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Caving in South Dakota
On a caving adventure discover such subterranean secrets as “curtains” of crystals and vast underground chamber and thousands of years old stalactites and stalagmites. South Dakota’s Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park are two of the U.S.’s top caves.
Castle Hopping in Europe
Castles have always fascinated travelers and Europe claims some of the most intriguing. In these centuries-old palaces, see where battles, banquets and even a few beheadings have taken place, as well as admire priceless jewels and pristine gardens.
Caribbean: Why We Love It
The Caribbean is one of my family’s favorite destinations. Not just for the region’s spectacular palm-tree lined sands, conducive to lounging in the sun and lapping up the latest mystery novels, but for all the adventures and experiences we’ve shared on these islands.
Caribbean Music, Barbados’ Crop-Over Festival
Fast, rhythmic and compelling, Caribbean music has echoes of steel pan, calypso, spouge and ska beats. One of the best places to experience Caribbean music is on Barbados during Crop-Over, a festival from mid-May to the first Monday in August. That’s when Barbados rocks to its island roots.
California's State Parks and Reserves
Everybody knows about California’s impressive national parks, but the state parks and reserves are hidden gems, offering spectacular views and wildlife and often, fewer crowds. Some favorites: Point Lobos State Reserve for seals and sea lions and for surfing, try Doheny State Beach.
Budget Winter Vacations: Parks
State and national parks provide that rarest of getaways-a resort vacation with great views at budget rates, especially during winter’s low season. Take advantage of the good deals to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski and enjoy the outdoors at the year’s lowest prices.Here are five great places.
Budget Friendly Learning Vacations
Creative play isn’t just for toddlers. Learning vacations allow you to try something you’ve always wanted to do, including delve into a topic alongside experts. After these vacations you come away not only refreshed, but enriched. A bonus: these trips are modestly priced.
Boston's Fresh Face
Over the years, I thought I’d discovered just about everything to see and do in Boston. But recently, I encountered a new Boston – one that triumphantly emerged after a dilapidated elevated highway has been razed and a new roadway positioned underground. Boston has new parks and attractions.
Boston in Winter
Visit Boston in winter? Certainly. Weekend hotel rates drop from spring and summer highs, museums showcase new exhibits and theaters host new entertainment. You can also tack on a ski or tubing outing to a snowy hill within 60-minutes of the city.
Book: the Best Family Destinations
Forget about doing the same old thing for your next family vacation. Buy Kyle McCarthy’s new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destinations and peruse nearly 200 choices throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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