Camping packing lists and tips

Family camping trips are an excellent way to spend time together in the outdoors and enjoy a vacation on a budget, provided you have some camping tips and hacks up your sleeve. Otherwise, it can take as long to prepare and pack for a camping trip as … [Read more...]

Roe Outfitters review: Sunset cruise on Klamath Lake

While visiting the Klamath Basin with your family, absolutely make time for an outdoor adventure trip with Roe Outfitters. Darren Roe and his team are professionals, have been in the business for almost 30 years, and are long-time partners with the … [Read more...]

Tips for celebrating the 4th of July in Washington DC

Will you be in our nation's capital for Independence Day? We were there last year, and it was one of the memorable holidays we've celebrated while traveling! The number of activities, programs, and performances, as well as the sheer number of people, … [Read more...]

Five resort towns with 4th of July parades

Due to summer travel plans, we usually spend 4th of July away from home. Sometimes, missing our hometown 4th of July parades bums the kids out, so wherever we find ourselves, we try to seek out the local parade festivities. As a result, we've … [Read more...]

Family guide to Deadwood, South Dakota

We love wild west towns, especially those that are more historical than touristy. While Deadwood, South Dakota is decidedly both, there's much to appreciate about this historic town booming in western history. A little background: Deadwood is … [Read more...]

Planning a trip to Door County with kids

The moment I heard Door County, Wisconsin described as ‘the Cape Cod of the Midwest’, this family-friendly destination made perfect sense to me. Despite the fact that Lake Michigan served as the ‘ocean’ in this comparison, the description was … [Read more...]

Yosemite National Park travel tips: best tours, hikes, and advice

Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels of the national park system, and for good reason. Its stunning geological features, wildlife, and rich history make it ideal for an outdoors family vacation. This park has so much to offer, the … [Read more...]

Yosemite lodging pick: Tenaya Lodge review

What a gem of a lodging option for Yosemite National Park! Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite  is located just outside the park boundaries at the South Entrance, within very easy distance from Mariposa Grove and Wawona (just a few miles). Because the lodge is … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]