About the author

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.

Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park for Families

Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Trails to alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, jagged peaks, and wildflower-dotted tundra abound. This park offers something for everyone, from  0.5 jaunts around a lake or 11-mile leg burners that climb high above the tree line. What are the best hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park for families?...

8 Fun Things to do in Disney World’s New Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land is officially open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This bright and cheerful land take guests into Andy’s backyard and features all your favorite Toy Story pals. As expected, Disney has created an immersive land filled with incredible detail, down to the “cooties” near the restroom entrance. Even the ride queues are works of...
Pixar Pier Food Guide

Pixar Pier Food Guide

Pixar Pier is open! Along with all the fun attractions and entertainment comes plenty of great new food. The Pixar Pier food options are diverse, from quick bites on the boardwalk to elevated food and drink at the waterfront Lamplight Lounge. Here is your Pixar Pier food guide. Related: Discover 8 Can’t Miss at Pixar Pier...

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...
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