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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,...

Epic Southwest National Parks Road Trip with Kids

Spring is a beautiful season in America’s Southwest. The cactus bloom — yellow, fiery red, and deep purplish burgundy. The temperatures stay moderate. They range from a cool 55 degrees in the highest elevations of New Mexico and top out around 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Tucson and Phoenix. It’s possible to walk among southern Arizona’s...

A Family Guide to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For as long as I can remember, my mother has told me stories of her childhood road trips back and forth from Los Angeles to Chicago in a cramped car with no air conditioning in the 1950s. Some of her most vivid memories are from Carlsbad Caverns National Park. At Carlsbad Caverns her family hiked...

A Family Guide to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Travel and you’ll be surprised by what you find. North Dakota is one of those surprises. The public lands of the plains state aren’t likely on your bucket list for family travel yet. You may not even realize that one of the coolest National Parks in our system is right there, along the banks of...

Pinnacles National Park with Kids

  I wasn’t sure the National Park Service was going to get this one right. While the rolling agricultural landscape of southeastern Monterey County was quite pretty, it didn’t have enough “wow factor” to place it on the high pedestal where our National Parks reside. Even as we approached the official Pinnacles National Park sign,...

WonderFALL Florida: Five Places for Families to Experience Fall in Florida

Photo by: Bigstock.com/Phojo-Frog Having lived the better part of my childhood in the Midwest, once fall is upon us in Florida, I begin to wish I could trade our glorious sunshine, blue skies, and palm trees in for cooler weather, colorful leaves, and the season that is well know as autumn up north. While fall might be...

Road School: Learning about Native American History and Culture through Travel

The stories of the Native American people, both past and present, are told at many historic sites and museum across the United States and Canada. Families don’t have to travel far to visit the reconstructed or original dwellings of the people that lived in America long before Columbus arrived on this side of the Atlantic....

How to Love On and Respect Our National Parks

Photo By WomanInTravel “Baby Bison euthanized after ‘misguided’ rescue attempt.” (CNN) “Vanessa Hudgens pays $1000 for carving heart into red rock of Sedona.” (The Guardian) “Woman lets hiker pass at Grand Canyon, falls to death.” (USA Today) This summer screamed horrific and stupefying news headlines. What is happening? Has social media shined a light on...
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