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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...]

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Children-Friendly Activities around Lisbon

If one had to choose a single word to describe Lisbon, the amazing capital city of Portugal, chances are that, that word would be “charming”. There are many other words that spring to mind, such as romantic, picturesque, sunny and striking, with this … [Read more...]

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Two days in Joshua Tree National Park and Indian Cove Campground with Kids

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem! With a higher elevation than our other favorite desert camping location, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree offers a desert experience with more vegetation, wildflowers, and of course, Joshua Tree’s fabled … [Read more...]

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Death Valley National Park with kids: top hikes for active kids

We love exploring Death Valley National Park with kids! After our fourth visit with kids (stay at either Furnace Creek Ranch or Furnace Creek Campground), we’ve narrowed down our list of favorite hikes to our top three. The hikes detailed below are … [Read more...]

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Tahoe with kids: Granlibakken Ski and Sledding Hill

Granlibakken is traditional Tahoe at its most authentic: this old-school resort boosts lodge rooms, condos, sledding, a day spa, and ski learning on poma bar and rope tow-accessed terrain. In the summer, there's a large treetop rope course and easy … [Read more...]

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Hometown ski resort: Badger Pass Ski Area

Ever wanted to downhill or nordic ski in Yosemite National Park? How about a morning of skiing followed by an afternoon of hiking on the valley floor? I spent a day at Badger Pass Ski Area, located in the center of Yosemite National Park, to see what … [Read more...]

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Best of 2014: Best destinations for families you can book now!

Every December, we take time to reflect upon the past year of travel, and select five experiences---yes, just five!---that we crown the best of the year. Last year, our top travel experiences of 2013 took us from Alaska to the Caribbean. This year, … [Read more...]

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Four pit stop-worthy children museum holiday exhibits

'Tis the season to travel, and while braving those interstates, you and your family will need places to stop along the way. What better opportunity to visit one of these four children museum holiday events  at children's museums across the country! … [Read more...]

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Four day trips from Rome (with or without a car)

We're in the midst of organizing our first family European trip, which is great fun. After all, your trip starts the minute you begin planning it! I've always loved Rome, so I know the Colosseum, Vatican, and lesser-known stops like the Mercato … [Read more...]

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Five Must Ride Coasters in the United States

There is something about strapping yourself into a tiny car and hurtling off into space that just makes you want to scream with glee. Even those who rarely take risks in their personal or professional lives just can't get enough of hopping on a … [Read more...]