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Top 10 Accessible Family Road Trip Stops

June 16, 2012 – 5:42 am
Megan's Wonderland

Nothing beats a great family road trip; however some destinations are just a better option for folks with mobility issues. Whether it’s mom or dad in a wheelchair, junior in a stroller, or grandma who just needs to go a little slower, these road trip stops are great choices for the whole family – no matter what their ability level.

10 Great Summertime Stops Along I-95

April 12, 2012 – 12:46 pm
interesting interstates

Guest post by Barbara Barnes, author of the new book, “What’s Great About I-95: Maine to Florida“.

Getting ready for summer vacation? Make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. I-95 travelers are in for a …

Zipline Tours: A “Tree”mendous Family Vacation

August 12, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, my oh my, what a wonderful day!
Wildly popular and fantastically fun, canopy zip line tours are “in” this travel season. Mixing endorphins with fresh air, zip line tours combine the benefits of a …

Guest Post: Top 5 Family Road Trips

July 13, 2011 – 7:49 am

Looking for a vacation spot that won’t break the bank? We asked Dan Weisman of Flipkey.com, a leading vacation rental website, to give us some suggestions of destinations that are road trip worthy, great for families and fun to visit.

Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin

June 20, 2011 – 9:30 am
Rock Island Coastline 01_01

Door County, Wisconsin. A beloved vacation destination for Mid-westerners, this pinkie-shaped peninsula jutting out into the pristine waters or Lake Michigan lives up to the nickname “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Whether you ride a Harley, sail a yacht, camp, antique, scuba dive, kayak, or simply appreciate award-winning regional food and wine, Door Country truly has something for everyone all year round. On a budget and in the area for a short weekend, our family came to Door County with one main theme on our vacation itinerary—stones. Skipping stones, that is.

Fantasy Camping: Tree houses, trains, covered wagons and tipis

June 13, 2011 – 8:06 am
Hobbit House

It’s pretty hard to get better than camping. But, imagine what your kids would say if you told them you were spending the night in a real covered wagon, like the ones the pioneers used more than a century ago. Or, in a tree house. Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts GoCampingAmerica.com helped us find some of the neatest places your family can camp.

Top 10 4th of July Fireworks 2011

June 2, 2011 – 7:21 am
Clearwater Fireworks

America’s Birthday just isn’t complete without fireworks. Every year, we pick the top 10 places we’d like to see some fireworks. Here are this year’s picks. (Don’t forget to see previous year’s winners as well.)

Best Pirate Festivals for Families

May 23, 2011 – 7:39 am
Port Pirate Festival

There’s a new pirate movie in theaters, but let’s face it, pirates are popular any time. Especially with kids. And dads. We researched the best family-friendly pirate celebrations, and here are our suggestions.

Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families 2011

May 19, 2011 – 10:35 am
Ogden Pioneer Days

We announce our picks for the Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families. Every year we pick the best of the best summer festivals for families who like to road trip. This year’s list includes some new and some iconic festivals — we’d love to hear what festivals your family never misses.

Guidebooks on Alaska: Plan A Trip to the Great North

May 10, 2011 – 7:00 pm
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For most of us, planning a road trip to Alaska is as daunting as the state itself. A “lifetime” journey for the adventuresome lot, if you’re ever going to need a guidebook to jump start your vacation planning, this list will get you one step closer to the Great North.

Guest Post: 10 Things You Don’t Know About Alaska

May 9, 2011 – 7:25 am
milepost 2011

Taking a road trip to Alaska? We asked the expert editors at The MILEPOST to give us some little known facts and tips about driving to Alaska with the family.

Eating Out With Kids: 10 Apps for Avoiding Meltdowns

May 2, 2011 – 4:40 am

We’ve all been there. It’s late. Everyone’s tired. Everyone is cranky. And that is the night you pick the restaurant that takes 30 minutes to get drinks and bread to the table. We’re normally all about not taking screens on vacation. But, sometimes, well it’s just an emergency.

Feed Me: 10 Favorite Summer Road Trip Snacks

April 10, 2011 – 9:00 am

Heading out for a road trip this summer, one way to cut down travel costs and keep your family on a healthy diet is to stock up on your favorite snacks. Road Trips for Families attended the 2011 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California last month to find the Top 10 road-trip friendly snacks. Our criteria is this: healthy, fun, portable, packable, affordable, non-melt-able snacks your kids will actually eat on a road trip.

Minneapolis Metro with Kids: My Picks

March 30, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Residents of the Twin Cities for nearly six years, we traveled to all corners of Minneapolis/St. Paul on a quest for kid-friendly fun. Behold, our picks for Minneapolis metro with kids in tow!

Top 10: Best Spring Festivals for Families 2011

March 8, 2011 – 7:41 am

It’s Spring! There’s not much better than getting the family out to celebrate and enjoy some sunny weather, good food, music and the end of winter. This year’s picks include some funny, some quirky, some silly and some local gems. If you’re looking for more suggestions, try our 2010 Spring Festivals for Family picks.

Top 10 Winter Festivals for Families

January 10, 2011 – 1:48 pm
saranac winter carnival

Get out and enjoy the winter sports and festivities at one of these winter festivals. It was hard to pick just 10 top festivals this year, so many of our favorites are growing and adding activities. These are our top picks for 2011.

Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

December 11, 2010 – 9:10 am
Fox 40 Safety Whistle

Here’s a short list of some great gear for your family camping adventures. Some of it’s for kids; some for adults. Our only guideline was to find great gifts that would fit in a jumbo holiday sock.

Top 10: Michigan Apple Orchards & Cider Mills

October 22, 2010 – 9:04 am
Parshallville Cider Mill

In autumn, families like to get outside to catch hold of the last few warm moments before the sun follows the snowbirds south. While apples are at the heart of the fun, cider and doughnuts (cinnamon and sugar, please) are the real draw. So much so, many places forgo the orchard altogether and just sell the essentials, pressing their own cider and cranking up the doughnut machine. Here are our picks for the top ten apple orchards and cider mills in the state of Michigan.

10 Books for a National Park Family Vacation

October 19, 2010 – 9:13 pm

While planning a road trip to any of America’s National Parks, many people read up on the subject. Especially for families visiting a National Park with kids in tow, research is key to getting the most out of your visit. From collecting coins to selecting lodging and finding wildlife, here are 10 kid-friendly books to get the entire family in on the action.

Indoor Water Park Roundup

October 7, 2010 – 12:06 pm
CoCo Key

In time for winter and indoor fun, Road Trips for Families presents some of the biggest, wettest, and funnest indoor water parks in the continental US.