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A weekend visit to Nantucket island, once the whaling capital of the world


Sign commemorating Nantucket as a center of world commerce
This small island -- just 14 miles East to West and 3.5 miles north to south -- is so pretty with its weathered gray shingle houses, roses climbing white picket fences and cobblestone streets in Nantucket town. There are more than 800 pre-Civil War houses on the island, which shares the name with a county and a town -- the only place in the country that all three have the same name. more
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Lady Liberty is reopening July 4 after cleanup from Hurricane Sandy


Lady Liberty
Wow! Even the most jaded teen or tween can’t help but be impressed gazing up at The Statue of Liberty, reopening July 4 for the first time since Liberty Island was seriously damaged and closed last fall in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. more
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Activities for kids abound in Detroit, Michigan


Mural at Eastern Market
Detroit has plenty of kid-friendly activities too! If you or your kids are history buffs, the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are perfect destinations. The Ford Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts, including the first Mustang ever made, the car in which JFK was assassinated, the chair Lincoln was seated in when he was shot, and the bus that Rosa Parks rode. more
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Two days discovering Michigan


Peony Gardens at Nichols Arboretum
Ann Arbor is full of wonderful and unique food. The day opened at Zola, originally started as a small Turkish gem, which still sticks to its roots. Usually, I love sticking to my roots, treating myself to blintz and crepes for breakfast, but the waiter convinced me to try an artichoke omelet with plenty of veggies and hearty flavor. more
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Learning all about the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore and Washington


Aerial View of Fort McHenry
lLarning about the flag starts in Baltimore with a visit to Fort McHenry (walk among the canons and peer into barracks that look as they might have during the Battle of Baltimore). Then on to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to see the actual flag in all its glory. more
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Take your kids and check out all the new rides at a theme park this summer


The River Rush ride at Dollywood
You’ll have your pick of thrills — wet and dry — this summer when nearly 200 new rides and attractions open at more than 80 theme parks, water parks, family fun centers, zoos, aquariums and museums in the United States and Canada, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. more
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Baltimore is a great place for families to learn history


Cannons that returned fire on British Ships at Fort McHenry in War of 1812
Today people consider the War of 1812 “the forgotten war” but visiting the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a good place to earn about it. Wherever you go in Baltimore, the kids are bound to learn something—maybe without even realizing they’re getting a history lessons. more
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Families learn more than just Civil War history in Richmond VA


Covered boat from River District Canal Cruises in Richmond VA
On Richmond’s Emancipation and Civil War Day held the first weekend of April, I joined hundreds of visitors to take advantage of the open doors of the historical sites and honor the important event in American history. more
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Chicago is a kids and family kind of town


The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago’s famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos in the country. (Kids especially love the polar bears.) more
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How a museum exhibit is changing lives in Los Angeles


Endeavour flies over her new home at the California Science Center on Sept 21 2012
New museum exhibits often foster excitement and increase tourism and, since it opened last fall, “The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition” has done both in spades. (Did I mention there is no entrance fee to the wonderful hands-on museum, though you can pay $2 for a timed entrance to Endeavour?) more
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