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What better way to show your family love than to get away? With them, of course! Read on to get a ton of ideas for teen-friendly, parent-friendly, grandparent-friendly, kid-friendly vacations and weekend getaways. At no extra cost, you’ll get inspiration for things to do while you’re wherever we sent you (check us out being budget-friendly, too!). Let’s get those treasured memories started!

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Rediscovering a Family Favorite

Rediscovering a Family Favorite

Whatever your age, the whole family will enjoy a relaxing weekend on the Chesapeake Bay in quaint and historical Hampton, Viriginia.

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Up in the Air

By: David Hubbard

Up in the Air

By: David Hubbard

The sky’s the limit in Greater Phoenix. Aerial adventures across Arizona include ballooning experiences with Hot Air Expeditions, zip lining at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and the exhilarating Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

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Family Vacation Meets Valuable Education

Family Vacation Meets Valuable Education

My husband, Brian, and I like supplementing our kids’ classroom time with learning vacations. We discovered a new favorite destination for “studying” after visiting Sevierville, TN.

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Awash in Good Times

By: Colleen Troy

Awash in Good Times

By: Colleen Troy

Celebrating Beaufort, South Carolina, and water—the thing that defines this charming town—at the Beaufort Water Festival.

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Never Too Teen for Family

Never Too Teen for Family

My husband and I decided it was time for a change of scenery, so we planned a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, Tennessee, with the kids.

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Getting Real in Lake Charles

Getting Real in Lake Charles

We were looking for down-to-earth fun! I knew if we chose the right destination, the rest of the details would fall into place. Enter: Lake Charles.

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Unearthing the Truth about Food

Unearthing the Truth about Food

Getting to the root of food on the farms in South Carolina's Olde English District.

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Snacking on Gatlinburg

Snacking on Gatlinburg

A culinary road trip with the family to experience our favorite sights, smells, sounds, and tastes in Gatlinburg, TN.

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8 Underrated Family Attractions for Your 2019 Summer List

8 Underrated Family Attractions for Your 2019 Summer List

Check out these coast-to-coast family attractions to make your summer extra special.

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Free Phoenix

By: Teresa Bitler

Free Phoenix

By: Teresa Bitler

Pack your calendar with 10 free things to do in the Phoenix area, from Glendale’s Cerreta Candy Company to the ASU Art Museum in Tempe.

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Coastal Camp-cation

Coastal Camp-cation

A three-in-one family vacation is our new favorite way to travel. Here’s how it went for us in Martin County, Florida.

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Track Your Adventure

Track Your Adventure

When we heard about Sumter, South Carolina’s Track Your Adventure program, my husband and I began making plans for a fun-filled trip with our three kids.

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How Dad Does a Day at the Park

How Dad Does a Day at the Park

Taking the kids to Carowinds in North Carolina is a long-standing family tradition that one dad couldn't wait to continue.

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Splashing into Family Fun

By: Robin Draper

Splashing into Family Fun

By: Robin Draper

“How about Pasco County?” My friend wrote. “It’s part of Florida’s ‘Nature Coast,’ just 30 miles north of Tampa. My own family had a blast there recently, and there’s no shortage of water fun!”

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Making Memories at North Myrtle Beach

Making Memories at North Myrtle Beach

Floating on my back, I watched a pelican fly overhead, and sent up a little word of thank you for this time with the ones I love most.

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Actively Vacationing in Tupelo

Actively Vacationing in Tupelo

Shocked to discover the kids didn’t know who Elvis Presley was, the trip suddenly became a necessity. We were off to Tupelo.

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Busting Boredom

Busting Boredom

In Rock Hill, SC, we found a great variety of activities within a short driving distance; Kings Mountain State Park was our first stop.

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From the Farm to Gatlinburg

From the Farm to Gatlinburg

I was trying to figure out how something could be new and old-fashioned at the same time, but Dad had that taken care of—he just needed help from us kids to plan “Operation Gatlinburg.”

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Family Fun in the Mountains

Family Fun in the Mountains

Flying over a hill on an ATV, I had an epiphany: this family vacation might just be our best ever.

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Making the Great Outdoors Our Own

Making the Great Outdoors Our Own

“Guess what, guys?” I announced, surprising even myself.  “We’re taking a little impromptu trip and spending some time outside this weekend.”

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Dear Diary

Dear Diary

I can’t believe it! My parents bought season passes to Carowinds! My little brothers and I have been begging for this since before Christmas.

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Kid-Friendly Itineraries: West Virginia’s Great Outdoors

By: Josh Baldwin

Kid-Friendly Itineraries: West Virginia’s Great Outdoors

By: Josh Baldwin

This mountain getaway hosts scores of road-tripping families and outdoor enthusiasts year-round, with snow sports in the winter and renowned hiking, biking, and water sports throughout the summer.

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Wild and Wonderful

Wild and Wonderful

I couldn't possibly list all the available activities, but suffice it to say, rivers, lakes, trails, wildlife, and outdoor-loving outfitters make Southern West Virginia an incredible natural playground.

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The Belle of Detroit

By: Gary McKechnie

The Belle of Detroit

By: Gary McKechnie

America’s Comeback City, Detroit, Michigan, boasts an impressive array of free and affordable attractions. You'll find several on Belle Isle.

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Family Adventure in the Past

Family Adventure in the Past

My husband and I brought the kids along for an investigative trip into our family history in Sumter County.

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One and Only Tucker County

One and Only Tucker County

The Blackwater River was a tiny ribbon of sparkling water far below us and the mountains hunched like shoulders bending down to meet it. “What a payoff!” I said.

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The Iris Festival

The Iris Festival

I was also looking forward to checking out Sumter's annual Iris Festival held at Swan Lake Iris Gardens.

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How to be a Beachside Hero

How to be a Beachside Hero

Prepare to congratulate me. I just became Heroic Hubby, Dynamite Dad, Fantastic Father-in-Law, and the Coolest Grandpa on Earth.

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From the Sea to the Stars in Hampton, Virginia

From the Sea to the Stars in Hampton, Virginia

We were looking for a quick weekend getaway with our two boys, and we hadn’t been to Hampton since they were toddlers. It was perfect.

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Ever Heard of a Camp-cation?

By: Shelley Caran

Ever Heard of a Camp-cation?

By: Shelley Caran

Here, summer camps allow mom and dad a free morning while kids learn about the environment, learn a new skill and just have plain ol’ fun.

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Escaping, Competing, and Birthday Bonding

Escaping, Competing, and Birthday Bonding

For birthdays or just any days, you'll find attractions the whole family will enjoy in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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A Taste of Sevierville

A Taste of Sevierville

Wanting to give Emmett an authentic taste of the town, the creamery was just our first stop of a trip filled with delicious and eventful treats.

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Fall Fun

By: Danny Lee

Fall Fun

By: Danny Lee

Martin County’s Old Florida flavor perfectly complements its rich trove of fun. Events and festivals to make this fall memorable in the best way.

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Family-Friendly Summer Music Festivals of 2019

Family-Friendly Summer Music Festivals of 2019

My family and I love making the most out of summer festival season. Here are our favorite family-friendly summer music festivals

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History Comes to Life

History Comes to Life

This year I thought it would be fun to extend our trip by a day or two and venture beyond the park gates to check out some of the more educational sites nearby.

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Paddles, Pranks, and Priceless Photos

Paddles, Pranks, and Priceless Photos

My husband and I decided before we even chose a destination that it was important for our family to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life to really connect as a family; hence, the no cell phone rule.

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A “Grand” YOLO (You Only Live Once!) Adventure at Carowinds

By: Holly Wooldridge

A “Grand” YOLO (You Only Live Once!) Adventure at Carowinds

By: Holly Wooldridge

“C’mon, Grandma!” she urged. “YOLO!” “What’s YOLO?” “You Only Live Once!” she said with a grin.

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Alpharetta American Girl Getaway

Alpharetta American Girl Getaway

Sisters and cousins get together for a heart-warming American Girl Store Experience in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Right in Ridgeland

By: Amy Becker Williams

Right in Ridgeland

By: Amy Becker Williams

Family fun in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a vibrant, artsy community with small-town appeal and hospitality.

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Into the Future

Into the Future

That intertwining of yesterday and tomorrow is typical of Hampton, where the past, present and future merge to form a fascinating military, academic, and tourism center.

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The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

The ‘A’ is for astronomy, because there is nowhere in South Carolina where you can get a better glimpse of the stars.

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Off-Season Orlando

By: Savanna Sargent

Off-Season Orlando

By: Savanna Sargent

It was early October, so kids were back in school and most others were saving their vacation days for the holidays. This meant we could enjoy the famous theme parks of Orlando without the crazy lines. And, without the stress of crowds, I was able to reach a new level of adventure.

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Sumter Entertainment

Sumter Entertainment

A movie theater during the Great Depression, the Sumter Opera House was the reason we went to central South Carolina.

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Beasts, Biking, and Musical Magic

By: Su Clauson-Wicker

Beasts, Biking, and Musical Magic

By: Su Clauson-Wicker

"Be sure to pack athletic clothes and something you don’t mind getting camel slobber on.”

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5 for Families in Phoenix

By: Lindsey Wilhelm

5 for Families in Phoenix

By: Lindsey Wilhelm

Greater Phoenix boasts plenty of kid-friendly fun. Explore 13,000 square feet of sugary delights at Sweeties Candy of Arizona, take in scenic views on the Verde Canyon Railroad, and more.

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The Sumter Iris Festival

The Sumter Iris Festival

The beauty of the Iris Festival is that it’s in such an idyllic location, Swan Lake Gardens. In the midst of all the activity and excitement you can just relax.

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Reconnect and Unwind

Reconnect and Unwind

Whether indoors or out, you're sure to reconnect and unwind with fun to be had for the entire family in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Looking Up and Peering Back

Looking Up and Peering Back

It seemed like the perfect time to take a weekend drive to Columbia, SC, and check out the South Carolina State Museum and their new planetarium and observatory.

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Getting Pampered in Sevierville

Getting Pampered in Sevierville

I take my nieces Emily, 23, and Madison, 21, to Tennessee over their spring break. We zero in on Sevierville—a destination with lots of attractions to suit each of us.

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The Greatest of Gainesville

The Greatest of Gainesville

Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in Gainesville with my family.

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Boats, Birds, and Family Bonding

Boats, Birds, and Family Bonding

The Island Belle sternwheeler pulled up. The 20-minute ride was a fantastic way to begin our day in beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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Making Memories

Making Memories

I remembered the great times we had sitting by the campfire, discovering new hiking trails and fishing in the nearby creek, and decided a four-day cabin trip to Gatlinburg would be perfect for our family adventure.

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Cutthroat Culinary

By: Danny Lee

Cutthroat Culinary

By: Danny Lee

By the time we got to the car, my brother challenged me to find the best Gulf Shores dining before our week was up—we’d leave the judging up to our family members.

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