Exploring California Gold Country and the state capital

For families interested in California history, a trip through Gold Country and Sacramento will hit many highlights, focusing on the Golden State's storied gold rush past.Raft and gold pan in the same river where gold was first discovered in 1848, … [Read more...]

Top travel destinations of 2016

Here at Pit Stops for Kids, we travel approximately once or twice a month, all year round. In December of every year, we take a moment to reflect on the past year's trips, and try to select the five that stood out the most. It's a tough decision, and … [Read more...]

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Family travel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit with kids. A land of mystery and beauty, it's filled with welcoming people, a wonderful food culture, and historic sites to rival any place in the world. Where to go? Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia’s … [Read more...]

How to visit the Paris catacombs with kids

One attraction near the top of my teen's list of things to do in Paris was the Paris Catacombs. This underground network lies in the heart of the city, spanning two km. It's creepy and fascinating and toured completely on one's own, unless you opt … [Read more...]

Guide to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Peru

We traveled through Peru with Vantage Adventures, which I highly recommend. However, this guide is designed to be useful to you whether you’re traveling with Vantage, another tour company, or on your own. The Sacred Valley of Peru is a stunning … [Read more...]

Three medieval towns in Northern France to tour with kids

Paris may always be a good idea, but families can't go wrong exploring the French countryside as well. While charming medieval towns, many of which are UNESCO sites, dot the map across France, travelers will find plenty to choose from within … [Read more...]

Guide to Cusco Peru with kids

We traveled through Peru with Vantage Adventures, which I highly recommend. However, this guide is designed to be useful to you whether you’re traveling with Vantage, another tour company, or on your own. Cusco, Peru is the capitol of the Incan … [Read more...]

Nebraska with kids: A stop at Arbor Day Farm

When J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, moved to the Nebraska Territory in the 1850s, he wanted to build a home overlooking the Missouri River, but there weren’t enough trees on the grasslands to do it. Morton decided to change that. Today, … [Read more...]

Harry Potter road trip: UK filming sites worth visiting

There's are many filming locations for the Harry Potter movie franchise scattered over the UK and Scotland, but frankly, not all of them are visit-worthy. For instance, the campsite Harry and Hermione find themselves in during the last book and movie … [Read more...]

Southern California pit stop: Pioneertown

Pioneertown, California is located in the Morongo Basin of southern California's Inland Empire. If traveling from Joshua Tree National Park or Palm Springs toward San Bernardino or Los Angeles, Pioneertown will (almost) be on your way. And it's worth … [Read more...]