Family Vacation Dos and Don'ts

11/05/2010 02:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Boy, could we tell you some family vacation horror stories... lost kids, waterslide injuries, endless, whining road trips. But let's save that for another time. The reason every family seems to have terrible vacation experience in their past has everything to do with a lack of proper planning and nothing to do with the nature of the beast. The fact is, if you follow a few simple guidelines and stick to destinations that are set up to accommodate the whole brood, a family vacation can be every bit as relaxing as a romantic weekend escape... or, well, almost.

Even better, we've included seven resorts that get it right. All you have to do is go.

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Family Vacation Dos and Don'ts