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Amy Whitley is a travel writer and founder of family travel website Pit Stops for Kids, the mom of three boys, and an outdoor adventure writer for OutdoorsNW Magazine.

Why We Travel: To Raise Compassionate Global Citizens

The first time we traveled with my youngest son to Mexico, we found ourselves on a fairly isolated beach on the far tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Other beachgoers comprised of a few other American tourists, but primarily British and French families on holiday, plus quite a few Mexican families off of school and work...
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More than Just a Tent: Alternative Family Camping Options

Alternatives to camping are great ways for families to up their vacation experience without upgrading to a hotel or lodge. Just be sure to book them early…these fun and affordable vacations fill up fast. Read on for four great camping alternatives to try this year!

Road Trip Week Gear Guide

The summer road trip is a timeless family tradition, but anyone who’s spent countless hours fighting with a sibling in the back of a ‘80s-something station wagon without air conditioning knows kids these days have it good. Hit the road with this handy road trip gear guide featuring everything your family needs for a convenient...
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Family-Friendly Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park

The minute we drove through the gates of Triangle X Ranch in Moose, Wyoming, and took in our surroundings of the dramatic Grand Teton mountains, rustic cabins, and horseback riding trails, I knew we’d picked the right dude ranch vacation for us
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O.A.R.S. Without the Whitewater: Kayaking Jackson Lake WY

Located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, kayaking Jackson Lake WY is a perfect introduction to a Wyoming national park trip with kids as young as six
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Road School: Pioneering History in California, Nevada, and Oregon

As lifelong residents of the Western US, my family and I love pioneering history. Since the moment my 4th grade class studied the California Gold Rush, I was hooked, and I’ve passed on my passion for this chapter of our nation’s history to my kids. Nearly everywhere we drive in the West harbors some vestige...
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