A sluggish-but-slowly-showing-signs-of-recovering economy won't stop families from traveling in 2010—but we're definitely looking for value in the trips we plan. That means we're shopping for great deals and seeking locales that appeal to toddlers through teens all at once—and in some instances, they might be trendy destinations we see on TV or the big screen.

Here are The Vacation Gals' Top 10 Family Destinations for 2010.


“I toured this diminutive Central American country last month without my family and often thought, "Boy, my kids would love this!" Climbing ancient Maya temples at Xunantunich (just a couple miles from the Guatemala border), snorkeling with sharks off of Ambergris Caye, ziplining through lush rainforest and "cave tubing" through bat-filled tunnels are all appealing to school-age kids (and adventurous grown-ups, too).”

The other nine choices for this writer include:
*Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia
*Branson, Missouri
*Washington's Olympic Peninsula
*Any U.S. National Park
*Washington, D.C.
*Germany in Winter

(About the Writer - Kara Williams goes by ColoradoGal over at TheVacationGals.com, where she blogs about travel with her buddies. Learn more about her at www.KaraSWilliams.com.)

By Kara Williams, The Vacation Gals
Fodor’s Travel Blog, December 16, 2009

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