A Pit Stop a Day (Day 11): Yellowstone National Park

Day 11, we drove the short distance on Hwy 191 from Big Sky Resort to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone crowds swarm the Old Faithful hub of this massive park, so after entering at the West Entrance, we drove north from the Madison hub to … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 10): Big Sky High Ropes Course

Before we started our session on the High Ropes Course at Big Sky Resort, I wasn't sure whether it would be too challenging for my kids (ages 11 and 8)...and myself! The apparatus--a maze of ropes, logs, planks, and even tires suspended in the high … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 9): Zipline and Bungee Trampoline!

We were all excited to wake up at the Big Sky Resort's Summit Hotel and get going with an activity-packed day…without getting in our car for a change! We grabbed a quick bite to eat in the Mountain Mall, then arrived at BaseCamp (located right … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 6): Logan Pass, Glacier National Park

Day 6 was our last full day at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. For today's featured pit stop, we decided to hike from Logan's Pass to Hidden Lake. We drove the approximate 21 miles back to the St. Mary Visitor Center Park … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 5): Swiftcurrent Lake Cruise

Day 5 found us lucky enough to wake up once again at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. We spent the morning hiking nearby trails, then boarded Chief Two Guns for a Swiftcurrent Lake Cruise offered by the Glacier Park Boat … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 1): Portland Spirit River Cruise

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Portland, OR Our Day 1 route (see map) took us from our home in Southern Oregon four hours north on I-5 to beautiful Portland, where we were fortunate to embark upon the Portland Spirit for a cruise down the Willamette … [Read more...]

Moab, Utah and Arches National Park

Since not all great places to stop with kids are along the major interstates, Pitstops for Kids! has added a new series called Off the Beaten Path. First up, beautiful Moab, Utah and its surrounding areas. We had the pleasure of visiting Moab … [Read more...]

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom tips

1001 Fairgrounds Dr. Vallejo, CA Six Flags Discovery Kingdom may seem more like a destination than a pitstop, but given its location off I-80 and near the I-5 corridor between LA and Sacramento, it serves as a great overnight break from … [Read more...]

Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A Sedona, Arizona Slide Rock State Park may be a bit further off the beaten path than most pitstops (18 miles from Flagstaff), but it's a mere five miles from the popular vacation town of Sedona, and well worth any amount of … [Read more...]