesterday, I’m at The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass while an experienced massage therapist ministers to my aching legs and shoulders. more
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Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen – again – the good, the bad and the better


At the top of the East Maroon Pass
If I’ve learned one thing from travel—especially with kids—is that you have to take the bad with the good. That’s a good lesson for the kids to learn, along the way, of course. And perhaps there is no better time to remind you of that adage than on an outdoor adventure. We certainly were reminded on the hiking trail. more
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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven


Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike
Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more. more
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A Family Getaway To Kennebunkport, Maine


Lobster learning in Kennebunkport ME
Kennebunkport is loaded with New England charm. The pedestrian-friendly streets are brimming with retro sweet shops, folksy art galleries and authentic lobster shacks. more
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Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families


MS Joy in Straubing Germany for christening
I’ve never seen a nicer bathroom onboard a river ship. It’s so spacious! It has a rain shower. And as the MS Joy boasts more suites and fewer guests than other similarly sized vessels, it is a good bet for families. more
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Rained out in Austria? No chance


Durstein, Austria
We’re about an hour northwest of Vienna—a great place for a respite after city touring, The entire area is famous for its abbeys, churches, castles, picturesque villages and hiking and cycling. The best part—It’s not at all crowded! more
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The entertainment never stops aboard Carnival’s Vista


Sky Course on Carnival Vista
IMAX movie or Sky Ride? No, we’re not in Orlando. We’re in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea aboard Carnival’s new and largest ship VISTA. more
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Carnival’s newest and biggest ship – chock full of kids activities


A great place to cozy up with a book on Carnival Vista
Kudos to Carnival for what they have achieved for families on their new and largest ship, Vista, now sailing in the Mediterranean. more
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Taking the Kids to Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Lightning Rod, said to be the world’s fastest rollers coaster, Dollywood
Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country with nearly 10 million visitors a year — twice what the Grand Canyon gets. more
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