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Hotel Zeppelin: Urban Cool for Families Visiting San Francisco

San Francisco is the usual starting point on our popular California Road Trip for families, and we get excited every time a new family-friendly boutique hotel with a new personality opens in the city, as a big part of the fun in town is the massive visual and cultural diversity within a small geographic footprint.…

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Nature, History and Haciendas: Three Unforgettable Weeks in Ecuador with Kids

Ecuador is ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs. Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers a combination of the jungle, the Galápagos islands and colonial history — all in one trip. My family’s recent three-week itinerary contained all of these elements plus a few days of…

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Island-Hopping Adventure in Southern Thailand with Kids

Thailand. Its name alone has an exotic zing. Although it’s long been a hot spot for honeymooners and backpackers, traveling families are realizing that this southeastern Asian gem has much to offer with kids in tow as well. The bustling metropolis of Bangkok — the point of entry for most families — is loaded with temples,…

Lowcountry Leisure and Luxury at the Montage Palmetto Bluff

To rumble down the two-lane highway into Bluffton, South Carolina, is to take a step back to a slower, sleepier time. In this stretch of the salt-kissed region known as the Lowcountry, Spanish moss cascades from gnarled live oaks, oyster shells crunch underfoot and palmetto trees sway in the breezes off the water. And at its heart,…

Red Horse Mountain Ranch: A Great Dude Ranch Getaway Even If You Don’t Ride

Considering a dude ranch family vacation but not a fan of horseback riding? Choosing the right dude ranch vacation is key to enjoying the experience. My family spent a week at Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho and I expected to ride each day, but on the third day, I realized that I was happier off the…

Best of Australia: Kids Share Why They Loved Their Trip Down Under

We get piles of love letters from parents who are wowed by our Family Vacation Planning service, but it’s not often we get to hear what the kids think about their trips too! Welcome to our brand-new Travel Tales video series, designed just for our youngest travelers to share favorite stories and memories from their…