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Taking the kids: And heading outdoors any way you want this summer
Carl and Asta Dam next to their RV at the KOA Moab campground 2019

Taking the kids: And heading outdoors any way you want this summer

Families, it seems, think camping can be the antidote they seek — and a way to get out of town safely, according to a new COVID-19 edition of the North American Camping Report, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America.

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Taking the kids: summer travel, or not, in the new normal
Houseboating on Lake Powell (Aramark/TNS)

Taking the kids: summer travel, or not, in the new normal

What’s a family to do? If families get away at all, they are likely to drive and stay closer to home, suggests Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association

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Taking the Kids — and getting moms and daughters out of their comfort zones together
Reggie (left) at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Taking the Kids — and getting moms and daughters out of their comfort zones together

I’ve met moms and daughters traveling together around the world — on cruise ships and at spa resorts, all-inclusive Mexican resorts and adventure resorts, on food tours and at cooking classes, touring exotic cities, on hiking and ski trips, often when I was traveling with one or both of my daughters.

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Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska
This sign greets visitors on the Kenai Peninsula as they enter world-famous Homer Alaska

Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska

Nearly a year later, stuck at home, trips canceled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I smile thinking about that stellar day and the rest of last summer’s trip to Alaska

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Taking the Kids — to Golden Gate Park for its big birthday
View of the Golden Gate Bridge from The Presidio

Taking the Kids — to Golden Gate Park for its big birthday

They called the area the Great Sand Wastes, but even those who believed in the project could never have imagined what Golden Gate Park would become

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Taking the Kids — and learning about the origins of the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Taking the Kids — and learning about the origins of the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland

At the award-winning Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, you are right where Titanic was built (a special dry dock had to be constructed — the largest in the world at the time).

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Taking the Kids — and thinking about the great outdoors
Doc Nicholson preparing for another day on the river

Taking the Kids — and thinking about the great outdoors

As for Doc, he retired and opted for a second career where people meet him with big smiles on their faces, some having waited more than a year to meet him

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Taking the Kids — on a virtual adventure
You will have no worries about budget — or logistics – with our guide to the best virtual family vacation ideas. You don’t have to leave home during the pandemic to visits all these great places!

Taking the Kids — on a virtual adventure

Since we are all grounded right now, let the kids lead us all on virtual adventures (and they can safely share them with grandparents too)

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Taking the Kids — when they are on the autism spectrum
Autism Center at Beaches Ocho Rios

Taking the Kids — when they are on the autism spectrum

The 13th annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. Thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities were expected to be lit light blue in recognition of people living with autism

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