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Ventura Harbor Village a Safe Bet for Traveling Families

Apr 23, 2014
Families planning road trips along California’s coastal Route 101 should consider a stop in Ventura Harbor Village.

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A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day


ABC Westport Boys visit the Statue of Liberty
Despite the blustery January weather, crowds of bundled-up tourists from around the world lined up to take the Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island, good-naturedly taking off belts and watches for the security screenings. The second stop would be historic Ellis Island more
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Families getting out of the comfort zone above the tree line


Ski School class at Breckenridge
It’s dumping snow on Breckenridge Mountain and we’re above tree line at the new Peak 6 bowls. Some of the terrain is hike-to expert -- some of the most extreme at the big resort -- but all of the buzz here has been about the above tree line blue terrain. more
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Learning a snow sport — more than just fun in the snow


ABC Boys from Westport CT learning to snowboard at Bolton Valley VT
Snow sports can be more than about fun in the snow. They’re about persistence and courage, trying something new (just ask the cold-hating Los Angeles boy who was with us) and empathy for those who may be struggling more than you might be. more
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In New Hampshire for an old fashioned family holiday getaway


Omni Mt Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods
In New Hampshire for the holidays, we sleep and hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club, visit the historic Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, tour the treetops at Bretton Woods Ski Area and are pulled by a sled dog team that includes a pair of amazing canines. more
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Family gatherings at Gettysburg for 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s address


Cyclorama at Gettysburg Visitors Center
At the time, no one expected the speech to be a big deal. Lincoln had merely been asked to make a few remarks at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, here in the Pennsylvania countryside, just four months after the searing battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. more
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Exploring Niagara Falls — at the water and beyond


View of American Falls from the Maid of the Mist
What I didn’t realize then — and I was glad to discover now — was how much there is for families — even those on a tight budget — to see and do here, beyond exploring the falls in what, more
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Twelve sites To See in Washington, D.C., During the Shutdown


Kids learning about George Washington at Mount Vernon
Of course it’s disappointing if you were planning to visit a national park or Washington, D.C., during the government shutdown, which has closed top attractions, including the 19 Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo and the National Mall. It’s even more disappointing to all those who rely on the tourism industry in Washington, D.C. more
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Getting your family outdoors with the help of the Appalachian Mountain Club


My family hiking the Appliachian Trail in New Hampshire in the rain 1997
The Appalachian Mountain Club is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the mountain huts — the oldest hut-to-hut network in the country. The AMC is even older. Founded in 1876, it’s the oldest conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the country with more than 100,000 members and supporters. Today, a big part of its mission is to encourage families to get outdoors. more
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Fun for families on the rivers and lakes in Wisconsin’s north woods


Kayaking the Namekogan
I’ve kayaked before, but never with the intention of following a historic route. In early August, I ventured out on a 20 mile kayak trip along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Northwest Wisconsin along the Minnesota border. more
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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty


The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen
Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva more
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