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Top Picks | Easter Egg Hunts

The Best Easter Egg Hunts

White House Easter Egg Roll, Washington, DC
Perhaps the best know and most iconic Easter Egg activity in the United States is the White House Easter Egg Roll started by President Hayes in 1878. Each year children are chosen by lottery to participate in the roll. This year the roll will be held on April 5, 2010. Every year the event has a theme and the activities and events center around this theme. The lottery for this year's roll is closed, but you can always enter your children (aged 12 and under) for next year's event.

Biltmore Estate Easter Egg Hunt, Asheville, North Carolina

Each year the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina holds its annual grand Easter Egg Hunts. The stunning estate has a wide variety of activities beyond the egg hunt. Your children will love the magic shows, storytelling and the Easter Bunny. If you can plan your vacation to the Biltmore Estate over the Easter Holiday, don't forget to bring baskets for the Children so they can collect as many eggs as possible.

Miami Seaquarium Easter Egg Hunt, Miami, Florida
If you are lucky enough to be in Miami, Florida on Easter weekend, April 2-4, you won't want to miss the amazing annual festivities at the Miami Seaquarium. This already fantastic destination transforms itself into an Easter wonderland. The family will enjoy continuous egg hunts and parades with sea-themed characters. Of course, you will still be able to enjoy all of the great sea creatures that live at the Seaquarium and all of the usual rides and exhibits as well.

New York Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza in Central Park, New York, New York
Every year in Central Park, families flock to the Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza to celebrate the unofficial start of spring in New York City. This celebration is much more than just a giant egg hunt. Children and adults alike will love the multitude of activities that makes this event a true Eggstravaganza. You will find egg dying, performances and of course the egg hunt at this annual celebration.

Cedar Hill Farm Egg Hunt, Hernando, Mississippi
This farm in Mississippi has many days of Easter Egg Hunts and activities. Starting March 27th and continuing through April 3rd, you can bring the kids to Cedar Hill Farm to enjoy a day of spring and Easter activites. Cedar Hill Farm hosts continuous egg hunts as well as pony rides, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Everyone in the family will enjoy the variety of sweets and treats at the farm as well as the unique festive atmosphere.

Colorado's Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Copper Mountain, Colorado
Copper Mountain Resort holds Colorado's Largest Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 4 from 8am to 5pm. The Mountain holds a big kids hunt and a hunt for little kids, and there are numerous opportunities for the kids to see the Easter Bunny around the resort throughout the day. This is a great place to a enjoy top notch Easter celebration and a great ski experience at the same time.

An African-American Family Tradition at the National Zoo, Washington, DC
The Easter Monday celebrations at the National Zoo are a long-standing Washington, DC tradition. Zoos are a great place to enjoy Easter celebrations.  Children get the wonder of discovering new animals and the whole family gets to enjoy the wide variety of Easter celebrations. There are games, food, the Easter Bunny and of course egg hunts. In 2010, if you happen to be in Washington, DC  on April 5, you won't want to miss the fun family activities at the National Zoo.

The Great Metrozoo Egg Safari, Miami, Florida
Miami's Metro Zoo has exciting Easter festivities planned on both April 3 and April 4. Children will enjoy a variety of fun Easter activities including music, games and egg hunts. Even more exciting for the family is watching the animals enjoy their Easter treats. The whole family can see the lions, elephants, otters and many more animals enjoy special Easter treats.

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza, Orange, California
Every Easter, the Easter Bunny makes a visit on the Irvine Park Railroad.  The whole family can enjoy rides on the Irvine Park Railroad through Irvine Regional Park. Starting March 20 and continuing through April 3, children can participate in the egg hunts.  Every egg they find they will be filled with delicious treats and fun prizes. The Easter Eggstravaganza also has rides, games and much more.

Top Picks | Mardi Gras Celebrations

Hit the Road & Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Carnival is one of the most exciting celebrations of the year. Traditionally, Carnival is celebrated before the start of Lent and includes parades, parties, and masquerade-like costumes. Some celebrations spread throughout the month, while others last just for the day. It is celebrated in many different ways throughout the world. Brazil is home to one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in the world. The Caribbean is also home to amazingly colorful and exciting celebrations. If you want to stay in the United States, however, you will find plenty of diverse and thrilling Carnivals -- or, as it is often known here, Mardi Gras celebrations.

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known for the biggest and best Carnival/Mardi Gras celebration in the entire United States. The Big Easy starts celebrating Carnival as early as Jan. 30 and continues the celebration right up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2010. In New Orleans you will find a different parade each night, each with amazing floats, colorful costumes, and lots of fun. Mardi Gras is a celebration that unites many of the diverse origins of the city under one event. Visitors to New Orleans can see the Mardi Gras Indians or watch the Zulu parade.

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Top Picks | Christmas Destinations

Best of...Christmas Destinations

christmas snowman
This holiday season, for a little change of pace, take a trip to a new winter destination.  Every city and town in the United States has lovely Christmas lights and unique Christmas traditions. Some places celebrate Christmas year round and go all out during the holiday season. Here are a few exciting and unique destinations have holiday traditions and celebrations that are well worth a visit during Christmastime.

Hershey, PA
Hershey, PA, called "The Sweetest Place on Earth," is where Milton Hershey started his chocolate factory, now known to people around the world. The town that bears his name is also home to Hersheypark, which puts on a spectacular Christmas program. The Hersheypark Christmas Candyland includes a light show, caroling and, of course, Santa. Hersheypark also has a variety of rides and other fun activities year round. Visitors to Hershey can also enjoy the famous drive-thru light display Sweet Lights.

Paradise, PA
Paradise, which is around 28 miles from Hershey, is home to The National Christmas Center, the only museum dedicated to Christmas in the world. At this Christmas wonderland museum, open all year, visitors will find a huge variety of Christmas displays. The displays include Santa images, a "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa" display, nativity exhibits and war years Christmas displays. Children are sure to enjoy Santa's workshop with the animatronic reindeer. The museum also has a Woolworth's exhibit with many of the classic five and dime toys.

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Best Cross-Country Skiing

The Very Best Places to Try Cross-Country Skiing

Jackson Ski Touring - Jackson, New Hampshire

Jackson Ski Touring is a great cross-country ski location. The ski area is near to the town of Jackson, which has played a significant role in the sport of cross-country skiing. The ski area has a large touring center for skiers to rest, rent, and eat. There are trails ranging from beginning to advanced experience levels. This location also has lots of backcountry skiing and even wilderness trips into the White Mountain National Forest.

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Top Ten | Places to See Fireworks

Best Places to See July 4th Fireworks

From bursting pom poms to soaring rockets, there's something magical about Fourth of July fireworks.  This year, why not take a camping trip to see some of the best shows the nation has to offer?  These incredible displays are truly some of the finest, but if you can't reach one of these destinations, enjoy the show you do catch and have a fabulous Fourth.

Nashville, Tennessee
This city of music really rocks during a fireworks show that's choreographed to live music by the symphony. Nashville's display includes country and rock headliners performing before the pyrotechnic show.

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