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Horseback Riding at Shenandoah National Park

Horseback Riding at Shenandoah National Park

Miles of wooded hills characterize Virginia's largest national park, and there essentially are two ways to explore them: on foot or by horse. For families who prefer the latter choice, saddle up and follow rangers on 2.5-hour guided horseback tours from Skyland Stables in the center of the park. The rides wind through a small portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, passing beneath oak, hickory and hemlock trees draped with moss. If you're lucky, you might even see a peregrine falcon--after disappearing from the region all together, the birds were reintroduced to the park in the 1990s and have flourished ever since. Skyland Stables offers 1-hour tours as well.
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Stargazing Inside Denali National Park

Stargazing Inside Denali National Park

Ever wondered what makes the Northern Lights so colorful and spectacular? Get a crash-course in astrophysics this summer during the Special Emphasis Series at Alaska's Camp Denali, a 17-cabin retreat inside Alaska's Denali National Park, which sits 11 miles north of Healy in central Alaska. During 2- and 3-night programs titled "Curtains of Light," Neal Brown, space expert and acting director of the Alaska Space Grant Program, will explain the magnetic forces that create the Aurora Borealis and other atmospheric phenomena. By day, you'll be able to grill Brown with any questions you might have about celestial wonders; at night, join him on hikes through the tundra in the hopes of spotting the lights above.
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"Beetlemania" Lectures at Rocky Mountain National Park

"Beetlemania" Lectures at Rocky Mountain National Park

Media outlets from all over the world have documented the alarming rate at which the mountain pine beetle has ravaged a majority of Colorado's pine forests, but as part of this free family-friendly lecture series, rangers explain the situation in a way kids can understand. At least one interpreter dresses up in a full-body beetle costume; others lead the crowd in a sing-along to tunes from the Beatles (of course). The hands-on portion of the lecture lets kids touch beetle carcasses. Children also get to see before-and-after images of forest after a beetle infestation--stark reminders of exactly how much damage to an ecosystem these little insects can cause.
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Cruise the Shoreline of Acadia National Park

Cruise the Shoreline of Acadia National Park

With more shoreline than any other national park, Acadia is a perfect place to explore by boat. Park rangers offer a number of different boat cruises inside the park, but the most popular is the 3-hour "Dive-In Theater." On this tour of Frenchman Bay, families can look out for seals and porpoises, and watch in real-time (on video monitors) as a diver scours the ocean floor for marine life to bring back aboard the boat for further hands-on exploration. The cruise also includes an, um, boatload of information about coastal and pelagic birds commonly seen in the area. Tours leave from the dock at the College of the Atlantic, just outside the main gates of the park.
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Sing About Animals at Yosemite National Park

Sing About Animals at Yosemite National Park

 

 

Parents of young children (6 and under) often complain that family programs are too sophisticated for their tots. At Yosemite, however, the "Wee Wild Ones" was designed with these toddlers in mind. In spring, the free, 45-minute program is held during the day in front of the great fireplace at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. In summer, the program precedes evening events at Yosemite Lodge, the Falls Amphitheater and the Curry Village Amphitheater. Classes themselves include a lot of singing. Also on the agenda: reading books, playing games and making crafts--all of which pertains to animals native to the park (such as hawks, bears and big horn sheep). All participating children must be accompanied by an adult; no pre-registration is required.

 

 

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Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Take a stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, located in the city’s Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) district. Most of the streets are closed to traffic, allowing tourists to wander from La Rambla to Via Laietana to view the city’s medieval past. 960 1280

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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

You can’t leave Barcelona without admiring the amazing work of Spain’s most famous art nouveau architect, Antoni Gaudi. Casa Batlló, aka the House of Bones, was built in 1877 and later restored by Gaudi. 960 1280

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Mercat de les Flors Theater

Mercat de les Flors Theater

Don’t miss out on stopping by the Mercat de les Flors Theater, located on Montjuic hill in Barcelona. Get a little culture and see one of many dance and musical performances featuring world-renowned international production companies. 960 1280

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Christopher Columbus Monument

Christopher Columbus Monument

This monument is at the site where Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the Americas. 960 1280

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Margarita Blue

Margarita Blue

Grab a drink at Margarita Blue, where you can check out live flamenco dancing, indulge in a jazz brunch or simply let the bar's DJs entertain you. 960 1280

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Frederic Marès Museum

Frederic Marès Museum

Step inside this medieval complex to see sculptor Frederic Marès’ eclectic collection of knickknacks, including religious art, 19th-century playing cards, toys, apothecary jars, a reconstructed Romanesque doorway with 4 arches, and old cameras. The Frederic Marès Museum is sure to keep your attention focused on its wide array of interesting curios. 960 1280

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La Boqueria

La Boqueria

Dating back as far as 1217, La Boqueria Market is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. Dozens of vendors inside this large public market sell a variety of goods, including seafood, poultry, charcuterie, vegetables and fruits. 960 1280

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La Comercial

La Comercial

Go shopping at La Comercial in Barcelona’s El Born neighborhood. With 6 different boutiques, this shopping mall has a wide selection of international labels, jewelry and fragrances, such as Michael Kors, Fred Perry, Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. 960 1280

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Lailo

Lailo

Attention, shoppers! Make a stop at Lailo in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella district if you enjoy browsing for vintage clothing. 960 1280

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Onofre

Onofre

Grab a glass of wine and enjoy Onofre’s cozy atmosphere. This restaurant’s specialty is pairing menu items — tapas, cheeses, salads and sausages — with your selection of wine. 960 1280

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Monastery of Pedralbes

Monastery of Pedralbes

Founded by the Queen Elisenda de Montcada, the Monastery of Pedralbes is now a museum that houses religious art and everyday items used in the monastery from the 14th to 20th centuries. Take a relaxing, casual stroll through the gardens and courtyard if you have time. 960 1280

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Tibidabo Amusement Park

Tibidabo Amusement Park

The 100-year-old Tibidabo Amusement Park has 25 rides, plus restaurants and picnic areas for family fun. Make sure to check out the Tibidabo Sky Walk for the best views of Barcelona.  960 1280

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Sagrada Familia Basilica

Sagrada Familia Basilica

You cannot leave Barcelona without seeing the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a magnificent work of art that is still in progress after more than a century. In 1883, Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to complete the project started by Francisco de Paula del Villar. Gaudi finished the chapel of San Jose, the crypt and the Nativity facade, but after his death, different architects continued to work on and add to his original idea. 960 1280

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Park Güell

Park Güell

Another example of Antoni Gaudi's work, Park Güell, is located on Carmel Hill and was built between 1900 and 1914. It was declared a UNESECO World Heritage Site in 1984. 960 1280

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Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Hundreds of people converge on Montjuic hill to watch the amazing light and water show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Classical, modern and movie music was incorporated into the light show in the 1980s. Arrive early to claim the perfect spot, and make sure you wear waterproof gear if you’re standing near the fountain. Check out the website for performance times.  960 1280

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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Located in the Palau Nacional of Montjuic, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya opened its doors with a large medieval Romanesque collection. Today, visitors can see other art collections, including Gothic art, Renaissance and baroque art, Catalan modernism and photography. 960 1280

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Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo

The Barcelona Zoo was once home to Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, who died in 2003. Now, giant anteaters, Bornean orangutans, Iberian wolves, Humboldt penguins, Cuban boas, Komodo dragons and yellow and blue poison dart frogs are a few animals that call this zoo home. 960 1280

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Aquarium Barcelona

Aquarium Barcelona

Explore marine life and go scuba diving with sharks in the Oceanarium, which is also home to moray eels and ocean sunfish. Visitors to the Aquarium Barcelona — the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world — can see more than 3,000 fish and watch zookeepers up-close as they feed sharks, stingrays and penguins. 960 1280

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Camp Nou

Camp Nou

Visit Camp Nou, the stadium where Futbol Club Barcelona (also known as Barca) plays its home soccer games. While you’re there, take a tour of the FCB Museum and step back in time to see the history of Barca unfold via touch-screen TVs, championship trophies and Messi Space, a place dedicated to superstar soccer player Leo Messi. 960 1280

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Magic of Advent fair features more than 150 stands where shoppers can purchase Christmas gifts, decorations and warm drinks. 960 1280

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Bath, England

Bath, England

In the center of Bath, 170 “chalets” offer holiday shoppers an array of typical British goods from mince pies to Christmas ornaments to toys.  960 1280

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden hosts Germany’s oldest Christmas market, which features crafts made by local artisans, toys and holiday treats, most notably, Dresdner Stollen, a traditional sweet bread stuffed with dried fruits.  960 1280

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

In addition to traditional crafts and food, Tallinn’s picturesque Christmas market, in the Estonian capital’s center, features reindeer, a mini zoo and snow sculptures.  960 1280

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

Billing itself as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg is not to be missed during the holiday season. The Christkindlesmarik was established in 1571, the first market of its kind in Europe. Indulgent foods such as foie gras, locally brewed beer, and baked goods are signature items, as are traditional Alsatian handicrafts.  960 1280

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

An abundance of holiday items are on display at Stockholm’s Old Town Christmas Market. Specialties include smoked reindeer, elk meat, knitted hats and Glogg, a traditional hot, mulled wine.  960 1280

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

In Budapest, at the annual Christmas market on St. Stephen’s Square, you’ll find traditional crafts in wooden market stalls. The center of the market is home to a skating rink.  960 1280

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

The market is one of many attractions that make up Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival in Princes Street Gardens. The Festival, which also includes games, rides and an ice rink, runs from mid-November until January 7 each year.  960 1280

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Christmas vendors take over Madrid’s Plaza Mayor from late November through December. The prime products pedaled are tiny clay figurines to set in the Christmas Belen (nativities).  960 1280

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Christmas Market at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is a winter wonderland that includes 60 stalls selling holiday wares, as well as rides, games, music and more. Other markets in Copenhagen include this one in Hojbroplads.  960 1280

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