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No Barriers to Visiting California National Parks

Jul 25, 2017
A new travel guide details wheelchair-accessible trails, attractions and lodging options in and near Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks

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Taking the Kids — to family reunion central


Playing GaGa Ball at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO
As fun as Colorado is in the summer, there’s something more important going on here at the YMCA of the Rockies. “It’s eating and joking around with all of our cousins." more
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One Big Adrenaline Rush at Adventures on the Gorge in West Virginia


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While a lot of people are still trying to figure out what an “adventure resort” is, Adventures on the Gorge is showing their guests of all ages what a vacation destination should look like more
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What’s new at theme parks this summer?


Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, SeaWorld San Antonio
There is certainly lots to choose from this summer — 170 new rides, slides and experiences at 75 parks and attractions across the United States and in Canada more
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Families love the Four Seasons in Vail Co. for “glamping” and more


Lemonade stand benefits Salvation Army at Four Seasons Vail during July 4 parade
Get ready to get spoiled—for a few days anyway. That’s why the Johnstons, including Kendall, 11, and Reagan, 13, have decamped from Denver to the Four Seasons Resort in Vail for their fourth weekend—this time the Fourth of July. more
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Kids learning nature through fun at the top of Vail Mountain


Colorado state flower the Columbine atop Vail Mountain
this is July Fourth weekend, the resort’s busiest of the summer season. It’s family central at Adventure Ridge located at the top of the gondola at 10,350 feet. Wow what a view! more
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At the Broadmoor’s Sunday Brunch you might want to start with dessert


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It’s hard to resist when Banana Fosters, plum Calvados crepes, bread pudding, apple cobbler, ice cream sundaes, strawberry buttermilk panna cotta, raspberry mojito cupcakes, snickerdoodle crème brulee, even a vegan chocolate pot au crème are there for the taking more
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Up in the mountain air at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp in Colorado


Looking east toward the Kansas-Colorado border from Cloud Camp
Cloud Camp is the historic Broadmoor resort’s highest wilderness experience. But my daughter Mel and her boyfriend Hank Lockhead – experienced backpackers—think it’s more of a luxury experience with well-appointed log cabins, beautiful bathrooms, gourmet meals... more
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Generations gather to reconnect at quadrennial family reunion


Playing GaGa Ball at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO
There are lots of milestones at our reunion—25th and 35th anniversaries; 80th, 70th, 60th, 50th and 30th birthdays. One of the grandmothers tried to give the family a quick family history lesson more
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In Rocky Mountain Nat Park – hikes are great, but beware crowds


Families enjoying a sandy beach along the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park
if I’d done my homework, the Rocky Mountain National Park rangers would have told me to hike early, as parking spots at some of the popular trailheads—like Beaver Lake, a four-mile round trip hike that is kid-friendly—are gone by 8:30 am. more
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YMCA of the Rockies is Family Reunion Central


Family gathers for photos at YMCA of Rockies Estes Park
Welcome to Family Reunion Central. In fact, the Estes Park Center and its sister resort Snow Mountain Ranch host more than 1,300 reunions a year—more, they believe, than any other venue in the United States. more
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