Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

To a favorite Colorado ski town that’s as much fun in summer as winter
Eva Weinbers with ski instructor at Crested Butte CO

To a favorite Colorado ski town that’s as much fun in summer as winter

A gem of a mountain (no lift lines here!) just minutes on a free, festively painted shuttle bus from the tiny (less than 2,500 people) town of Mt. Crested Butte, so steeped in mining history that most of the downtown area, with its wooden, multicolored, 19th-century buildings, is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Ever see a two-story outhouse?)

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TO PARK CITY UTAH FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW
Park City Utah

TO PARK CITY UTAH FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW

Even better, no more soggy hotdogs or lukewarm mac and cheese for lunch and no more putting kids on the chairlift with strangers: the entire class can ride up with their instructor on a six-passenger chairlift and eat together on the mountain. The teens and tweens, of course, will love the parks and pipes and the night skiing this resort is famous for.

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TO BARCELONA
Gaudi's cathedral in Barcelona

TO BARCELONA

Welcome to Antonin Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, www.sagradafamilia.org , Barcelona's most famous site and Spain's most visited. More than 40 years after the eccentric and revered architect's death - he was struck by a tram - work still continues on the huge church first begun in 1882. Some 2.5 million people visited last year.

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TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW
Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky in Montana

TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW

Mary Blilie had been at Big Sky Resort in Montana for just one day but had already snapped more photos of her kids than she had in a long time. That's because when Blilie, now a Minneapolis engineer, was a kid her family skied here every winter and now, after a 17-year hiatus, she was determined to create some of those same happy memories for her own two children

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