If you travel with kids, you know that we all find ourselves spending a bit more ‘quality’ time in the car and in airports with our children than we’d like, usually in unfamiliar territory while wondering, “Where’s the best place to stop? Is there a kid-friendly option?


As the editor and contributors of Pit Stops for Kids, we provide our own favorite pit stops, feature travel product and experience advice, city and road trip series, pre-planned itineraries, and family resort and attraction reviews as parents who have been there, done that in all 50 states and dozens of countries.

About Amy Hagstrom (founder and West Coast editor): Amy Hagstrom has been a writer and editor in the travel industry since 1998. Since having children of her own, the travel bug stuck. Based in Oregon, Amy travels extensively with her three sons, who especially enjoy outdoor and adventure family travel. Since creating Pit Stops for Kids, she’s been featured regularly in print and online travel publications, and writes weekly at Practical Travel Gear and monthly at Huffington Post. You can find Amy’s monthly column on outdoor travel in Outdoors NW Magazine. More importantly, she’s a pro at folding just about any brand of stroller, finding wet wipes at a moment’s notice, and stuffing a week’s worth of laundry into one suitcase. @pitstopsforkids amy(at)pitstopsforkids(dot)com

About Kate Lepore (East Coast contributor): After achieving her Ph.D in Oceanography, Kate put her career on-hold after the birth of her son and daughter. Making her home in Massachusetts, Kate is the master of traveling with two kids under age 3. Having lived abroad in Dublin, Ireland, she’s had plenty of practice at soothing babies on international flights, traveling cross-continent with two kids in diapers, and flying solo with her children. Kate’s an old hand at scheduling naps on the road, settling a baby in any type of sling (usually while opening a juice box for her toddler), and is always game for the next adventure, whether in her own backyard or halfway across the world. @pitstopseast kate(at)pitstopsforkids(dot)com

Travel head shotAbout Kathleen Basi (Midwest contributor): Freelance writer Kathleen Basi has lived her entire life in “flyover country,” but she’s an old pro at road trips, having taken the first of many extended driving vacations at the tender age of five. She’s a huge proponent of letting kids see and experience the space between “here” and “there.” With four kids of her own, one of whom has Down syndrome, she’s a master of crowd control, and she can sniff out a great ice cream store in any hamlet her wheels touch. @kathleenbasi