If you have enough trouble just getting your children out of the house in the morning, it may seem like an insurmountable challenge to drag them hundreds of miles away. But as any veteran family vacationer will assure you, a trip with the kids can be among the most pleasurable and rewarding times of your life.

Familyhostel (tel. 800/733-9753) takes the whole family, including kids 8 to 15, on moderately priced domestic and international learning vacations. Lectures, field trips, and sightseeing are guided by a team of academics.

Recommended family-travel websites include Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com), a comprehensive resource that offers customized trip planning; Family Travel Network (www.familytravelnetwork.com), an award-winning site that offers travel features, deals, and tips; and Family Travel Files (www.thefamilytravelfiles.com), which offers an online magazine and a directory of off-the-beaten-path tours and tour operators for families.

Frommer's Unofficial Guide to the Southeast with Kids (Wiley Publishing, Inc.) also includes information on kid-friendly attractions in and around Atlanta.

For a list of more family-friendly travel resources, visit www.frommers.com/planning.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.