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BIKING AND KAYAKING CAPE COD
[MASSACHUSETTS]
Pedal and paddle inn to inn through the classic summer towns of Chatham, Brewster, and Provincetown—biking on the paved, car-free Cape Cod Rail Trail and kayaking tranquil marshlands. The new five-day Cape Cod trip includes a seal-watching cruise to Monomoy Point. Lodging includes historic hotels.

MINIMUM AGE: none
KIDS WILL LOVE: playing hide-and-seek in the massive, wind-sculpted sand dunes of Marconi Beach near P-Town
DATES: July 7-13, July 20-25, August 3-8, August 10-15, August 17-22
COST: $2,098 per person, with discounts available depending on family size
OUTFITTER: Backroads, 800-462-2848, www.backroads.com

HIKING AND RAFTING ALBERTA
[CANADA]
On this nine-day traverse of Alberta, you'll travel from the arid valley of the Red Deer River, two hours north of Calgary, to the alpine trails and milky-blue lakes of Banff and Jasper national parks. Three- to five-mile day hikes include the Opal Hills Circuit, a former railroad; you'll also raft a half-day on the Athabasca or Sunwapta river. Camp for six nights and stay in hotels two nights.

MINIMUM AGE: eight
KIDS WILL LOVE: hiking a portion of the 29-mile Dinosaur Trail in Horsethief Canyon, where many of the world's finest dinosaur skeletons have been found
DATES: June 28-July 6, July 19-27, August 9-17
COST: $1,195 per adult, $995 per child age eight to 14
OUTFITTER: REI Adventures, 800-622-2236, www.rei.com

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