Family Travel

Destinations: Paris, Orlando, Rome, Washington, Los Angeles, Montréal, Philadelphia

Activities: Arts and Entertainment, Bird Watching, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Cycling, Disc Golf, Dog Sledding, Eat, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Air Ballooning, Ice Skating, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Museums, Parks and Playgrounds, Rafting, Safaris, Shopping, Sightseeing, Skiing, Sleep, Snorkeling, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Spas, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Whale Watching

Traveling as a family has become more manageable in recent years, thanks to a renewed effort from companies across the industry to make vacationing with kids less of a hassle. Airlines offer special discounts for family travel, while many airports now contain play areas and video arcades. Hotels and resorts have babysitters, extensive kids’ programs and even rooms decorated and furnished especially for bambinos. As any parent can tell you, “kid-friendly” really means “parent-friendly.”

But just because a place advertises itself as kid-friendly doesn't mean it is. Do your due diligence: research the destination, call resorts and restaurants and ask specific questions to make sure your family needs can be met, look for feedback on community sites. Read more tips here.

There are plenty of tools and resources available to parents who want to bring the kids along without losing the meaning of vacation. And although Orlando, Washington D.C., and Hawaii remain some of the most popular places to go with children in tow (and still find plenty of adult diversions), locales such as Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the Caribbean (with a host of kid-friendly resorts) and Italy are popping up more frequently on family-favorite lists.

Articles About Family Travel

For the Love of an Upside-Down Coaster

Sometimes it's the kids who need coaxing onto the coasters. Here's how one mom got her son over his roller coaster fears.

Plan the Perfect Alaskan Vacation

Alaska’s wilderness is one of the final frontiers for travelers seeking adventure, unparalleled natural beauty or just a chance to get away from it all.

Anchorage: A Family-Friendly Metropolis

From cultural and culinary institutions to moose sightings and hundreds of miles of trails, Alaska’s largest city offers a variety of activities for the whole family.

Best Glaciers to See in Alaska

With more than 100,000 of these ice masses, many in retreat, Alaska’s glacial wonders are hard to miss—for now.

Alaska’s Denali National Park

The highest mountain peak in North America, abundant wildlife and family-friendly activities make this an essential stop on your Alaska itinerary.

Wilderness Lodges of Alaska

From rustic cabins to luxury, all-inclusive accommodations, find the best place to stay on your Alaskan family vacation.

Amelia Island: Old Florida Meets New

Feed blue crabs, sleep in Victorian bed and breakfasts, and take a Segway nature tour on your Amelia Island vacation.

Affordable Family Fun at U.S. Amusement Parks

For families on a budget, amusement and water parks offer low-cost thrills and new attractions, often close to home.

New Amusement Parks and Rides for Summer 2008

On your next family vacation, test your fear and keep your cool on thrilling new coasters and giant water slides across the country.

Planning Tips for Park Visits

Make sure your kids have fun but stay safe during your amusement and water park adventures.

Water Parks: Wild Waves of Family Fun

Cool off with your kids at wet and wild family water parks across the United States.

5 Free Anaheim Attractions

When you’ve exhausted Disneyland, check out these Anaheim gems that’ll educate and entertain your family on the cheap.

Anaheim: Beyond Disneyland, the Birthplace of Mickey

Anaheim is the town that Mickey Mouse built. But the popular family vacation destination has more to offer than ever before.

Anaheim: Disneyland Game Plan, By Age

Learn how to navigate Disneyland like a pro with tips from our expert who’s visited the Magic Kingdom nearly 100 times.

Anaheim: Family Vacation Hotels and Resorts

Hotels are plentiful in the vicinity of Disneyland, and most are designed with families in mind.

Big Skies and Silly Birds Abound in Argentina’s Península Valdés

What do whales, penguins and seals do if they’re not in the zoo or aquarium? They go to Península Valdés.

B.A: European City of South America

Buenos Aires has beautiful architecture, great dining and wines, friendly people, big parks … what are you waiting for?

Family Activities on the Cheap in Buenos Aires

There is no shortage of paid attractions for children in Buenos Aires, but some of the best things won’t even cost a peso.

Buenos Aires Restaurants for the Entire Family

Bring your appetite—and your children—to Argentina’s capital.

Iguazú: The Largest Falls You've Never Heard Of

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see on any trip to Argentina, including for families with young children.

Experience the Aspen Art Scene at Anderson Ranch

Learn about art programs for adults, children and artists with special needs that stretch the creative mind at this arts center in Snowmass Village.

5 Free Aspen Attractions

After your ski day, join a fireside sing-along, tour an art gallery, visit Hallam Lake and enjoy other Aspen outings—for free.

Atlanta Slumber Party: Best Family Hotels

Atlanta offers an array of kid-friendly lodging options, from downtown boutique hotels to luxury bed and breakfasts.

Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

On your next Atlanta family vacation, include these favorite eateries that please kids and adults alike.

Family Fun in Atlanta

Take the kids to this sprawling city in the South packed with amusement parks, historic sites and the world’s largest aquarium.

Top Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

Find popular kids activities for your next Atlanta family vacation, from the best parks to visit, treetop ropes courses and tasting 70 different kinds of Coke from around the world.

Kids Rule in Austin

From its children’s museums to its expansive parks and playgrounds, Austin welcomes kids with open arms.

What Not to Miss When in Austin, Texas

From famous bats and junk art to museums and performing arts, this popular city offers an eclectic mix of sightseeing adventures.

Paradise Found at Atlantis Resort

Swim with dolphins, take a dip at a pool casino and gaze at aquariums in your hotel room at this Bahamas mega resort.

Celebrate Caribbean Culture at Junkanoo in The Bahamas

Need more cowbell? This flamboyant Bahamian gala celebrates freedom with all the bells, whistles, costumed parades, music and dance it can muster.

3 Days of Family Fun in Barcelona

Read how one family turned a stopover prior to a Mediterranean cruise into an adventure that featured a mime and a reluctant 6-year-old Charlie Chaplin.

Rambling Along La Rambla

Our local expert in Barcelona shares her favorites for Gaudí architecture, Catalan cuisine, chic fashion, hot hotels and cool modern art.

Teen Travel Treats in Barcelona

Tempt your travel-wary teen with Barcelona’s youthful vibe and culture, funky architecture, vegetarian restaurants and sailing tours.

Beach Getaways: Summer Fun in the Sun

Add to your family-friendly beach list with this round-up of favorite beaches from TravelMuse.

Beijing’s Ancient and Modern Family-Friendly Attractions

Beijing sights offer cultural insights from old to new, from historical sites to futuristic Olympics venues.

Experience Beijing: The Local Perspective

Discover the best of China’s capital while staying off the tourist-trodden path.

Summer Olympics Bound? Book Your Beijing Hotel Rooms Now

Finding a hotel room during the 2008 Olympics is easier than you might think, but act fast.

Beijing’s Top 10 Sights

There are plenty of additional historic and cultural attractions worth your while, but if visiting Beijing for the first time, here are 10 must-see sights to get you on your way.

Jungle Lodges Along Belize’s Maya Trail

Experience rural Belize and explore ancient Mayan ruins when you stay at these top jungle lodges.

Belize’s Maya Trail

Explore Mayan civilization on your Belize vacation with tours to ancient ruins like Caracol, Lamanai and Altun Ha.

Best Beaches on the Big Island

Navigate your way through great beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island for quality sand, snorkeling, swimming, scuba and surfing.

The Big Deal About the Big Island

From volcanoes to underwater wonders, coffee to ranches, beach resorts to hula dancing, Hawaii has packed a whole lot into one island.

Family Fun on the Big Island

Choose from a wealth of outdoor family activities on Hawaii’s Big Island, from hiking to horseback riding to helicopter rides.

Livin’ La Vida Lava

Hawaii’s Big Island offers cool hikes through molten caves.

Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatories

Reach for the stars, planets and supernovas at the Big Island’s world-renowned astronomy center.

Best Kid-Friendly Boston Hotels

Check out these properties for kid-friendly services and local family-fun attractions.

Best Boston Museums and Institutions

Art, science, children, history, sports—check out the city’s best creative and intellectual institutions, sure to satisfy any range of interests.

Not Your Grandfather’s Branson

This popular spot in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains has added glitz and glam over the years yet remains a great place for old-fashioned fun.

A Branson Christmas

Tens of thousands of twinkling lights and a plethora of festive shows make Branson a top destination for the holidays.

Branson’s Family Friendly Shows

Branson’s shows offer spectacular entertainment and non-stop fun for the whole family.

Branson’s Titanic Museum: A Time Travel Surprise

The world’s largest Titanic museum allows visitors to time travel to one of history’s most tragic events via an educational interactive experience for kids and adults alike.

Cape Town Township Tours With Teens

One family’s visit to Langa, a black township in Cape Town, offered an education in cultural exchange.

Chic Caribbean Resorts for Families

No more do families have to choose between adult-chic and children-themed resorts.

Coral and Caving on Cayman Brac

Discover the natural beauty of the underwater coral chutes and the abundant caves on Cayman Brac.

Explore Grand Cayman’s Protected Habitats

Get close to nature at Grand Cayman’s environmental attractions, and learn more about how the island values its native plants and animals.

Island Living: The Caymans

Explore beach luxury on Grand Cayman and rustic dive spots on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac on your vacation to the Caribbean trio.

Surf the Waves at Black Pearl Skate and Surf

Hang ten on Grand Cayman’s man-made waves or skate to your heart’s content on your family island vacation.

Kick Back on Little Cayman

Marvel at the coral-wall diving, learn about booby birds and relax with locals during your beach vacation on quiet Little Cayman.

Joust This: Celtic Fairs Rock

Similar to Renaissance fairs, Celtic festivals are an entertaining way for the family to spend the weekend and learn about other cultures.

Chicago: Tips for Affordable Family Fun

Broke? Fear not. You don’t need big bucks to enjoy some of Chicago’s best family attractions.

Chicago: Have a Hot Time in Chi-town

The Second City serves up first-class sights, entertainment, shopping and, of course, hearty food.

Chicago: Eating Out in the Windy City

From gourmet to grub, there are lots of choices for families.

Chicago: The Wright Choice

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust has developed new tours of the architect’s works led by those who know them best: other kids.

Family Friendly Chicago Hotel Packages

Chicago’s top hotels want your family vacation business, and they’ve created the savings packages to prove it.

Zen and the Art of Travel in China

TravelMuse writers offer tips to help travelers stay balanced when facing potential cultural challenges on a first visit to China.

Family Adventure in the Middle Kingdom

If you think that travel in China isn’t family-friendly, think again. Just remember that you need a little bit of cultural understanding.

A Great Hike on the Great Wall

Walk along the world’s longest wall on a day trip from Beijing.

Travel Challenges in China

Navigating China can be tricky, not only with children but even for a travel pro. Learn how to handle the bumps along the way.

Cruising the Yangtze River

If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.

College Visit Guide: Atlanta

See numerous schools and take in some local culture during a long weekend college visit to Atlanta.

College Visit Guide: Chicago

Stroll some of the best campuses in the Midwest when you taste a deep-dish bite of Chicago.

College Visit Guide: New Orleans

It’s been said that New Orleans is a drinking town with a college problem, but there’s a lot more educational learning to be had in the city than its reputation implies.

College Visit Guide: San Francisco Bay Area

Tips for families to maximize a college visit to the Bay Area—exploring San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto.

College Visit Guide: California’s South Bay

Maximize your college visit to the Bay Area with info on campuses near San Jose and Santa Cruz.

College Visit Pointers for Families

Tips for families to help them determine whether a college town or city is the right fit.

Dude Ranches: Not Just For Dudes

Colorado ranches offer a nice change of pace for families of city slickers and cowpokes alike.

Exotic Costa Rican Adventures for the Entire Family

Costa Rica offers an exciting yet safe entrée into exotic ecotourism and soft adventure vacations, from coast to coast.

Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Adventure

Walk in the clouds and volunteer at a nature school in Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests.

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero Is Turtle Heaven

Tortuguero, on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, provides a wealth of opportunities to see a variety of sea turtles and other jungle life.

Into the Wild in Costa Rica

From scarlet macaws to leatherback turtles, Costa Rica’s unique biodiversity is a world all its own.

Cruise Line Review From a Childhood Cruiser

Our photo editor recalls what she loved—and did not love—from the many family cruises she took as a kid.

Family Cruise Primer

Find out why cruises are an excellent choice for making planning a family vacation easy and affordable.

A Successful First-Time Family Cruise

Learn from the author's first family cruise to the Caribbean how to make your cruise vacation a success.

10 Tips for How to Pack for A Family Cruise

Fewer wardrobe changes and more incidentals will make for smoother sailing on a cruise.

How to Plan a Multigenerational Cruise

Grandparents, toddlers and everyone in between are sure to find onboard activities and entertainment to suit their interests.

Cruising to Mexico

Mexican cruises offer families warm temperatures, native art and culture, and plenty of adventure.

Tips For First-Time Cruisers

Don’t let cruising jitters sink your ship. Our cruise expert offers ways to save money and ensure a smooth-sailing cruise vacation—before, during and after your voyage.

The Lowdown on Family Fun in Mile-High Denver

Check out these museums, The Queen City of the plains has plenty to offers great day adventures for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Return of Big Blue

After decades of exile, blue whales, the largest animals on earth, return to the coast of California.

Leatherback Turtle Ecotourism Adventure in Costa Rica

Volunteer to help leatherback turtles on your next Costa Rican vacation with EcoTeach.

Eco Vacation Trend: Farm Stay Vacations

Farm stays are a growing trend: feed chickens, milk cows and get back to the quiet life on your next family vacation.

How Green Are You?

There is more to eco-travel than visiting a pristine location. Here’s a guide to make the going greener.

Hybrid Car Rentals Go on Vacation

Want to color your travels green? Save gas money and possibly the planet by renting a hybrid car for your next vacation.

Voluntourism: A Holiday for the Heart

With opportunities from Montana to Malawi, there is a volunteer vacation to suit every family. Here are 5 organizations to consider when looking to plan your next family voluntourism trip.

Hotel Rooms: Get the Size Your Family Needs

Make it a vacation for everyone—find the best hotel room setup for your family.

Florence: Italy’s Renaissance City

Both the birthplace and the showplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is a priceless art and architecture sanctuary that appeals to tourists of all ages.

Florence Hotel Alternatives

Small towns outside of Florence offer quiet surroundings, better dining options and a more relaxing atmosphere than staying in Florence proper.

Explore Florence’s Parks and Gardens

Find playgrounds, grottos, a maze, swimming pools, a fort, rowboats and more kid-pleasers in the city’s parks.

Florence: Secrets of the City

Florence’s hidden windows, secret towers and streets that follow ancient Roman walls will keep the kids interested as they tour the Italian Renaissance city.

Key Beach Spots in the Florida Keys

Where to find the best beach spots in the Florida Keys, a destination known more for its fishing than stretches of sand.

Dolphin Delights in the Florida Keys

Close encounters with these sociable mammals are educational and fun.

Conch Out in the Florida Keys

From dolphin excursions to a tour of Hemingway’s house, check out the myriad of family vacation activities in the quirky and charming Florida Keys.

Family Fun in Fort Lauderdale

Once a Spring Break mecca, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a family-friendly city with an overwhelming possibility for adventure.

Taking Your Child’s Friend on Vacation With Your Family

Here are planning tips to make your trip is a good one and the friendship—as well as your relationship with your child—survives.

Affordable Lake Tahoe: Truckee Vacation Rentals

Truckee is a short distance away from Lake Tahoe, for affordable vacation rentals and outdoor activities.

Sweet Hike Alabama

A great family hike is never more than 20 minutes away in Birmingham, Alabama.

Amusement Parks: Fun for Less

Slashed gate prices and online specials help families save big bucks at amusement parks this summer.

Vintage Amusement Parks Mean Big Fun For Small Kids

Old-school kiddie parks offer a bit of history at a bargain price.

Vacations With the National Pastime

Plan an end-of-summer family vacation or father-son getaway to visit famous baseball landmarks across the country.

Summer Beach Safety Tips

From sun to water safety, review these beach tips to keep your family healthy and happy before you chill out on the sand.

Beaches of Britain

Take a sandy stroll along these five beautiful beaches on your next England vacation.

10 Top Spring Break Spots

Best destinations for students or families for a memorable Spring Break getaway.

Beyond Batman: Bat Caves and Other Batty Destinations

View the nocturnal food flights of these furry squeakers as they swarm from caves and bridges around the world.

The Banks of Brisbane

Australia’s third largest city has a waterfront teeming with shops, restaurants, a kid-friendly beach and a children’s art center.

Animal Encounters on Cape Cod

Learn where to spot whales, birds and other wildlife during your Cape Cod vacation in autumn.

O’Hare for Kids

Amy Hatch gets the scoop from Chicago’s Department of Aviation on how parents can occupy the kids during delays at Chicago’s O’Hare.

Dad’s Day Deals

From NASCAR racing to golf getaways and one extravagant Scotland adventure, check out these Father’s Day travel specials.

Euro Soccer Tour: Get Your Kick On

See the best of European football without having to wait for the next World Cup.

Family Camps Save Sanity and Money

Don’t stress over planning your family vacation. At family camps, daily meals, activities and lodging are all included in a basic fee.

Wilderness Outfitters Help Families Bond

With a little help from your friends—aka, professional outdoor guides—your family can have a safe and hassle-free vacation.

Top Places and Packages for Family Reunions

Check out these 9 great places that make family reunion planning a breeze.

Tips for Planning a Family Reunion

Get expert advice for making your next multi-family gathering a big success.

Six Totally Awesome Family Surf Camps

Our expert surf bum selects six sweet surfari destinations around the world—from San Diego to Bali—to check out for fitness and fun on your next family vacation.

Family Voluntourism Strengthens Bonds and Local Communities

Give back to local communities by participating in voluntouring projects on your next family vacation.

Travel for People Who Take Their Fandom Seriously

Fan trips are a growing type of package travel that for certain film fanatics can be the trip of a lifetime.

Fun Wedding Destinations With Kids

Walk down the aisle and bring the kids, too, at these fun island and United States wedding destinations.

Geocaching: Global Treasure Hunting

Think your GPS can only get you through traffic? A blossoming sport uses the high-tech tools to find treasure and teach kids about the world.

On the Volcano’s Edge

Looking for an adventure-packed guy getaway escape? Check out these six active volcano locales for a hot time with molten lava.

Historic Mansions of Westchester County

Tour Westchester’s grand old estates, including the former homes of Nelson D. Rockefeller and Washington Irving.

10 Ways for Your Kids to Interact With Italy

Keep your kids active, engaged and begging to go back to Italy with these 10 ways for the entire family to experience the country.

On Cloud Nine at the Kennedy Space Center

Explore deep space and meet astronauts at this popular science center near Orlando, Florida.

Language School Learning Vacations

While you play, send your kids away on a confidence-building and interactive learning vacation they’ll love.

Outdoor Family Adventures on Mackinac Island

Head to Mackinac Island for famous fudge, historic forts and the great outdoors.

Major Fun at the Minor Leagues

Minor league baseball games offer affordable family fun, especially with deals, discounts and eccentric entertainment specials available in several markets across the country.

Skipping School For Your Family Vacation

Beat the crowds, save money and create a learning vacation when taking your kids out of school for family travels.

How to Make the Most of Mother-Daughter Getaways

With Mother’s Day approaching, rekindle your mother-daughter bond with these getaway tips and selected packages.

7 New England Family Road Trips

Take a family vacation road trip to these New England destinations that are kid-friendly and affordable.

Mother and Daughter Sailing Lessons

Jibe, tack and turn hard a-starboard on an unforgettable sailing vacation in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Destinations of Champions

Bobsled, luge, skate and ski at these North American sites that formerly hosted the Summer or Winter Olympic Games.

Touring the Mysteries and Magic of Oxford

Satisfy your love for classic fantasy novels with a look into the magical world of Oxford, where parts of Harry Potter movies were filmed and The Lord of the Rings was inspired.

Join the Crowds on Inauguration Day

Insider advice from a former White House staffer for planning your trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama.

Private Airport Lounge Passes

Rest like a VIP before your flight or during a layover with a day pass to your carrier’s private club.

RV Travel: On the Road for Less

See how an RV rental can save you money on your next family vacation.

Safe Extreme Adventures for Families

Try these wild, but safe, activities to satisfy the adrenaline junkies in your family.

Leave Your Heart in San Mateo

Fall in love with the beautiful coastline, attractions and charming small towns in this Bay Area destination that boasts luxury and farm tours, side-by-side.

Just the Two of Us

Tips for taking a one-on-one parent/child vacation while leaving the other parent and siblings at home.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations around the world to show your love for the Irish.

Sweet 16 Getaways

Celebrate your birthday girl’s Sweet 16 on a mini-vacation with family and friends.

10 Teen Vacation-Saving Strategies

Our writer has three teens and a tween. Here are her tips for taking your too-cool teenagers on a family vacation that everyone can enjoy.

Top 10 Holiday Events for the Family

Start the holiday season with these fun top family activities including concerts for the kids, a train ride with Santa and chocolate-making demonstrations.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Parades

Communities pull out all the stops to celebrate the November holiday with family-oriented parades.

Top 5 International Aquariums

Let these spectacular aquariums around the globe serve as ambassadors to the underwater world on your next family vacation.

Top Monster Mashes and Halloween Bashes

Check out some of these spooky but fun fright fests taking place this Halloween season.

10 Top Natural History Museums

Explore everything from the evolution of the universe to 85 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons at exhibits offered at these natural history museums around the globe.

Top 10 Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollars

The CEO of TravelMuse shares his recommendations for how you can save money on your family trip.

Destination Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

Tie the knot in paradise without getting tangled in nuptial red tape by following these six expert wedding planning tips.

Westchester County Fall Foliage and Harvest Festivals

Take a fall foliage driving tour, then see the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at harvest festivals in Westchester County.

Where the Wild Things Are

Learn how you can get personal with alligators, prairie dogs and falcons while on vacation.

Grand Canyon, From Rim to Rim

Read our tips for taking in the best vistas and historic sites of this national treasure, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

Family Fun in Sandpoint

Find the best attractions and places to take the kids when visiting this quaint Idaho mountain town.

Sandpoint, Idaho: Treasure of the West

Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.

Indy 500—Racing Toward 100 Years

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway turns 100 this year. Celebrate by visiting Indianapolis and checking out the race this month or these other cool sites in town.

Bobsledding in Jamaica

Inspired by the national Olympic team, Jamaica now offers a cool run through the hot Jamaican jungle at Mystic Mountain.

Over the Moon in Jupiter

A multigenerational family visit to a St. Louis Cardinals spring-training game in Jupiter, Florida results in meeting a special baseball star.

La Jolla: The Jewel by the Sea

Sophistication, culture and a beautiful coastline make this a favorite Southern California vacation destination.

An Art Hike Through UCSD’s Stuart Collection

Explore this kid-friendly La Jolla art collection sprinkled throughout the University of California, San Diego campus, featuring a 180-ton teddy bear and a Stonehenge-like installation.

Where to Stay in Tahoe

Tahoe’s plethora of accommodations can fit any family’s budget or style, from luxury resorts to classic campgrounds.

Lake Tahoe’s Alternative Adventure Rush

From dog-sledding to kite-boarding to the new Heavenly Flyer, there are adrenaline rush experiences in Tahoe to sate any adventure lover.

Lake Tahoe: A Boating Paradise

One of the best ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe is to get out on the water.

End-of-Season Tahoe Discounts

Save money on your Lake Tahoe family vacation with these tips on special deals and discounts.

Tahoe, From Lake to Peak

A local highlights what’s best in the region for a Lake Tahoe vacation in any season.

Museums for Teens in Vegas

Vegas is a teenager, compared with other U.S. cities, just beginning to show the cultural depth that others take for granted.

Las Vegas Family Dining Secrets

As Vegas goes upscale, top chefs offer sophisticated kids culinary adventures

Kid-Friendly Activities in Las Vegas

Vegas isn’t just for poker fans and shoppers. A family Las Vegas vacation features everything from wave pools to roller coasters, with exotic animals thrown in for good measure.

Viva Las Vegas!

This desert oasis has more to offer than ever before. Read our expert guide to start planning your ideal Vegas vacation now.

Sin City Beyond Gaming

Not the gambling type? Check out these myriad Vegas attractions to keep you buzzing from the Strip to Fremont Street, morning til night.

7 London Sights with Teen Appeal

Keep London cool for your teens or pre-teens on your family vacation.

6 Family Friendly Day Trips From London

London’s great, but why not experience the rest of England—even if only for a day.

Exploring London

A practical travel guide by our local expert to a historic city with modern verve.

Pound-Saving Tips for Your London Vacation

How to keep from going bankrupt on your next family visit to London.

Oxford Excursion

This famous university town is a welcome respite from hectic London and a great place to teach the kids a history lesson or two.

London Sightseeing: Get on the Bus

With limited time and budget, a bus tour of London is one way for the family to get a fulfilling Cliffs Notes experience of the city.

London Theater: Not Just for Grownups

Discover a wealth of theater opportunities for children on your next London family vacation.

Cabo: Beyond the Beach

From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.

Los Cabos Adventure Activities

Cabo activity options—from whale watching and deep sea fishing, to horseback riding and desert treks and more—are sure to fit any family itinerary.

Los Cabos Travel Tips

Stay safe and sane on your Los Cabos vacation with this helpful advice.

Tale of Two Cabos

Read our insider’s recommendations for how to best plan your next Cabo vacation.

Customized Luxury Travel Made Easy

Time-starved travelers look to professional planners to find off the beaten path and authentic experiences.

Parador Paradise in Spain

Stay in one of these government-run luxury Spanish hotels, which can be modern resorts or converted monasteries, castles and fortresses.

Satisfy Your Inner Art Student in Madrid

Explore Madrid’s art world on your family vacation, from Spanish masterpieces by Goya and Dalí, to contemporary art and photography festivals.

Lodging at Its Finest on Martha’s Vineyard

Find the best places to rest after a long day of exploring all that Martha’s Vineyard has to offer.

Top Things to Do on Martha’s Vineyard

From New England history to maritime culture to classic Atlantic beaches—what not to miss during your vacation to this idyllic, historic island.

Best of the Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard

Enjoy some surf and sun at the many beaches that stretch for miles along this gorgeous island’s shoreline.

Martha’s Vineyard Vacations in the Off-Season

Avoid the crowds and visit this idyllic Cape Cod island in the fall or winter, instead.

Polynesian Wood Carving, Anyone?

The Maui International Festival of Canoes features master carvers, with classes for all ages.

Maui Sunrise at Haleakala Volcano

Witness an otherworldly sunrise atop Haleakala volcano, where you’ll see orange-red craters and purple valleys—but remember to bring your jacket.

Kids Clubs of Maui

All you’ll have to worry about with these resort kids clubs is getting your child to leave.

Maui Family Activities

The Valley Isle of Maui offers adventures for the entire family—from diving and snorkeling to language and hula lessons.

Maui No Ka Oi

Hawaii’s second-largest island is, as the locals say ‘the best.’ It offers striking beauty, a range of activities for all ages, cultural history and a peaceful vibe.

Families Hang Out While Hanging Ten

Show your kids that mom still has some adventure in her at surfing school in Maui.

The Road to Heavenly Hana

Leave your worries behind and take the slow road on Maui’s Hana Highway.

Miami: The Beaches and Beyond

See why Miami continues to be a popular tropical playground, with gorgeous beaches, culinary hotspots, historic landmarks and plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.

More Than Mall of America

Do more than shop on your Twin Cities vacation. Check out these other Minneapolis and St. Paul top attractions.

Mount Rushmore Puts a Fresh Face on History

The iconic monument is a work of art, a symbol of American freedom and a lesson in our country’s history.

Tips for Visiting Museums with Kids

Visiting museums with kids can be a little daunting. Here’s a list of tips for taking the kids on museum visits.

Museums as Playgrounds

Many museums nationwide make it a point to be interactive and engaging for their younger patrons.

Museums Even a Teenager Will Love

Try a museum of a different stripe to pique your teenager’s interest

7 Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

New Yorkers are some of the most discerning diners in the world. Same goes for New York City kids. Check out these family-friendly restaurants on your next trip to the Big Apple.

New York City Hotels in the Neighborhood

Live like a New Yorker when you stay at family friendly neighborhood hotels that immerse you in the local scene.

New York City On My Mind

New York City is its own world of things to see and do, for individuals and family travelers alike. Read here for our expert’s recommendations.

New York Sightseeing From the Water

From traditional sightseeing boat tours to kayaking the Hudson River and visiting working docks in New York Harbor, see the city from a new vantage point.

10 New York Spots to Take Your Kids Before They’re Teenagers

Our NYC expert shares her favorite places in the city for some parent-child bonding while on vacation in the Big Apple.

Ground Support for Family Travelers

Travel agents rank the best kid-friendly airports.

June Events Especially for Kids

Families heading to Chicago or Winnipeg in June should look into a special taste of Chicago for kids and the 26th anniversary of Winnipeg’s annual Kidsfest.

D.C.’s New Newseum: The Inside Scoop

Newseum gives kids and adults a newsworthy tour through the history of journalism.

Hawaiian History for the Kids

Learn about Hawaii and explore Oahu’s natural wonders on these affordable kid-friendly excursions.

The Bay Islands: Old-School Caribbean

Want to see the Caribbean the way it used to be? Put on your flip-flops and get away to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Cobá: Into the Mayan Jungle

Outdoor enthusiasts love the Mayan city of Cobá—so do tropical birds, monkeys and alligators.

Diving for Sunken Treasure

Be a treasure hunter for a day on your Florida vacation as you explore the sunken 18th century Spanish fleets of Florida.

Familotel: A European Hotel Chain That Puts Kids First

Kids can roam and explore with friends. Parents are free to relax together. Sound like a fantasy? At Europe’s Familotels it’s reality.

Copán: Easy Indiana Jones Adventure

Family-friendly exploration is easy and affordable in Copán, Honduras, from gazing at Mayan ruins to getting up close with tropical birds.

Guilin: China’s Fantasy Land

With its lakeside parks, karst limestone mountains and caves, this area of China takes on a fairy-tale air.

Winnebago on the Water

Want to spend your vacation on the water? Renting a houseboat is an offbeat way to get away with your family.

Valencia’s Las Fallas: A Fire in the Night

The Spanish city Valencia builds hundreds of huge, whimsical statues each March for its Las Fallas festival—then torches all but one in a single night.

Arting Around on the Turquoise Trail

Get your fill of New Mexico’s Old West charm alongside Native American art galleries and quirky kitsch on this scenic byway.

Make Your San Francisco Vacation Quirky

Take a detour from the hotspots and visit some offbeat San Francisco attractions, including a museum bar, a pirate store and a trapeze school.

Brazil’s Rio das Pedras Club Med Caters to Families

This exotic Club Med is tucked away in a corner of a rainforest, and it’s a hit with kids and parents, especially single parents.

On the Edge of a Via Ferrata

Traverse precipitous cliffs and waterfalls on these mountain climbs and treks popular in the Swiss Alps and Dolomites of Italy.

Family Weeks at Whimsical Winvian Resort

For those bored with the average five-star hotel, Winvian resort’s unique cottages offer luxurious and imaginative lodging.

Beach-Bound Getaways in Orange County

Surf’s up at O.C. beaches and seaside resorts at Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.

Disney World for the Budget Conscious

A family vacation at the Mouse’s House doesn’t come cheap. Read how our writer saved her family some Disney dollars.

Walt Disney World Park Plan

Learn when to visit, how to beat the lines, catch the best rides and keep all family members happy during your Disney World family vacation.

Orlando Family Dining: A Break from the Chains

Add flavor to your Orlando family dinner by visiting one of these restaurants with personality.

Orlando: Theme Parks and Beyond

Tips on how to enjoy a visit to the world’s theme park capital and explore local favorites outside the parks.

Orlando: A Paradise for Young Athletes

Orlando’s myriad sports facilities make it easy for young athletes to keep up their training while on vacation.

Orlando Roller Coasters: Top Teen Screams

Orlando’s many rollers coasters are teen favorites. Which are best? Let our local teen guide give you the inside scoop.

Visiting the Canadian Children’s Museum

Send families on a “Great Adventure” to learn about cultures of the world at this popular museum, located near Ottawa, Canada.

Cool Kids’ Activities in Palm Springs

From snow in the desert to one of the best skate parks in California, this adult sanctuary also offers fun attractions for kids.

Paris for Art Lovers

Art students of all ages will find inspiration in Paris’ myriad art fairs, markets and museums.

And Rover Makes Five

Thanks to imaginative pet-tailored programs, four-legged friends can now join the family vacation fun.

Family Fun in Philadelphia

Keep everyone from tots to teens entertained in the City of Brotherly Love.

Pedal Power: Biking Portland

Cycle your way through one of America’s top bike-friendly cities.

Urban Oases: Portland’s Great Green Spaces

Portland, Oregon has plenty of parks to turn your urban vacation into a green space oasis. Here are some of the city’s best places to feel blades of grass between your toes.

Portland, Oregon: Pints, Pedals and Parks

The City of Roses has something for everyone: microbreweries, biking trails, and plenty of green spaces and places.

Québec’s Gonna Party Like it’s…1608

Celebrating Québec City’s 400th anniversary with 10 months of festivals, art exhibits and street performances—this is one party you won’t want to miss.

Kid-Friendly Fare in Québec City

Bring a bon appétit for these culinary traditions: crêpes, maple syrup pie and tea.

Kids Get Craftsy at Québec City Economuseums

Watch bees make honey, tour maple groves and see a skilled blacksmith shape metal.

Québec: North America’s European City

From its historical sites and enclosing wall to its French-influenced culture and cuisine, Québec City offers enticing options for all ages.

Off Track Adventures in the Riviera Maya

Alltournative’s tours are geared for the entire family. Our writer’s day-long adventure with her son featured kayaking, swimming in cenotes, a traditional Mayan meal and four-wheel fun.

Top 4 Riviera Maya Resorts for Families

Check out one of these kid-friendly accommodations on your next Mayan vacation.

Riviera Maya: Playtime at the Playa

Pristine beaches, ancient ruins and eco theme parks—there is something for everyone at this jewel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Treasures of Tulum

After visiting this Mayan site rich in history, check out the nearby theme park Xel-Há.

Rome: Catacombs For Kids

Everyone has heard of the catacombs, but these early Christian tombs are only the beginning of Rome’s subterranean world.

Roman Dining: A Child’s Paradise

With pasta, pizza and gelato on the menu, your kids may think Rome is food heaven.

5 Family Hotels in Rome

Expert picks from Ciao Bambino for family-friendly accommodations in the Italian capital city.

Where the Playgrounds Are in Rome

More than just places for children to play and run off some spare energy, Rome’s parks and gardens offer sights of their own, and a chance to mix with the Romans.

Rome: Italy’s Grand Museum

From the toppled columns of the Forum to Vatican City to the cobblestone streets of Trastevere, Rome has something to appeal to everyone.

San Antonio Hotels and B&Bs: Historic and Contemporary

Historic buildings or contemporary aesthetics, full spas or the comforts of B&Bs, San Antonio offers accommodations for every taste.

San Antonio: There’s More to Remember Than the Alamo

Explore this Southwestern city beyond the famous Alamo. Don’t miss the San Antonio River Walk, its Tex-Mex culture, the Fiesta festival and more.

San Antonio’s Fun Family Attractions

Underwater views of hippos, playing in giant bubbles and a simulated space capsule are just a few of the family attractions in San Antonio.

10 Hip and Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Diego

Savor the fresh flavors of San Diego cuisine, from chic restaurants to 1950s diners.

Best San Diego Family Hotels, by Age Group

From dine-in movies to rock concerts, San Diego hotels offer a plethora of kid-friendly experiences.

Gondola Tours on Coronado Bay

Can’t get to Venice, Italy this year? Try a romantic gondola ride in Coronado, instead.

San Diego’s New Children’s Museum

Interactive art exhibits at this new San Diego attraction let children paint, play and imagine.

Outdoor Family Fun Near San Diego

San Diego isn’t just about surfing and Legoland. There are plenty of other outdoor adventures sure to excite the entire family—and they’re all less than an hour from the city.

Planes, Trains and Ships: San Diego’s Transportation Museums

San Diego’s many transportation museums make this sunny Southern California city the perfect destination for an educational family vacation.

San Diego: A Playground for Kids and Adults

This Southern California destination remains a family favorite, but cool new hotels and restaurants make it an appealing playground for adults too.

San Francisco Outdoor Adventures: Hike, Bike and Kayak

Looking to get in an active workout while on your urban endeavor vacation to the Bay Area? You’ve found the right place.

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods of San Francisco

A local mom shares her favorite neighborhoods and joints for where to eat, shop and play like a native while on your San Francisco family vacation.

San Francisco Green Spaces

Escape the urban jungle and find plenty of places to relax and get back to nature in the City by the Bay.

San Francisco Vacation: An Insider’s Guide

Our local expert shares her city secrets for individuals and families alike, to help you plan your ideal San Francisco vacation.

Child’s Play: San Francisco’s Interactive Zeum

Art meets technology at this innovative museum offering kids and families engaging, interactive displays that bring out the creative child in visitors of all ages.

Sarasota Family Vacation

This Florida beach community offers both affordable and luxury accommodations, beautiful beaches, family attractions and quality cultural venues.

10 Tips for How to Save Your Family Vacation From Disappointment

Learn how traveling with "junior" can be rewarding rather than ruinous.

Seattle’s Great Outdoors

Dig for clams, rent a sailboat or hit the hiking trails in the hills for some memorable outdoor adventures on your next Seattle family vacation.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Parks, Playgrounds and Ducks

Seattle’s many parks guarantee a childhood’s worth of diversions in the Emerald City.

Route 2: Seattle Side Trip

Seattle’s back roads feature Boeing, ice cream and an albino alligator.

See Seattle as the Locals Do

Being global, acting local while on a family vacation in Washington State’s Emerald City.

East Meets West in the Lion City

Singapore is an ideal entry point to Asia, with its mix of cultures and cuisines, historic sites and modern attractions.

Minimize Family Drama on the Slopes

Follow these tips to ensure you plan a successful family ski vacation.

Beach Access

How and where to plan an accessible family beach vacation.

Accessible Chicago

Tips for how to navigate the Windy City when traveling with a disabled child.

Capital Access: Touring D.C. with Special Needs Kids

Use this guide to plan your Washington, D.C., family trip with your special needs child.

Easing Into Special Needs Travel

Parents and experts weigh in on traveling with kids with disabilities.

Access Nature at U.S. National Parks

Explore the great outdoors with your special needs child at several accessible national parks.

Plan a Successful Accessible Family Vacation

Parents share planning tips for family vacations that include a special needs child.

Tips for Dining Out With Autistic Kids

Read our experts’ tips on how to make the best of your dining experience away from home while accommodating the needs of your autistic child.

Travel Tips for Families With Autism

Read these experts’ advice on how to plan a family vacation that includes an autistic child.

Pirate History Lessons on St. Lucia

St. Lucia may stir your beach fantasies, but the former pirate haunt offers history lessons as well.

St. Lucia: Gem of the Caribbean

Discover the allure that brings people back to St. Lucia time and time again.

St. Lucia For Parents: Re-energize Your Relationship

Take a break with and without your kids in St. Lucia.

Rafting in Steamboat When the Snow Melts

Melted snow turns to whitewater fun for the whole family on Northern Colorado rivers.

Steamboat Springs: Raring for the Rodeo

The award-winning Steamboat Springs rodeo offers an unforgettable show of ridin’ and ropin’, racing and dancing, keeping the American tradition alive.

Top Lodging and Dining in Steamboat Springs

With a new era of redevelopment under way, the options for good food and great hotels in Steamboat Springs only get better.

Steamboat Springs: Ski Town U.S.A.

Linked to its western traditions, Steamboat Springs mixes champagne powder with cowboy style to create a Rocky Mountain high everyone can enjoy.

5 Cool Kids Activities in Sydney

From climbing Harbour Bridge to riding the waves at Bondi Beach, don’t miss these top family attractions if exploring Sydney with kids.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Go on a Serengeti Safari and play tiger tug-of-war at Busch Gardens and Jungala.

Restaurants and Hotels in Tampa and St. Pete

Read our local’s picks for decadent eats and swanky sleeps for your next Tampa/St. Petersburg vacation.

Tampa and St. Pete Family Vacation

Neighboring cities Tampa and St. Petersburg provide excellent beaches and family attractions as well as art and culture for those traveling without little ones.

Tampa Bay Tours: Canoes, Cats and Crabs

Explore Tampa on a nature tour, including crabbing on the bay, canoeing near alligators and visiting the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary.

Chicago Dining, Then and Now

TravelMuse’s editorial director shares her favorite family restaurant memories from when she lived in Chicago along with some recommended new venues.

Road Food Blues: How to Avoid Them on Family Vacations

If you’re a family hankering for a healthier roadside meal, follow the truckers.

Oven Roasted Organic Chicken Nugget Lollipops

Try this recipe at home, created by the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for Kids Restaurant Week.

Little Chefs in Paris

The animated film ‘Ratatouille’ inspires children to explore the culinary joys of Paris.

Fun, Sun and Tequila

After the kids are tucked away for the evening, enjoy some quality tequila in the Riviera Maya—even though it’s made more than 1,000 miles away.

Hershey: The Sweetest Place on Earth

Immerse yourself in everything chocolate in Hershey, Pa, from a chocolate fondue wrap to chocolate martinis to a chocolate museum. There are new rides at Hersheypark too.

Top U.S. Holiday Teas

Hotels around the country are gearing up for the holidays with select Christmas-themed teas for the entire family.

Tucson Dining: Beyond Sonoran Mexican Cuisine

Tucson is famous for its Mexican restaurants, but the cuisine’s regional nuances are a discovery—and the best places are all family friendly.

Year of the Spud

The United Nations has designated 2008 as the Year of the Potato. Teach your kids some potato history during your family vacation this year.

Teen Tested Vacation Spots

Recommended destinations for parents whose teens would rather be grounded than go on a vacation with the family.

Teen Take on Bird Watching in Costa Rica

Our young writer shares his excitement and avian finds while bird watching on a family vacation to Costa Rica.

Dancing With Rabbits

A teen takes part in Visitor Week at Dancing Rabbit, an intentional community in Missouri, and brings home a new way of living.

Memories of Family Cruises Past

Though no longer a teen, our photo editor grew up going on annual family cruises. Read about her favorite childhood cruise memories and favorite cruise lines for kids.

The Unforgettable Hike to Volcán Arenal

A teen adventurer hikes through the Costa Rican rainforest to check out a lava-spurting volcano.

Getting Back in the Saddle

A Kansas family ranch experience teaches our teen writer how to round up Texas longhorn cattle and overcome her dislike of horseback riding.

If I Had a Hammer

Read about this teenage author’s two volunteer trips to build homes for people in Tijuana, Mexico.

Babymoon Deals for Expectant Couples

Check out these packages aimed at giving Mom and Dad some time to relax before their first, or next, baby arrives.

Fall Specials in the Cayman Islands

Find reduced room rates at Westin Casuarina’s fall sale, island-wide savings with Cayman Free Fallin’ and a Thanksgiving package at The Reef Resort.

Disney Deals and Anaheim Discounts

Get a free night stay at Disneyland’s Good Neighbor Hotels, free birthday pass to Disneyland, a kids’ rate package and Hilton Anaheim dining credits.

Ski and Save With Ski Packages for Families

Plan your 2008-2009 family ski vacation with these all-inclusive packages at popular ski lodgings in the United States.

Holiday Hotel Packages

Shop with the Four Seasons San Francisco, get a Tango package at the Hilton Buenos Aires, ring in the New Year in St. Lucia and explore the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.

Last-Minute Holiday Travel Deals

Shop at Macy’s with the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, enjoy a massage at Aqua Spa Hotel and Resorts, or go on a free family snorkel trip in Turks and Caicos.

Hot and Cool Travel Deals: Riviera Maya, Greenland and Bahamas

Explore the Arctic or snorkel in the Caribbean with these family travel deals.

Summer Travel Deals: Hawaii, Steamboat Cruises, Tanglewood and NYC

Summertime living is easy for families, with deals from the Big Island, to steamboat river tours, to New York City’s Flatotel.

Summer Vacation Relief at the Pump

Save on fuel costs with these gas card discounts and awards offered by various travel-related businesses across the county.

Cruise Deals: Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean

Cruise lines welcome children aboard for free, reward families with a gift card and free airfare, and offer reduced prices.

Family Vacation Discounts, Resort Credits, Free Golf for Kids

Take advantage of an affordable weekend in London, resort credits in Scottsdale and Cancun, and free golfing with the kids.

Family Vacation Savings, Theme Park Passes, Free Gas Cards

Williamsburg theme park passes and hotel discount package, free Orlando and San Francisco hotel gas card offers, Bahamas Wyndham Nassau resort discount.

Family Savings, $100 Gas Cards, Sheraton Discounts

Deals for San Diego hotels, Shell Hospitalty, Arco gas cards in California’s Big Bear Lake and Sheraton hotels’ water-park savings and Chilean ski package.

Cruise Discounts, Island Savings, Kids Cook for Parents Package

Costa Rica cruise discount and new yoga retreat, Cayman Islands and Mackinac Island both welcome families with savings packages and discounts, and the Omni Hotels in Texas teach the kids to cater to parents.

Last-Minute Summer Saver Deals

Planning a last-minute family vacation? Save now on stays in the Caribbean, Phuket, Colonial Williamsburg, on an Idaho yurt retreat, or receive airfare credits from Sandals Resorts.

Deals in and Near U.S. National Parks

From last minute summer escapes to upcoming winter specials, there are plenty of discounts and packages to help you explore the great outdoors.

Hotel Discounts, Free Kids Camp, Columbus Day Music Festival

This week’s deals are for a Branson hotel, free Florida kids camp and golf, a music festival in Aruba, and family retreat discounts for Utah or South Africa.

Hotel and Gas Savings in Hawaii; Family Packages in Montauk, Utah

This week’s deals are for a free night’s stay in Maui, gas savings on the Big Island, kids camp and activities in Montauk, and family adventure in Utah.

Hotel Packages in San Francisco, Greece, New York and Asheville

This week’s discounts are at San Francisco hotels, a free night’s stay in Santorini, a museum package in New York and passes to North Carolina attractions.

Italy Hotel Deals, Caribbean Packages and Lake Las Vegas

This week’s discounts are for Florence and Venice hotels, a last-minute deal in Lake Las Vegas, and family discounts in the Bahamas and Barbados.

Cabo for Couples, Free Night in Hawaii, London Charity

This week’s discounts are for Los Cabos and Honolulu hotels, an Innsbruck ski season package and a way to contribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New York, Safari, Spa and Tahiti Deals

Check out deals for art and family packages in New York, an African tour in Kenya, spa credits at Ritz-Carlton and affordable Tahiti for families.

Tucson, Antigua, Grenada, Football and Frieze Art Fair Deals

Check out deals for Tuscon, an outdoor adventure package in Antigua, extended summer rates in Grenada, football deals at Four Seasons and an art-buffs package in London.

8 Tips to Minimize Airline Fees

Feeling nickel and dimed? Here are tips to help keep those new airline fees at bay.

iJET Releases Beijing Olympics Travel Brief

Before you sprint to the finish line at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, review these potential travel risks and recommendations.

Children of the Corn

Wind your way through elaborate cornfield mazes across the United States and even the world for an exciting, and often corny, outdoor adventure.

Hudson 400: Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage

It’s been four centuries since this Dutch explorer discovered the Hudson River. Check out the events slated for the year-long celebrations throughout New York State.

Family Deals: Cruise, Ski, Spa

Special offers for Alaska cruises, Beaver Creek ski getaways and spa programs for teens

Family Deals: From Italy to the Caribbean

Read about our latest weekly deals for family getaways from Disney, Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon, Beaches Resorts and Great Wolf Lodge.

Cause Abroad, American Girl Experience and Family Deals

Walk for charity, pamper your American Girl, visit Vancouver and bring the whole crew for cheap to Ireland or Mexico.

Family Deals: Disney, San Francisco, Beijing, New York

This week's specials range from an Orlando single-parent family deal to a package for the Beijing Olympics.

Taos Welcomes Snowboarders

Taos Ski Valley to welcome snowboarders as of March 19 to the once ski-only, exclusive resort to re-establish itself as family-friendly.

Family Deals: From Pet-Friendly Lake Tahoe to Kid-Friendly India

This week’s news includes a pet package for a Lake Tahoe resort, guided tours of India, free stays for kids in Colorado Springs and a new South Carolina family resort.

Seattle Aquarium, Canoe Belize, Vegas ‘Fun-Cation’ and Swiss Alps

Seattle, Belize, Las Vegas and Switzerland offer amazing family travel deals, and a whole lot of fun.

Family Deals: Chicago, Ireland and Iceland

Check out these great deals for family travel in the Windy City, Emerald Isles and the Land of Fire and Ice—plus a new family-friendly program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Deals: Québec, San Diego, New Orleans and Naples

This week’s deals include Québec hotel and museum discounts, grandparents package in New Orleans, reduced admission to San Diego attractions, and special summer rates for a Florida beach and golf resort.

Deals: D.C., Montana, Los Cabos, Toronto

Family adventure packages abound for destinations from our nation’s capital to Big Sky country.

Prince Edward Island: Summer and Fall Festivals

From the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ centennial celebration to shellfish festivals, Canada’s smallest province offers a wealth of activities for vacationing families.

Fall Pumpkin Festivals

Carve up some family fun at these festive pumpkin parties across the country.

Home Run Spring Training Getaways

Plan a pre-season baseball vacation in Florida or Arizona, where you can attend a major league game for a fraction of the regular season price.

United States Expands Visaless Travel

Travel to countries like South Korea, Lithuania, Hungary and others without a visa.

Universal Studios Says Fire Won’t Affect Family Travelers

A fire that destroyed several Universal Studios sets won’t hinder theme park visitors.

Air Travel Tips for Children Flying Alone

Review these tips on airline fees and requirements before sending your child on a solo flight.

Affordable and Portable Private Tour Guides

Listen up! Audio tours offer a convenient, do-it-yourself alternative to crowded tour groups.

How to Plan for Healthy Travel with Children

Don’t let an illness dampen your family vacation. Here are tips to help protect your children from health risks during your travels.

Tips for a Gap Year With the Kids

Suggestions and ideas for long-term family vacations that traverse the globe.

7 Tips for Finding Airfare Deals

Rising travel costs bringing you down? Here are a few expert tips on how to find affordable airfares.

13 Tips for Finding Hotel Deals

Find affordable accommodations and hotel discounts that won’t have you tossing and turning all night.

Single Parent Family Vacation Savings Tips

Five money-saving family travel tips for single parents.

Tips for Teaching Kids to Ski

Ski lessons from a professional ski instructor from Sun Valley, Idaho.

Top 10 Italian Holiday Checklist

Review these 10 essential tips on what to pack and what to know before you go on your vacation to Italy.

Best of the TravelMuse Photo Blog

Top tips on camera safety and how to take better vacation photos from our photo editors.

Fly Wise With Travel Insurance

Got coverage? In today’s market, travel insurance might be for you. But before you buy, learn about the types of travel insurance available.

Where to Buy Travel Insurance

Know your options before you purchase travel insurance.

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

Read these expert tips to find out when and why you should get covered.

Art in the Park

Michigan Legacy Art Park near Traverse City is a great site for kids to combine art and nature.

Traverse City Festivals

Enjoy sweet eats, fine dining and movie marathons at three Traverse City, Michigan festivals. Plus the chance to see Madonna.

Traverse City: A Great Outdoor Getaway

Get outdoors with a trip to Traverse City, for beachcombing, scuba diving, kayaking and more.

Tucson Caving: An Underground Education

Wet and dry caves in southern Arizona provide a cool way (literally) to learn about the region’s history and geology.

Tucson’s Family-Friendly Rincon Ranches

Southern Arizona guest ranches offer families a healthy mix of outdoor adventure and American tradition.

Wings Over Willcox

Visit the winter home of more than 30,000 sandhill cranes in Willcox, Arizona, and witness their epic dawn flight.

Tucson: Southwest Vacation Haven

This southern Arizona city blends rustic, Wild West charm with modern-day sophistication.

Tuscany Villa Rentals: Live Your Dreams

Renting a villa is a family-friendly way to enjoy Tuscany.

St. Thomas: More than a Caribbean Cruise Capital

Discover St. Thomas’ treasures from duty-free shopping malls, white-sand beaches and historic attractions—but visit when the cruise ships aren’t there.

Escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands

Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.

Kid-Friendly USVI Resorts and Attractions

Check out these top accommodations and activities for families planning a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Vail Day Trip: Minturn

Nestled along the Eagle River near Vail, Minturn has retained its old-time charm.

Vail Valley: A Resort for All Seasons

As one season fades into the next, there is something to entice everyone at every age in this Rocky Mountain mecca.

Sweet Summer in the Vail Valley

Our expert offers her inside tips for a few of the myriad outdoor adventures available to sportsmen and women of all ages during a Vail summer vacation.

Vail: What’s Hot in Winter

Check out these tips from our expert on what’s new to do in Vail during the winter season.

5 Ways to Save on Family Vacations

Cut your travel costs without relinquishing comfort or fun with these money-saving tips from

Vancouver’s Family Vacation Attractions

The city of Vancouver, Canada attracts families with its rainforest wildlife, maritime history and assortment of intriguing museums and outdoor activities.

Travel Planning for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

Learn how and where to score tickets to the next Winter Olympic Games.

Overview of Vancouver

From diverse North American cuisine to busy mushroom markets to charming historical districts, Vancouver offers a diverse experience for all family members.

Vancouver: Winter Olympics in 2010

Eighty countries will converge in Vancouver and neighboring Whistler in 2010 to show off the latest moves in skiing, ice hockey, skating and sliding.

Counting the Lions of Venice

Amuse the kids and teach a little history while looking for Venice's many stone lions.

Unmask the Mask Makers of Venice

Kids of all ages will enjoy visits to shops in San Polo and Dorsoduro to watch craftsmen create elegant Carnival masks.

Venice: Italian Magic on the Adriatic

Bridges, canals and gondolas are icons in Venice, the city on the water, where travelers lose themselves in art, history and romantic streets and squares.

Lose Yourself in the Garden Maze of Villa Pisani

Il Labirinto, The Maze, is only part of the gardens that stretch splendidly behind the grand façade that Villa Pisani turns toward the Brenta Canal.

Washington, D.C., Insider Travel Planning Tips

Insider info from our local expert on where to go and what to see on your next trip to D.C.

History Lessons at D.C. Museums and Memorials

Don’t know which Washington museums are best for kids from tykes to teens? Read here for age-appropriate recommendations.

Washington, D.C., Theater for Kids

The theater scene in the D.C. Metro area is vibrant and ready to entertain children of all ages.

Family Events in Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital offers a year-round slew of special events, guaranteed to give you and the kids a fun lesson in history and culture.

D.C. Hotels: Find the Perfect Place to Rest

Our nation’s capital offers an array of family-friendly hotels of varying price, luxury and location. Learn from our hotel guru which bed best suits your family vacation best.

Dining With Kids in Washington, D.C.

Each of these restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area has something to satiate and satisfy your kids, as you work toward refining their young palettes.

Living in Whistler’s Lap of Luxury

Are you a snow bunny in search of ultimate pampering? Look no further than these Whistler resorts.

Whistler: Nature Lover’s Paradise

Whistler is known for its skiing, but it’s also a nature lover’s paradise in spring, summer and fall, making it a resort for all seasons.

Weekend in Whistler

Enjoy a fondue snowmobiling dinner package or mingle with celebrities at the Whistler Film Festival.

Family Fun in Whistler

Whistler ski resort in British Columbia, Canada—ranked number one in North America and the site of the 2010 Olympics—offers an incredible assortment of thrilling winter activities for the family.

Time Travel to Colonial Williamsburg

Retrace U.S. colonial history on your next vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Family Stays at Colonial Williamsburg Guesthouses

Complete your authentic family vacation to Williamsburg with an overnighter at one of 26 historic guesthouses.

Colonial Dining in Williamsburg

Treat the kids to an 18th century dining experience in a traditional colonial-style restaurant in Williamsburg.

Jamestown: North America’s First English Colony

When visiting nearby Colonial Williamsburg, take a break from the crowds and plan a day trip to this historic settlement.

Baraboo Celebrates the Circus

Circus World and Ringlingville keep the circus tradition alive and well in Baraboo, Wis.

The Dells: A Mix of Family Thrills and Relaxation

From wild amusement park rides to mellow nature hikes, the Wisconsin Dells has it all.

A Family Watery Wonderland at the Dells

Slip and slide your way to the Water Park Capital of the World for a vacation full of action-packed entertainment.

Family Lodging and Dining in the Dells

Find upscale dining and cozy, family-owned lodging on your vacation to Wisconsin Dells.

Camp Among the Bears in Yellowstone

How do you get up close and personal with all that Yellowstone has to offer? Camp!

Classroom Yellowstone

Venture into the wild with the help of expert naturalist guides.

Yellowstone Park: Comfort in the Wild

A family vacation stay in Yellowstone National Park means adding your own chapter to the history book.

Yellowstone National Park: A Natural Wonder

Geysers and buffalo and bears! Arrive early and stay late to see the natural world at its best.

Lodging and Dining in and Around Yosemite

From camping to luxury hotels, family-friendly cafeterias to fine dining, Yosemite offers something for every taste and budget.

5 Top Yosemite Family Hikes, by Age Group

Yosemite National Park offers several wilderness trails that are ideal for families traveling with children. Our expert reveals her insider tips.

Yosemite National Park: Merced River Rafting

Paddle amid spectacular scenery in Yosemite Valley on an inflatable raft.

Yosemite National Park’s Civilized Wilderness

Enjoy nature at its finest along with cultural amenities you might not expect in a national park.

Parenting at 32,000 Feet

Ply them with chocolate, remember to reseal the sippy cup once the cabin pressure stabilizes and other lessons learned by a mom in-flight.

Killing Time in the Airport With Kids

Tips on how to entertain the kids—and not lose your mind—during airport delays.

Having It All: All-Inclusive Travel for Families

What’s really included in an all-inclusive resort? Find out what you need to know before booking your family vacation.

Baby Gear Rentals for Family Vacations

Why schlep all that baby gear when your family hits the road? Rent cribs, car seats and toys for stress-free kid travel.

Getaways for Expecting Parents

Give yourself a break and take a babymoon vacation before the new addition to the family comes along.

Surviving the Beach With Kids

Get back to the basics for family beach fun.

Breastfeeding on Airplanes

If you’re a nursing mother who travels, know your rights when it comes to naturally feeding your child while on a airplane.

Bringing Nanny on the Family Vacation

Taking your nanny on the family trip can be a win-win situation for everyone—if you plan it right.

Trim Your Travel Budget Without Cutting Travel

Ailing economy giving you the travel blues? Learn how you can take a vacation anyway by following these expert budget travel tips.

Hitching a Ride: Turn Business into Pleasure for Kids

No time for a traditional family vacation? Extend a business trip into a family getaway.

Camping With Kids 101

Introduce your children to the great outdoors with expert advice on how to make sure your first camping trip goes smoothly.

Paradise by the Portable Crib

Traveling with your kids doesn’t have to mean an end to the romantic vacation. Some dos and don’ts on how parents can find alone time while on holiday.

Trapped on a Plane

A seasoned traveler, an expert and a journalist offer advice on keeping yourself and your family calm in the face of unexpected travel delays.

Survival Tips From a Disney Mom

A mom who’s visited Disney 54 times explains how the ever-daunting Disney World vacation can actually be a walk-in-the-park.

Educational Travel for Kids

Take your little ones on smarty-pants trips that are close to home.

Adventure Vacations for Families

Plan an adventure vacation for your next family trip, such as an African safari, a cycling tour or an archaeological dig.

Family Cruises Provide Something for Everyone

There’s no need to leave the kids at home when you can plan a family cruise vacation that satisfies all in the family.

Flying for Two: Tips on Flying While Pregnant

Air travel is perfectly safe for moms-to-be who hydrate, exercise and stick to short flights.

To Grandma’s House We Go!

Make your holiday family travel plans a breeze by following these easy tips for easing seasonal travel woes.

How to Handle Overnight Delays

Know your travel rights when your flight is cancelled or delayed, and find a hotel room, too.

How to Pack for Road Trips with Infants

Packing tips from our columnist mom when taking a newborn or infant on vacation.

See the World Through a Child’s Eyes

Making international travel with kids rewarding can be as simple as mixing familiar with foreign.

Get in the Car and Go

Tips for last-minute summer travel that won’t break the bank.

Managing Multigenerational Travel

Traveling with your extended family doesn’t have to be a pain. Relax, let go of grudges and enjoy your time together.

Road Trip Survival Guide: Prepping and Packing

Mom was right when she told you to make a list and keep it simple.

The Poop on Potty Training While on the Road

To train or not to train? That is sometimes the question when traveling with toddlers.

On the Road Again: Infant Travel Part II

Take a road trip with your baby and keep your sanity, too. Read our expert tips on how to plan a road trip with an infant.

Road Tripping While Pregnant

Hitting the road is possible for moms-to-be, as long as they exercise caution. Follow these simple guidelines for car travel safety while pregnant.

Tips for Spontaneous Family Travel

Hitting the road without a set agenda? Here are some tips for making your unstructured travels fun and adventurous for the whole family.

24 Hours in St. Louis With Kids

Turn your overnight visit to St. Louis into a family getaway. This Midwest city is a gem for kids and parents alike.

The Ins and Outs of Staying With the In-laws

Nurture family relationships without going insane.

Sticking to a Routine While on Vacation

The dos and don’ts of sticking to your kids’ routine while on a family trip.

Tips for Healthy International Travel

Stay safe overseas with advice on vaccinations, insurance and travel planning.

Travel Health Emergencies: How to Be Prepared

Handle health issues on the road with composure—plan ahead, consider urgent-care facilities and know that help can be just a phone call away.

Stay Sane While Traveling With Friends

Keep these tips in mind when vacationing with friends in order to ensure the friendship stays intact long after the holiday is over.

360 Degrees Longitude: A Yearlong Family Adventure

Follow John Higham and his family as they travel around the world for a year in this new book that also gives helpful tips for how to plan your own long-term travel adventure.

Aloha, Mahalo and Everything in Between

Explore the Big Island and Maui with two guidebooks that highlight outdoor adventure in the Hawaiian Islands.

Walt Disney World & Orlando: Guidebook Guidance

Both Frommer’s and DK Eyewitness Travel guides give you the lowdown on navigating Walt Disney World with kids, as well as touting the charms of nearby Orlando.

Have Kids, Will Travel

Guides from Frommer’s and Zagat Survey show that there are great family travel destinations in all corners of the world as well as in your backyard.

Guidebook Review: Discover the Florida Keys

Unlock the mystery of the Florida Keys with two guidebooks that also provide history and local insiders’ tips.

Discovering Disneyland From the Inside Out

Tackle Disneyland without losing your mind, with two insider guidebooks that’ll help you plan your adventure to the park, Anaheim and beyond.

Hitting the Historic Road

Learn about the original 13 colonies or factoids about each of the 50 U.S. states with these two travel books, one geared for adults, the other for kids.

Lake Tahoe Guidebooks: Summer and Winter Adventures

Read our review of two guidebooks to see whether a summer or winter Tahoe family vacation is right for you.

London Guidebooks Review

Two comprehensive guidebooks cover everything London—from essentials to dining spots to biographies.

New York City Travel Guides

Two great books for two distinct audiences: family travelers and those looking for off-the-beaten-path exploration.

Peter Greenberg’s Tips for Budget Travel

The ‘Today’ show travel editor reveals industry secrets and handy tips for finding the best deals when traveling on a budget during economic down times.

Road Trip Guides: America on Wheels

Hit the road, old-school style, with these road trip guides from MTV and Jamie Jensen.

Discover the Streets of San Francisco

Bring these guidebooks—and some comfortable walking shoes—when you explore the diverse and hilly neighborhoods of San Francisco.

A Seattle Guidebook That Really Gets Kids

This kid-specific Seattle guidebook offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s attractions with an eye to children’s entertainment and education.

Ski Resort Guide Reviews for America and Europe

Top skiers uncover the best winter resorts in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Tired of the Mudslinging? Discover D.C. for Yourself

Two Washington guidebooks highlight capital attractions in an interactive format for kids.

Getting to Know Yellowstone, Inside and Out

Learn about Yellowstone with a family-oriented guidebook and a children’s story about this famous National Park.

Inside Yosemite: Treks, Tracks and Scat

Two comprehensive and educational guidebooks cover everything from Yosemite hikes to helping kids identify animal tracks and droppings.

Welcome to TravelMuse

Nearly a year after the idea for our company was hatched, we're finally ready for our test flight.

Mayan Vacation Expedition

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a great place to take the family for some fun in the sun and a cultural education.

Life’s a Beach

Sun, fun, sand and sanity. A beach vacation is just the ticket for a mid-year break.

The Inspiration of Yosemite

Our Yosemite issue marks the official launch of the TravelMuse Beta site and introduces the Inspiration Finder—an industry first—and the TravelMuse Planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina and Beyond

Check out our latest issue for the the ABCs of Argentina: art, beef, character and scenery.

Setting Sail With Cruise Bookings on TravelMuse

TravelMuse has added the ability to book cruises on our site, so we’re kicking off this new feature with a special cruise issue.

London Calling

Exchange rate issue aside, London is a terrific destination, and there are plenty of ways to ease the cost of vacationing in Mother England.

Happy Independence Day!

Our Fourth of July coverage tackles all things Americana: from Colonial Williamsburg and historic Mt. Rushmore to traditonal U.S. summer vacation destinations and kitschy festivals.

Southern California Paradise

San Diego is one of those few destinations that appeals to a wide range of different travelers: sun worshippers, nature lovers, history buffs, urban explorers and family travelers.

Chilling Out in Costa Rica

I came face-to-face with a poisonous snake during my visit to Costa Rica and was nearly attacked by a monkey, but I'd return in a heartbeat.

Let the Beijing Games Begin

Old meets new, East meets West in this ancient city that has been transforming itself for the XXIX Olympiad, just a week away.

Roman Holiday

Our second issue takes us from the pristine wilderness of Alaska to the ancient city of Rome.

Bears, Bison and Beauty

Yellowstone was the first designated national park in the United States and remains one of the most popular.

Midwest Vacation Meccas

Branson is a relatively new top drive-to spot, but the Wisconsin Dells remains a family favorite as well.

Hawaiian Holiday

With summer ending, extend the warm weather with a vacation to Maui or the Big Island.

A Few of Our Favorite San Francisco Things

TravelMuse shares staff picks for our Bay Area home; announces new social trip planning tool and product upgrade!

Italian Holiday: Venice and Florence

Family friendly, romantic and historic—whatever your travel interests, you’re sure to find them satisfied with a vacation to Italy.

Feel the Warmth of Baja, Mexico

Read our Los Cabos articles on where to stay and what to do before you plan your next Cabo vacation.

In Love With New York

Despite its ongoing changes, no other place in the world can match the creative energy, vibrancy and diversity of New York City.

Tucson, Arizona Vacation Planning

This southwest city in southern Arizona is great for family vacations as well as those looking for historical, spa, golf or culinary retreats.

Vail Vacation

Whether you visit Vail in winter or summer, read our latest issue cover to learn the ins and outs of this world-renown resort valley.

Tackling Orlando

Every parent knows they must plan a family vacation to this theme park mecca at some point. Our latest issue tells you how.

Breathtaking Lake Tahoe

This cool lake resort community offers some hot deals for families.

Taking in the Seattle Scene and Scenery

There’s more than coffee to this Pacific Northwest city on Puget Sound.

Sweet Home Chicago and

TravelMuse completes its alpha phase and migrates to its new address. Oh, and we have a new issue too—my hometown, Chicago.

Happy Anniversary Québec!

Our current issue highlights this historic Canadian city as it celebrates its quadrennial. Also read about Euro soccer, the offbeat Winvian resort and stays with the in-laws.

A Capital Affair

From how to take in the sights to where to find the best children’s theater, our Washington, D.C., issue covers it all.

Top Baby Carriers for Travelers

Find the best carriers on the market for travelers as well as tips for buying the right babywearing gear to help ease sore backs and cranky children.

Into the Wild … in Comfort

Camping gear for those who like their creature comforts on the go.

The Scoop on Sunscreens

Not all lotions are created equal. Here are five top approved products that pass the test for safe, effective sun protection.

The Bag to Put It In: Part 2

Last issue we highlighted cute kids carry-ons. This time we're offering cool luggage choices for parents.

The Bag to Put It In: Part 1

Getting children their own special luggage makes them happier to carry their own weight on the road. Here are a few bags to help your little ones help you while traveling in style

Don’t Get Burned!

Check out these sun-protective clothes for you and your family that have a seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Travel Games Unplugged

Keeping your backseat drivers entertained doesn’t require a battery.

Travel Journals That Inspire

Jot down your adventures in inspiring travel journals, from recycled notebooks to fill-in-the-blank kids’ booklets.

Drinking Games

Worried about water? These safe water bottles let you BYOB in style.