I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when a colleague returned from a trip to Amsterdam gushing about how family-friendly the city is. Up until that point, I’d let stories of risqué attractions and smoky cafés color my opinion of the city. I had already discounted it from our family’s European travel plans – but I learned Amsterdam is so much more than red lights and smoke shops. This quintessential Dutch destination is known for its poignant history, famous artists, picturesque canals and delicious food and beverages; it’s within driving distance of multiple U.S. military duty stations in Europe — and it is a city that should not be missed!

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