A view of the mountains around olympic national park from the sunrise trail on hurricane ridge
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Why We Love Olympic National Park

Almost all my photos of Olympic National Park are of Tween Traveler climbing on things. Olympic is an enormous park. It has alpine and rain forests, lakes, streams, mountains and …

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The hiking trails at petroglyphs national monument in alburquerque
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Exploring Albuquerque With A Tween

Albuquerque was both the first and last stop on a spring break New Mexico road trip that also included Taos and Santa Fe. It’s a flat and sprawling southwestern city …

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A burro is just one example of santa fe's kid friendly public art
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3 Days In Santa Fe With Kids

We loved Santa Fe pretty much the moment we rolled in to town, and I imagine that’s how most people react. The Old Town is a historic district where local …

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The rio grande gorge bridge
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Taos: Can’t-Miss Things To Do With Kids

Taos, an artsy town in northern New Mexico, receives a mere 13 inches of rain a year. We had the bad luck to encounter a fair amount of it during …

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Sunset from a gondola is a beautiful summer experience at snowmass
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An Easy Fall Snowmass Weekend With Kids

Sitting adjacent to Aspen in a picturesque mountain setting, Snowmass Village, Colorado has always been a great winter ski destination. But recent updates to Snowmass a destination for visitors in …

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Lake tahoe is warm enough to swim in in summer, just about.
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Spring Things To Do in Lake Tahoe With Kids

We would have never guessed it was spring in Lake Tahoe as we climbed out of the car on a May weekend. While the ski lifts were closed, plenty of …

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The pearl district with tweens
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2 Nights In Portland With Tweens

In a bookstore in Portland, Oregon we spotted a book called This is Portland: The City You’ve Heard You Should Like. It pretty well summed up our experience in this …

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A square in flagstaff has artful benches, skaters and shops
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5 Things To Do With Kids in Flagstaff

Updated June 2020 Have you ever had a vacation where you booked a quick stop in a place, arrived, realized you really like it and wish you’d allowed more time? …

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4 Family Adventures in Page, AZ

We had never heard of Page, Arizona before planning our recent trip to the Southwest. It turns out Page is a good size town planted strategically between Zion, Mesa Verde and …

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Zion national park is a fun and easy national park for visiting with kids
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A Great Family Trip To Zion Park

We went to Zion National Park without knowing anything about it other than that everyone who has been says it’s stunning. Well, it is stunning, in a variety of ways. …

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The rim trail is an easy and interesting walk with kids during a visit to the grand canyon
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Tips For A Grand Canyon Trip With Kids

Updated August 2021 As my family walked toward the first scenic overlook we came to at Grand Canyon National Park, I was more interesting in seeing 9YO Tiny Traveler’s reaction …

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The sonoma balloon festival is ver family friendly
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How To Take Kids To Sonoma Wine Country

Californians take Sonoma Valley’s wine country for granted for romantic sojourns and girlfriend getaways. But it’s also one of my favorite family destinations. It’s one of those places where it’s …

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Tenaya lodge in winter
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How Is Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite With Kids?

Driving up the mountains on my way to Tenaya Lodge in early December there was still a lot of gorgeous fall foliage to see. As we continued to climb up the …

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Denver lights up at the holidays
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Denver At Christmastime: 12 Fun Family Actities

Updated for Covid 19 The Christmas season in Denver offers a month-long series of family-friendly parades, special holiday performances, lots of local shopping, and the largest holiday light display in …

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Old town san diego
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Fall Fun in San Diego With Kids

Updated August 2020 Autumn is a perfect time for a family weekend getaway to San Diego. The weather is fine, attractions are less crowded, the beaches are still open, and …

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Julius kahn playground in san francisco
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Seek Out These San Francisco Area Playgrounds

Nothing makes Tiny Traveler’s face light up more than the familiar sight of a playground in a new city; they’re often what she remembers most from a trip. If you …

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There is even more to bryce canyon country than bryce canyon
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5 Top Bryce Canyon Country Activities

Bryce Canyon would seem like a big enough reason (literally) to visit Garfield, County Utah. But there’s more to the area than that stunning National Park. Opportunities for recreation, culture …

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Oregon coastline from the air
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Stop Here On An Oregon Coast Road Trip With Kids

Updated March 2020 US Route 101 is one of the most breathtaking roads in America. it winds along 363 miles of the Oregon coast and is ideal for a road trip …

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The entrance to denali national park is scenic
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4 Awesome Alaska RV Trips To Do With Kids

Here’s the cool thing about driving around or across Alaska: While our 49th state has nearly 700,000 square miles of real estate, it does not have an extensive road system. …

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Where To Ski, Eat & Stay in Park City With Kids

Updated January 2021 Park City, Utah is almost better known for its star-studded Sundance film festival than for its skiing these days. So we wondered how it would be for …

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Ski bench in steamboat springs
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Steamboat Springs: Skiing + More With Kids

Updated January 2020 We went to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to visit friends for Thanksgiving. It was a quick trip over a holiday with no skiing in our forecast.  But then …

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Monterey cannery row
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5 Top Things To With Kids In Monterey

We love spending time on the Monterey Peninsula with our kids. We regularly make the drive 2 1/2 hours south from San Francisco. Here are our top picks for a …

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Explore colorado's history in denver
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Fun Things To Do in Denver With Kids

Updated March 2019 Denver is the gateway to all the amazing hiking and skiing that the Colorado Rockies offer. But before you head to the state’s great outdoors, take a …

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The fantastic beasts set at warner brothers studios
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Top 10 Things To Do With Kids in Los Angeles

Parents sometimes hesitate to visit Los Angeles with kids. Hollywood, trendy restaurants and velvet-rope clubs don’t scream child-friendly.  But there are a lot things for families to do in L.A., …

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Camp fire on a beach in san diego
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Surprising San Diego Activities With Tots

Thanks to SeaWorld and a renowned Zoo, San Diego is a rather obvious kid-friendly destination. But this west coast city offers a lot more than pandas and Shamu’s latest tricks, …

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