Newest Pit Stops

How to go wine tasting with kids: tips on visiting wineries as a family

With vineyards springing up all over the U.S., wine tasting has become more popular than ever. Visiting wineries is a great way to assist a local economy, taste local pairings, and learn about an … Read More

Things to do on Channel Islands with kids

Channel Islands National Park is located right off the coast of Ventura, CA, but feels a million miles away from the rest of Southern California. The park has a different vibe than most: the main … Read More

One day in Badlands National Park itinerary with kids

We were blown away by the beauty and peacefulness of Badlands National Park! During our one day visit, we found ourselves comparing this dry, rugged, and dramatic park to other favorites: it has much … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Boston with kids: Royal Sonesta Boston review

See and explore Boston from a new perspective, and stay on the Cambridge side! We recently checked out the Royal Sonesta Boston, which offers fantastic Charles River and Boston downtown views while … Read More

Pros and cons of private campgrounds: alternatives to state and national parks

At Pit Stops for Kids, we love state parks and national parks for overnight camping and family outdoor adventure. But those campgrounds fill up fast during the peak summer season, and sometimes, … Read More

Lodging near Joshua Tree National Park

The first time we visited Joshua Tree National Park, we stayed in Indian Cove campground and spent almost all our time within the park boundaries. We never regret spending time in parks; however, … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Homeopathic travel remedies: five items you need now

Have you tried homeopathic travel remedies for family travel? We've written about the best first aid kits for family travel, and even about items that should be in your bug-out bag for road trips. But … Read More

Best travel water filter system (SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON)

When traveling abroad and when backpacking or camping in the backcountry, it's crucial to have a travel water filter system you can rely on. The best systems we've found use gravity to do most of the … Read More

Holiday gift guide for adventurous families

Every August, I get a sneak peek into the holiday gifting season. Outdoor Retailer is the largest trade show for outdoor and travel gear, and each summer, they have all their new and … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Five back to school getaways to take right now!

September, October and November are the perfect months for short family back to school getaways. Kids (and parents!) are ready for a break from the busy back-to-school schedule, and hotels and resorts are less crowded and keen to offer fall discounts. Where to go to combine fun autumn activities with discounted lodging? We’ve checked out…read more»

How much to tip: hotel and family vacation guidelines

Don’t you hate that feeling when you don’t know whether you should tip or not? I do! And the more I travel and write about travel, the more I realize how many families are confused how much to tip. Hotel rates aside, when should we tip? Who should we tip, and how much? There’s no…read more»

Best hotel reward programs for your family: SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON

If you vacation often as a family, you know that hotel room rates add up. Parents can save money with their loyalty! In my experience as both a traveling mom and a travel writer, hotel loyalty programs consistently save me money. Having a handful of hotel loyalty cards in my wallet (in fact, I have…read more»

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Disney Vacations

Disney’s Grand Floridian review: what guests can expect for the deluxe resort price

Before our stay for the purpose of a Disney’s Grand Floridian review, I admit to harboring high expectations. I imagine this is typical; after all, the Grand Floridian is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort. The moment we stepped off the Disney Magical Express bus into the generously appointed porte-cochère and were greeted by no fewer than three cast members,…read more»

When to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets at Disney theme parks (and when not to)

When buying Disney theme park tickets, families have the ability to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets. What does this mean? Instead of gaining admittance to one park per day, you have access to all four (plus water parks, if desired). Do you ‘need’ Park Hoppers? Most families believe the answer is yes, but in fact,…read more»

How you can get Disney Vacation Club points for less

What family hasn’t dreamed of a magical Disney vacation? The characters, the rides, the enchantment…and oh yeah, the cost! Planning a family getaway to Disney is not only expensive, but it can also be stressful and difficult. These days, there’s just so many different ways to “do” Disney that it can be nearly impossible to…read more»

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International Destinations

Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park (or Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio), is about a three hour drive from San Jose, Costa Rica, an hour from Playa Jaco, and only a short distance from a number of the coastal towns that serve it. We arrived via the Pacific Ocean, on our Uncruise ship, the Safari Voyager, but once…read more»

Three great family campsites in France

France is known for its romantic getaways filled with twinkling lights, iconic landmarks, and plenty of wine and cheese. But there are also plenty of family-friendly activities to be found as well. In fact, one timeless outing that is hugely popular for families in France is camping. Many European parents take their children to spend…read more»

Museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg worth visiting

To experience the best that Russia has to offer one should visit its two most iconic cities – Moscow, a glamorous capital, and St. Petersburg, with its culture and stunning architecture astonishing at every turn. Moscow and St Petersburg are the cities that can be enjoyed to the fullest by adults as well as by…read more»

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