Leave No Trace principles every family needs to know

With Earth Day coming up later this month, April is the perfect time to talk about caring for our public lands. My kids have heard the Leave No Trace mantra since early childhood, but it's always good to brush up on best practices for preserving the … [Read more...]

Winter driving tips for holiday road trips

It can happen in an instant, and last February, it did: one moment, we were making the turn from an icy highway onto a ski resort access road, and the next, we were sliding into a snowbank, nose first. Luckily, everyone was ok, but our car suffered … [Read more...]

Philadelphia with the kids: where to go and what to see

If a fun-packed trip with the kids is planned, Philadelphia with the kids should make the shortlist of top places to visit. Situated in the mid-Atlantic region in the south eastern part of Pennsylvania, Philly is a big city with big-hitting … [Read more...]

Home (Away) for the Holidays: Preparing for winter driving

During the holiday season, the Pit Stops family is often on the road, en route to Lake Tahoe, California or Central Oregon for a family ski vacation. If you'll be traveling in winter weather as well, revisit our Home (Away) for the Holidays series, … [Read more...]

A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our family's favorite--if not thefavorite--DisneyWorld resort. When readers ask me, "Why pay to stay at a DisneyWorld resort?" I always cite Disney's impeccible attention to detail, from the in-room touches to … [Read more...]

Best Beach Towns: Puerto Vallarta with kids

Puerto Vallarta offers a bit of everything for families enjoying a Mexican vacation, from beaches to city life to mountains, all touched by the warmth of the sun. While accommodations are an important aspect of any family vacation, no matter how … [Read more...]

Best ski towns: Ashland, Oregon

A friendly community with a small-town yet academic atmosphere, Ashland, Oregon makes our list of Best Ski Towns despite the fact that it's a full 20-minute commute from the slopes. What it lacks in proximity to powder it more than makes up for in … [Read more...]

Winter camping: extend your outdoor travel season

'Tis the season for everyone at the Around the Campfire community to be talking about winter camping. What's quickly become apparent, however, is that everyone's interpretation of 'winter' and 'camping' is different. As an avid camper and backpacker, … [Read more...]

Full-time family travel: live chat with Britt Reints

Tonight at Around the Campfire, we're hosting a live chat with Britt Reints of In Pursuit of Happiness, in which she will discuss her family's monumental decision to sell their possessions, alter their daily lifestyle, and set off to explore the U.S. … [Read more...]

The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery

The Oregon Vortex, location of the House of Mystery is described as a natural wonder. A spherical field of force half above the ground and half below the ground, it amazes both kids and scientists alike. A guide takes visitors on a tour … [Read more...]