Zion National Park in winter

Before I visited Zion National Park in winter, I pictured the famed slot canyons and rock formations of the park buried in snow, with park amenities shuttered for the season and the adjacent town of Springdale hard to access on wintery roads. I could … [Read more...]

Where to ski in Utah: Brian Head Resort with kids

Deciding where to ski in Utah is a little like deciding which tropical island to buy...you really can't go wrong, wherever you choose.  That said, there are distinct differences between Utah resorts, and perhaps an even bigger difference between Salt … [Read more...]

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Just 20 minutes from the bright and bustling Las Vegas strip, Red Rock Canyon can be a welcome respite from the crowds, especially in the spring or fall. (If visiting in summer, try to make it a morning expedition.) Start at the visitor's … [Read more...]

Grown-Up Getaway: Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street

If your usual Las Vegas stomping grounds include only the Strip, or if, like me, you think 'been there, done that' when it comes to a Las Vegas getaway, a stay (or even just a day) in historic downtown Las Vegas may be just what you need to see this … [Read more...]

Guide to Las Vegas with kids: family-friendly Las Vegas vacation

I've never thought of Las Vegas as a family-friendly trip idea, but in the past few years, Vegas hotels and attractions have made strides to be more kid-oriented. Now that our local airport offers a cheap direct flight to Las Vegas (as many do), … [Read more...]

Family-friendly Vegas hotel: Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau

Is Las Vegas a family-friendly destination? While I believe there are better vacation choices for families, there are plenty of reasons families find themselves here, from conventions to shows to sport tournaments. And when you do go, you'll need a … [Read more...]

Skiing Solitude Mountain Resort

We love Park City, Utah, and therefore, my 'default' Utah ski resort is Canyons. I truly love the terrain at this resort, but am so glad I was given the opportunity to go further afield. My day skiing Solitude Utah at Solitude Mountain resort had a … [Read more...]

Backcountry skiing basics: How to get into the sport

An avid downhill skier and snowshoer, I've been noting the small but growing trend toward backcountry skiing for some time now. This sport, which combines a love of nordic exploration and downhill excitement, attracts men and women (and yes, some … [Read more...]

The way to see Grand Teton National Park with kids: OARS Jackson Lake 2-Day Trip

When I knew my family and I would be spending time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park, I immediately looked for an OARS trip to take in the area. After our five-day Rogue River rafting trip with OARS, it was the easy choice. OARS … [Read more...]

Family dude ranch vacation: a stay at Triangle X Ranch

There are many family dude ranch vacation options to choose from, and the time to book for next summer is...now. Dude ranches fill up fast, as many families book repeat visits. What sets Triangle X Ranch apart? Let’s start with the family history. … [Read more...]