Where to Get Away for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

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    Wonderful Ideas for a Long Winter Weekend

    USA, Arizona, Grand Canyon with snow, South Rim
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    For families all across the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday offers an opportunity for a long weekend getaway for both kids and adults. Here are some fantastic mid-winter getaway ideas where you can make the most of your time off.

    Scroll through for suggestions from coast to coast.

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    Celebrate the Man and His Legacy

    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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    The birthday of MLK is a public holiday and long three-day weekend in mid-January. It's a great opportunity to take time to learn more about the man and his role in the civil rights movement, and to plan a family getaway to one of the destinations steeped in his legacy.

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    Snag a Ski Getaway for Less

    Okemo Mountain Resort
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    If your family loves spending time on the slopes, the long winter weekend is a terrific opportunity to get out on the snow. Don't know where to go? Check out our list of Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in North America.

    Here's how to land an affordable ski trip:

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    Visit a National Park for Free

    United States, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park in winter, thermal pools
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    Entry is free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at our national parks, national forests and national wildlife refuges. With well over 400 properties run by the National Park Service, it's likely that you live within driving distance of several wonderful sites offering free admission.

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    Make a Splash at an Indoor Water Park

    Great Wolf Lodge
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    No matter if the weather outside is frightful, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park. From the Northwest to the Southeast and everywhere in between, here are the best in every region of the United States. 

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    Take the Kids Ice Skating

    Ice skating at Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, USA
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    Lacing up skates for a smooth glide around an ice rink is a quintessential winter pasttime. Here's a roundup of the best places to skate in some of North America's major destinations.

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    MLK Mini Dude Ranch Vacation in Upstate NY

    Winter Dude Ranch Getaway
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    How about spending the long weekend with a mix of horseback riding, snow tubing, ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and swimming in an indoor pool? Spend Martin Luther King Weekend at Rocking Horse Ranch in New York's Catskill Mountains and the all-inclusive family dude ranch resort will shave $60 off your nightly rate. Use code MINI60 when you book. The offer celebrates the resort's 60th year in business.

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    Winter Weekend on Hilton Head Island

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
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    Spend the long weekend at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island and you'll rack up savings with the Winter Family Offers: lowest prices of the year plus bike and kayak rentals, free round of golf, free tennis court time, and more.

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    Celebrate MLK in Sunny SoCal

    West Inn and Suites
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    Book three nights with the Winter Escape package at West Inn & Suites in sunny Carlsbad, California and you'll save 15 percent on your long holiday weekend stay. In nearby San Diego, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Sunday is one of the largest celebrations of MLK in the United States.  

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    Make MLK Weekend a Maine Event

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    Save $100 on a three-day getaway package including breakfast and dinner at kid-friendly Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, Maine. The property features an indoor pool, games room, on-site movie theater, and spa.

    Check rates at Meadowmere Resort

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    MLK Special at Mount Snow, Vermont

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    The lodging-plus-lift tickets Holiday Getaway Package at Mount Snow in Vermont gives you three nights and three days, starts at $248 per person, per night and lets you save on lift tickets. On Sunday night, don't miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks in the Main Base Area.

    Explore hotel options in Mount Snow Valley

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    Family Deals at San Diego's Paradise Point

    Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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    Book one of the Family Deals at the drop-dead-gorgeous Paradise Point Resort on Mission Bay and get a 20-percent discount.

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