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The Perfect Vacation

  • What Will We Do There?

    Even if you don't want to overplan, try to work out a rough daily itinerary so you'll hit a spot on every family member's wish list. (Young kids can circle pictures on a brochure.) Phone ahead for details; that way, before everyone's starving, you'll learn that the riverboat dinner cruise is by reservation only or the petting zoo has no snack bar.

    Save some lousy-weather activities (such as a stop at the aquarium) for the end. If it rains sooner, you can do them earlier, but at least you won't be killing time when it storms by shopping at the same stores you have at home.