Some of the best family vacations aren't listed in glossy travel magazines. Activities you and your family already enjoy make for grand getaways. Does your family have a soft spot for animals? Wildlife, nature, and eco-travel often allow tourists to get up close and personal with amazing animals. Love sports? Marketing companies have capitalized on America's obsession with sports and now offer team-oriented vacations that can include a pitching session with your favorite New York Yankee. Has your child shown an interest in history? Archaeological vacations provide opportunities to accompany field historians on actual digs. You might be surprised to discover how many great vacations are right in your backyard.