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Awesome Getaways for Kids of All Ages
Looking for fabulous family vacation ideas in 2017? These kid-friendly destinations belong at the top of your getaway wish list this year.
Click through for our top picks.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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The theme park capital of the world has a lot of new attractions coming in 2017. This summer, Walt Disney World will unveil the highly anticiopated Pandora - The World of Avatar in its Animal Kingdom Park. Inspired by the blockbuster movie "Avatar," this new themed land is the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history and will bring the film's amazing environments to life, complete with bioluminescent rainforest and flying banshees.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Never been to Alaska? This year you can celebrate the Last Frontier's sesquicentennial, marking the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase. Back in 1867, US Secretary of State William H. Seward made a deal with Russia, offering $7.2 million (or roughly 2 cents per acre). As it happens, Denali National Park is also cleebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
There are many ways to explore Alaska with kids, from cruising to flightseeing. All are memorable. All the major cruise lines offer Alaskan itineraries, but the most kid-friendly are Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and the small-ship UnCruise Adventures.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Canada's National Parks
Alaska's not the only place celebrating its sesquicentennial. In honor of our northern neighbor's 150th anniversary, Canadian national parks are doing away with admission fees entirely in 2017. It's a fantastic excuse to discover some truly amazing landscapes from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Here are six of the most drop-dead-gorgeous Canadian national parks to put on your go-to list this year.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Tyler Place Family Resort: Highgate Springs, VT
Quite simply, Tyler Place Family Resort is the gold standard for family vacations. This Vermont resort offers all-inclusive pricing and what just may be the best all-around family programming in America, with ten age-staggered groups from newborn through teens, each with its own clubhouse and super-low counselor-to-child ratios. One of America's best vacations for babies and toddlers, Tyler Place also goes all out for little ones. Newborns to toddlers 30 months old are divided into three groups. each with its own playroom. Parents also get a fantastic vacation, with a wide array of activities and outings, cocktail hours, and evening entertainment. One of the best perks of a stay is that every family member gets a complimentary loaner bike for the entire week.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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If there ever was a year to bring the whole family to Europe, this is it. With the dollar on a roll against the pound sterling and euro, Americans are getting a lot of bang for their buck. (Check out our list of favorite European budget hotel chains for families.) Even better, at least one airline has announced airfares under $70 in 2017, and more may follow.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Park City, UT
Like the outdoors? Snagging the number 2 spot on TripAdvisor's list of destinations on the rise is Park City, a quick 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City. Surrounded by rugged beauty, Park City is a year-round magnet for outdoors-loving families. In the summer, you can go hiking, biking, golfing, or try out the summer bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park. In the winter, there's excellent skiing, snowboarding, and other cold-weather activities..Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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US Virgin Islands
Returning to big anniversaries theme, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas) from Denmark for a paltry $25 million.
To sweeten the pot for travelers, the U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commemoration is offering $300 in spending credits if you book one of 28 participating hotel on any of the three islands for three nights or more. Book by October 1, 2017 and use promo code CP1 or CP17.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Wild about country music? This is a fantastic year to visit the Music City, with a number of big anniversary celebrations on the calendar in 2017. The iconic Ryman Auditorium celebrates its 125th anniversary with a number of special events; the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is turning 50 years old this year; and the iconic Bluebird Café is now 35 years young.
When you're not catching a concert, kids will love the Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Since 2015, when the U.S. and Cuba resumed diplomatic ties for the first time in more than 50 years, travel to Cuba has been opening up for Americans. While the kind of allowable trips is still limited to specific categories of travel, you no longer have to apply for a visa.
While Americans can now legally travel to Cuba, there are restrictions. You need to book a tour through a company that has won special approval from the U.S. State Department to run "people to people" cultural-exchange trips to Cuba.
Several cruise lines now sail to Cuba, or you can fly. Alaska Airlines recently became the eighth U.S. carrier (along with American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United) to offer flights to Havana.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Hyatt Regency Cocount Point Resort: Bonita Springs, FL
The pool area at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa just got a lot better, adding one acre to the hotel's existing two-acre poolscape and making it one of the largest in southwest Florida. The addition brought a trio of three-story waterslides (two speed slides and one inner-tube slide) totaling 900 feet of winding, thrilling fun. There's also a new 1,095-foot heated lazy river, which joins the resort’s existing 2,700-square-foot Waterfall Pool with cool water cascades, 5,000-square-foot heated Adventure Pool with a 140-foot corkscrew slide and free-form lagoon-style pool, as well as an adults-only heated pool with an adjacent hot tub.