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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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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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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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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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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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A Winter Getaway Warms the Soul in Charlevoix, Michigan

By: Anne Hines

A Winter Getaway Warms the Soul in Charlevoix, Michigan

By: Anne Hines

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lowcountry Life with the Tides

Lowcountry Life with the Tides

I’d booked a trip to Beaufort, SC for the family after reading that Southern Living had awarded it “The South’s Best Small Town.”

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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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Forever Festive

Forever Festive

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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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Peak Season for Family Fun

By: Annette Thompson

Peak Season for Family Fun

By: Annette Thompson

A playful competition to decide the best season for family fun.

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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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Tamarack Resort

8 Reasons Why Your Family Should Visit Tamarack Resort This Summer

8 Reasons Why Your Family Should Visit Tamarack Resort This Summer

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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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The Wonder of Cumberland Island

The Wonder of Cumberland Island

It is not often that you have the opportunity to really escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enter into a natural wonderland.

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Scott Evers

The Great American Road Trip: 18 Illinois Destinations

By: Stacey Gregory

The Great American Road Trip: 18 Illinois Destinations

By: Stacey Gregory

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Round and Round We Go

By: Jennifer Billock

Round and Round We Go

By: Jennifer Billock

While looking at carousels online, we found a spectacular antique wooden one in Hampton, Virginia, just a short road trip from our house.

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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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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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Accomplishing Adventure

Accomplishing Adventure

There are two big ways to get on two wheels in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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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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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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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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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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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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Hiking, Boating, and Family Fun

Hiking, Boating, and Family Fun

Spring is the perfect time to visit thanks to gorgeous weather for outdoor adventure and great local events

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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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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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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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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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How to Weekend with the Family in Branson, Missouri

By: Jeff & Coreen Hirst

How to Weekend with the Family in Branson, Missouri

By: Jeff & Coreen Hirst

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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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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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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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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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