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11 National Parks Near San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area may be known for its big cities and sweeping mega bridges, but did you know there are also 11 great National Park sites? These Bay Area National Parks preserve nature and historic sites for current and future generations to enjoy. From legendary prisons to towering redwood tree forests, here is...

11 Things to do in Death Valley (Plus 12 Great Tips!)

We're exploring the best things to do in Death Valley with your entire family. From hiking, to stargazing, to sledding down sand dunes, your kids will love here.
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Top 10 Things to do in Yosemite National Park with Kids

If there was a contest to identify the most beautiful natural place in the world, I would vote for Yosemite every single time. I dare anyone to stand in one of Yosemite Valley’s green meadows with wildflowers all around, gaze at towering cliffs 4,000 feet high with waterfalls pounding down, and tell me they know...

Things to do in Pinnacles National Park- Caves, Hikes & More!

California is home to its fair share of famous national parks. However, relatively few know about Pinnacles, a newer national park tucked into the Central California hills. Is Pinnacles National Park worth visiting? Absolutely! There are so many great things to do in Pinnacles National Park. What is Pinnacles National Park known for? This special...
Yosemite Biking in the Fall

The Best Time to Visit Yosemite | Tips to Avoid the Crowds

Yosemite National Park is 1,169 square miles in size and while most visitors are cramming the Valley during the summer months, there are still many opportunities to enjoy Yosemite without the crowds; you just have to know both when to go and where to go.
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Yosemite with Toddlers | 7 Easy Hikes

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...

Smoky Mountain Vacation: A Great Smoky Mountains Road Trip Itinerary

Do you have an outdoorsy family filled with an adventurous spirit? Plan a Great Smoky Mountains road trip through Tennessee! Families can see a national park, nature center, and museums, plus enjoy both city and small town life.
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Road School: American Revolution Field Trip to Boston and Philadelphia

The ultimate payoff for this trip was answering my nephews' questions about the Revolutionary War and the reasons why things unfolded as they did, discussing whether King George in England was fair in his expectation of colonists, and posing the question of which side they would be on. They now knew enough and had seen...
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Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Colorado [with kids!]

The Centennial State is so rich in natural beauty and diversity that it just begs for you to get outdoors and explore all it has to offer. No matter what season of the year you visit Colorado, you are sure to find an amazing adventure.
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