Xcaret: The RIVIERA MAYA’S Family Fantasy Land

Located In Mexico's Yucatan Region, this popular eco-adventure park entertains families with everything from cultural spectacles to lagoon snorkle trips. Xcaret (“Ssh-karet”), the site of a centuries-old Maya trading post, is now a unique ecological theme park built on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  It’s just four miles south of the lively nightlife of Playa del … [Read more...]

Winter Travel: Skiing in IDAHO

Although the Rocky Mountains offer some of the best skiing in the world, the overlooked state of Idaho can offer excellent deals with short lift lines and great value.  Not only does Idaho have eighteen ski areas, offering some world class skiing and snow boarding options -- powder, terrain parks, cat-skiing, heli-skiing -- it’s also a big empty state with blue skies and fresh tracks. … [Read more...]

PARIS With Kids (In 715 Easy Steps)

David Hochman finds visiting the City of Lights in autumn means saying adieu to summer crowds and discovering a kid's paradise that will charm adults as well. Somewhere between Babar and Madeline, “Ratatouille” and Hugo Cabret, my eight-year-old felt he knew Paris before we even got there. To Sebastian, the city was a place of roving accordionists, incandescent railway stations and … [Read more...]

Mom vs. Mountain: A Family Skiing Adventure at MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA

Liz Laing hits the slopes with her powderpuff newbie kids for their first ski adventure. After hearing for years that Mammoth Mountain has some of the best skiing in California, I decided a ski trip with my family was long overdue. It had been a few years since I last skied and my three kids would be learning for the first time. Let me preface that by also saying that skiing is one of those … [Read more...]

Hawaii, Family Style: Disney’s Aulani Resort

The new Aulani Resort offers stylish interiors mixed with whimsical Disney touches, making it the ideal Hawaiian destination for families. The new $800 million Aulani Resort in Ko Olina on the southwest coast of Oahu is far from the over-the-top theme park extravaganza one might expect from a Disney property. This modern take on a Hawaiian resort is free from tiki torches and fairy tale … [Read more...]

Splash and Relax at the Big Island of Hawaii’s Hilton Waikoloa Village

A new day-use package at the 62-acre beachfront resort provides an idyllic spot to spend the day or relax before a flight back home. Say you are traveling to Hawaii’s Big Island and were wondering if there was a great day-use option where you could take the family for a place to relax with access to load of activities, water features and multiple restaurants, and maybe even a great, air … [Read more...]

Bespoke Adventure Sport Holidays

Dvorak Expeditions, a seasoned outfitter, leads multi-sport, customized vacations throughout the West. Are you a fly-fisher interested in hooking some browns, rainbows or cutthroat trout? Does horseback riding through a pinon forest or rafting white water along with the family through pristine wilderness grab your attention? Interested in a 4×4 adventure to a ghost town? All on the same … [Read more...]

Tennessee’s Titanic Museum

The largest “unsinkable” passenger shipped set off from Southampton, England on its maiden voyage in April of 1912, with 2223 eclectic passengers on board, who excitedly embarked to experience a new level of opulence at sea. Four days into the journey, the massive ship struck an iceberg and sank in two hours and forty minutes, with 1517 lives lost, making it one of the world’s largest maritime … [Read more...]

Travel Books: Inspired Reads for the Road

A popular stop on Los Angeles’ trendy, boutique-filled West Third Street, Traveler's Bookcase has been a destination of sorts for travel-savvy parents and their kids since it opened in 1991. But when husband and wife team Natalie Compagno and Greg Freitas took over the independent bookstore three years ago, they made it a priority to really broaden the kids’ section. “We experienced so many … [Read more...]

A Maritime Safari in Kaikoura

If you are wondering where you can take the kids this Christmas or in the New Year that is far, far away, exotic and beautiful, yet still safe and comfortable, then look no further than the Hapaku Lodge & Tree Houses.  This eco-chic retreat is situated in one of New Zealand's most spectacular settings on the Kaikoura Peninsula. ‘Kaikoura’ meaning ‘To eat crayfish’ in Maori is one of the … [Read more...]