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Old 02-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #16
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Northern Michigan!! Sleeping Bear Dunes (rated by GMA as the most beautiful place in America), Mackinac Island, loads of fantastic coastal towns, great beaches. We love it for a vacation. You can rent a house, or a condo. Great restaurants. Fantastic! Even when we didn't live in Michigan, we would go there on vacation.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #17
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Not sure where you live,

but we loved a cruise - we also went to Niagra Falls which was lots of fun.....Lake George -

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OK, so dh said he would like to go somewhere else before we go back to disney .... Although it is crazy talk , I realized he probably does get a vote With the kids we have been to Atlantis, loved it but a bank breaker, Ocean City Maryland, Rocky Mountain NP, coastal NC, SC, and GA, Fire Island and of course WDW. All were great, but Disney and Atlantis were our favorites. What were your favorite family vacations so far?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #18
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OK, so dh said he would like to go somewhere else before we go back to disney .... Although it is crazy talk , I realized he probably does get a vote With the kids we have been to Atlantis, loved it but a bank breaker, Ocean City Maryland, Rocky Mountain NP, coastal NC, SC, and GA, Fire Island and of course WDW. All were great, but Disney and Atlantis were our favorites. What were your favorite family vacations so far?
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Aaah pocomom, the great thing about that is you do recognize that there is whole world out there!!!

We're city folk in my family, one of our favorite places to go is Washington DC. Dh and I love, loved,loved Vegas.

Of course we love Walt disney but since my kids love swimming and water activities our favorite has to be St Thomas and St Johns.

We're off to London/Paris this year. first time with the kids so that will be interesting
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:27 PM   #19
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With the kids we have been to Atlantis, loved it but a bank breaker
Just as there are ways to do Disney for less money, there are ways to do Atlantis for less. I can help with that, if you're interested.

On to your question: we spend quite a bit of time in Hilton Head, at the in-laws. Very family friendly, and sort-of the opposite of Disney, without sacrificing convenience. Feels almost like going to mountain lake, but you're on the beach. Activities are low-key, like biking, nature trails, and sand castles....there's no go-kart tracks, ferris wheels, water parks, boardwalks, and only a few mini-golf places.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:28 PM   #20
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The past two years we have gone to Estes park at the base of the Rockies great fly fishing, hiking and tons of other stuff to do. The town is beautiful and fun to walk around.
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Just as there are ways to do Disney for less money, there are ways to do Atlantis for less. I can help with that, if you're interested.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:56 PM   #22
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Grand Canyon and river rafting trips, spending a week in a cottage on a lake in the midwest and waterskiing, DC and colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, etc., Maui.

Have a great vacation wherever you decide to venture!
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:01 PM   #23
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Another vote for a cruise. We love DCL! It's a great way to visit places without being stuck there for a week. If you don't like a port just get back on the ship.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #24
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Not sure how old your kids are but mine are 5, 9 & 10. Our favorite vacations have been:

1) Costa Rica- beautiful & so many amazing activities
2) St John- we rent a house & relax on the beautiful beaches
3) All inclusives in Mayan Riviera- fun for everyone & so reasonably priced
4) Hilton Head- again very relaxing

And of course Disney & Universal (well, me & the kids, DH hates theme parks!)
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #25
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We loved Atlantis and did it on a budget no problem. Second was All Inclusive in Mexico. We also really liked Grand Cayman Island.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #26
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With my kids (aside from Disney), we've liked:

Wisconsin Dells
Branson
Panama City Beach
And shorter trips to Nashville and Chattanooga

Going back to my youth:
Yellowstone - definitely my all time favorite destination
CA coast
Colorado
The Smokies
Grand Canyon/Petrified forest/Painted desert
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #27
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:41 PM   #28
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Other than WDW, we usually go the Smoky Mtn. National Park for a couple weeks. We love the hikes, biking in Cades Cove, and camping inside the park near Gatlinburg, by a stream (river). So very relaxing.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:10 PM   #29
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England was awesome. I went when I was a tenn with my parents. With my kids we haven't done a lot. There is so much in California to explore. We have done a long weekend to SF and we have gone camping.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:42 PM   #30
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Besides WDW our other favorite vacations are Hawaii, Grand Canyon/Monument Valley, San Diego, and while we were stationed overseas our faves were a cruise to Greece/Turkey, Ireland & London.
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