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5 Awesome California State Parks You've Definitely Never Heard Of
As the most desirable state to visit, California sees a lot of tourists and recently, sites like Yosemite, Death Valley, Big Sur, and Kings Canyon have become almost Disneyland-like with crowds. If you want a quiet moment with nature to experience the cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, towering...
Open Skies and Empty Trails: Great Basin National Park is One Secret of the Park System
Great Basin National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the park system. If you’re scratching your head wondering where exactly this park is, you’re not alone. Even once you know about it, it becomes quickly apparent that Great Basin is in the middle of nowhere. But with incredible cave form...
Can't Get to Rio? 3 Olympic Parks to Visit Right in North America
We can't all travel to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But we can all feed our Olympic spirit here at home, by visiting the sites of past Games.
The Incredible, Wonderful Tide Pools of Tofino
Tofino may be better known for cold-water surfing and whale watching, but for fans of the tidal zones, Tofino has some of the best flora and fauna from Mexico to Alaska. It's an underwater wonder on one of Canada's wildest coasts.
Forget Disney: 5 Barely Known Theme Parks for Your Next Family Vacation
Planning a family road trip this spring or summer? Turn the car from Florida or California and head to one of these lesser known theme parks to save money, ditch the crowds, and get back to old-fashioned fun. You may not have heard of any or all of these off-the-beaten-path parks from the Pacific...
A Perfect Spring Break for the Working Man: Death Valley
Sure, it would be great to jet set to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Hawaii for spring break or summer fun, but sometimes, that's not always possible. Maybe you don't have time to travel so far afield, or perhaps the funds aren't quite there. Either way, take heart: Death Valley, California off...
How to Travel Europe with Hungry Teens on an Average of €100/Day (Yes, it Is Possible!)
We recently spent two weeks in Europe with three kids, two of whom were growing teenage boys. Our budget only allowed for spending between €100-150 per day, which included all food, local transportation, and activities. No, we didn’t eat cheese sandwich-es every day or skip all the great gallerie...
The Secret Weapon to Saving Money on Travel -- Every Time
There are a few well-documented travel “secrets” everyone knows will save money. But what if you have school-aged kids and can’t travel in the low season, or don’t have the ability of rack up airline miles to earn elite status?
3 Ways to Enjoy PEI’s Confederation Trail (Beyond Just Walking It)
One of the best additions to Prince Edward Island came about in the late 20th century when the island’s rail network was replaced with a tip-to-tip, multi-use outdoor trail took. Perfect for hiking and biking in summer and snowmobiling in winter, the Confederation Trail takes visitors across mead...
Kid-Friendly Capitol: Must-See Attractions in Washington, DC
I’m a firm believer that every American should see the sights and museums of Washington DC before he or she is grown. What came as a surprise: when I took my three children to the capital, I had just as good a time as they did, and learned just as much. Planning a Washington DC trip with kids can...
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