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Old 04-03-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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Hi there - we usually take at least 1 quality summer vacation each year - last year we went to Sandestin (Florida) Atlantis resort and Yellowstone and Grand Teton - between May and August. Our kids pretty much go everywhere we do (6,10). So, in thinking of what to do this year - im constricted by budget - also we are moving from Florida to Minnesota - so we would like to save our warmer/beach like vacations for the dead of winter!

Interested in knowing what all of you are planning for your summer - there are definitely some interesting ideas on this board. The most recent to run through my mind - Sitka!

Please share your plans. thoughts, suggestions!
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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I'll probably just go to Virginia Beach for a week.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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When are you moving? In the summer? If that is the case why don't you do your vacation as a road trip on the way to Minnesota? Take time along the way to visit Nashville, Western North Carolina, Dollywood, Biltmore Estate, there is a big cavern in Kentucky (I think it is KY) that kids would love. Many scenic roads along the way including the Blue Ridge Mtns.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:23 AM
 
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That is a great idea. Keep them coming!
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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We (family of 4...kids ages 6 and 1 1/2) are heading to Scottsdale, Arizona. I am sure you are all saying, "are you crazy!?!?!" We probably are, but the resorts in Phoenix are amazing and they are dirt cheap in the summer. Yes, I know it is going to be at least 110 degrees, but it's a "dry heat" right?

We have family there but want to stay at a resort anyway. We are going to stay at a hotel that normally costs more than $400 a night and got a summer rate for $150. They have huge pools, cabanas, a spa, a lazy river, etc etc.

We'll be smart and avoid being in the sun during the peak hours, but we are looking forward to it.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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3D's - We did Scottsdale few summers ago in August - it really was wonderful. If you want some ideas of things to do - DM me - the kids were about 4 and 7 then - and we had a blast! Enjoy.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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the summer deals are great - you'll see a fair amount of us locals taking little getaways there as well - many places off spa/dinner credits, really good rates and then all the pool activities

comfortable to swim any time of the day, as long as you are smart with sunblock and drinking water - it's still plenty warm after the sun goes down as well to make swimming enjoyable
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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How about a dude ranch? it's not like any vacation you've ever taken before, no tv's, no cell phone's, and no outside distractions. your whole family will enjoy a week together horseback riding, fishing, and roasting marshmellows. there is a free place where you can get a ton of info on all the ranches that will fit you budget and your family: its the dude ranchers association. google them.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: SD
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We're a family with four children (under age 7) going to Bend, Oregon. We're going to hang out, hike, and relax. We're driving there and it's a 15 hour ride. We might make some stops along the way...but who knows! Why did we choose Bend? We'd never been there and Oregon is beautiful in the summer!
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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We might fly to San Francisco to visit my brother for a long weekend. My kids, ages 7 and 5, have never been out to see their uncle on his turf (always have seen their uncle at the grandparents' house). So I think they are finally at the age where they can do a lot of hilly walking. We've done NYC numerous times and my boys love a big city...lots of garbage trucks to see, city buses, subways, they love everything transportation!

We live by Virginia Beach so we go to the beach a lot on the weekends. Love it! Give a boy a ton of sand, some tonka trucks, and a shovel and the whole family is in heaven for hours and hours.
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