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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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The 10 most beautifully challenging highways in America


Over the years we have traveled nearly all of these scenic highways, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the Road to Hana and other great roads in the Hawaiian Islands. How many have you experienced? (sponsored infographic) more
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Things to do in Hawaii


Hawaii is one of our favorite destinations and Taking the Kids has featured its charms many times over the years. Don't just go for the magnificent beaches, or the world-class surfing. The are many other great activities (sponsored infographic). more
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Budgeting the family holiday


You may be paying for more mouths to feed, but a little planning can still save you money in the long run. Book early in the year and if possible, at off-peak times; if you can't take your child out of school, go for the autumn holidays instead of summer. more
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Getting them outdoors and away from electronics this fall


At the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay CA
They’re the one thing I always put in my backpack when heading outdoors with kids in the fall — whether they’re 4, 14 or 24. Those Ziploc bags of M&Ms have been known to inspire art creations, stop a meltdown and even spur healthy debate.. more
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A Fall Escape to Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Pool at Riviera Maya Palace Deluxe
As the air becomes crisp in the North, there is one destination you can always rely on for bathing-suit weather: Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Having somehow missed the short beach season this summer, I wanted a chance to relax on the beach at a resort where after I checked in, the most difficult decision I’d have to make was what I wanted to eat next. more
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When “upscale” means catering to the youngest guests


What is most interesting to me is how such an upscale resort—long a favorite among Hollywood celebs and pro athletes where rooms in season are often over $1000 a night —has gone out of its way to welcome well-heeled families with its complimentary kids’ club for kids 4-11 more
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In Mexico, a Spa for the Whole Family


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe
Where are the kids while the parents are at the spa? There are two options: the Barcy Kids Club, where kids get to partake in activities like pool sports and crafts, or the Barcelo Kids Spa. more
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Experiencing the Sea Turtles and Other Wildlife in Riviera Maya


Helping protect the sea turtle hatchlings on the Riviera Maya
This resort is dedicated to protecting the sea turtle eggs laid upon its 1.25 miles of glistening beach during sea turtle nesting season from May through October, and guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in the release of the juvenile turtles when they hatch. more
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Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe seen from beach
This is Mayan land, we are told, and there is a lot of mysticism around here. So much mysticism that the superstitious-minded believe the world will be ending December 21, 2012. It doesn’t feel like the world is ending at Barceló, though... more
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Visiting the nation’s capital is cool in the fall


The National Mall from the Washington Monument to the Capitol
Fall is a great time to visit Washington, D.C. Hotel rates are down as much as half, and the summer humidity has disappeared, along with the crowds. No wonder it’s Travelzoo’s featured destination right now. more
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