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Unlike the big cruise ships, we can take our time in Glacier Bay, which offers 3.3 million acres of glaciers that calve right in front of us, wildlife -- humpback whales that jump right in front of our boat, dozens of harbor seals sprawled on rocks -- and an amazing marine ecosystem
Gettysburg is the real thing. When visiting, you can't help but be moved by the significance of events that took place here in 1863. And yet there's more to Gettysburg than 1863 history, soldiers and war
Wine aficionados planning a vineyard tour in New York will generally turn to the Hudson River Valley, Long Island or the Finger Lakes regions, where most of the state's grapes are grown -- excluding, of course, the huge Concord ...
If you're yearning for a big-city vacation and have a weekend to spare, why not come to San Francisco, the city on the bay.
Families who visit Orlando, Florida can now easily escape in the evening to upscale hotels that welcome kids and won't bust the budget
Friendly in that Southern way, Charleston, S.C., the city by the sea, keeps the welcome mat out for travelers. Charleston is filled with hundreds of historic homes. And among the attractions of the countryside are grand old plantations full of sweeping movie-scene vistas.
Mark Twain said that 'Mississippi steamboats were floating palaces. They were finer than anything on shore. They tallied with the citizen's dream of what magnificence was, and satisfied it.' Watching this spectacle, we'd have to agree.
The Atlantic seaboard's long inward curve between North Carolina and south Florida -- makes coastal Georgia a watery paradise. This is a stunningly pristine region; most of the islands aren't even inhabited. Those that are offer a range of vacation styles, all within a day-trip from Savannah.
Any time of year is a good time to stay at the Mountain Lodge in Telluride, which is located in southwest Colorado's San Juan Range. The 14,000-thousand foot giants looming over Telluride, rocky hunks tracing a ragged barrier above the village, are surely Colorado's most spectacular.
From the top of Winter Park Ski Resort's Parsenn Bowl, 12,060 feet, you can see forever. On an icy February morning, with the thermometer hovering at 10 degrees above zero, Colorado's mighty Front Range glimmered across the valley, a ghostly image mantled with snow.
Mackinac Island sits in the Straits of Mackinac, which divides Lake Huron from Lake Michigan. Modern-day visitors arrive either by small plane or by ferry. Bicycles, horses, and your feet are the only modes of transportation around the tiny island. Many of the island's most popular sites are located within walking distance
As winter steals over Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, a hush fills the valley. Walking along the snowy banks of the Merced River as it winds its way below towering cliffs, it's obvious to a group of visitors why Yosemite Valley is such an inspired place for a winter vacation
We opted to let Austin-Lehman lead the way. The company has been guiding families in Yellowstone for 25 years -- several hundred a summer -- and though they offer trips around the world, including many specifically for families
Acadia National Park provides an amazing cornucopia of recreation with more than 100 miles of hiking trails, many of which were laid out by Native Americans, and 57 miles of the most unique system of stone carriage roads on the planet.
Finally, Caribbean beaches that are everything a Caribbean beach should be -- quaint, with hammocks strung from palm trees, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling, white sand, a first-rate beach bar and enough water toys to keep the kids happy
Boiling mud pots, rain forests, and a drive-in Volcano. All that and spectacular beaches, too, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, which promises a lot more than your typical resort getaway. Saint Lucia lies midway between Martinique and St. Vincent
It's an artist's haven, and an international playground. But beyond Puerto Vallarta's cruise port and its two-mile-long row of multi-story hotels, the spirit of Mexico lives on
We're just an hour or so from Cancun, a few miles from Playa del Carmen, five miles off the highway along a bumpy road in Rio Secreto, a unique cave just opened to the public last year, after the owner of the land, Don Cleo, inadvertently discovered it while chasing one of his animals
Costa Rica is home to some of the best and most consistent surf in the world, and lessons are available at a fraction of the cost compared to a stay in Hawaii or the hassle of getting to Indonesia, two other renowned surfing destinations. There are plenty of surfing beaches along the Pacific Coast in this Central American country, but we decided on Playa Guiones
When I travel, I'm up for just about anything. So when I found out about an opportunity to jump into a volcano and get covered in mud during a vacation to Cartagena, Colombia I immediately signed on
Right on the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta has it all: coastal waters, lush jungle, deluxe resorts, relaxing spas -- and it's the base for a variety of adventures. Even if you can't spend an entire week in this Mexican seaside destination, here's how to enjoy your vacation in a town where it's almost impossible to have a bad day.
I'd seen the Mayan ruins of Copan, Honduras, in pictures, but they didn't prepare me for the Indiana Jones-esque mystique. As the cool mist tickled my skin, I felt like the first person to encounter the monuments, even though thousands had preceded me.
It was my turn to organize an extended family vacation. The destination -- Lake Tahoe, Calif., -- already agreed upon by everyone. Now, we just had to find a great place. How hard could it be to find a house that met our needs
A surprise up until now, there were few (if any) luxury seaside resorts along the City of Angels' 75 miles of glimmering coastline. Grab a half-caf/decaf soy latte, turn off your cell phones (yes, both of them), remove your Dolce Gabbana shades, slide off your Prada kicks and discover why the Terranea Resort has become the newest jewel in Los Angeles' crown
National parks exert a primeval pull on visitors from around the world, who come by the millions to drink in their natural wonders. There are 391 national parks in the United States. 5 National Parks to See Before You Die.
On the official tourist map, Hawaii's Hanalei River looks like a big river, a thick blue line that snakes down the slopes of 5,148-foot Mount Wai'ale'ale and turns north for 14 miles. It looks perfect for paddling. In reality, the upper nine or 10 miles of the river are too shallow for navigation.
Kalaupapa, almost an island, sits like an afterthought on a two square mile peninsula. Long after the main island of Molokai was formed, a small shield volcano erupted and spread out this perfect triangle of land, perfect for sending exiles. Besides the formidable sea cliff, the peninsula is surrounded on all sides by a tumultuous sea.
As a frequent visitor to Hawaii, it's the islands' physical beauty that captures my attention: the impossibly steep green peaks, brilliant sunsets and roving trade winds. Intoxicating, yes, they are. But my lasting memories are of people, of the strangers who greet you with a smile and friendly families who offer hospitality.
The island of Kauai has morphed from the garden island to the adventure island. Spectacular beaches abound here on Kauai, including Lumahai beach where Mitzi Gaynor 'washed that man right out of her hair' for the filming of 'South Pacific.' There's also the town of Hanalei of 'Puff the Magic Dragon' fame
This summer, if you are willing to fly, you may find a better deal in the Caribbean than in traditional beach resort towns. In fact, Travelocity spokesman Genevieve Brown says rates can be as much 50 percent less than last winter
You can imagine, of course, that the beaches are fabulous on Barbados. You even get to choose between the pounding surf of the Atlantic on one side of the island and the gentle waters of the Caribbean on the other. The prosperous 14-by-20-mile island of Barbados hosts plenty of sunbathers, but that's not all.
Just 66,000 inhabit pristine Bermuda, which is a territory made up of about 138 small coral islands. Yes, we see businessmen on their way to work wearing Bermuda shorts, knee-high socks, and shirts and ties. Hedges are manicured and lawns are mowed. Houses are painted rainbow colors -- bright orange, green and blue, pastel pinks and yellows. It makes you happy just to look at them.
Welcome to Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos -- the family resort of the Sandals brand -- where kids, tweens and teens rule. Plus it's a great resort for parents and grandparents as well.
Whether you want to learn to dive with your tween or snorkel with your kindergartner, teach your grade-schooler to sail or fly on a trapeze, you'll find plenty of opportunities at Caribbean resorts -- at prices that are surprisingly affordable.
I can't think of a better spot for an adventure with teens or grown children. Chile, after all, is a stable, safe country that is attracting many American students studying abroad and the weather here is pleasant all year. Plus, The atmosphere is conducive to making new friends, whatever your age.
Tourism is up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And why not? It's more affordable than most exotic destinations, it's big city fun, and it's home to the tango and all that this dance brings to visitors who come to this city known as the Paris of the South.
Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is the most beautiful in South America and it is heart-stoppingly gorgeous -- turquoise-blue lakes, soaring snow-covered peaks, glaciers, fields dotted with red grasses and green-and-yellow shrubs.
Welcome to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve -- the name in the Mayan language translates to the Entrance to the Sky -- just south of Tulum, Mexico and a little less than two hours from Cancun. With 1.3 million acres, it's the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme