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National Park Vacationing Fun But Be Safe

Aug 26, 2016
The classic family travel is taking a trip to the outdoors, like a national park! As fun and exciting as it is, it is also important to be safe.

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When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains


At the top of the East Maroon Pass
I always suggest parents and grandparents let the kids lead some of the time on vacation, even when they are in grade school. They will take you in unexpected directions more
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Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans


Salzburg is celebrating Mozart’s 260th birthday (Jan 27) and the 175th anniversary of the Mozart Orchestra Salzburg
I think this picturesque city would be a good place to base yourself for several days or a week, though it can get crowded as the city of 150,000 welcomes more than 1.5 million tourists a year more
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Aspen/Snowmass in the summer and fall – Affordable for Families


Summer dining on Aspen Mountain
The scenery is beautiful. There are plenty of activities. And you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for lift tickets to have fun in the summer or fall in Aspen/Snowmass CO. more
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Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch


Lollygagging with the Llamas
By staying in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you can enjoy the outdoors without the annoyances of lurking bears, determined bugs and cumbersome sleeping bags. more
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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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10 water-safety tips that can save a child’s life this summer


Assign a “water watcher,” an adult who will keep her eyes on the water — no texting, drinking or reading
Who’s watching the kids in the pool? Someone should have eyes on them at all times — even if they know how to swim. According to new research more than 40 percent of children (5 to 17) who drowned in pools knew how to swim. more
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Arthur Tauck and the building of the family tourism industry


First Tauck tour ad
The next time your kids get in trouble in school, tell them Arthur Tauck’s story. more
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