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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

To Spectacular Silverton, Colorado

Talk about being a 21st-century pioneer. Jenny and Aaron Brill are raising the only infant in a tiny Colorado town, a town located more than 9,000 feet above sea level that offers heart-stopping mountain views in every direction and more than 400 inches of snow a year. And despite the economy, they're making their dreams come true -- and a lot of skiers happy in the process. more
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Grabbing Some Time for Yourself

Such a tough decision! Should I stay stretched out on my lounge chair, waiting for the smiling beach boy named Ben Pierre to bring me a frothy concoction or make my way across the white sandy beach for a dip in the clear, turquoise water? Maybe I should go to the infinity pool -- 7,000 square feet lined with blue mosaic -- where the chairs are set right in the water. more
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Getting Up-close and Personal with Olympians’ Parents

It's cold, dark and the snow is dumping, but that doesn't stop thousands of locals and their kids from turning out at Park City Mountain Resort to cheer on snowboarding superstars Shaun White and Hannah Teter, as well as other world-class athletes as they strut their stuff under the lights in their final competition before the 2010 Olympic U.S. snowboarding team was announced. more
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Taking the Kids — To Patagonia

The locals in Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia are rhea, small ostriches, the gray fox, and herds of guanaco -- a kind of llama who totally ignore us as the males chase each other (only one male can be dominant in a herd of females) and the females nurse their oh-so-cute babies. More than a dozen condors fly overhead so close we can make out the white on their wings, which span nine feet across! more
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Taking the Kids — to St. Lucia

Boiling mud pots, rain forests, and a drive-in Volcano. All that and spectacular beaches, too, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, which promises a lot more than your typical resort getaway. With a culture that has borrowed from both the British and French -- the small island midway between Martinique and St. Vincent changed hands some 14 times before finally gaining independence in 1979. more
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To the Snow in Telluride

The town of Telluride is so safe that local parents let 10-year-olds run around on their own. Kids routinely hop the free gondola from the mountain village for the 12-minute ride into town where they can go to a movie (there's one movie theater), get some pizza or a burger and some gummies at The Sweet Life. "Parents just have to be willing to give them the freedom and you will see them blossom," promises Pam Bennett, whose three children are the fifth generation to be raised here. more
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When They Lead the Way: Looking Back on 2009

Rule One: The kids are the leaders. Rule Two: We follow -- happily -- most of the time anyway. We all know the dirty little secret of family travel: If the kids are happy, the grown-ups are happy, and it doesn't matter whether you are in a five-star resort in Scottsdale or a budget cabin in the Ozarks, on an once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica or camping in the nearest state park. more
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Aboard the Biggest Cruise Ship Afloat

hink every kind of food the kids and you could want 24-7 (wine-pairing menus to burgers and fries, chicken noodle soup to gazpacho, healthy smoothies to ice cream sundaes), entertainment ("Hairspray" to synchronized divers performing in an outdoor AquaTheater and children's puppet shows) and activity (mini-golf and water playground, teen disco and giant arcade, carousel and junior spa). more
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Buying Some Gifts for the Traveling Family

Instead of rushing around trying to find the perfect gift for my favorite family travelers, I'm going to get them what I find most helpful to have with me when I'm traveling with my gang. According to a new survey from TripAdvisor.com, 38 percent of travelers hope to receive a travel-related gift this December. more
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To the Rare Caribbean Resort That Works for the Littlest Vacationers — and Their Parents and Grandparents

Welcome to Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos -- the family resort of the Sandals brand -- where the littlest vacation goers like Milo Greenspan rule. Milo may only be four but he drove his family's vacation decision -- straight from Chicago to this resort. "He's been asking for the last two years to come to Elmo's Beach," explained his mom Catherine. "And if he's happy, I'm happy." more
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