Year in Review: Top 10 Family Travel Articles of 2013

Top-family-vacations year-in-review 2013 Trekaroo

We’ve had a fantastic year here at Trekaroo. To count you down to the new year, we thought we would share our most popular posts from 2013. Without further ado, here’s our Top 10 Family Travel Articles of 2013:

10. Camping Know How

Best Campfire Cooking Pinterest

Last May, we focused an entire week on camping. The Campfire Cooking- Best Camping Recipes article was insanely popular, proving to me that I am not the only person intimidated by the planning and prep involved in camping meals.

More from Camping Week:

What Type of Camper Are You? Great Campgrounds Tips for Every Type of Family | Top Camping Gear | Unique Camping Alternatives (Treehouses, yurts, and more!) | RV Camping Tips 

9. Hit the Beach

Best Florida Beaches for families: Top 5 Beaches to Visit with Kids

Our 9th most popular post for 2013 gave parents the inside scoop on the Best Florida Beaches for Families. From Miami to Palm Beach and everything in between, we shared what families need to know before planning their beach vacation.

More Beach Planning Tools:

Find kid-friendly beaches across the US.

8. Saddle Up 

White Stallion Ranch Family Jump

We love dude ranches. Family friendly activities, plenty of time spent together, and all inclusive ease work together to make a fun family vacation you’ll never forget. Explore the Best Family Dude Ranch Vacations for recommendations on the best ranches that suit your style, from foodie, to luxury, to places to get off the grid.

Still not convinced?

Explore the reasons your family will fall in love with a dude ranch vacation

7. Dive In

Westin Kierland Pool

Our 7th most popular post of 2013 had families longing for poolside cabanas, water slide fun, and dreamy infinity pools. Check out these drool worthy Best Family Friendly Hotel Pools in the United States.

6. The Magic of Disney

Enter to Win a Disneyland Resort Family Vacation

Disney Week is always a favorite on our blog. This year, we published our comprehensive guide on visiting Disneyland for first-time visitors, and it was as wildly popular as it is useful.  

More from Disney Week:

We’ve got tips, tricks, and all our Disney recommendations in one place: Ultimate Guide to Disney Vacations.

5. Finding the Best Hotels

Explore the Best Family Friendly Hotels in San Diego, CA

The reviews section of our site gives us insight into the hotels that families rave about. Our Best Hotels for Families series struck a chord with San Diego visitors, making it the 5th most popular post of the year.

Plan Ahead:

For kid friendly reviews of hotels across the US and Canada, get the scoop at

4. Exploring the Great 50 States

Top 10 50 states series

We have nearly completed our coverage the Top 10 Things to do with Kids Across America. Which state came up most popular on the blog this year? It appears that most of America wanted to follow country roads to explore the beauty and fun of West Virginia.

Top 10 Series:

What state do you plan to visit? Find our Top 10 Things to do with Kids Across America.

3. Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

Best Zoos Across America- as voted by Trekaroo Families

Nearly every major city has a zoo, making our guide to the Best Zoos in the United States a perfect planning tool for family vacations. We’ve narrowed down the competition and share with you the zoos that rise above the rest.

More Animal Themed Fun:

Explore more with our lists featuring great zoos and animal encounters.  

2. Getting in the Spirit of Christmas

Christmas Holidays at Trekaroo

Our Winter Holiday articles have been wildly popular this year, with SoCal topping the list of holiday guides. Discover parades, shows, light displays, and special holiday events here on Trekaroo.

More Holiday Guides:

No matter where you live, find Christmas and Holiday activities across the US & Canada.

1. Where to Find Fall Leaves

fall foliage in california

The most viewed article on Trekaroo this year was our viral success, the “Best Places to See Fall Foliage in California with Kids.” No doubt the combination of hard to find information, coupled with amazing fall color pics helped contribute to the success of this fun article.

More Leaf Peeping:

Find the best spots to find fall leaves across the US.

Here’s to a fun and fabulous 2014 trekarooing with your family.

About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
1 Response
  1. LiLing Pang

    Wow! It’s been such a amazing year of travel and I’m truly so proud of these articles and all the others we’ve produced this year!

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