September 24, 2017

10 Things to Do as a Family at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park last June. We explored the Tennessee side of the park, though there are access points from North Carolina. This Great Smoky Mountains trip was our first stop on our cross-country adventure. Consistently topping the list of the most-visited national parks, the Smoky Mountains offers more than 850 miles of hiking trails, including a […]

Exploring with Kids: 36 Hours in Chattanooga

It’s a 15 hour drive to New Orleans (where my brother and his wife live) from our home in Virginia, so I knew I’d need to make a stop with the kids along the way and Chattanooga, TN was one of our stops (we also stopped in Pigeon Forge). The last time I was in Chattanooga was in 1998 and […]

From the Road: Virginia to Texas (Week One)

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on the road for one week and have driven more than 1,600 miles. As I type this, we’re in San Antonio after having spent a couple of days in Galveston. The kids are starting to enjoy checking out a new city every couple of days. I wish they’d put their iPads down […]

15 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Chattanooga

One of the first stops on our cross-country road trip this summer is Chattanooga. I visited ages ago when I lived in Atlanta and now I’m going back many years later with the kids. Check out 15 fun and fantastic things to do in Chattanooga with kids, as well as top Chattanooga hotel deals. 1. Go Underground. One of the must-sees […]

8 Things Your Kids Will Love About Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, TN is seven hours from my house, so it’s a bit far for a weekend getaway. However, in writing two articles for TravelChannel.com about Pigeon Forge, I learned that there is a lot to do there as a family, as well as some fun places to stay that your kids will love. Take a look at eight things […]

8 Fun (& Warm) Ways to Spend Spring Break

Spring Break may still be nearly two months away (at least for me), but the warmth and sunshine of the school break are definitely on my mind, particularly after spending a long weekend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (more on that later this week). While sand castles and collecting seashells may be top-of-mind for many, there are so many […]

Explore a New City: Family Scavenger Hunts

What better way to explore a new city than by doing a scavenger hunt, particularly with kids. These days, visitors bureaus, private companies and even mobile app developers are getting in on the action to make city tours a whole lot of fun for the family. Take a look at a few great options: Chattanooga (TN): Enjoy a free Spring […]

Daily Deals: Historic Ship Hotels

Have you ever dreamed about spending the night aboard a historic riverboat or cruise ship? Well, now it’s possible. Thanks to Groupon, you can dine and sleep aboard the Delta King, Delta Queen or Queen Mary, just like politicians, business owners and celebrities did many years ago. Take a look: Delta King Hotel (Sacramento, CA): In the 1920s, the Delta […]

3 Places to Go Where it’s Christmas Every Day

Okay, so it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but if you and your kids are already starting to think about Santa, elves and reindeer, then you may want to pay a visit to one of these Christmas-themed hotels and amusement parks. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh…nearly every day of the year. The Inn at […]

10 Fabulous Indoor Water Parks

The kids are back in school and our family trips to pools, water parks and spraygrounds may be over, at least for a little while. Fortunately, amazing indoor water parks are available around just about every corner. Of course, Great Wolf Lodge is known for fantastic indoor water parks and thrilling water slides, but here are 10 more worth checking out […]