Top Family Getaways

Beyond the U.S.

VANCOUVER, CANADA

Little islands, mountains, a rain forest, and a pristine city -- Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, has something for everyone. The city's Stanley Park (604-257-8400, www.parks.vancouver.bc.ca) is a great first stop. "We rented tandem bikes and had the best time," says Stacey Felsen, a Parents contributor. The park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium and the Children's Farmyard. To see the city from a different perspective -- 3,700 feet up, that is -- jump on the Grouse Mountain Skyride (604-980-9311, www.grousemtn.com). For a fun time shopping, take the speedy water bus to Granville Island, where a kids' market (604-689-8447, www.kidsmarket.ca) caters to the allowance set.

THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Looking for a voyage rather than a destination? A Cunard cruise (www.cunard.com) on the Queen Elizabeth 2 -- or, starting in 2004, the Queen Mary 2 -- offers an unbeatable way to experience the Atlantic: by sailing from New York to England. "I love the annual Family Cruise," says Sally Lee, editor-in-chief. "It's such a relaxing experience, and if you choose the right cabin -- think the inside, lower decks -- and bunk with the kids, the trip is affordable." On board, there's a video arcade, a computer learning center, planned children's activities, and plenty more. And the caregivers at the children's center are all trained nannies. "We visited the casino, health spa, and pools, and we could really relax, knowing our children were in good hands."

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