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Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

8 Can’t Miss Experiences at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure

Don’t you just love when Disney opens up a newly-imagined portion of the Disneyland Resort? Yes, there is always hesitation and fear of change, but luckily Disney doesn’t disappoint. Pixar Pier is open! There is so much to get excited about in this newly imagined land. Toy Story Mania serves as the elder statesman in...
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Top Ten Things to do in Arizona

Most people who have never been to Arizona probably only know it for two things- cacti and the Grand Canyon. While both of these things are central to Arizona's identity, the state offers so much more to families looking to explore. Arizona is full of diverse natural beauty, fun urban attractions, and some fantastic family-friendly...

Top 10 Things to do in Kauai with Kids

We all have our happy places; vacation destinations that we daydream about returning to again and again. Kauai is my happy place. The scenery is spectacular, the vibe is chill, and the pace is  “island time” slow. Kauai is an island for nature lovers who prefer shave ice stands and chicken crossings to the hustle...

The Best Tide Pools in California for Kids

So where should families go to experience some great family friendly tide pooling in California? Trekaroo co-founder, Liling Pang as put together an excellent list of fantastic spots to explore up and down the coast. Here are some of my own personal favorites from the list, starting south and working my way north:

Best Things to do in Olympic National Park with Kids

Diverse, expansive, and wild. Olympic National Park is the brilliant, green gem of the national park system. It is known for its temperate rainforests filled with old growth trees, but the park offers so much more. A road trip through this park will lead you from sandy beaches to steamy hot springs to snowy alpine...

Best Things to do in Great Basin National Park with kids

Accessed via Hwy 50, dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America” by Life magazine, Great Basin National Park is truly out in the middle of nowhere. Passing cars are few and far between and 80-mile gaps between service stations are filled with nothing but a desolate, wild landscape. The reward for enduring our nation’s loneliest road...

Best National Park Hikes with Kids

National park vacations make for some of the best family vacations. Our national parks are great places to bond, be active, and enjoy some technology-free time in nature. One of our favorite things to do in national parks is hike. Hiking is a wonderful way to really become immersed in these special places. We asked...

California National Parks Road Trip: Exploring California’s Mountain National Parks

Enjoy a great road trip? Love our nation’s National Parks? Well then we have an itinerary for you! Much of California’s eastern spine is dominated by some of the most incredible mountain scenery that our country has to offer. The Sierra Nevada range is home to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks, while Lassen...
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