Zion National Park in winter

Before I visited Zion National Park in winter, I pictured the famed slot canyons and rock formations of the park buried in snow, with park amenities shuttered for the season and the adjacent town of Springdale hard to access on wintery roads. I could … [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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Florence Italy at Christmas

Last holiday season, we made a last minute decision to add Florence, Italy to our European family vacation. We arrived in Florence on December 24, Christmas Eve, and left December 27. While planning, I worried that perhaps, spending Christmas in … [Read more...]

Guide to Paris Christmas markets 2016

One of our favorite memories of a Paris Christmas was touring the many Paris Christmas markets across the city. Some Christmas markets pop up fairly spontaneously from year to year, but there are a few staples you'll find to be consistent. Here's … [Read more...]

Four days in the Canadian Rockies: Jasper and Banff National Park road trip

It's very hard to plan a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Why? No matter how ambitious your itinerary, there's always one more place to visit just a few kilometers down the road. But if you do have to scale your trip to under one week, here's how to … [Read more...]

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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...]

4 reasons Tampa Bay is great for kid visitors

The Tampa Bay and surrounding areas offer a variety of family-friendly activities to experience on your next visit. With exciting theme parks such as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, the best blue water beaches in the nation, and plenty of museums … [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...]

Missouri Eco Zipline Tours: Kid-friendly adventure

If you’re going to be crossing Missouri on I-70, plan ahead to make a pit stop at Exit 175 (Hermann/New Florence). Five miles off the highway is Missouri Eco Zipline Tours, which offers options for young children and timid first timers as well as the … [Read more...]

New Hampshire with kids: Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is a great location for exploration that families can take at their own pace. It starts with a three-fourth mile boardwalk through the gorge. You may remain on the boardwalk, or, if your kids love off-roading, … [Read more...]