According to a recent AAA survey, kore than one-third of Americans are planning to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more from home in the next 12 months. AAA Travel experts offer these tips to families planning vacations this year:


National Parks.  The National Park Service celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, making it a special time for travelers to discover the parks. The most popular national parks, such as Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon and Yosemite, may reach capacity during peak travel times, so plan ahead. National parks are waiving entrance fees this year April 16-24, Aug. 25-28, Sept. 24 and Nov. 11.