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One of Florida’s best-kept beach secrets, Anna Maria Island (often abbreviated AMI) appeals to families with more than just sand and sun. The 7-mile ...
 
When my dad and stepmom retired, we became one lucky family, as they chose a mountain retreat that’s popular for families: Asheville, N.C. In days o ...
 
When I moved to Atlanta in the mid-90s, I was leaving behind the beaches of Florida and the culture and history of Boston; I didn't think Atlanta woul ...
 
Ahh, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby, bourbon, the Corvette, and Bowling Green, Kentucky's third largest city that still boasts the charm of a sm ...
 
Often lumped in the same breath with Sarasota, its neighboring town to the south with which it shares an airport, Bradenton in recent years has develo ...
 
When Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia, started turning their undeveloped property in Pine Mountain, Georgia, into a beautiful garden to share ...
 
Tucked away on the southwest coast of Florida -- as far south as you can go on the west coast without hitting Key West by boat -- are islands that are ...
 
Founded in 1670 as Charles Town, after King Charles II, Charleston, S.C. is a southern city steeped in history and good, old-fashioned southern charm. ...
 
Clearwater, Fla., located east of Tampa and north of St. Petersburg, is a coastal town featuring white-sand beaches, warm Gulf Coast waters, and 361-d ...
 
Dollywood is a world-class theme park destination that combines thrilling rides and water parks, with a wide variety of cultural opportunities for bot ...
 
Growing up along the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, I didn’t have reason to visit the Panhandle of Florida. A beach is a beach is a beach, right? Was I ...
 
If you're planning a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plan to spend some time in Gatlinburg, too. You may even want to stay in Gatlinburg ...
 
The most visited national park in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park receives nine million visitors a year. And there must be at lea ...
 
Boasting 32 miles of wide, unspoiled sugar-white sandy beaches along with a delightful abundance of water sports, kid-friendly entertainment, and a fr ...
 
Maybe it's the 12 miles of uninterrupted white sand beaches; maybe it's the endless (truly) opportunities for tennis and golf; or perhaps it's that yo ...
 
Originally named Twickenham when it was settled in 1805, Huntsville was renamed in 1811 to honor its first settler, John Hunt. Although the city origi ...
 
With its animal attractions, big-league sports scene, and happy beaches, metropolitan Jacksonville -- Florida’s biggest city in area and population ...
 
Knoxville, Tennessee is known for being home of the University of Tennessee, bordering the Smoky Mountain National Park, housing many unique museums, ...
 
In 1950, construction began on Lake Sidney Lanier, a manmade lake that encompassed 50,000 acres of land and displaced 700 families. In fact, under the ...
 
Sitting pretty on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville lies in north-central Kentucky, peering right over the water into neighboring Indiana. Named ...
 
The largest and northernmost of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island radiates a relaxed rhythm that's friendly and welcoming to families. Located ne ...
 
Memphis may be the home of the Blues (first penned here by W. C. Handy and still celebrated in the many clubs lining Beale Street), but your kids won' ...
 
It's all about beaches, sun and southern hospitality in Myrtle Beach -- and golf, of course. Myrtle Beach, known as the "Seaside Golf Capital of the W ...
 
As the birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry (the longest-running radio show in the world), Nashville is as renown for being the capital of country music a ...
 
New Orleans, home of saucy Creole cuisine, armies of jazz musicians and very old, historic neighborhoods, has made an impressive comeback since Hurric ...
 
The beach: Who can resist it with its warm sand, hot sun, buoyant salt water and, of course, a great book? But for some, those thoughts also come with ...
 
Panama City Beach became famous for its 27 miles of white-sand beach, and then infamous for its spring break parties for college students, and is now ...
 
Pensacola is at the Panhandle’s furthest western tip, close to Alabma’s Gulf Shores. Between Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key are some of the Panha ...
 
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, the most popular Tennessee gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connect like a string of brightl ...
 
If you think Hawaii and the Caribbean are the only nearby areas with islands offering laid-back beaches, you haven't heard about Florida's best-kept s ...
 
Savannah began her reign in the South as one of the most beautiful and charming cities when General Oglethorpe arrived and claimed a colony in the nam ...
 
Covering nearly 200,000 acres of forests, mountains and streams, Shenandoah National Park straddles the Blue Ridge Mountains. Legend has it that "Shen ...
 
The Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida includes the visitor-friendly beaches and towns of Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Marco ...
 
What started as a quarrying industry in the 1860’s has now evolved into the State of Georgia’s most popular attraction: Stone Mountain Park. Of co ...
 
Vero Beach stubbornly resists pigeon-holing. Preconceptions that it’s an enclave for rich retirees get shattered by a funky, retro vibe that can bes ...
 
If one day you plan to enjoy your senior years by leafing through a scrapbook brimming with ear-to-ear sun-kissed smiles then a trip to the famed Virg ...
 
America's Historic Triangle, located in Virginia's Tidewater region, connects Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. The region, sometimes dubbed "the ...
 
Wilmington, North Carolina is the anchor community of the Cape Fear peninsula, which is not as scary as the name sounds. When Europeans first began ex ...
 
Many people make the mistake of thinking that Wrightsville Beach is named for the Wright Brothers who mastered the science of human flight on another ...

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