Best Family Getaways 2014 (PHOTOS)

Today's family holidays are thrill rides of adventure, immersive cultural exchanges, and transcendent bonding opportunities with furry new friends. They're opportunities to open -- and blow -- the minds of your offspring, while creating memories they'll want to recount to future generations.
06/25/2014 02:47 pm ET Updated Aug 25, 2014

"On every trip, try something new; come back knowing you did something you weren't willing to try before," tweeted Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor's Travel Advocate and a mom of two.

It's a travel motto she shared in our recent family travel Twitter chat (#TL_Chat), and it's one that we'd wholeheartedly retweet. After all, today's best family holidays are thrill rides of adventure, immersive cultural exchanges, and transcendent bonding opportunities with furry new friends. They're opportunities to open -- and blow -- the minds of your offspring, while creating memories they'll want to recount to future generations.

If you can imagine swinging through a canopy of trees in Costa Rica, your youngest child squealing with pleasure right behind you; or seeing your bookish son mesmerized as he wanders the ancient Greek ruins he'd seen only in the pages of his history textbooks; or shearing sheep with a fourth-generation New Zealander farmer, then you've officially outgrown your parents' version of a family-friendly vacation. And these trips are for you.

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Best Family Getaways 2014

--Heidi Mitchell

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