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US Pride Events 2011

Pride parades and events celebrating queer life have sprung up all over the country, spreading joy and love across the land. Most pride events occur annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement, though it is possible to find pride events throughout the summer months and even into October.

Summertime Thrills, Part 2

Gayle Hart shares some of the best steel roller coasters in America. (With steel, roller coaster designers were able to build twists, turns, loops, and other thrills that just weren’t possible with wooden coasters!)

Summertime Thrills, Part 1

What began as a simple car that rolled down a hill has evolved into an engineering marvel. Roller coasters are bigger, faster, and more thrilling than ever. In this fun list, Content Editor Gayle Hart shares several great wooden coasters in the United States.

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Spring Fever Starts Now—Batter Up!

The almost ritual pilgrimage to Arizona and Florida in late-winter when Major League Baseball starts its Spring Training season is an annual rite as quintessential as peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways

If you’re not going home for Thanksgiving this year, or your family has decided to eschew tradition for a destination-based holiday, you still have time to book an escape for the long holiday weekend.

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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by many people of Mexican descent in the US. The holiday focuses on gatherings to remember deceased friends and family members.

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Spirits in the City

Now that we’ve made sure the little ones have had their holiday fun with some great Halloween theme park events and Boo at the Zoo activities, it’s time to move on to the big kids with something a little more spooky. Many US cities have ghost tours, which range from serious paranormal investigations to decidedly campy entertainment.

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Boo at the Zoo

If your kids love trick or treating but are too young for gory zombies, vampires, and ghouls, consider planning a trip to the zoo! With options like sleepovers, train rides, spooky stories, and costume parades, zoos across the country focus on fun instead of fright.

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Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

The weeks leading up to Halloween offer lots of not-so-scary, family-friendly activities. Here are some of the best Halloween events across the country.