Summer in Big Bear with kids

The town of Big Bear Lake may be Southern California’s favorite snow destination in winter, but this small community has a lot going on in summer, too. An easy drive from San Bernardino, CA, Big Bear is at a respectable 6752 feet in elevation, making … [Read more...]

How to spend three days in SW Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana has something for everyone: families will find rich culinary traditions, incredible wildlife, history, and adventure. Plus, there's plenty in the way of relaxation and play. Whether you come to Louisiana for the cajun cooking, … [Read more...]

Driving the Creole Nature Trail in SW Louisiana

One of only a handful of All American Roads, the Creole Nature Trail runs in a loop of 180 miles, with numerous wildlife refuges, gulf beaches, and marshes along the way. Driving the Creole Nature Trail sounds like a lot of miles, but can easily be … [Read more...]

Best restaurants in Rome for non-foodies (plus eating in Italy tips):

Eating in Italy? You’re in for a treat! After eating our way through the country, I am here for you with tips for dining in Italy with kids, plus our picks for the best restaurants in Rome. Note: for Florence dining recommendations, read our Three … [Read more...]

Where to find authentic cajun food in SW Louisiana

In much of Southwest Louisiana, alligators outnumber people, residents still live off the land to an impressive degree, and local cuisine is well-loved and much applauded. In fact, the Lake Charles, Louisiana area features a type of southern cuisine … [Read more...]

25 travel blogger-approved summer road trip itineraries

Ready to hit the road this summer with your crew? The open road awaits! If you're not sure where to go, or simply want a vetted and approved itinerary to follow, read on! I asked travel bloggers across the US and Canada for their top summer road trip … [Read more...]

Exploring Garden of the Gods, Illinois

One of the prime attractions in the Shawnee National Forest, which covers 280,000 acres in Southern Illinois, is Garden of the Gods, a collection of fantastic rock formations that towers above a vast expanse of wilderness. The short hiking trail … [Read more...]

Ultimate family vacation in Pittsburgh for the younger set

If you have toddlers and preschoolers who love Daniel Tiger and visiting kid-friendly attractions like children's museums, consider an easy-to-plan summer getaway to Pittsburgh. How to plan a vacation in Pittsburgh: If you're not sure where to … [Read more...]

The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood: What to know before you go

It's finally here! The west coast of the US now has its own Wizarding World at Universal Studios. While many aspects of the park will be familiar to fans of the Florida version, there are a few things to know before you go to Hogwarts in Hollywood … [Read more...]

Guide to Villa Borghese with teens who want to do everything extreme

We’re a very active family who spends significant time outdoors when we travel. In Rome, we noticed the lack of green spaces right away. Luckily, our apartment rental was located directly across the Tiber from Piazzo Popolo with an entrance to Villa … [Read more...]