Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations for Families


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Alaska
Marvel at mighty glaciers in comfort, from the bow of a cruise ship.
Marvel at mighty glaciers in comfort, from the bow of a cruise ship.
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If Chicago gets too cold in the winter for ideal family travel, Alaska takes it to a whole other level. But during the summer, many parts of Alaska are quite temperate, making it much more accessible for families looking to explore the fantastic scenery of the Land of the Midnight Sun.

One great place to tour is Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. (We were serious about that national park recommendation!) Cruises, both large and small, are also a popular and relaxing way to experience the impressive Alaskan landscape. Massive glaciers and towering fjords will have everyone in the family snapping pictures like crazy.

So, are you ready to book your summer travel plans yet? Any one of these 10 (plus) family-friendly destinations has the potential to create lifetime memories for the young, the old, and everyone in between.

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  • Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site. http://www.visitkissimmee.com/leisure/
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  • Magnificent Mile Web site. http://www.themagnificentmile.com/
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  • Navy Pier Web site. http://navypier.com/
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