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The Coeur d’Alene Resort, well known for its beauty, becomes an especially magical place during the holiday season. The Holiday Light Show, which is the largest on-the-water resort light show in the country, is decorated with over 1.5 million lights. The impeccable and beautiful decorations make it easy to slip into the holiday spirit. If your family is on Santa’s “good list” this year, treat them to an evening of fun downtown.
Redondo Beach, a lively little seaside town in Southern California embodies the fantasy of what California living and visiting should be. Offering clear blue oceans for miles, casual restaurants, shops on the pier and several fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities it could be the perfect family vacation location.
Start your picture perfect day at the upscale Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club. This recently renovated, contemporary nautical-themed hideaway is located on a private peninsula between the marina and the ocean.
A visit to Seattle, a city famous for coffee, the grunge music scene and rain would not be complete without a thorough exploration of the waterfront. This coastal city and major seaport, sits on an isthmus between Puget Sound-an arm of the Pacific Ocean-and Lake Washington on Elliott Bay. With a myriad of piers, markets, aquariums, vendors and live music this is certainly a fun way to navigate a day especially if you have kids in tow.
If you are looking for a peaceful, quiet paradise the whole family will enjoy, the island of Kauai is tough to beat. After visiting several other Hawaiian islands, Kauai offered the best family atmosphere. Read More
The southernmost city in the continental U.S. offers more than just spicy conch fritters, sizzling sunsets and drunken Jimmy Buffet songs.
Key West is of one of America’s quirkiest places where oddballs rule and eccentric’s rock. From roosters roaming the streets to spring breakers strutting their stuff, Key West caters to all walks of life and lifestyles. And it is more family-friendly than you might think with a fun, eclectic and electric atmosphere permeating the streets, day and night.
[img_assist|nid=745|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=80]1. Make distances kid-friendly
2. Keep kids in the loop
3. Eat Frequently
4. Make sure bike and clothes fit properly
5. Keep snacks in cut-off water bottle on handlebar
6. Make list of daily chores
7. Have kids help with decisions
8. Study the map with kids
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Take advantage of cool hours when hot
11. Take advantage of warmer times when cold
12. When you have a tailwind – ride fast and far Read More
Every visitor to San Diego must make room in their schedule for the amazing, "world-famous" San Diego Zoo. The Zoo covers 100 acres on very hilly terrain in the heart of down-town, transforming an urban jungle into a real rainforest. The Zoo is a privately-funded non-profit organization and is one of the best-kept zoos in the country.