Every year since 1996, I've gone to Disney World. I have continued that tradition with my kids (12, 6, 4) as well
Two years ago, we did a road trip to visit my parents down in Florida and decided to take our time down and back. We discovered that our kids LOVED it!! Made a stop in Charlottesville, VA to see Monticello. Made a stop in Chattanooga, TN to see Rock City. OTW we made cavern stops and other 'natural wonder' stops.
So, that Christmas we decided to start doing away with buying the kdis tons of gifts (besides what Santa brings) and presenting a Family Trip Suitcase. In this suitcase, I fill with clues that each child takes to guess where we are going the following year. They love figuring the clues and placing the pins in our map, AND they have something else to look forward to in the following year. This year, 2009, we treated them to Arizona, and again, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had a lot in common with our little family besides Disney!!!
This year, opening up their suitcase was just as exciting to them as finding a Wii under our tree.