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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 …

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Visiting the Children’s Museum of South Dakota

August 30, 2015 – 12:35 pm
Dinosaur at Children's Museum of South Dakota

Brookings, SD Home to Museum that Gives Kids a Sense of Place
The Larson family of Brookings loved to don costumes at Colonial Williamsburg, help scientists search for life in the ocean, and hike through national …

America’s National Park Service Turns 99!

August 21, 2015 – 9:00 pm
Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Foundation Share the Experience photo contest, Stephen Byrne

The National Park Service turns 99 years old on August 25, 2015, and everyone is getting a present, free admission! Visit a park in your neighborhood or plan a trip to one of the 408 National …

Santa Claus, Indiana: Santa Loves It Here, Year Round

August 20, 2015 – 7:00 am
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Of course Santa Claus, Ind., is the perfect place to a letter to Santa, but it is also a great spot for a family vacation.
Christmas spirit fills Santa Claus, Indiana, year-round, but that joyous feeling …

Insects are In! Top Three Butterfly Houses in the U.S.

August 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm
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Butterflies Now Cooler than Dinosaurs!
Families on vacation are choosing insects over dinosaurs. The bugs don’t have gnashing, man-eating teeth, but they do have their own appeal, including hairy legs, brightly colored wings, and even nasty-looking …

The Art Institute of Chicago: Family Selfies Encouraged

August 15, 2015 – 8:57 am
Art Institute of Chicago: Credit Adam Alexander Photography

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) wants families to have fun in their halls. That means you don’t have to whisper, and you certainly don’t have to walk in a straight line to see the …

Oregon Coast: Wheeler on the Nehalem Bay

July 20, 2015 – 3:44 pm
Rising Star Cafe

A short drive up Highway 101 from Tillamook is the city of Wheeler. Built along the eastern edge of the Nehalem Bay in the shadow of Neahkahnie Mountain, this coastal community is significantly less touristy …

Unique Attractions Around Las Vegas, Nevada

July 20, 2015 – 8:04 am
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I’ve been to Sin City a few times over the years and, while the bright lights, entertainment, and attractions are a thing to see, there’s more to Vegas than The Strip.
For instance, did you know …

How to Explore US National Parks: Solid Advice from Seasoned Family Travel Bloggers

July 3, 2015 – 1:42 pm
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If you have plans to visit one of the National Parks scattered throughout the US, American Samoa, or the Virgin Islands, take a minute to scan this list and see if your park(s) is on …

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 …

Kansas City Neighborhoods: Where the Locals Call Home

June 1, 2015 – 8:32 am
Westside Neighborhood

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at a map and thought, “Why the heck would anyone go to Kansas City? Looks like it’s in…Kansas and Missouri? City of Fountains? What?” Aligning myself as a …

Family Vacation in Washington, DC

May 31, 2015 – 5:10 pm
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Henning

With free or cheap admission to countless museums and attractions packed in tight throughout the greater Washington, DC area, it’s no surprise that America’s capitol city is a popular vacation destination. Walkable and bikeable, visitors …

Travel by Air: 10 Tips for Saving Money and Traveling Light

February 12, 2013 – 8:41 pm
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Traveling by car as much as economically possible, occasionally we fly to a destination (like Hawaii) in order to make the most of a road trip. In our family of five, saving on expenses …

Disney in Hawaii: Visit the Aulani Lagoon for Free

November 18, 2012 – 7:00 pm
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Planning a trip to O’ahu for the Honolulu Color Run, Mapquest showed the 5K race course just down the street from the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina. With lodging already booked in …

Family Vacation in Hawaii: Affordable Ideas on The Big Island

November 11, 2012 – 6:32 pm
Surfs Up

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 …

Guest Post: Teach your kids about other cultures without using your passport

August 13, 2012 – 1:47 pm
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When families aspire to expose their children to different cultures, many parents think this must involve global travel. However, international travel may not be within our budget, school and work constraints might prohibit long trips, or some families choose to wait until their children are older to travel abroad. Today I’d like to focus on another way to expose your children to a variety of diverse cultures, varying perspectives and lifestyles, and unique customs and traditions: I invite you to “think local.”

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am
World's Largest Treehouse

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 …

Windshield Safety – How important is your windshield to a safe family road trip?

July 20, 2012 – 5:01 pm
windshield safety for family road trips

A broken windshield this week on our mega summer road trip had us thinking about the importance of windshields. Not something that typically keeps us up nights. But, did you know that most auto safety …

Kansas Road Trip – The world’s largest anything you can imagine and more edition

July 13, 2012 – 7:26 am
World's Most Artsy Public Toilets - Lucas, Kansas

Turn a rush through Kansas into a tour of the world’s largest everything. From The World’s Most Artsy Public Toilets to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Kansas has some of the best road trip stops in the US.

How to Choose a Kid Friendly Hotel

July 3, 2012 – 5:45 am
Kid Friendly Hotel

Ever arrive at a hotel and start to unpack the car, and you just know the bellman is groaning? How do you find a hotel that is truly family friendly?

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.