Great Family Adventures: Adventures by Disney's 'Mid-Atlantic Family Vacation'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Why is this vacation fun for kids? One word: Disney. The corporation with the uncanny ability to utterly beguile your child with everything it produces works its magic on vacation, too. Throughout this trip, happy-go-lucky guides tell stories about the nation’s great landmarks and work to convey the spirit of America via its most important landmarks. You’ll start in Philadelphia, where highlights include a trolley ride, a dinner hosted by “Benjamin Franklin” in an 18th-century restaurant, and a close-up look at the Liberty Bell as a local expert explains its significance. Then it’s off to Washington, D.C., where you’ll kayak the Potomac, visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and catch the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Next up is a full-day visit to Gettysburg with a guide in period costume. If you’ve got small children, this trip is great—Disney’s staff is more than used to dealing with little ones, and keep the tour on schedule no matter what.

OUTFITTER: Adventures by Disney creates hassle-free family fun—the cultural experiences they provide have a Disney touch, and all their trips include surprises and private events.

ITINERARY: Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., Monticello, and Gettysburg.

DATES: Multiple departures available between March 30 and August 9.

PRICE: Starting at $3,259 per adult and $3,109 per child, including an airport meet-and-greet upon arrival, all ground transportation, hotel accommodations, guidance, luggage services, admission fees, taxes, and most meals and snacks.

INFO: adventuresbydisney.com, (800) 543-0865.

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