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America the Beautiful - Share the best of your family adventures inspired by the people and landscapes found throughout the 50 states, ten provinces and three territories.(Submit your journal in writing and/or photos).

 
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United States & CanadaWinter Family Adventures - Snow & Sand

HCWT 11.14.2014 22:32 0 0

 

Winter Family Adventures – Snow & Sand
Fill your holidays with these family-fun Snow & Sand getaways.

Family fun on Snow-Packed Mountain Slopes!  
•  Grab the kids, head for the slopes and enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding this winter.  Bundle up from head to toe; share stories on the lifts; traverse a winter wonderland; sip hot chocolate in the chalet; and best of all... watch those little red-nosed kids perhaps experience their first snow outing.

•  Choose from a variety of winter sports--downhill skiing, cross- country skiing, snowboarding,
snow blading, snowshoeing, sledding, inner-tubing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and ice skating.

•  Ski early or late in the season and travel mid-week for cheaper rates than major holidays or weekends.

•  Consider smaller resorts that often offer less crowds and better rates for families--affordable lodging, discounted lessons and lift tickets, even kids skiing free.  Lessons for the kids can include 1/2 day or full-day ski/snowboard instruction, lift tickets, rental equipment, food, and supervision. Cross-country skiing costs less and offers a great alternative for enjoying the snowy wilderness.
 
•  Find resorts in the U.S. open for skiing usually from Thanksgiving through Easter.

•  Check out this sampling of family ski resorts. Accommodations range from those right on the slopes, base lodges, to others a few miles from the resort.

Family Fun on Sun-Drenched Tropical Isles!  

•  Grab the kids and fly off or set sail for a warm, tropical island. The choices are many and all you need to do is pack swim suits, sun lotion, and light clothing and leave your worries behind.

•  Check into a family resort with all the amenities. Select a suite, condo, villa, or house. All-inclusive packages include room, meals, drinks, sports and activities for one price. Other family packages are often available.

•  Choose from a variety of activities, from relaxing on the beach to going strong with every kind of island sport–swimming, snorkeling, sand castle building, sailing, tennis, golf and horseback riding.

•  Kid’s Clubs can provide organized activities from morning to night for infants to teens. Get plenty of togetherness with special programs for the whole family.

•  Take a look at this sampling of island family resorts.

 

 
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United States & CanadaWhistler's Winter Family Wonderland

HCWT 11.14.2014 20:39 0 0

 
Whistler's Winter Family Wonderland

Canada's British Columbia is known for its winter scenic terrain and family-friendly skiing on the two adjacent mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb. These slopes can accommodate some 12,000 skiers a day on dozens of trails with short waits in the numerous lift lines.

Whistler Village

Especially appealing for families, It's a winter wonderland of family adventure.Whistler Village offers the most slope-side lodging accommodations in North America. The village, nestled at the foot of the mountains, is a car-free zone and offers walking paths and over 300 shops, eateries, and lodging accommodations.

Activities

Tours of the snowy Whistler back country areas are available by dog sled, by snowshoes, and also by sitting cozy and warm in horse-drawn sleighs.

For cross-country ski buffs the Lost Lake Trails are a 10-minute walk from most village accommodations. The trail system includes 20 miles of groomed trails; nearly 3 miles are lit for nighttime Nordic rambles. Equipment rental and trail passes are available at several shops in the village.


Read more about Whistler's Winter Wonderland for Family Adventure.

 
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United States & CanadaFamily Snow Fort Adventure - Canada's Ice Hotel

HCWT 11.14.2014 20:14 0 0

 
Canada's Ice Hotel
... Quebec's ultimate family snow fort adventure.

Discover a uniqQuebec's Ice Hotel on Lac St. Josephue family adventure at Canada's Ice Hotel - the ultimate ice and snow fort for kids of all ages. Sheila shares her family's memorable experience at Ice Hotel on the shores of Lac St. Joseph about 20 minutes west of Quebec. It gets its name, not surprisingly, from the fact that nearly everything in the structure is made of frozen water. That includes the walls, ceilings, beds, furniture, chandeliers, and even the glasses you drink from at the bar. The Ice Hotel is rebuilt every year, designed with new themes, created with amazing architecture, using over 12,000 tons of snow and 400 tons of ice.

Plan early!  This family spring break is snow-packed full of kid-fun activities! Hurry, before the ice melts! 

Read more about this unique family snow fort adventure  - Canada's Ice Hotel.

 
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United States & CanadaFamily Winter Fun in Oregon

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Travelin' Grandma
on the road with Myrna Oakley

    I’m picking up the grandkids and heading to Southern Oregon for some winter fun!  Here’s our itinerary: Diamond Lake Resort, near Crater Lake for cross-country skiing, inner tubing, and, hopefully, a snowmobilePopular with all is the tubing hill with an up-hill tow.1 ride from Diamond Lake to Crater Lake – weather permitting! 

    We’re renting one of the cottages at the resort that look out on tDog sledding is an adventure the family will never forget. 2he lake and on both Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey; we’ll ask for one of the cabins that has a kitchenette so we can make hot chocolate and popcorn in the evenings, around the cozy fire!

Then it's a drive north on Highway 97 to Chemult to check out the Chemult Sled Dog Races -  a big hit with the kids, maybe even the highlight of our trip.

Read more of  Travelin' Grandma's adventure to Southern Oregon.

 
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United States & CanadaDogsledding Minnesota's Wilderness

HCWT 11.10.2014 00:10 0 0

 

 

A "Mushing" Good Time at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

   It's a Tail-Waggin' good time for all ages at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Share in the adventure, even learn how to mush your own team of sled dogs along the snowy trails of Minnesota's scenic Boundary Wilderness Area. Ideal family reunion adventure.

   Relive the adventures of the movie, “Ironwill,” as your team of friendly Canadian Inuit sled dogs, eagerly whisks you off through the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area of Minnesota. Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge director Paul Schurke and his family will guide you through this beautiful winter wonderland, with chance sightings of timber wolves, bald eagles, moose, and black bear.

   Read more about this Unique Family Adventure - ideal for all ages and especially for family reunions.

 
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Camping the Great Outdoors
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   "Since that first camping trip, all of our trips have been only partially planned, with itineraries set more as ideas than as fixed schedules.  We usually take each day one at a time, and do whatever feels right for that particular day.  Slowing down to smell the roses has never been so sweet as when we travel with our two kids!"  -- David, Westminster, MD

 Take it from David, there's a time to plan and a time to take one day at a time.

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