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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Crater Lake National Park

November 17, 2015 – 10:46 am
Crater Lake Feature

Located in a remote section of southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is an awe-inspiring destination with limited amenities but unrivaled beauty and history. Oregon’s only National Park, Crater Lake is busiest from July through …

Are you #ReadyToSki Aspen and Snowmass?

November 2, 2015 – 4:00 am
skiing-in-aspen-trees_Jeremy Swanson

Just after we were married, my husband and I enjoyed a romantic weekend in Aspen, Colorado. We visited in the fall, a time when you can float your breath in the morning air and crunch …

Why you Should Stop at Bricks & Minifigs on your Next Road Trip

October 16, 2015 – 1:57 pm
BAM_Badgers Game

I had never heard of Bricks & Minifigs until our good friends Dan and Gwen announced they are opening a location in Fitchburg, Wisconsin this October 24. With the addition of Wisconsin, you can find …

Two Pieces of Automobile Safety Gear Every Car Should Have

October 12, 2015 – 1:08 pm
Emergency Kit

Road trips are an affordable and more flexible alternative to travel by air or rail, the downside is your vehicle will need routine maintenance and the occasional major repair. Over countless miles and traveling in …

Sand Ranch, New Rock Shop in Florence, Oregon

September 16, 2015 – 11:18 am
Sand Ranch

Sand Ranch Rock Shop & Souvenirs is winding down on a successful first summer in its new location at 5351 Highway 101 in Florence, Oregon. The newest addition to the family-friendly attractions at Sand Master …

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

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

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

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
national park blue

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 …