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...]

Women and wine: Mother’s Day wineries to visit in Oregon

The best Mother's Day I ever spent wasn't during an expensive vacation or at a fancy spa or restaurant. It was at a winery a few miles from our home. We packed up the whole family, and drove along the Applegate Wine Trail from Jacksonville, Oregon, … [Read more...]

Three days in Florence with kids

I’ve heard it said that Florence is not an ideal destination for kids, but I couldn’t disagree more. Our three days in Florence were among our best in Europe. Even with only a basic education in Renaissance art, which Florence is known for, we found … [Read more...]

How to plan college visits for your teen

As a family who's always loved learning on the go, we're excited to be diving into a new version of educational travel: college touring for our teens. At first, figuring when, when, and how to plan college visits can feel daunting, but in fact, we've … [Read more...]

Fernbank Museum, Atlanta GA

 Whether your travel destinations for summer take you to Atlanta or simply through Atlanta, The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a wonderful place to stop with kids. With six extensive permanent exhibits and several visiting exhibits (including … [Read more...]

Exploring Pompeii with kids

The ancient city of Pompeii, under the looming shadow of (what remains of) Mount Vesuvius, was not precisely as we imagined it. The layout, exhibits, and interpretive materials were not clearly marked, and it took some persistence to find what we … [Read more...]