December 12, 2017

Side Trip: Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower in Wyoming was on my bucket list for some time. I’m not entirely sure why. I hadn’t even seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind (sadly, I still haven’t, but that’s another story…). I guess I just thought it looked really cool, so I literally built our three-week summer road trip from Denver to Minneapolis around Devils Tower. […]

Road Trip: 9 Stops to Make Along I-94 in North Dakota

At the end of the summer, I had the opportunity to visit North Dakota for the very first time. Similar to my recent adventure in South Dakota, I drove all the way across the state on one highway. This time it was I-94, from Fargo on the east side to Medora on the west side. My primarily reason for traveling […]

Shenandoah Hikes: Best Hiking Trails in Virginia for Kids

My kids and I recently had the opportunity to go on some of the best hikes in Virginia at Shenandoah National Park. It’s less than two hours from my home in Northern Virginia, yet it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve visited this national park to get in a few Shenandoah hikes on my own or with my kids. […]

10 Things to Do as a Family at Death Valley National Park

I love Death Valley. Especially in November. While temps can easily rise into the 100s (even 110s) in the summer, it was a balmy 69 degrees when I was there in late-fall, at least according to the thermometer display set up just outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. I stayed in Beatty, NV and entered the park from the east […]

10 Things to Do as a Family at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two summers, but yes, two summers ago the kids and I explored Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. Along with Yosemite National Park, these three parks make up the Majestic Mountain Loop in California. Known for groves of giant sequoia trees, these National Parks are a must to explore with kids. […]

Grand Junction: Colorado’s Best-Kept Secret

This past week, I had the opportunity to explore Grand Junction, Colorado. Living on the east coast, I love going out west. Everything is different, the climate, the culture, the landscape. And I especially love Colorado. Just over a year ago, the kids and I explored Steamboat Springs and Estes Park as part of our great big cross-country road trip. I […]

How to Spend the Day at Crater Lake National Park

If you’ve never been to Crater Lake National Park, add it to your bucket list, like right now. The kids and I spent a half-day there last summer on our way to Bend, Oregon. I wish we could have spent more time at this national park. One look out into that blue, blue water and you’ll understand why. So incredible. […]

10 Things to Do as a Family at Redwood National & State Parks

We visited Redwood National & State Parks in Northern California in July. This was my first time there and it was amazing on so many levels. We stayed in the north end, but it was very easy to drive to and explore other areas of the parks. Take a look at 10 things you must do if you take the […]