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Freedom! 10 trips without the kids

By Stephanie Oswald, Special to CNN
updated 9:55 AM EDT, Tue September 10, 2013
Take your perch nearly 2,700 feet above the Dan River in a luxurious <a href='http://www.primland.com' target='_blank'>Primland</a> tree house, where the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains meld with high-end creature comforts, such as a soaking tub and 400-thread count Frette sheets. At the main lodge, the resort's observatory dome houses a massive telescope that takes stargazing to a new level. Other activities include golf, fishing, sporting clay shooting, ATV tours and sustainable wild game hunting. Tree house rates start at $550 a night. Take your perch nearly 2,700 feet above the Dan River in a luxurious Primland tree house, where the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains meld with high-end creature comforts, such as a soaking tub and 400-thread count Frette sheets. At the main lodge, the resort's observatory dome houses a massive telescope that takes stargazing to a new level. Other activities include golf, fishing, sporting clay shooting, ATV tours and sustainable wild game hunting. Tree house rates start at $550 a night.
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Chill in Orlando
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • With the kids back in school, it's time to take a break
  • Check out 10 ideas for adult-oriented escapes
  • Cruises, glamping and even theme parks are all options

(CNN) -- It's time to consider a grown-up getaway.

We're not downplaying the joy of a successful family vacation or suggesting illicit escapes, but with kids back in school, recharging is in order.

There will be no planning activities around a three-year-old's nap schedule or worrying if the resort's restaurant menu will have anything to please a finicky teenager. And globetrotters who are already kid-free can delight in having the security lines and airplane cabins back to themselves after the summer family travel rush.

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Now is an ideal time for adults to take advantage of sought-after destinations, since tour operators, airlines and even high-end resorts often run specials to encourage travel during the shoulder season between summer vacation and the winter holiday travel rush.

Some of these places welcome guests of all ages -- and perhaps merit a return visit with the entire family. However, if you're a traveler who has grown weary of some of the signs of summer travel, such as screaming kids on planes and endless lines of little ones at popular attractions, these destination ideas are for you. Splurge on yourself this fall.

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