Taking the Kids is your information resource for family, multi-generational and group travel. We have reports on thousands of family-friendly destinations including unique resorts, lodges, hotels, camps, theme parks, cruises and more. Creator Eileen Ogintz is a nationally syndicated travel columnist and the author of more than a dozen books.

Our Seasonal Travel Guides bring you the best ideas for vacations or getaways – Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring – plus Best Holiday Light Views and our Annual Cruise Guide

Holiday Lights: Our annual guide to the best and brightest

If you decided against a long-distance vacation this year because of high air and lodging costs, read this to find fun closer to home

Fun in the Snow: Our annual family ski guide

Your long-range, completely accurate and guaranteed weather forecast is for — Fun in the Snow! Find out where to go in our annual directory

23 Fabulous Fall Getaways for 2023

Our annual guide to the best fall festivals and event destinations across the nation and world Never fear if your summer vacation got derailed – our roundup of 23 great fall getaways will help you plan an escape. Fall is a great time to get away without busting the...

51 Great Ideas for Your Best Family Summer Vacation

Plan smart—and as soon as you can, whether you want to go to Europe or the nation’s most popular national parks

Spring Break Ideas to Meet Every Family’s Wish List

Wherever you want to go this spring, we’ve got you covered with our 23 ideas for 2023. You can get away on a budget — or splurge if you want

Taking the Kids Annual Family Cruise Guide

Most pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Cruises are filling up again. Health and safety still top of mind, especially for family cruises

Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

Are you ready to plan one of the best winter family getaways ever this year? You have plenty of affordable options after the holidays

Eileen’s weekly family travel columns “Taking the Kids” have been syndicated national in newspapers and websites since 1991

Fun on the ski slopes on a budget

Fuel your ski adventures! Try pocket food for fun on the ski slopes on a budget. Pack the essentials for a trip that won’t break the bank.

How to start a new holiday tradition wherever you are

Maybe tradition is a cookie exchange or a performance of The Nutcracker; maybe it’s serving a meal to the homeless

How to snare a Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deal

Deals aplenty – all-inclusive resorts, river cruises, bucket list trips to Alaska or Africa, or a white-water experience with your teens.

Craving time with grown kids – or others you are close to

Americans are planning more travel in every category compared to last year, visiting friends and relatives, national parks, taking road trips

Consider holiday getaways closer to home this year

You don’t want to spend your holidays worrying you are going to get caught up in some out-of-control protest or targeted by a crazy person

Halloween is more than just Oct. 31

All October, Salem, MA celebrates its hauntings with costume parties, ghost tours, haunted houses, harbor cruises, psychic readings and more

Heading to the mountains for the fall colors and festivals

If your kids aren’t in school yet, or you are empty-nesters, late summer and fall is a great time to get away, especially to mountain towns.

When unforeseen events disrupt your travel plans

Whatever the circumstance that has derailed your trip, it’s key to remain calm and explain what has happened to the kids

Getting ready for the next big solar eclipse

The three states with the largest population inside the path of the annular solar eclipse are Texas, New Mexico, and Oregon

A fall getaway with or without the kids

Whether for a long weekend hiking and biking trip amid changing leaves or a longer break, perhaps overseas

Take the family out to a fall festival or two near you

If you can’t make it to Munich, Fredericksburg, Texas, considers itself the polka capital of the Lone Star State

Go See Washington’s Giant Pandas While You Still Can

During a 9-day celebration, visitors can dive into free panda-themed fun, including hashtag-worthy photo backdrops, hands-on arts and crafts

Playgrounds can be as important as museums when traveling with kids

If you are lucky, you’ll discover playgrounds offering unique experiences and challenges. Take San Francisco for example

Heading to the mountains for the fall colors and festivals

If your kids aren’t in school yet, or you are empty-nesters, late summer and fall is a great time to get away, especially to mountain towns.

When a grown daughter and her pooch join the fun

SLO has bountiful outdoor space, dozens of Central Coast wineries, public art, great restaurants and dog-friendly lodgings

A very family friendly dude ranch in Southern Wyoming

There are scavenger hunts, horseback rides, treasure hunts, while grown-ups enjoy a five-course farm-to-table meal at the Cheyenne Club

Grown-ups going out to play and out their comfort zones on a whitewater raft trip

There are 22 of us on this bona-fide adults-only adventure. The group includes five former guides. Most of us have been on rafting trips

How to a visit to a National Park without stressing out

When you visit any of the national parks, there are some easy hacks to make your first visit with kids easier, more fun and less stressful.

The “Daddy of ’em All” in Cheyenne Wyoming

Frontier Days, celebrating its 107th year, attracts a half-million people to see championship bull riding, country music stars and much more

Who knew Vail CO could be a value destination for families?

Summer rates begin at $159 and there are plenty of free activities as well as memory-making adventures at the top of the mountain

Inflation is squeezing summer vacations but don’t give up!

I’m talking about the always difficult conversation about vacation finances and how much the kids can spend on souvenirs and snacks

Theme parks and swimming pools; camping trips, city sights and a history lesson!

This summer, you can effortlessly inject a little American history with the fun, even if the Independence Day celebrations are over.

How to cope with yet-another holiday air travel mess

Sad that this is what we need to consider as we plan for summer vacation — for many the first “big” trip since before the pandemic

Keeping the kids safe on vacation this summer

Uou want to kick back. It’s summer vacation, after all. But the reality is when you are vacationing with kids, you need to be extra vigilant.

Fifteen-plus festivals to brighten your summer

Some last just a few days; others all summer. Some are free, others can be pricey. You will find them all over the world. Meet the locals!

Read about our most recent travel experiences.

From British Columbia to California on a Family RV Trip

Memorable campsites. There is special beauty in travel when the campgrounds and the places we stay in become more than a backdrop

On the road for a year in a family RV tour of the Western US and Canada

This is not just a road trip or vacation. The work, the chores, the tending to child and animals (yes, we have a dog and cat in tow)

Plan a Family-Friendly Getaway to Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan, with a population of approximately 199,000. The Grand River runs through it

Parting ways after a great 6-day adventure on Idaho’s Salmon River

Ask people on the same river trip what resonates most — what they will remember —and everyone has a separate answer.

Getting out of your comfort zone on a river-rafting trip

For me, just being able to go on this trip was a huge milestone after what the knee replacement ordeal I’ve been through the past year

Living On The Salmon River on and off the grid

We also meet Bill “Bronco” Burchak who is one of the first wooden dory boatmen in the Grand Canyon and trained our trip leader

On this OARS river rafting trip everyone has a story

“I had not learned to advocate for myself,” she explained. “I went from being an active kid to being told I’d be in a wheelchair by 30″

Learning the history and magic of the Dory Boat on the Main Salmon River

Today we travel roughly 20 miles through nine named rapids, stopping to see an ancient pictograph and sample Barth Hot Springs.

Rafting the Main Salmon River in Idaho with a diverse group of adventurers

There are 22 of us on this adventure. Most have rafted before. We range from 30- to 70-somethings. The group includes five former guides

Park City UT in Summer Offers Plenty of Outdoor Activities Plus Great Dining and Shopping

The Chateaux is a place where you can have a luxe hotel room or a four-bedroom unit with shuttles to Park City’s historic Main Street

Jackson WY in summer – Good Eats, Good Sleep, Plenty of Family Activities

Jackson Hole is souvenir central, with everything from tee shirts and hoodies to cowboy hats and boots to fine Western Art

A very unique hike with pair of llamas in Wyoming

Brush Creek Ranch has added llama experiences this summer. They are increasingly popular for backpackers in the mountainous states

Most of the delicious food at Brush Creek Ranch is homegrown

Most everything will be used at the ranch restaurants; some at local farmers markets and restaurants. The rest will be consumed by the goats

In Wyoming, one of the most kid-friendly guest ranches ever

This may be the fanciest ranch I’ve ever seen, complete with its own goat herd, llamas, 100 horses, distillery, spa, and much more

Value Vacations in Summer – Vail CO

Summer is much more affordable in Vail with lots to do. Rates are less than half than in winter with some lodging starting at $159

Taking the toddler necessitates a new travel style

It was a different equation when they decided to take 16-month-old Dominic with them for a quick spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

San Antonio: 11+1 Reasons to Take the Kids

Happy Cinco de Mayo from San Antonio Texas, a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial and Hispanic heritage.

The Fable of the Octopus and the Fisherman

Welcome to Scarlet Night aboard Virgin Voyages’ Valiant Lady. We were encouraged to wear red to honor the Red Night Sky

A Different Kind of Cruise on Virgin Voyages

The minimum age is 18 on this mid-sized ship (about 2,400 aboard this voyage from Miami.) And that suits the passengers just fine.

On Virgin Voyages a Tragic Event First Day at Sea

A young woman fell off her balcony to her death just hours after we had departed Miami for a six-night Caribbean cruise.

How To Curate A 72-Hour Teen-Approved Itinerary in London

Guess what? teens are interested in the experience that comes with exploring new cities, countries and shorelines.

Aboard the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Halcyon

The “ship” is very well-appointed, celebrating its 275th anniversary! This is the vessel on which Princess Lea and Hans Solo honeymooned.

Zero-proof cocktails now vogue at Walt Disney World

Just don’t call them mocktails. Zero-proof cocktails are for adults to have an elevated drink experience without alcohol, a whole new market.

It’s Gingerbread Time at Walt Disney World Resort

At Walt Disney World’s Beach Club Resort, a Gingerbread carousel spins with candy colored horses named for Disney princesses

Meet Jack at the Surf Jack Hotel Waikiki

He’s the hotel dog at the boutique SurfJack and Swim Club Hotel in Waikiki. Jack has his own Instagram account @jackthehoteldog

Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

They were oblivious to the paparazzi, splashing and sunning on the rocks as adults and kids alike gathered around snapping photos.

Ollie the Collie Takes the Big Apple

I was so happy when we arrived at the Kimpton Muse Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, where they are VERY doggy friendly!

Truly welcoming to kids: Four Seasons Ko Olina on Oahu

The Four Seasons Oahu Ko Olina, about a half hour north of Honolulu and the crowds on Waikiki, lives up to its promises

Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

This place offers something for everyone from kids to those on honeymoons, celebrating anniversaries or a multi-generational vacation.

Checking out the food scene on Kauai

The story of the Taro plant, a mainstay of Hawaii cooking, is spiritual. It’s the eldest sibling of the Hawaiian Royal Family in legend

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Why cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism

It’s not unusual to meet committed cruisers who have sailed dozens of times, often on the same cruise line.

Travelers Needs To Be Prepared for Emergencies

Many people plan their trips on their own. If you’re worried of something going wrong and not getting your money back, buy travel insurance.

Despite Uncertainties, Americans still want to take vacations

More Americans have already taken a vacation this year than any other time during the Allianz Partner USA’s survey’s history.

How To Get Your Kids Off Phones and Learning About Nature

Consider the unique Kids in Nature, Glaciers & Wildlife Family Explorer trips in Alaska. Explore rarely seen parts of Glacier Bay Nat Park

Make Memories and Save Money Camping and Glamping at Jellystone Parks

More than 75 locations across the U.S. and Canada, Jellystone Park is renowned for its pools, water slides, mini golf, and family activities

Family Trip of A Lifetime: To Antarctica with Abercrombie & Kent

We walked on Wilhelmina Bay – ice three feet thick. In a zodiac, we marveled at dozens of Southern Humpback whales around us.

Family Magic Rafting Trips With ROW Adventures

These five-day trips on Idaho’s Salmon River are exclusive to families – you can’t join if you don’t bring a child!

See Alaska by Sea with Carnival Corp Cruise Lines

According to Travel Alaska, 1.65 million tourists will visit this summer, more than half on 60 large and small cruise ships.

Carnival Brands Embrace Sustainable Practices

The world’s leading cruise company is pioneering sustainability at sea and producing fewer greenhouse emissions than in 2011, down 15%

How To Plan A Last Minute Spring Break

Travel insurance can help when you are delayed, someone gets sick, or an emergency causes you to cancel the trip or return early

CroisiEurope Launches Special European Family Cruise Program

This year, cruise together safely in Spain, Portugal, Italy, on the Rhine or the Adriatic Coast. Discover the beauty of Europe

Searching for Airline Tickets? Two New Sites Make It Easier

Searching for the best airline tickets? New sites Directflights.com and Flightroutes.com make your search easier and more fun!

#CruiseDealsForAll In Wave Season

Alaska has always been a bucket list trip and now is one grandparents want to share—the glaciers, the wildlife, the history and culture

Orlando Spreads Holiday Cheer with 50 Days of Events

Orlando is unwrapping a full lineup of holiday celebrations for visitors in all the theme parks and beyond the parks.

Festive Fall Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

Fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World Resort because it’s less crowded, the weather is cooler and there’s plenty to experience

Excel High School offers Online Middle School

The latest news and trends from the world of family travel.

Strategies for Traveling With Special Needs Children

Children with special needs find solace in the familiar; hence, packing comfort items like a favorite toy or blanket can be invaluable

Denver Art Museum: Engaging families with free and interactive programs

Each gallery at the museum has some sort of interactive program in English and Spanish for kids and families to help them better engage with what they are seeing

What Fiddler teaches us about the past and present

Fiddler is entertaining and a sobering reflection today’s events as Russia tries to brutally subjugate Ukraine and antisemitism is rising

Plenty of options for your best Spring Break

According to new research, 41 per cent of US consumers say they are planning a spring break, even prioritizing ahead of other trips.

The Sand Creek Massacre – Echoes of the past reverberate

There were many atrocities committed in our nation’s 19th Century quest for “Manifest Destiny.” The Sand Creek Massacre was one of the worst.

To Kill a Mockingbird on the road in Denver

To Kill a Mockingbird is an enduring story of justice and injustice, racism, closed minds, coming of age, grief, compassion, and change

Orlando’s Terminal C Is A Destination In Itself

Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C is a place that will make you want to stay, despite the big theme parks being only minutes away

Flying into Denver? Check out the Stanley Marketplace

Stanley Marketplace sits the site of the previous airport – Stapleton Field (closed 25 years ago) and the old Stanley Aviation Hanger

First Look As The Disney Wish Sets Sail

The Disney Wish set sail July 14, 2022, propelled by wishes from godmother Make-A- Wish Foundation and thousands of Disney cast members

Engaging Kids with Art in Denver

If you could jump into an artwork and walk around in it, what would you choose? It’s a good question to ask kids visiting an art museum

The Curious Theatre in Denver

Live performances are springing back to life after two years and in Denver it’s great to have this “gutsy” little theater down the street

How road trippers can cope with high gas prices

We are all dealing with the impact of high gas prices and will have to adjust. Here’s how families can still vacation this spring and summer.

Inventors highlight Outdoor Retailer Show

Four inventors were among those showcasing new products at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver this week

Get Outdoors: It’s the Safest Place to Vacation

The Covid-19 experts say we’re safest outdoors and can even take off our masks in most settings. So, you’re thinking, where can you take the kids safely for a winter or spring break that won’t bust the budget?

What’s your go-to holiday tradition?

Vaxxed and boostered, we are excited to see how the Mile High City lights up the holidays

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Cool stuff we like and recommend for your travels

New device for satellite messaging when you’re off the grid

Not much larger than a car key fob, motorola defy links your smartphone directly to powerful GEO stationary satellites 22,300 miles up

MBT footwear cushions the stride in the gym or the trails

We’re fans of MBT physiological footwear not because we pound the pavement but because these shoes cushion the walks to-and-from the gym!

Hot Chillys for all seasons

Moisture-wicking clothes helps regulate your body temperature and pulls sweat from your body which then evaporates, keeping you dry.   

MBT Physiological Footwear for the active days

I had a friend, an avid runner and head of wellness at our local YMCA try a pair.  She loved the cushioning and that her feet stayed cool

RuffWear Keeps Jake Cozy In All Weather

Our rescue doggie, Jake, loves the snow, and not when it’s bone chilling cold to his 11-pound frame. RuffWear to the rescue!

Finding the best holiday gifts for your favorite travelers

There is something wonderful—even magical—watching someone you love opening a gift they love and will use again and again

ReadyDry from Royal Robbins for active travelers

When you travel like we often do, laundry expenses can build up fast. Royal Robbins ReadyDry underwear can be washed and rinsed in the sink.

Schofferhofer’s juice and beer

Move over hard seltzer. This summer’s most satiating patio drink is Schöfferhofer’s half fruit juice/half beer Hefeweizen beers.

The Weber Traveler for your road trip cooking

Although I love my trusty charcoal grill it isn’t always possible to haul it to a picnic at the park or a tailgater at the game.

Great water sandals made from recyclables

Chaco sandals, long favorites for rafters, hikers and those kicking back somewhere sunny and warm are made from recyclable plastics

No-hassle road trip coffee

Here’s another way to travel sustainably — make a hot cup of specialty coffee as easily as a hot cup of tea. And help save the planet.

Small batch sauces for road trips

When we travel, we also like to cook or grill on the road. But provisioning can be difficult - we don't want to bring too much and have too much left over at the end of the trip. So next time, instead of a big bottle of BBQ sauce from the supermarket, it'll be a small...

The Athena jump starts your road trip

On your next road trip, you can recharge all your electronic devices — even jump-start your car in an emergency.

Fresh coffee guaranteed for your next trip

When you’re traveling and want a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, it’s a bummer when you can’t get a fresh cup.

Safe drinking water in a reusable bottle

An easy and cost-effective way families can travel more sustainably is by using a water purifier bottle instead of buying single use plastic bottles.

Inspired by sardines and great for outdoors

Inspiration often strikes when you’re looking for something else. Ask the inventors of Freshe Meals. In this case it was sardines.

Staying hydrated on the slopes

When you’re on the slopes, truly enjoying a Blue Bird ski day, the last thing you want is to stop for a drink of water. Camelbak has solutions for you.

Non-toxic baby bath products from Hand Over Heart

As a new mom of a 12-week-old baby boy, I try to create a non-toxic environment in my home by using safe and natural products. From nursery furniture to toiletries, I have frequently found “greenwashing” in baby products.

Sustainable, comfortable from Royal Robbins

I love it when travel clothes are  comfortable, versatile  and sustainable so I can brag about how I care about the planet.

Hoka delivers in a comfy sneaker

We wore out last sneakers during long walks during the Pandemic, when our gym was closed for nearly a year. For back-to-workouts, we needed new gear

The Best of Taking the Kids

We share our best family travel experiences over the recent years, international and domestic, at sea and in the mountains – every continent!

Learning about the world aboard a cruise ship

Listen up parents and grandparents. If you think great sites are the reason you are treating your children and grandchildren to a cruise, think again. A lot of what they learn about the world takes place right on board in the kids’ and teen clubs, especially when they are meeting so many youngsters from different cultures and countries.

Kayaking at the Top of the World

We are in bright yellow inflatable kayaks steering with foot pedals (I feel kind of like I’m on bumper cars cruising around the fjord, the ship in the distance, crew watching us from zodiacs. As safety is always a concern here, we are given signalers to wear around our neck—should we tip over. But the kayaks are steady and the water so calm. It is only 32 degrees but with the sun shining, it feels much warmer.

Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen

As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I were trying to avoid a meltdown

Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for four years. So when we had the opportunity to visit Tokyo this month, I naturally thought of my childhood and wondered if we could try to find some of my old haunts.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Many people who lose 35 pounds would splurge on a new wardrobe. I opted for this adventure—one I could share with my daughter before she left for college. That was six years ago and I’ve traveled the world since. Still, our Kili Climb remains one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken.

Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

Kantishna Air Taxi mostly flies visitors around the mountain, said our pilot Andy Young. “A plane in Alaska is like a car anywhere else,” he explained. “It is how we get around. There just aren’t any roads in a lot of the state.”

TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – to a great resort in Canada

Last summer, after many years away from the sport, son Matt and I decided it was time to go fishing again. We recruited our cousin-in-law Mike Sitzman and his dad John, who live in Golden, CO to join us. After some basic internet research we decided upon a spot in Canada’s Ontario Province – Garden Island Lodge

The Galapagos Islands — not cheap, not luxurious, but oh the wildlife and the memories!

This wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice for an expensive vacation. There are no beach chairs or bars on these protected beaches, where tourists may only venture with a guide. But this is an adventure we’ll never forget, starting with those sea lions we spotted on San Cristobal Island, snoozing on rowboats as if they owned the place.

The Chick Flies the Coop

“This is going to be the first time truly putting my travel skills from growing up to the test but I know it is just the beginning,” my youngest daughter Mel wrote in the “thank you” note she left

Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college

Two parents, five overweight bags and a college-bound daughter about to burst into tears. Talk about a stressful beginning to the Long Goodbye.

Two weeks in France visiting Paris, champagne country and Normandy via river cruise

Arriving in Paris jet-lagged, a quick trip to see Monet’s water lillies at the Musee de L’Orangerie was just the tonic. Armed with a Paris Pass, we didn’t have to wait in a long line for tickets.

A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day

Despite the blustery January weather, crowds of bundled-up tourists from around the world lined up to take the Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island, good-naturedly taking off belts and watches for the security screenings. The second stop would be historic Ellis Island

Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl led the way

From the time we told Melanie we were going to France that summer, she insisted we must visit Monet’s Garden. It wasn’t that far-fetched an idea.

To Norway, the land of fjords, ‘Frozen’ and family fun

No, not the Splash Mountain in Walt Disney World or Disneyland, we’re actually in Norway touring the gorgeous fjords with Adventures by Disney where one waterfall is bigger and more awesome than the next

A real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie

Day Six – at charming small restaurant La Locanda de le Grazie in the village of Grazie just a few miles outside the amazingly preserved undiscovered Renaissance city of Mantova (Mantua in English).

Skiing in Austria

I’ve never seen such wide open slopes — no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I’ve never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel, an avid and expert skier, as happy to ski with mom.

Families on a different kind of water adventure

If you are itching for a different late summer/fall getaway on the water, there are lots of options that won’t break your budget

The Amazing Cathedral of Thorns in Curacao

Think a maze made out of thorns—92 million fashioned into blocks in which art has been inserted, creating an open-air gallery of sorts.

Why Cuba? History and reconciliation and the recipe for Cuban life

Cuba: “a dose of World War II rationing, a pinch of Soviet era austerity, the family values of South America, the educational values of the US and the loquaciousness of the Irish.”

Second acts: a century in the making

Frank Bartholomew, a United Press war correspondent, handed Antonia a deed for a run down 500-acre ranch in Sonoma, CA and then returned to cover World War II

Apex day 2 – A woman following her dreams

Fragedaki is an engaging teacher as she instructs us on how to make spinach pie, tzatziki (a cucumber yogurt sauce), and stuffed tomatoes and peppers

Jamaican Food at Its Best: Star San

Award-winning and well-known Jamaican Chef Brian Lumley is showing us how to make coconut curry shrimp and just-caught fish—lionfish, parrot fish, snapper

The White Stallion Ranch experience

If you thought a dude ranch was just about horses, think again—even a historic one like the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, owned by the True family for decades

A unique Colorado experience

Only the huge stone fireplace is left of the Nanny’s Cabin and Camp Vigil is the kid-friendly Ranch at Emerald Valley, part of the historic Broadmoor Resort

Here’s to new culinary adventures!

Likely because we are stuck at home, I’ve been thinking about once-in-a-lifetime outdoor meals we’ve enjoyed on vacation.

Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon

Finally! Five hours after we were scheduled to leave, the helicopters started to fly again, taking two or three passengers at a time rather than four because of the conditions

A hike to remember: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

After a five-mile hike, we’re sitting on a rock taking in the panoramic view from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoo you think you’re feeling?

Hoodoos actually have eroded out of cliffs, forming thin walls of rock called fins.Isn’t nature amazing?! Here at Bryce Canyon we are at the top of what is famously called “The Grand Staircase”

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge – it’s a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason

Meet Grizzly #399, perhaps the most famous bear in North America not only because of her advanced age (24) but her fertility (she has had seven litters—20 cubs. This year’s quadruplets, Smith said, account for only two percent of Grizzly Bear litters.

Taking the Kids — on different kind of trip to Alaska

You can’t get much more remote — or farther away from cruise crowds than at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, which opened 10 years ago — the first and only lodge in the national park and accessible only by a four-hour boat trip from Seward

To a special Jamaican villa

The experience, of course, is entirely different, as I discovered. Think being on a mega cruise ship with morning-till-night activities vs. your own private yacht with a staff to cater to every whim

Seeing San Antonio like local families

At the state-of-the-art Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, where you can step inside a cast of an Alamosaurus footprint at The Dino Lab. What’s different from other dinosaur exhibits? This one is focused on ancient creatures that called Texas home, including ancient fish, turtle and, yes, a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex.

To a galaxy far, far away

Kevin Gerber isn’t even a “Star Wars” fan, but he had happily just spent $100 to build a droid with his 5-year-old son at Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s Droid Depot

San Antonio has a new kind of “Pearl”

Pearl is the new go-to area of San Antonio – a 22 acre mixed use space for housing, shopping, dining, a year-round farmer’s market, riverside amphitheater and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America

Tips from kids finishing their first cruise

On this “day at sea,” the kids put off playing a game in Club Mariner to impart some wisdom for kids whose parents and grandparents may be planning a cruise

To Robben Island, a Relic of South Africa’s Apartheid Regime

Nelson Mandela would have turned 101 this year, at a time when South Africa has been rocked by political corruption and still fraught with the ills that Apartheid wrought

This could be one of the best seasons ever for river rafting in Colorado – we know!

We just spend five days and four nights on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument with the premier river rafting outfitter OARS. Take a look at some of our photos

A historic Army post transformed — San Francisco’s Presidio

Welcome to San Francisco’s Presidio — nearly 1,500 acres transformed from a bustling army post to a national park, the largest national park in an urban area, drawing 7.5 million visitors a year

World-class snow sculptures draw crowds from all around to Breckenridge CO

Young Colorado art critics were among the thousands who came to Breckenridge to see the results of the work of 16 teams from around the world that came to this historic mountain town to create enormous snow sculptures

On a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife

The Madikwe Game Reserve borders Botswana to the north and is home to the famous “Big Five.” Before breakfast one morning, we’d seen four of them — lions, elephants, Cape buffalo and white rhino

Eating your way through Italy

Food has become increasingly important to traveling families as kids have expanded their palates by first watching the Food Network and then trying new foods on vacation. I can’t think of a better way to experience a new culture than through food or a better place than Italy where it won’t take any coaxing to convince kids to “eat local.”

Little Taste of Italy – Part 2

Little Taste of Italy Part II starts at the Umbria Region farmhouse (viaumbria.com) in Canarra with tours of Perugia, Spello, Assissi and Gubbo, then moves to Bologna and Parma, where we observed the making of Parmaggiano Reggiano cheese.

A Little Taste of Italy – Part 1

A Little Taste of Italy – October 2018 – Pt 1 – Starts in Milano with tour of Verona and Valpolicella Wine Region, followed by 6-day Uniworld River Cruise aboard the River Countess. Excursions to Ferrara, Padua, Chiccogia and Turano, with lots of time to explore Venice.

A big lesson in tolerance and humanity — Assisi Italy

Today, six million people a year visit Assisi, a hillside medieval town of 25,000 in Umbria, making it the second most visited religious site in Italy after Rome

At the Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival, It’s Not About Winning or Losing

For my husband and daughter, it proved a fun shared experience—choosing the recipe, shopping for ingredients, and then two evenings cooking in our VRBO rental

Trooper’s Big Adventure Becoming a Mountain Dog in Breckenridge, CO

A first Gondola ride up a mountain is exciting for anyone—dogs included. And when Trooper gets to the base of Peak 8 on Breckenridge mountain, she is officially a mountain dog!

Taking the Kids — to Berlin

There’s no better place to see reconciliation at work that than in Berlin where the Berlin Wall, as of last month, has been down longer than it was up

Spending New Year’s with the whales in Antarctica

Everyone is busy getting ready for the black-tie New Year’s Eve bash. Here in Antarctica, it’s a giant penguin party, of course. Whales are invited too

Our special place — Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua

“This is our special place,” said Gwen Larder. I get it. We honeymooned here 35 years ago and have returned 5 times. Curtain Bluff is our special place too.

Biking in the rain along the Danube in Austria

It is pouring, raining so hard that we’re getting soaked despite good rain gear. Did I mention we are on bikes riding alongside the Danube River in Austria?

Taking the Kids — to family reunion central

As fun as Colorado is in the summer, there’s something more important going on here at the YMCA of the Rockies. “It’s eating and joking around with all of our cousins.”

To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids

We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs.

South Georgia Island: home of the Oakum Boys

they’re juvenile King Penguins, also known as “Oakum Boys,” who still have a fluffy coat of downy brown feathers and they’re pecking at their moms to feed them

Taking the kids to Germany’s famous Christmas markets

Germany has the most holiday markets in Europe, drawing tourists from around the world, though you’ll also find them a popular holiday tradition in neighboring Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.

At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation

I wondered when I planned this trip if my gang of grown kids, who love nothing more than tearing down those steep slopes, would like a more laid-back holiday — at least for a few days on a week-long winter trip to Colorado. I needn’t have worried.


I’ve learned first hand that encouraging kids to be global citizens, to be comfortable outside their own comfort zones, helps them navigate unfamiliar and difficult turf in their lives as they grow up.

Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen

As I kept thinking about all of those architectural monstrosities that we saw on our tour of Nuremberg, I reminded myself of that photo I saw in Berlin of the Nazis crouching in fear at war’s end. How the mighty have fallen, I thought.

The sights, sounds and scents of Tokyo, Japan

It is eight in the morning and we are a few blocks from the hotel at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan’ largest. More than 15,000 people work here; international tourists line up in the early hours of the morning for the chance to watch the famous fish auctions,

A haunting visit to an elementary school in Hiroshima

I’ve got chills as Amber Whaley, 12, and her friend Miko Uno, 11, lead us into their elementary school’s basement. This was all that was all that remained of the Honkawa Elementary School when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this past August 6.

A new place or travel experience to think about every day

Find yourself in Hawaii for the holidays

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Kennedy Space Center Stargaze from ‘Space’

Explore Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex after hours! Kennedy Under the Stars features Astronauts Chris Ferguson & Nicole Stott and activities like Space Shuttle Atlantis & Stargazing.

National Park Service Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2024 

Discover how to experience the magic of national parks — for free! Fee-free days for 2024, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth, announced by the National Park Service. Visit your nearest park!

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