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USTOA: Grand Canyon, Galapagos, Australia Top Destinations

September 23, 2009 By: George Dooley

The Grand Canyon has been named a top destination for family vacation packages, according to an informal member poll conducted by the U.S. Tour Operators Association. The USTOA announcement coincides with a new PBS series on America’s National Parks.

Grand Canyon’s natural wonders  “that leave adults and children in awe,” along with parents’ desire to show children their own country were cited as major draws by companies such as Collette Vacations and Tauck World Discovery.     

Other popular destinations cited by USTOA include:

• The Galapagos Islands

“Our clients tell us that taking their children (and even grandchildren) to the Galapagos Islands is an immensely rewarding experience, and it has become our most popular family destination," said a spokesperson for Abercrombie & Kent.  "Often a family’s interest starts with what the children are studying in school, and then an outing to the Darwin exhibit, or the Galapagos 3-D IMAX fires their imagination."


Unique cultural heritage and wildlife, absence of  language barrier and safety as a destination, attracts families, according to Goway Travel.  

River cruise trips in Europe

Amsterdam to Basel and Amsterdam to Paris and Normandy, are particularly popular for families, largely due to the fascination of castles which capture the imagination of children and parents alike, according to Uniworld River Cruises.


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