Get a deal on your next family vacation

Austin Adventures is offering a price break on family travel to Yellowstone National Park, with such highlights as the Grand Prismatic Spring.
Austin Adventures is offering a price break on family travel to Yellowstone National Park, with such highlights as the Grand Prismatic Spring.
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Chicago Tribune

Family travel can be a great learning experience for the kids — and costly for parents. Austin Adventures, which offers trips around the world, is helping to take a bite out of the price with a promotion on some of its family adventures for 2017. Here’s the deal: A family with two kids — at least one under the age of 12 — pays for only one of the kids, which translates to a savings in the thousands of dollars. For example, Austin has a six-day/five-night Yellowstone National Park package that includes rafting on the Yellowstone River, guided hiking in the park’s backcountry, horseback riding in the Absaroka Mountains of Montana, watching Old Faithful erupt and much more. Adults pay $2,698 each, and the cost for the first child would be $2,428. The cost for the second child, which would normally be $2,158, would be free. The deal requires the family to share a room and must be booked by Nov. 1. Info: 800-575-1540,

Peak leaf peeping

Depending on where you are in the U.S., fall colors are peaking or getting pretty close to that point. The Upper Midwest and New England should be alive right about now with brilliant reds, golds and yellows. And, in the West, say Colorado, the glowing aspens will light up the mountains at varying times depending on the elevation. If you’re at a loss for where to head for the best leaf-peeping, Jetsetter offers up its picks for 11 memorable fall foliage road trips. Some are pretty predictable, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina, New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway and the San Juan Skyway in Colorado. The list is also heavily weighted toward New England and the East, with six entries. The Midwest is represented by the Lake Superior Circle Tour, comprising Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario. Check out the whole list at

Ride the rails


Travel on classic rail transportation is paired with holiday celebrations on three trips being offered by Pullman Rail Journeys. All three trips depart from Chicago’s Union Station and feature overnight accommodations aboard fully restored midcentury dome and sleeper cars from the golden age of rail travel. A Nov. 22-27 package will have you in New York City for Thanksgiving, spending three nights at the Roosevelt Hotel. Another option is a Dec. 17-22 Christmas-themed package that spends three nights at the iconic Greenbrier in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. New Year’s Eve in New York is the focus of the Dec. 29 to Jan. 3 package, which, like the Thanksgiving trip, spends three nights at the Roosevelt. All packages include round-trip rail from Chicago and hotel lodging. Other features vary by package. These aren’t inexpensive trips. The Thanksgiving itinerary prices start at $5,226 per person, double occupancy. Christmas is $8,021, and New Year’s is $5,770. Info: 888-978-5563,

Phil Marty is a freelance writer.


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