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Museum-cased artifacts of dinosaurs and primitive man have long left children wide-eyed; make the voyage real with a hike to 2,000-year-old Anasazi ruins, drilled into the burnished cliffs of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.  
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A trip to the soaring Rockies needn't intimidate beginner skiers, with resorts like Colorado's Steamboat offering family-friendly ski schools to prep junior shred-heads for those 10,000-foot summits and 3,000-foot vertical drops.  
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In Europe, take your eye off the road aboard the continent's first-class rail network, letting the whole brood enjoy the sweeping vistas, avoid navigational contretemps, and make those infernal pit stops whenever the urge takes them.  
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The unassuming country of Belize protects ancient, on-shore Mayan ruins and shields the world's second-largest coral reef. Water lovers can kayak, snorkel, or dive, while landlubbers can troll islands teeming with wildlife or simply swing in a hammock.  
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The view from a water-lapped inner tube sure beats the window seat in the ol' station wagon. Let your home-from-home be a houseboat on Utah and Arizona's 162,700-acre Lake Powell and its 1,960 miles of riddled shoreline.  
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Modernity may have impacted Alaskan Eskimo traditions, but the land itself is still considered America's final frontier. Replete with majestic fjords, plummeting mountains, and verdant rainforests, the mammoth state is one for the whole family.  
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They say hard work is its own reward. With cattle-penning, egg-collecting, and hay-baling, dude ranches and farms across the U.S. provide all the grit and dirt you'll need to garner a true appreciation of life's simple lessons.  
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With cities expanding like batter in a skillet, escape is a required antidote to the urban grind. In New England, quaint towns, blossoming orchards, and windswept coastlines harbor all the resources you need to beat an honorable family retreat.  
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