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“Stay Free” with Miramonte Resort & Spa in California

Aug 29, 2015
Miramonte Resort & Spa in California introduces the “Stay Free” package for summer, which awards a third night free and resort credit.

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Combining religion, education and culture at the Indy Children’s Museum


Astronaut Dave Wolf floating with Menorah Santa Clause Chris tree on MIR
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world, hopes to inspire children—and their families—to think about religion in new ways with the opening of National Geographic Sacred Journeys on Aug 29. more
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Enesi’s excellent adventure in the Dominican Republic – Part 2


Dancing in Santo Domingo (Enesi Domi photo)
Sixteen-year-old Enesi Domi shares his daily diary from a youth service experience in the Dominican Republic with the community service organization Rustic Pathways. This is the second of two installments. More than 5000 youths will go on Rustic Pathways service trips this year. more
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Enesi’s excellent adventure in the Dominican Republic – Part 1


Rustic Pathways group on way to work in Dominican Republic
Sixteen-year-old Enesi Domi shares his daily diary from a youth service experience in the Dominican Republic with the community service organization Rustic Pathways. This is the first of two installments. More than 5000 youths will go on Rustic Pathways service trips this year. more
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The new One World Observatory in New York – breathtaking


View from One World Observatory
“It’s like you are on top of the world you’re so high,” said Aman Gaudani, from Oakbridge, NJ who was taking in the view from the newly opened One World Observatory, atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. more
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The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland


The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands
In the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, our cruise excursion takes us to an unexpected place: The Italian Chapel at a former POW camp, also known as The Miracle of Camp 60. more
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New efforts to convince Americans to take their vacation days


Vacation Commitment Summit
Whatever the reasons, Americans failed to use 429 million days of paid time off last year, the U.S. Travel Association reports. Those who get vacation time are taking less, while a quarter of Americans don’t get any paid vacation at all more
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How families can benefit from getting off the tourist track in Mexico


Sunset in San Blas
Yes, there has been a recent State Department warning about travel to Mexico. But here in what is a tourist destination — albeit one less busy than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, we certainly feel safe amid vacationing Mexican families. more
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National Park Service launches new “Find Your Park” campaign


Jr. Ranger Day. Chris Valdez and youngster
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation has just launched a nationwide campaign to encourage Americans to Find Your Park and share their memories and experiences online and via social media with the #findyourpark hashtag more
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Boarding, burgers and teen bonding in Bolton Valley, VT


Burger wars
A high school junior and scholar in the A Better Chance program writes about a weekend of snowboarding fun and bonding time with his housemates in Bolton Valley, VT. more
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Families get acquainted with Thomas Jefferson at historic Monticello


Griffin Discovery Room at Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third president and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement. more
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