May 25, 2017

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 […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Best National Parks Books for Kids

Two summers ago, my kids and I visited more than a dozen national parks and monuments. It was truly epic to be able to sled down sand dunes at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and explore a grove of giant sequoia trees at Sequoia National Park in California. As I began to plan out our trip, I had […]

5 Stops to Make on Your Way to Yellowstone

Things to Do on the Way to Yellowstone Many people who visit Yellowstone National Park opt to fly into Idaho Falls, ID or Jackson, WY, both of which are 2.5 hours or less from the park by car. However, I’d like to suggest Boise, ID. Sure, it’s nearly seven hours away from West Yellowstone, but it’s generally cheaper to fly […]

10 Things to Do as a Family at Yosemite National Park

Over the summer, my kids and I took in the three national parks that make up the Majestic Mountain Loop in California, including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We first checked out the huge sequoia trees at Sequoia and Kings Canyon, then headed north to explore Yosemite National Park. Among the most visited national parks, Yosemite has a […]

10 Things to Do as a Family at Yellowstone National Park

My kids and I had the opportunity to explore Yellowstone National Park in July. This was my first time in the park in 20 years (oh my gosh, I feel so old all of a sudden). I last visited the park in 1995 with two college friends. I know I was there, yet somehow I don’t remember very much about […]

5 Things You Must Do Near the Grand Canyon

Things to Do Near the Grand Canyon Over the summer, we visited the Grand Canyon. We stayed in the nearby town of Tusayan (not even 10 minutes from the South Rim park entrance) and had a fantastic time taking in this natural wonder of the world through ranger-led walks, the Junior Ranger program, even just by eating sandwiches along the […]

Exploring with Kids: Zion National Park

My family recently had the opportunity to go to Zion National Park in Utah. With family living in Las Vegas, my husband and I have often considered a trip, but the timing and seasons never seemed right until our recent trip. We embarked on a 3,400-mile road trip with our two kids who were just shy of their third and […]

Stamp It: Passport to Your National Parks Program

Back in May I learned about the Passport to Your National Parks program through the National Park Service and I’ve been dying to get our brand new passport books stamped with my kids. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, it just has not happened yet, but I didn’t want to keep you from having your own adventures in our national […]

6 Must-Have Summer Travel iPhone Apps

Wherever your family vacation plans take you this summer, there’s definitely an iPhone app available that will make your trip go even smoother. Whether helping you find campgrounds, the nearest beach or the subway route to take to get to your favorite museum, here are six must-have iPhone apps to add to your phone this summer before you leave the […]