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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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In Aspen, a hotel with great vibes and amenities – The Limelight


Riding the Silver Queen Gondola to first tracks on Aspen Mountain
We’re atop Ajax—as Aspen Mountain is known—with just a handful of others for “First Tracks” at 8:15 a.m.—before the Mountain has opened. more
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The mountain or the ranch – so many great choices


Our family group snoeshowing at Vista Verde Ranch
The staff at Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles outside the ski town of Steamboat Springs has obligingly left us an Evening Sky Map for this month. more
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A visit to Strawberry Hot Spring Park in Colorado


Strawberry Hot Springs Park near Steamboat Springs CO
Nestled in the hills about 10 miles outside the town of Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Hot Springs is a natural hot springs fed by heated underground aquifers that come to the surface to make a number of heated pools more
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Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies


Vista Verde in the Alpenglow
This year, I decided to mix it up—opting to spend half our winter ski week at a dude ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, on 500-plus gorgeous acres about 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and as far away from the crowds and tumult of a major ski area as you can get. more
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Winter Park’s adaptive sports program changes lives for disabled kids and adults


Adaptive skiers at Winter Park Resort in CO
By Eileen Ogintz WINTER PARK, CO – Fifteen-year-old Kati Leasure can’t walk or talk very well and has progressive loss of muscle control as a result of a rare genetic disorder. She was treated for cancer last year. But that more »
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Authors, artists, actors lead storytime at New Orleans Museum of Art


Kids gathered for an activity at New Orleans Museum of Art
Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art on select Saturday mornings where authors, actors and artists read or act out a story followed by a family art activity. more
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China Lights brighten the night in New Orleans through May 1


China Lights in New Orleans City Park
Welcome to China Lights, the exhibit of more than 30 bright silk-covered structures that will light up the Botanical Garden in New Orleans’ City Park through May 1. more
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Huge Expansion at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans


Artillery piece at National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Welcome to The National WWII Museum’s newest exhibit: The Road to Tokyo which retraces the soldiers’ journey from Pearl Harbor ultimately to Tokyo Bay by many routes in Asia and the Pacific more
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Warm Up Under The Big Top – Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour


Intermission pony ride.
What to do on one of the coldest weekends so far this winter? Stay in and curl up with some hot chocolate? No! Head out to see the Big Apple Circus' fantastic show The Grand Tour. more
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Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment


Portobello Restautant at Disney Springs in Orlando
What was once called Downtown Disney has just been renamed Disney Springs with new restaurants like the Boathouse, new shopping outlets (ready for some custom painted Tom’s sandals?) and new acts at Cirque du Soleil. more
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