Pipestone National Monument
August 29, 2014 – 6:52 am | No Comment

While passing through the Southwest corner of Minnesota earlier this summer, an unmistakable brown and white sign reserved for national monuments popped into view: Pipestone National Monument
Located in the town of Pipestone, Pipestone National Monument …

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Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA
May 3, 2013 – 2:23 pm | 3 Comments
Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA

If you’re looking for a great weekend road trip in the Northeast this spring, consider Lancaster, PA.  From the Amish country, to the railroads and museums, to the amusement parks, this itinerary is great family …

Family Vacation in Hawaii: Affordable Ideas on The Big Island
November 11, 2012 – 6:32 pm | One Comment
Family Vacation in Hawaii: Affordable Ideas on The Big Island

Family-friendly and affordable vacation suggestions for a family vacation on The Big Island of Hawaii.
Traveling a great distance and spending a chunk of change just getting to Hawaii, our recent family vacation needed to be …

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville
August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am | No Comment
Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

While you could make it from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN in four to five hours on the Interstate, taking the scenic route offers opportunities for unique stops that make a memorable family road trip.
When …

Guest Post: Joshua Tree National Park Expert Itinerary
April 22, 2011 – 7:08 am | 2 Comments
Guest Post: Joshua Tree National Park Expert Itinerary

Joshua Tree National Park, located about two hours east of Los Angeles, is a perfect example. Located on the border of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, it’s home to some of the strangest and most spectacular scenery in America. Visit in the spring, and you’ll be treated to spectacular wildflower blooms that transform the otherwise parched landscape into an explosion of color. Visit in the fall, and you’ll enjoy balmy temperatures perfect for hiking or rock climbing. Not summer? Not a problem. Joshua Tree awaits!

Guest Post: Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island Itinerary
April 21, 2011 – 7:05 am | No Comment
Guest Post: Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island Itinerary

Two-thirds of the way up the craggy coast of Maine lies Mount Desert Island, home to granite mountains, picture perfect harbors, and Acadia National Park. Mount Desert Island is the crown jewel of coastal New England—the only place on the East Coast where the mountains literally meet the sea. Nearly 40% of the island has been permanently protected as Acadia National Park, and it’s home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in America.

Guest Post: Yosemite National Park Itinerary
April 19, 2011 – 6:54 am | One Comment
Guest Post: Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Nestled deep in the heart of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most spectacular sights. Its alpine scenery is bursting with superlatives: the highest waterfall in North America (Yosemite Falls), the most famous vertical rock face in the world (El Capitan), and the largest organisms of all time (giant sequoia trees). But no statistic can ever capture the park’s staggering beauty.

Guest Post: Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary
April 18, 2011 – 6:38 am | 2 Comments
Guest Post: Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

One mile deep. Ten miles wide. One hundred and sixty miles long. Covering 1.2 million acres in northern Arizona , Grand Canyon is a breathtaking act of geology. Teddy Roosevelt called it “the one great sight every American should see.”

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory — Expert Itinerary
April 13, 2010 – 7:28 am | 7 Comments
Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory — Expert Itinerary

The Mt. Hood Territory region of Oregon is one of the most beautiful road trips in the US. You can explore the region with less than 100 miles of actual road trip distance and it’s great for a weekend or partial-week trip. The scenery is world-class, but the region is also so flexible that each season offers different attractions and opportunities to explore the area, that you could return several times a year and take a totally different trip. We love it for families because of that flexibility and the short driving distance between each point.

Budget Itinerary — THE Beach, Florida
August 18, 2009 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments
Budget Itinerary — THE Beach, Florida

School may be back in session, but the beach is still calling your name. An ideal destination for your family’s beach road trip is Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast. Known as “THE Beach”, it stretches 227 miles from Pensacola to Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle and features miles of georgeous white sand beaches and charming seaside villages.

Top 10: Best Sporting Events for Families
July 9, 2009 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Top 10: Best Sporting Events for Families

You love sports. And, before the kids you used to travel to sporting events at will. Now, it takes more planning, sure, but there are things your kids should see with you, before they get too old to want to be seen with you.

Expert Itinerary: Yellowstone
June 6, 2009 – 7:18 pm | One Comment
Expert Itinerary: Yellowstone

For this month’s expert itinerary, I reached out to Janet Chapple, author of the book Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park. The updated third edition just came out in April, and our family will be spending a couple of weeks there this summer, so I wanted to get some expert advice on how to tackle the park.