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September 3, 2015 – 9:11 am

A gateway stop between Southern Oregon and Northern California, Medford sits in the heart of the Rogue Valley. Located between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges, fruits like peaches, pears, and grapes thrive in a …

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7 Places to Take your Kids near Medford, Oregon

September 3, 2015 – 9:11 am
Go Kart Hero

A gateway stop between Southern Oregon and Northern California, Medford sits in the heart of the Rogue Valley. Located between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges, fruits like peaches, pears, and grapes thrive in a …

Why you Should Stop at the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg, Oregon

August 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm

Roseburg, Oregon is located along Oregon’s I-5, about 1 hour south of Eugene and 1.5 hours north of Medford. I know this is true, as we just made this drive yesterday afternoon. A sleepy little …

World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City, Kansas

August 24, 2015 – 7:34 am
World's Largest Ball of Twine

If you can’t take a detour from the interstate for the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, you’re not reading the right travel magazine. After researching the crazy and road trip-worthy attractions in Kansas, we added …

Top 15 Family-Friendly Attractions in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

August 18, 2015 – 11:14 am

If you’ve ever moved your family to a new city or state, one of the first things you’ll do is consult the internet for suggestions of places to take your kids. We moved to Eugene, …

Trees of Mystery: Klamath, California

August 13, 2015 – 7:43 pm
Paul and Babe

If you are on the 700-mile road trip between Portland and San Francisco, Trees of Mystery in Klamath marks your half-way point. Located in northern California on Highway 101 between the Redwood National and State …

Clamming on the Oregon Coast

July 26, 2015 – 7:13 pm

We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected …

What to do in Tillamook, Oregon if you Have Kids

July 21, 2015 – 4:53 pm

The official website for Tillamook County, Oregon says “Welcome to the land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze,” which is (by my estimation) a fairly accurate tagline. I recently drove all over Tillamook County with …

Visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory

July 19, 2015 – 8:53 am

Would you make a trip to Cawker City, Kansas without finding the world’s largest ball of twine? Or drive through Niagra Falls, New York without at least glimpsing at the water? The same goes for …

Oregon Coast: Rockaway Beach

July 18, 2015 – 2:23 pm
Kites on Beach

Situated fifty two miles south of Astoria, Oregon, Highway 101 runs through downtown Rockaway Beach. A lovely little seaside village perhaps best known for it’s annual Kite Festival, Rockaway Beach has lots to offer families.To …

Salem, Oregon: Enchanted Forest Theme Park

July 12, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Another entry in our “Exploring Oregon” series, we recently visited the Enchanted Forest theme park near Salem, Oregon. As the name Enchanted Forest might suggest, the theme park was built on the side of …

Oregon’s Most Awesome Fish Hatchery

July 5, 2015 – 1:50 pm

You heard me. Fish hatchery. To be honest, I have been to many fish hatcheries in my life, but only one in state of Oregon—the Willamette Fish Hatchery on the eastern edge of Oakridge.
In general, …

Five Fun Places to Eat Ice Cream in West Michigan

June 28, 2015 – 3:08 pm
Sherman's Cone Feature Photo

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime! To me, a West Michigan vacation is not complete until you have sand permanently in your shoes, have captured at least one firefly in a jar, and endured at least one ice …

Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing

June 22, 2015 – 7:46 pm
View Finder

Open to the public on June 6, we visited Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing earlier this week.
Affiliated with the Lakeshore Museum Center, the newest historic site has been under construction for some time. A …

Kid-Friendly Venues in Albany, Oregon

June 18, 2015 – 5:10 pm
The Pix Couches

With a population hovering around 50,000 Oregonians, Albany is one of the twenty most populous cities in the state. Named in honor of  Albany, New York, the Oregon counterpart has the largest variety of historical …

Oregon Coast: Neskowin Beach Ghost Forest

June 7, 2015 – 8:30 pm
Tree Stump in Tidepool

Our visit to the Neskowin Beach Ghost Forest was inspired by an Oregon geology exhibit at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Consider this diagram:
Low tide …

Whimsical Midwestern Places

June 7, 2015 – 4:28 pm
Raven Hill Discovery Center

A bit like taking a trip down the rabbit hole, some of our best vacation photos were spent in the most random, eclectic, wonderful places. Inspired by artists, scientists, and authors, here are some of …

Tacky Tourism Photos Document Family Road Trip

June 4, 2015 – 9:24 am
Noodling at Mississippi River Museum

From bunny ears to duck lips, even the most seasoned road warrior will pose for a tacky tourist photo. Thoroughly documented by Roadside America, our country has no shortage of bizarre places to snap a …

Small Town Iowa Offers Big Vacation Fun

June 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm

Peppered with Main Streets and storefronts and the occasional horse and buggy, much of small-town Iowa still operates like something like out of a modern day Norman Rockwell painting.    From the Mississippi River bluffs to …

Lake Michigan Lighthouses

June 3, 2015 – 11:41 am

Roughly the size of West Virginia, many people think of Lake Michigan as more of a sea than a Great Lake. Connected to the Atlantic Ocean by a system of locks, canals, and channels along …

Road Trip Detour: Slowing Down and Seeing More

June 2, 2015 – 6:30 pm

To “road trip” is to experience a new or unfamiliar place in a way that involves all of the senses. Whether driving through one county or across the entire country, you’ll find diversity in flora, …