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An Ideal Summer Trip for Families: Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Like most families, we first saw the Grand Canyon from the crowded visitor center on the South Rim. Gazing down at the vast expanse of massive, ragged cliffs dropping to the Colorado River below, I found it spectacular — but also, unsatisfying. I knew we were glimpsing only a small slice of the 277-mile-long canyon,…

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Alaska Up Close and Active: A Family Tour of the Kenai Peninsula

“We should go to Alaska!” Our son, age 11, wouldn’t drop the idea. The concept of the 49th state—partially frozen, bigger than Texas, teaming with wild animals and all the way up there — seized his imagination. Our family’s problem: We had limited time to travel over the summer, and we are not particularly fond of…