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Florida’s Best Beaches: East Coast-Gulf Coast Smackdown

  It’s the time of the year when visions of sugar soft sands top travelers’ wish lists. Florida, with its 825 miles of beaches, lures sunbathers, surfers, action lovers and solitude seekers to its shores. To find the best Florida strands, USA TODAY hosted an east coast-west coast smackdown. “Dr. Beach,” aka Stephen Leatherman, professor […]

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Get free admission to national parks on Monday

Some of the best views in the U.S. look even better when they’re free. Take advantage of nine days of complimentary admission to America’s national parks—the first is Jan. 20—so you can savor the spectacular scenery and discover the history of these unique places. “The entrance fees aren’t that expensive, but the National Park Service […]

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The best gifts for family travel

Families on the go have special needs. These products either cleverly engage kids, making travel time fly by, or the items offer simple solutions to big worries. BANISH BOREDOM: KIDS’ TABLETS Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 For the product’s second generation, kid critics pointed Polaroid toward such improvements as increased speed, two cameras—front and rear facing—and […]

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The best gift for families? A trip together!

Forget flat-screen TVs, robotic toys and even tablets. The trendy gift this season is a trip together, especially for families. “Materialism is taking a backseat to experiences, ” says Darren Humphreys, owner Travel Sommelier, a safari and gastronomic travel company. “The giver — the grandparent or the baby boomer — realizes that what’s important is […]

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Who are the most annoying fliers? Survey says …

Inattentive parents — those with no control over their crying or naughty kids — and rear seat kickers, little or big, rank as the two most irritating types of fellow flyers, according to Expedia.com’s recently released 2013 Airplane Etiquette Study. The 1001 adult Americans surveyed were given the names and definitions of 19 types of […]

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