Black Hills Road Trip Itinerary: Exploring South Dakota’s Wild Side

When families ask me where they can find outdoor adventure, beautiful scenery, American history, and affordable accommodations, the Black Hills of South Dakota are at the top of my list. The first time I visited the Black Hills, I was blown away, and … [Read more...]

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mt. San Jacinto State Park

If you have a few days in Palm Springs, a trip to the Aerial Tramway  is well-worth your time. This ‘world’s largest rotating tram’ takes visitors from the desert floor to over 8,000 feet in elevation to Mt. San Jacinto State Park in just a few … [Read more...]

Visiting Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis Wyoming

Approximately two hours outside of Cody, Wyoming and 2.5 from Yellowstone National Park, the town of Thermopolis Wyoming plays host to Hot Springs State Park, the oldest state park in Wyoming. Families may find themselves passing through en route to … [Read more...]

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

As Northern California natives and Oregon residents, we're well-versed in Oregon Trail pioneering history, and specifically, the Donner Party. We've taken the kids to Sutter's Fort State Park in Sacramento, CA, where they first learned about the … [Read more...]

Reed Bingham State Park

542 Reed Bingham Road Adel , GA Not quite ready to let go of summer? Reed Bingham State Park “is about three and a half hours from Atlanta…if camping isn't your thing, it's also a good place to just get off the road for a bit to stretch your … [Read more...]

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee, FL Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is a wonderful place to get out and stretch your legs during a long trip. During blooming season, flowers paint the walk with beautiful colors and during the off season you … [Read more...]

McArthur Burney Falls State Park

24898 Hwy 89 Burney, CA McArthur Burney Falls State Park is one of the nicest state parks I've run across in a long time. In northern California's volcanic country near Lassen National Park, it sits directly on Highway 89 near Burney. After you … [Read more...]

Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A Sedona, Arizona Slide Rock State Park may be a bit further off the beaten path than most pitstops (18 miles from Flagstaff), but it's a mere five miles from the popular vacation town of Sedona, and well worth any amount of … [Read more...]