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Wet Planet Whitewater adventure rafting near Columbia River Gorge

Julie Henning runs Road Trips for Families, a resource for families love to get out on the open road and let their adventures unfold.  Fed by underground aquifers and the glacial melt of nearby Mount Adams, the second-tallest mountain in … [Read more...]

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Where to eat with kids on Kauai North Shore

Eating out is one of the most expensive aspects of any family vacation, right after airfare and lodging. When your vacation is in the Hawaiian islands, the cost can be even higher. Wondering where to eat with kids that won't break the bank? We … [Read more...]

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Hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast (with teens to toddlers)

You don’t have to be a through-hiker with a backcountry permit and backpacking equipment to experience Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.Yes, the further you hike, the more you’ll see, but it’s entirely possible to hike just half a day and see enough to be … [Read more...]

White water rafting with Zoar Outdoor

Five outdoor travel experiences any family can try

Good news parents: Most kids' favorite vacations involve sleeping bags and campfires instead of five-star luxury and turn-down service. Traditional camping trips are a crowd favorite, but if you're looking for something a bit further off the beaten … [Read more...]

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Tubing on Kauai: Kauai Backcountry Adventures

One of the most unique excursions families can take on Kauai is a tubing adventure through a sugar cane plantation. This adventure is very hard to describe until you’ve tried it: essentially, families are guided through the flumes and tunnels of … [Read more...]

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Local parents are avid for kids’ summer adventures: Review of Avid4 Adventure camps

Have you signed your kids up for an outdoor or adventure camp yet? Specialized summer camps can be a great addition to family travel, either added to a family vacation or as a side-venture for kids not far from home. Pit Stops for Kids … [Read more...]

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How to See a Family-Friendly Italy on a Budget

First off, I want to thank Amy and Kate for hosting me on this blog. There's a ton of great information on here for everything from summer trips to ski vacations, and I love that. Hopefully this post is a good complement to Amy's post on day trips … [Read more...]

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How to see the Na Pali Coast Kauai: Holo Holo Charters

Wondering how to see the Na Pali Coast Kauai? There are four ways to see the famous (and roadless) Na Pali Coast along Kauai’s west shore. Families can take a helicopter tour, kayak tour, hike the Kalalau Trail, or take a chartered sailing … [Read more...]

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Learn to surf in Hawaii: Hawaiian Surfing Adventures

If you want to learn to surf in Hawaii, you need to learn from the locals. The minute we checked in at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures in Hanalei Bay, Kauai, we knew we were with o’hana, or family. We met many members of the Alapa family, who have owned … [Read more...]

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Earth Day every day: outdoor adventures that teach kids to love nature

In our part of the world, Earth Day usually dawns chilly and soggy. For many years, I dutifully took my kids out to the local celebration (always held outdoors, of course) so we could freeze for a few hours while batting around an oversized … [Read more...]