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Michelle McCoy is Trekaroo’s Lead Travel Expert. She and her husband love traveling to National Parks and going camping, but when life with 4 young kids keeps them home - especially now with a high schooler - they find their fun in traveling to the local beaches in Orange County, CA and hiking in the wilderness areas nearby.
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Jedediah Smith State Park- A Redwoods Adventure for Families in California

A few remaining groves of old California redwoods stretch like a ribbon along the northern coast of California where the giant trees have been growing for over 1,000 years. Redwood National and State Parks work together to protect these natives for all to enjoy. Up at the very top of California, just miles from Oregon,...

The Best Hammocks for Family Fun, Camping, and Backpacking

I remember thinking it was a good idea. Hanging a hammock in Yosemite along the river and resting in the shade was what I really wanted to do. But as I lugged my 20 pounds of Ecuadorian cloth woven into a beautiful hammock complete with tassels over a mile from the Curry Village camp, I...

Games for the Beach & Park that Teens and Families Love

We have two teenagers now and adventures and beach days are different. It’s not as easy to motivate them to engage and have fun with us. Not like it used to be where a bucket and shovel kept them busy all day. Our teenagers are not ones that love to sit and chat for long...

Gear Review: Matador Beast28 Pack-Away Technical Backpack

From the airport to the beach to the mountain backpacking trail, the Matador Beast28 can do it all. This versatile pack is lightweight and designed for travel. It comes with a compression sack that makes this pack small enough to easily fit inside a suitcase for adventure in far-off destinations. The many pockets, water bottle...

Riviera Maya – Luxury Family Vacation

Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya is a luxury family vacation waiting to happen. Where a master planned resort blends the spectacular hospitality of the top luxury hotels of Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Rosewood, and the new Andaz, into the white sands of Cancun, Mexico. Where the PGA certified golf course weaves through the jungle, natural waterways, and beach like a...

Tips for Cruising with Kids

Ready for a family cruise? Explore these tips for cruising with kids that will keep you sane, safe, and happy on a family cruise adventure.

Know Before You Go: An Introduction to Puerto Rico for Family Travelers

Photo by: Flickr/Breezy Baldwin Over a lunch of cheese and crackers- typical fare in my house- I asked my kids, “What do you know about Puerto Rico?” One kid said it was an island. Another impressed me knowing that it was near a gulf. Now, I have to point out that we live in California....

Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain – Summer Adventure for Families

Photo by: Mark Woolcott “Play is really the work of childhood.” – Mr. Rogers Learning, play, and adventure are the key elements of the new Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain – and there is no more beautiful place to experience these as a family. Families can connect, create memories, and work together to overcome obstacles...

Tips on Booking a Campsite at National Parks, State Parks, and Private Campgrounds

Through the years, I have learned some tricks of the trade through trial and error, and from fellow campers, family-travel bloggers, and experts like the folks at KOA. I'm happy to share those tips with you so that you too can have a great camping experience this summer!
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