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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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Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond


The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
This January, of course, also marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and I can’t think of a better time than this winter — February is Black History Month — to explore civil rights in Washington and beyond. more
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Hold on for thrills in the treetops of New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods


Enesi on the zipline at Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
Yhe Bretton Woods Ski Area Canopy Tour is a combination of nine progressively thrilling zip line rides, two hikes across suspension bridges way up in the trees, and a couple of incredible rappelling experiences. It was the latter that really tested our mettle. more
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At the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel for the holidays


The Omni Mount Washington Hotel at sunset under a full moon on Christmas Eve
There is plenty to do at this historic resort—from NH largest ski area, plenty of groomed cross country and snow shoe trails, dog sledding, sleigh rides and indoor and outdoor pool and gargantuan spa where my daughter and I indulged in blissful massages yesterday. more
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Families on a hike through the snowy woods of New Hampshire


Exploring a partially frozen waterfall along the Crawford Trail
We’re hiking in the snow—micro crampons on our feet on the Crawford Trail in New Hampshire, with a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highlands Center. In case you are wondering, the needles on the spruce are spikey--thus “spikey spruce” and the needles on the balsam are soft (“friendly fir”!). more
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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun


ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall
it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails. more
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Snowshoeing – the quieter side of a winter vacation, day or weekend


Skiing in the Northeast US (photo by Tubbs Snowshoes)
You don’t need a gourmet meal to enjoy snowshoeing. It’s fun to take a sandwich and hot cider with you in your backpack; it’s fun just to get out and enjoy the back-country landscape away from the hustle and bustle of a snow sports resort. I try to take a day off from skiing each trip just for the experience. more
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Multi-generational travel gaining popularity among familes


Margaret Harvey (far right) and family in Kenya
Thirty-seven percent of leisure travelers say they’ve traveled with grandkids just this past year. Twenty-two percent report they are even leaving their children behind and just inviting the grandkids along.... more
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Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!


Biking in the Sonoran Desert
Our Guide Kerry Echer is leading us on one of several unique adventures offered by the Golden Door Spa here. Earlier in the day, we’d noticed Echer teaching rock climbing on the giant boulders; there are also guided hikes and mountain biking. more
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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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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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