Ultimate Family Travel

Pack up the family because Travel Channel is counting down the best family adventures, from a $100 tangle with alligators to a $57,000 Titanic voyage.

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Blue Mountain Brewery and Hop Farm

Blue Mountain Brewery and Hop Farm

Blue Mountain Brewery brings the revolution of real, hand-crafted American beer to our corner of the world. 960 1280

  

Hill & Holler Farm-to-Table Dining

Hill & Holler Farm-to-Table Dining

Hill & Holler provides a modern farm-to-table experience in a rustic setting with a fine-dining atmosphere. 960 1280

  

Shopping on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Shopping on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

This resort city features family attractions, outdoor recreational facilities, miles of beaches, and a diverse selection of restaurants and shopping opportunities. 960 1280

  

Camping on the New River

Camping on the New River

Camping in Virginia can mean anything from back-to-basics primitive to well-developed tent sites with electricity and water hookups to RV sites with resort-style amenities, such as cable TV! 960 1280

  

Enjoying Rappahannock River Oysters

Enjoying Rappahannock River Oysters

With 7 different oyster regions and its status as the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters in the country, Virginia has become the oyster capital of the East Coast.  960 1280

  

Shenandoah National Park Hiking

Shenandoah National Park Hiking

Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful, historic national treasure that includes the scenic, 105-mile-long Skyline Drive, along with more than 500 miles of hiking trails for families to explore. Camping is available in the park, as are modern lodge facilities and full-service restaurants.  960 1280

  

Bay Creek Resort

Bay Creek Resort

Discover a seaport that retains its 19th-century beauty while you’re pampered with modern amenities, hospitality and family vacation fun! A furnished vacation home in Cape Charles, VA, is base camp for your own Eastern Shore family getaway!  960 1280

  

Virginia Beach Family Vacation

Virginia Beach Family Vacation

As a premier resort area, Virginia Beach offers numerous recreational, historical and cultural opportunities. With 28 miles of public beach area and its popular 3-mile boardwalk, Virginia Beach is a prime family vacation spot. 960 1280

  

Kings Dominion, a 400-acre theme and water park, is home to more than 60 rides and attractions. There's something for every member of the family.  960 1280

  

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

There are few hotels this nice on Aruba, with immaculate rooms, a large beach with water sports and a modern fitness center. And the Surf Club has family-style figured out: ping pong tables by the pool, a Nintendo Wii lounge for teens and a Lazy River -- a long, slow-flowing pool that carries rafters from one side of the property to the other.

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Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Opened in late 2008, the 600-room Majestic is newer, cleaner, and more modern than most all-inclusives on the island. Its giant pool, soft-sand beach, great beds, nightly entertainment, and fun kids’ club make it a popular choice among families on spring break.

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Oyster  

Argonaut Hotel

Argonaut Hotel

This nautical-themed hotel is whimsical yet elegant, with well-kept guest rooms, a restaurant that serves delicious fare and a free nightly wine reception. The hotel sits along Fisherman's Wharf, the city's family-friendly stretch of waterfront with a trolley-car terminus, the ferry to Alcatraz and plenty of shops and restaurants.

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Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group  

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Brimming with activities for kids and teens, Atlantis is a true Caribbean playground. The resort has 11 spectacular pools (including several kids' pools), a 141-acre water park, a speedway for racing remote-control cars, a rock-climbing wall and a marine habitat with sharks, stingrays and dolphins -- and that's just the beginning.

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Atlantis, Kerzner  

Dreams Punta Cana Resort

Dreams Punta Cana Resort

A megaresort with uniquely attentive service, Dreams Punta Cana will appeal to kids and adults alike: The Explorers' club offers a full schedule of activities for young children (like nature tours), and teens will love organized sporting events and the teen disco at night. A huge pool and a name-brand liquor for adults' is a really great deal.

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AM Resorts  

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village

The largest resort in Hawaii, the amenity-packed Hilton Hawaiian Village has more to offer families than any other property in Hawaii: 5 pools; tons of animals on the grounds, including parrots and penguins; and calm, coral-reef-protected waters at the beach. Thanks to the Penguin Club, which plans field trips and activities for kids, you can relax sans kiddies.

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Hilton Worldwide  

Hotel Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar

One of Los Angeles' only hotels directly on the sand, the beautiful Casa del Mar is home to spacious, luxurious guest rooms, a classy pool overlooking the ocean and an excellent spa, gym, and seafood restaurant. If that isn't enough, the amusement-filled Santa Monica pier is just a 15-minute walk away, and a 22-mile bike path passes by the hotel.

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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.  

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

In a central part of South Beach and directly on the beach, the extravagant Loews boasts one of the area's biggest, best pools and a popular sushi spot as well as six other restaurants and lounges. Families will love it here: Enthusiastic counselors host beach tours and Nintendo Wii competitions at the Kids Camp, the Toy Library loans out beach shovels, and the hotel can even send DVDs and PlayStation games up to your room.

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Lowes Hotels Resorts  

Rose Hall Resort and Spa

Rose Hall Resort and Spa

One of Jamaica's best hotels, Rose Hall's modern features, professional service and huge on-site water park make this relaxed, beachside golf resort popular with families. The waterslides, waterfalls and swinging bridges of the Sugar Mill Falls water park are bound to be a hit with the kids, but a high-tech gym, a quality spa and 6 tennis courts make Rose Hall popular with parents, too.

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Hilton Worldwide  

Trump International Beach Resort

Trump International Beach Resort

The centerpiece of this beachside hotel may be its grotto-style pool, but the accommodating, genuine service truly adds to a stay here. And families will feel right at home: The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. Plus, unlike at other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. Fees apply for meals and some art projects.

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Trump International Beach Resort  

El Cosmico, Texas

El Cosmico, Texas

Choose between a spruced-up vintage trailer, yurt or teepee at this 18-acre bohemian oasis in Marfa, Texas, where there is also a campground should anyone choose to pitch a tent the old-fashioned way. It's all in the details at El Cosmico, from Chemex coffee makers in the trailers to writing desks in your yurt – should someone be inspired to write a desert poem. After a hike in the nearby West Texas mountains or a visit to one of Marfa’s art galleries, watch the stars come out while you and the kids lounge in the hammock grove or soak in an outdoor Dutch tub.  960 1280

Peter Tsai  

Feather Down Farms, England

Feather Down Farms, England

Cool Dutch design plus the best joys of farm life: this is Feather Down Farms, a European outfit that offers high-style farm vacations to families who really want to get back to the garden. Their Quaker-inspired tents – electricity-free but equipped with a wood burning stove and bedside lanterns – remind you of the thrill of living simply. Kids love to wake up in the morning, tumble down from their bunk beds and make breakfast with fresh eggs they harvest from the henhouse themselves. Choose from dozens of farms across the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and Great Britain. 960 1280

Will Gray  

The Resort at Paws Up, Western Montana

The Resort at Paws Up, Western Montana

The emphasis leans heavily toward the glamorous side of glamping at this all-inclusive 37,000-acre Montana ranch, the outdoor luxury lover’s paradise. 960 1280

The Resort at Paws Up  

The Resort at Paws Up, Western Montana

The Resort at Paws Up, Western Montana

Your camping butler tends the campfire and your personal chef serves you Black Angus steaks at a candlelit dinner table under the stars. Kids and adults alike can wear themselves out fly-fishing in the Blackfoot River, hiking and horseback riding in well-planned outings, and at night, they can fall asleep in safari tents decked out like a five-star hotel. 960 1280

Myung J. Chun  

Under Canvas; Yellowstone, Glacier and Moab National Parks

Under Canvas; Yellowstone, Glacier and Moab National Parks

Want to experience the national parks without pitching a tent? That’s the beauty of the snazzy Under Canvas outfit: they’ve created high-style camping retreats at three of the most popular national parks so that you can collapse onto plush beds after a full day of hiking in our most gorgeous national parks. 960 1280

Trent Bona  

Under Canvas; Yellowstone, Glacier and Moab National Parks

Under Canvas; Yellowstone, Glacier and Moab National Parks

You can even request a separate teepee for the kiddos for a little independent glamping. And because Under Canvas ranges in price from $95 to $425 and they offer various activity packages, you can easily craft the campout that works best for you. 960 1280

Lorraine Boogich  

Rock Ranch, Georgia

Rock Ranch, Georgia

Go back to the 19th century by getting campy in a Conestoga Wagon, the domed homes on four wheels in which the pioneers crossed the prairies of the U.S. With four bunk beds in each wagon, you can fit a lot of little campers in each Conestoga. Kids can run themselves ragged with the many activities on the ranch (zip lines and pedal carts, anyone?) during the day and have a weenie roast and storytelling hour around the campfire at night. 960 1280

King C Davis  

Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica

Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica

Live out your own "Swiss Family Robinson" adventure while staying in a tree house in the canopy of the Costa Rican rainforest, where the monkeys and toucans will be your treetop neighbors. The Tree Houses Hotel is tucked away in an 80-acre nature preserve, and the thrill of the rainforest wildlife sightings will keep the kids enthralled. Head out to hike the nearby Arenal Volcano during the day, or soak in the volcano-heated hot springs. Then return to the Tree Houses for a guided night hike through the rainforest. 960 1280

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Camp Orenda, Upstate New York

Camp Orenda, Upstate New York

Let your kids roam, catch newts and explore creeks in the rolling hills of the Adirondacks at Camp Orenda. Every detail is well thought out at the family-owned retreat, from the steamy outdoor shower in the woods to meals prepared using ingredients from their heirloom garden. 960 1280

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Camp Orenda, Upstate New York

Camp Orenda, Upstate New York

Everything is included from the packed lunches they send with you on your canoe trips to the evening cocktails by the fire outside of your cozy custom-made canvas tent. 960 1280

Dana Romanoff  

Cave B Desert Yurts, Quincy, Washington

Cave B Desert Yurts, Quincy, Washington

Wake up to spectacular views from your king-size bed in a desert yurt tucked away by the vineyards of this Washington winery. Overlooking the Columbia River, the wild setting will take your breath away, and with hiking, water sports and skiing nearby, it offers plenty to keep the kiddos busy. The handsome yurts come with their own bathrooms, comfy leather furnishings and a sky dome for star gazing, providing a rustic retreat that feels close to nature – but not too close. 960 1280

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Simply Canvas, France

Simply Canvas, France

Eat freshly made French farm meals, stroll in sunflower fields and visit nearby ancient towns like Saint Emilion while staying at this family-owned getaway in the Aquitaine region of Southwest France. 960 1280

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Simply Canvas, France

Simply Canvas, France

Let the kids run freely on the 12.5 acres, take a permaculture workshop on the farm and visit nearby castles and wine chateaus. Then retire to a plush little safari tent and fall asleep to the sounds of chirping French crickets. 960 1280

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River Dance Lodge, Idaho

River Dance Lodge, Idaho

Nestled between two national forests on the banks of the Clearwater River (keep an eye out for moose crossing the river), this friendly, down-to-earth lodge lets you experience the best of Idaho’s outdoor life, while making sure you are comfortable and well fed. 960 1280

Chad Chase for ROW Adventures  

River Dance Lodge, Idaho

River Dance Lodge, Idaho

A partner of ROW Adventures river outfitters, River Dance Lodge makes it easy for you and the kids to get out on the water, be it rafting the rapids or kayaking the quieter stretches. After a full day of fun, enjoy a soak in the claw foot tub on the back porch of your warm and cozy safari tent surrounded by cedar and fir trees. 960 1280

Kevin Kiernan for ROW Adventures  

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