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Great Travel Links for 12.3.2007

Lots of online goodies this week; it was hard to pare it down….

** Cool idea: lodging in Atlantic Coast lighthouses, from Frommer’s. Includes Maine, Rhode Island, Canada and New York. Anyone know of Great Lakes or West Coast lighthouses where families can stay?

** WebUrbanist has the most awesome kid’s playgrounds. Check out this one: the City Museum in St. Louis MO.

** Here is an info-packed article from Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on taking kids to Europe. Look for the description of a Nicolas Flamel restaurant in Paris (why does that sound familiar? Think….Harry Potter.)

** Hurray! One of the symbols of New Orleans is running again….the St. Charles streetcar.

** A British perspective from the Guardian on 20 ways to travel the American Wild West, from learning about Buffalo Bill to Arizona ranch vacations.

** Also from Frommer’s, a bunch of Amtrak discount codes. Many of them must be used over the phone, not online, and there are blackout dates. While we’re at it, you may want to consider signing up for airfare/vacation deals alerts from Frommer’s, organized by George Hobica from Airfarewatchdog.

** If you’ve already had it with winter weather, Budget Travel outlined how to fly nonstop to the Caribbean, then where to stay and what to do once you’re there. Board wearing a coat, debark in your shorts. Whatever you do, check in online before you fly.

** Now is the time….Six Flags theme park season passes are at their cheapest.

** Scotland’s finest includes a recommendation for a family-friendly “vast Victorian pile” in Crieff and a family farm shop in Tibbermore.

** Smarter Travel has when-to-book secrets for popular vacations.

** Johnny Jet surfs the waves and checks out Noosa, Australia.

** Remember my post about Kansas City? There are lots of holiday happenings right now in KC.

** A great BootsnAll travel forum thread from a family just back from taking the kids to Morocco and the Sahara.

** Good medical advice for travel with kids, courtesy the Adventure Doc.

** The best family holidays, with a learning twist, from the UK’s Guardian. Scuba lessons in the Red Sea, anyone?

** Need more travel ideas? IgoUgo lists the top 10 “big media” travel blogs and includes many of my favorites. My take is that if a publication isn’t connecting with its audience through blogging, it will be left in the dust if it isn’t dust-coated already.

Thanks for checking out this week’s great travel links.

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