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Photo Credit: Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom. Fair Wind Cruises offers excellent snorkeling adventures on the Big Island.

Summer days are passing quickly but there’s still time to plan a family vacation before the kids are back in school.

Or even if your kids are back on a year-round schedule, weekend getaways provide a refreshing break.

This roundup features a handful of recent family trips and tips by Traveling Mom experts.

Heading out on a road trip? Before you do, read these interesting summer road trip facts, stats and tips gathered by Cindy Richards, TravelingMom with Teens.

If you are planning to drive to your destination, make sure your vehicle is road worthy. Tonya Prater, Ohio TravelingMom test drove a Hyundai Sonata through Alabama’s countryside while on a road trip that began with a visit to the company’s first U.S. manufacturing plant in Montgomery.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Pittard/Solo Traveling Mom

Accustomed to traveling alone with her two kids, Sarah Pittard, Solo TravelingMom shares their exciting first visit to Vermont.

Anuja De Silva, Cosmopolitan TravelingMom discovered that cruising and sightseeing go hand-in-hand in New York – even with a toddler.

Hawaii is a natural outdoor playground offering numerous recreational activities sure to please kids of all ages. Dana Zucker & Sherry Wernicke, Triathlon TravelingMom share tips for exploring the Big Island of Hawaii with teens.

Love the outdoors but aren’t a fan of rugged camping? Gina Vercesi, Unplugged TravelingMom found a way to enjoy all the fun of camping without the hassle in Maine.

California has miles and miles of beautiful beaches up and down the coast. If you’re planning a visit to southern California, don’t miss stunning Dana Point.

Big Bear Lake in southern California offers more recreational activities that you can probably manage in one trip. But Amy Barseghian, Orange County TravelingMom sure crammed in a lot during her summer visit to this popular San Bernardino National Forest getaway.

There are many ways to cool off on a hot summer day besides taking a dip in an ocean or lake. Lisa Allen, Single TravelingMom discovered that exploring Bridal Cave in Lake of the Ozarks is cool on many levels, even with kids of varying ages.

There’s more to Wisconsin than amazing cheese and football. The Door County peninsula is not only among the most picturesque destinations in America, but it offers numerous family-friendly recreational activities.

Great Plains Zoo

Great Plains Zoo, up close and personal.
Photo Credit: Shannon Entin / Homeschool TMOM

Sometimes it’s the quick getaways – two or three days — that pack a punch and become a summer highlight. That’s exactly what Shannon Entin, Homeschool TravelingMom managed with her kids in two days in Sioux Falls, SD.

A day trip provides a great opportunity for one-on-one time with kids. Megy Karydes, Foodie TravelingMom and her daughter had fun together going to a theater and dining at a kid-friendly eatery in Chicago.

Often, rather than trying to see a lot in a short amount of time, it’s fun (and more relaxing) to focus on one or two activities. Here’s what we did in two days in San Francisco.