School's out and so is the sun, so it's time to plan a family vacation. For most families, summer is the best chance to take an extended, relaxed trip with the kids. These fun summer getaways span every budget and interest.
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Looking for a surefire hit for your family's summer vacation? We've rounded up the best of the best in every region of the country, from sea to shining sea and everywhere in between.
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Want to plan a budget-friendly summer vacation? Whether your family loves national parks or plush resorts, road trips or cruises, theme parks or quiet beaches—here are tried-and-tested tips for keeping costs down.
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It's a myth that you need to go to the Caribbean or Mexico to find a fantastic all-inclusive resort. Click through this slideshow for all-inclusive, kid-friendly resorts right here in the US where taking advantage of all-inclusive pricing does not require a passport.
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For millions of Americans, attending a state fair is as much a summertime tradition as cookouts, baseball, and July 4th fireworks. So bring on the corn dogs, pig races, and carnival rides.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national parks offer families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.
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If you've been contemplating a family vacation to Europe, 2017 is shaping up to be a stellar year to bite the bullet and do it. The U.S. dollar is strong against the euro and that favorable exchange rate means you'll get more bang for your buck at European hotels, restaurants, and attractions compared to just a few years ago.
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Does your family love exploring on bikes? These cycle-friendly resorts provide affordable (or free) loaner bikes to guests and bike paths so it's easy to get around on two wheels.
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Are your kids fascinated by the stars and planets? Catching a summer meteor shower is a perfect introduction to stargazing and the Perseid Meteor Shower is the season's best light show.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Water Park Attractions
Just in time for summer, we see a new crop of attractions—from entirely new water parks to one-of-a-kind water slides and interactive spray pads.
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Adrenaline-pumping thrill rides may get all the buzz in the theme park biz, but there's also a lot of tamer fun to be had for families with little kids. The good news is that theme parks are launching a lot of fun new attractions for the younger set this summer.
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These days, nearly every cruise line welcomes families and offers activity programming for children, yet only a select few truly go above and beyond to meet the needs of cruising families. To choose a cruise line that’s right for your family, realize that cruise lines have distinctive personalities, just like families—some are boisterous and loud, some active and sporty, others more elegant and reserved.
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Many hotels and resorts say they welcome babies and toddlers, but few truly give young families the support they need to relax on vacation. Here's the cream of the crop in vacation providers that get it right.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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The best family golf resorts don't just give lip service to being kid-friendly; they offer special kid tees, super instruction for junior golfers, and plenty of opportunities for families to play together.
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"Jurassic World" broke box-office records, and folks regained a fascination about dinosaurs all over again. Here's where to take your dinosaur-loving kid on a prehistoric adventure.
Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher