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The Year’s Top Ten Best Family Vacations: Summer 2002
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Summer has arrived and the backyard has already reached its maximum entertainment potential. Time to start planning the family vacation—but it need not be laborious chore of previous summers. This year delve into extraordinary travel experiences that will widen your kids eyes while keeping the elders of your crowd sane and smiling. Embrace the wonders of nature and the benefits of an active adventure lifestyle with your kids and save 15% to 50% on adult and youth fares.
Our travel experts have come up with ten amazing-yet-affordable packages that will exorcise those urban/suburban demons. If fishing, nature hikes, swimming, biking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, rainforest tours, horseback rides, or just plain hangin’ out in the out-of-doors will cure what-ails-ya, then hurry, call us today. Trip availability is limited. Oh, and there's no reason to thank us for making your job just a little bit easier—vacations are supposed to offer a touch of respite. Then again, choosing from the adventures highlighted below may offer just the right kind of mental tug-of-war.

The exotic summer adventure for active families who want to get away at a very affordable price! The itinerary features a local Costa Rican farmers market, a visit to the National Institute of Biodiversity’s INBioparque, an exploration of Tortuguero National Park with motorboat, canoe trips, and hydro-bike rides through the rainforest, and white water rafting on the Pejibaye River. A highlight of the trip is watching the giant Atlantic Green Sea Turtle nest on the Caribbean beaches of Tortuguero Park. You and your children will actually stand a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.
Summer memories like these come easy in the paradise of Costa Rica!

9-Day Trip Departures: June 28; July 19 & August 23
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Hidden amid the beauty of stately pines, granite outcroppings, and quaking aspens, Sundance Trail has a warm and relaxing atmosphere where down-home hospitality mixes with riding, hiking, rafting, and fishing. With experienced wranglers and endless mountain trails to explore, the days will be filled with horseback rides under the warm Colorado sun. A trip to the hot tub and recreation center will round out a busy day, along with delicious meals guaranteed to satisfy appetites piqued by the fresh mountain air. The caring staff will see to it that this is a Rocky Mountain vacation to remember.

4-Day Packages Offered Every Sunday & Wednesday from June through August
7-Day Sunday to Saturday Packages Offered Weekly from June into September
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Originally built as a family retreat by oil tycoon John King, this now-exclusive ranch resort 90 miles from Denver has hosted presidents, astronauts, royalty, and movie stars over its storied and colorful past. Today’s guests enjoy a traditional western ranch program along with the amenities of a full-scale resort. Ride along scenic trails, fish for trout in the 50-acre lake, swim laps in the indoor pool, or throw a strike at the private, two-lane bowling alley. Other activities include tennis, trap and skeet shooting, sightseeing, and a supervised children’s program from June to September.

4-Day Packages Start on Thursday or Sunday
5-, 6-, 7-, & 8-Day Packages Start on Sunday
Discount Weeks: June 16 & 23; July 14; August 11 & 25
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Published: 7 Jun 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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