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Kayaking in the shadow of the Kenai massif.     Photo: Albert J. Copley/PhotoDisc

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PADDLING AND HIKING THE KENAI PENINSULA
[ALASKA]
Take six days to explore southern Alaska on a new trip—sea kayaking Resurrection Bay among Dall porpoises and orcas, hiking a three- to 12-mile portion of the Iditarod Trail and several glaciers, and mountain biking along the Seward Scenic Byway to the gold-rush town of Hope on Cook Inlet. Accommodations range from rustic lodges to a luxury hotel at Alyeska Ski Resort.

MINIMUM AGE: seven
KIDS WILL LOVE: seeing—and hearing—the Holgate Glacier calving into the Bay of Alaska during a boat cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
DATES: July 20-25, August 3-8
COST: $2,498 per adult, $1,746 per child
OUTFITTER: Austin-Lehman Adventures, 800-575-1540, www.austinlehman.com

EXPLORING GUILIN AND CHENGDU
[CHINA]
During a two-week journey from Beijing to the "gumdrop" mountains of Guilin, families will walk part of the 1,500-mile Great Wall, learn the art of Chinese kite-making, go rafting in Zhangjiajie National Park, watch baby pandas at Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, and cruise the Li River on a three-deck ship. Overnight in hotels.

MINIMUM AGE: seven
KIDS WILL LOVE: squirting each other with bamboo water pistols during a lazy float trip down the Class I-II Maoyan River
DATES: June 14-28, July 5-19, August 2-16
COST: from $3,590 per adult, $3,490 per child age 12 to 17, $3,390 per child age 10 and 11
OUTFITTER: Thomson Family Adventures, 800-262-6255, www.familyadventures.com

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