Top Arizona parks to explore with your kids

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2020/08/18/19/23/monument-valley-5499156_960_720.jpg Top Arizona parks to explore with your kids: Arizona‚Äôs Grand Canyon is a sight to behold for many tourists and road trip enthusiasts. If you are planning on going on a road trip with your family, make sure that you have made the necessary preparations for your kids, including a Diono car seat and snacks to … [Read more...]

Three west coast trip must-visit destinations for families

The west coast of the USA is one of the most stunning road trips in the world. It is a trip that offers so much: ferry rides in the Puget Sound, hikes through the redwood forests in Oregon, wine-tasting in Napa Valley, the windy roads of San Francisco, beach lounging on Cannon Beach, the bright lights of Las Vegas, and amazing coastal drives for hours. Below are three west coast trip … [Read more...]

Budget-friendly Spring Break destinations you haven’t thought of

Planning a Spring Break vacation? With only a week or so off school, it can be hard to find a vacation that's both easy to plan and easy on the wallet. Below, we have over a dozen ideas throughout the US, Caribbean, and Mexico for budget-friendly Spring Break destinations. Desert destinations: An easy way to enjoy a warm-weather vacation while saving money is to head to the desert instead of to … [Read more...]

Exploring Tucson with kids

Looking for a winter getaway? Thinking ahead to Spring Break? Tucson delighted us with genuine nature and wilderness, a lively, historic downtown, which has been newly revitalized, and resorts with all the amenities for a sunny vacation. We'll definitely be back! Hotels.com asked me to share my favorite activities and tips for exploring Tucson, so start here as you plan your wintery vacation. … [Read more...]

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows review

Can't get to Hawaii or Mexico to escape the winter and don't love Las Vegas? Head to Pheonix Arizona's cozy neighbor, Scottsdale, for a relaxing, family-friendly and tranquil desert getaway at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. A Hyatt property tucked away on 20+ acres in the shadow of lovely Camelback mountain, the Andaz has a vibrant personality and friendly vibe. Upon arrival, guests are … [Read more...]

Desert Botanical Garden

Just in time for Mother's Day, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona makes for the perfect pit stop or sun-filled family outing. (Or maybe I'm just suffering from a severe case of sun-envy here in Oregon!) But what makes Desert Botanical so great (in all seasons, but especially spring)? The new blooms, of course! In springtime, this 50 acre garden is positively alive with color, making … [Read more...]

Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks visit

Hwy 160 Moenkopi, AZ At the Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks, located remotely in the Arizona desert, it's possible to view fossilized dinosaur tracks. Before stopping there recently on a long road trip, I had read mixed reviews (both concerning the validity of the tracks and the expertise of the local hosts of the site). After visiting, I'd have to guess that both good and bad are well-founded, … [Read more...]

The Grand Canyon’s Maswik Lodge

      The Grand Canyon offers a host of accommodations, but we found the cabins at The Maswik Lodge to offer that perfect balance of convenience, location, and affordability. Located in the heart of the Grand Canyon Village, we were only one-fourth of a mile from the South Rim and shuttle stop. Just to the right was The Bright Angel Lodge (and the start of the Bright Angel … [Read more...]

Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A Sedona, Arizona Slide Rock State Park may be a bit further off the beaten path than most pitstops (18 miles from Flagstaff), but it's a mere five miles from the popular vacation town of Sedona, and well worth any amount of effort. Slide Rock State Park planning: Located down Highway 89A along a particularly scenic stretch of Oak Canyon, Slide Rock State Park is … [Read more...]