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Dead Horse State Park, Utah

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

A family vacation in the USA is as much about big cities, theme parks and shopping as it is about small towns, natural wonders and national monuments. And whether you intend to spend your holiday communing with nature in wide open spaces or taking in the sites along America's back roads, family attractions and child-friendly activities abound. Children's museums, amusement parks, sports stadiums and holiday parades are just a few of the fun things to see and do with kids in the United States. Paddle a raft, kayak or canoe. Hike, bike, snowboard and ski. Surf on the west coast, body board on the east. Dig for fossils in the Badlands. While a cross-country road trip may not be in order, a scenic drive speaks to freedom and family adventure. Take a detour from the highway or day trip from the city and introduce the kids to American culture; hotdogs and Hollywood don't hold a candle to the Pennsylvania Dutch or Native American Indians. Whether you plan to travel to New York or California, tour the Midwest or discover the deep South our family travel guides will help you make the most of your holiday in America.
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Cliff Palace Loop Road

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado 81330

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Cliff Palace, on Chapin Mesa, is the most frequently visited Mesa Verde cliff dwelling. And there's a reason. With 150 rooms and 23 kivas it is the largest archaeological sit ...
  • Ancient Ruins
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Arches National Park

Utah 84532

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Fiery Furnace may not be home to the monoliths for which Arches National Park is best known but this labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and fins is one of the park's most ...
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  • Walking
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County Road 142

Canyonlands National Park

Utah 84532

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Set high on vertical sandstone cliffs, Island in the Sky commands spectacular views of spires, fins and canyons, independent of the direction you look. Yet the vistas aren't ...
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Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming 83013

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Jenny Lake, formed by glaciers little more than 10,000 years ago, is one of the most popular spots in Grand Teton National Park. And there's a reason. Not only is Jenny Lake ...
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Moab, Utah 84532

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Rocks, the main attraction on any trip to Moab, hold appeal for archaeology buffs young and old. This seemingly harsh and inhospitable land has been inhabited for hundreds if ...
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