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Family Holidays

ers are well served by the numerous museums across the nation and music lovers find their Meccas in the jazz clubs and festivals of New Orleans, the blues and rock clubs and studios of Memphis, Tennessee – also home to

Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion

– and, for country music fans, at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, not to forget Pigeon Forge's Dollywood, both a tribute to Country Music Queen Dolly Parton and a popular theme park. Of course, New York City is not the only family-

friendly gateway city. Chicago offers 26 miles of public

beaches, attraction- and event-filled Ú

western experience is a visit to one of the typical Wild West boom towns where you can hop on a stagecoach, visit an old- time music hall or witness a stand-off between two gun slingers. Among

them are "

Chicago offers 26 miles of public beaches, attractions- and

Deadwood, South Dakota; Virginia City, Nevada, Dodge City, Kansas, and Nevada City, Montana. Also well worth a visit are the annual rodeos and Native American Pow Wows held throughout

particularly rich in Native American heritage as are the ancient pueblo communities of New Mexico. The east coast also has many fascinating living

history museums. Among them are Virginia's Jamestown, a family-friendly

re-creation of

England's 1607 colony; elegant nearby 18th-century Williamsburg and Massachusetts' Plimoth Plantation where costumed interpreters whisk you back to 17th-century Pilgrim days. If drama is your thing, there are numerous out- door dramas staged across the country such as North Carolina's Lost Colony and Unto the Hills. Art lov-

event-filled Millennium Park, Children's, Natural History and other museums"

the west. Oklahoma is

Millennium Park, Children's, Natural History and other museums and the 50-acre Navy Pier fun park. San Francisco has its unique cable cars, ferry trips to Alcatraz Island, colourful Chinatown and great film- site bus tours, and then there's Las Vegas, not only an architec- tural theme park but also home to a Wet 'n Wild water park, thrilling, family-enthralling Cirque de Soleil shows and launching pads for helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon or you can drive there and visit the mighty Hoover Dam as well.

Left: Siests Beach in Sarasota, Florida Above: Lyman Orchards in Connecticut and South Dartmouth in Massachusetts


“From Orlando's roller-coasters and cosmopolitan Miami to Clearwater’s sandy beaches, Florida is the perfect choice for a US family holiday. Villa stays offer great value accommodation and for trips to Orlando, the Virgin Holidays v-room lounges at Gatwick or Manchester are a great way to relax before take-off! Top tips are to take advantage of Downtown Disney Check-In (exclusive and free to our customers) and for family-friendly excursions, try an Everglades airboat tour or the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.” Scott Edwards, Florida Product Development Executive, Virgin Holidays

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