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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Zipline Tours: A “Tree”mendous Family Vacation
August 12, 2011 – 4:00 pm | 3 Comments
Zipline Tours: A “Tree”mendous Family Vacation

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 …

Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin
June 20, 2011 – 9:30 am | 3 Comments
Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin

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.

Top 10 4th of July Fireworks 2011
June 2, 2011 – 7:21 am | 7 Comments
Top 10 4th of July Fireworks 2011

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 | 2 Comments
Best Pirate Festivals for Families

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 | 3 Comments
Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families 2011

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 | One Comment
Guidebooks on Alaska: Plan A Trip to the Great North

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.

Feed Me: 10 Favorite Summer Road Trip Snacks
April 10, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Feed Me: 10 Favorite Summer Road Trip Snacks

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 | No Comment
Minneapolis Metro with Kids: My Picks

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 | No Comment
Top 10: Best Spring Festivals for Families 2011

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 | 4 Comments
Top 10 Winter Festivals for Families

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 | 4 Comments
Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

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 | 7 Comments
Top 10: Michigan Apple Orchards & Cider Mills

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 | 4 Comments
10 Books for a National Park Family Vacation

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 | 4 Comments
Indoor Water Park Roundup

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.

Top 10 Fall Festivals for Families
October 1, 2010 – 5:48 am | 4 Comments
Top 10 Fall Festivals for Families

Fall is festival season, and harvest and foodie celebrations take place all over the country. So, what festivals are really road trip worthy for the family? It was particularly hard to pick only 10 favorites this year, and we welcome any comments about your favorites that might not be on our list. We’ll definitely research them for next year’s list.

S’more Fun: 10 Best Places to Get Your Marshmallow On!
August 17, 2010 – 6:26 am | 6 Comments
S’more Fun: 10 Best Places to Get Your Marshmallow On!

A summertime rite-of-passage, roasting s’mores around the campfire has been a family tradition since marshmallows found their way onto grocery store shelves in the early 20th century. Road Trips for Families offers some suggestions for getting your marshmallow on, just in time for Nationional S’more Month.

Best 4th of July Hometown Celebrations & Trips
June 17, 2010 – 6:30 am | One Comment
Best 4th of July Hometown Celebrations & Trips

Independence Day. Whether it means a weekend getaway to eat watermelon, watch a small town parade and wave a flag or a week-long dirt bike excursion like Sandfest, it’s all about family and making memories. Here are our picks for this year’s best hometown celebrations and trips for the 4th of July.

Top 10: Best 4th of July Fireworks 2010
June 15, 2010 – 6:25 am | 8 Comments
Top 10: Best 4th of July Fireworks 2010

Whether you’re going out of state, leaving the country or just packing a picnic and watching the fireworks, the weekend revolves around founding father President John Adams’ call for ‘pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations” in celebrating Independence Day. Here are our top picks for this year’s pyrotechnics.

Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families
May 25, 2010 – 6:00 am | 3 Comments
Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families

It was almost impossible to narrow down our list of wish-we-were-going-this-year summer festivals to only 10 favorites. In the end we chose some iconic, famous festivals sprinkled with a few you’ve probably never heard of. We aimed for geographical diversity and road trip friendly ammenities or locations. If we didn’t include your favorite, tell us what it is and why you love it. We promise to check it out for next summer’s list.

Best Family St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2010
March 9, 2010 – 8:08 am | 9 Comments
Best Family St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2010

You’d never know that St. Patrick’s Day is technically a religious holiday. For families, it’s mostly a time to celebrate the Irish side of the family (or pretend like you have one) and enjoy the festivities. Do you go all out and dress in green from head to toe? Cook anything special? Green eggs and ham anyone? If you’re looking for the biggest family-friendly celebrations, here’s the master list.