View of the river past a steamboat's red paddlewheel.

A New Orleans Summer: Fun and Festivals in the Big Easy

If you can handle the heat, then New Orleans might be the perfect choice for some summertime fun. You’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates—two great reasons to start planning your Big Easy getaway. Here are just some of the diversions that might keep you busy in New Orleans during the months of July, August, and September.

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Portland for the Pint-Sized

Portlanders are known for keeping their kids in tow instead of opting for nannies or babysitters. It’s no surprise then that the city offers numerous places that appeal both to the young and the young-at-heart. From the Oregon Zoo to Oaks Amusement Park, here are some great family-friendly activities.

Tucson as seen from the Ventana Canyon Trail, one of the city's best early-morning summertime hikes. © Tim Hull.

Summer Travel to Tucson: Fun from Dawn to Dusk

Never too fast or ambitious, life in Tucson slows way down during the summer months, which run from around May through at least September. While it may seem surprising because of the overwhelming summer heat, this is a wonderful time to visit the Old Pueblo.

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Salt Lake City Day Hike: Bald Mountain

Looking for an alpine experience that’s truly above tree line? The exposed, windswept, rock ridge of Bald Mountain will not disappoint. Utah expert Mike Matson guides you along this three-mile hike that’s suitable for families (and Fido).

Aerial view of the city stretching out along the narrow Assateague Island, a barrier island with a strip of visible beach.

Atlantic Coast Road Tripping: A Classic Seaside Stop in Ocean City

About the only place left on the entire East Coast that retains the carnival qualities of classic seaside resorts is Ocean City, Maryland. There you can find the best array of old-time funfair attractions in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you’re planning your Atlantic Coast road trip or simply seeking fun at an amusement park, Jamie Jensen gives you the skinny on this beachside getaway.

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Family Adventures in India

Children are welcome almost everywhere in India, and there’s enough going on in most towns and cities to keep the young entertained. Here are some of the best family-friendly sights in the country.

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Yosemite for Kids: A Five-Day Itinerary

You may be enthralled by Yosemite’s scenery—waterfalls leaping thousands of feet over granite cliffs, giant sequoias as wide as your living room, delicate wildflowers painting grassy meadows with a kaleidoscope of color—but your kids may be a tougher audience. Ann Marie Brown offers a five-day itinerary that includes lots of fun kid stuff.

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How to Get Kids Excited About the Outdoors

How do you compete with the television and remote control? How do you prove to a kid that success comes from persistence, spirit, and logic, which the outdoors teaches, and not from pushing buttons? The answer is in these Ten Camping Commandments for Kids.

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Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.