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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.

Best Zoos in the Midwest (and Rockies)

Stop number two on our tour of the nations best zoos is the mighty Midwest.  The heartland is home to plenty of terrific spots to take the kids, and it’s zoos are amongst the best around.  Lets get started with the zoo that is home to my childhood hero, Jack Hanna. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: I have...

5 National Monuments Your Family Should Visit

As a self confessed National Park System junkie, I have spent hours of my life researching and visiting the places that are special enough to deserve NPS protection. I want my children to visit as many of these places as possible so they can learn about the history of this great nation and fully appreciate...
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Best Hikes for Tykes in Yosemite National Park

I’ve visited Yosemite National Park every summer since I was a kid, so friends often ask me what one thing you absolutely must do while you’re there. The answer is easy: Take a hike! I don’t think there’s a better way to explore the park than on foot. Hikes offer free entertainment for kids and...

Philly: Where to Take Your Kids, According to Her Kids

There is no better place to start on an educational trip than in the city of Philadelphia, which is so rich in history. We have been fortunate to have lived within an hour of Philadelphia for my childrens' entire lives, so we have been able to completely appreciate and absorb the City of Brotherly Love....

The Best Zoos in the West

Since I love zoos so much, I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our countries finest. Our first stop is my home turf, the West Coast. Here are five zoos that Trekaroo families and I think you shouldn't miss:
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