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First Timer’s Guide to Alabama Beaches: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Although I’m a California girl now, I was born and raised in Alabama. When it was time for a spring break trip or summer beach vacation, my family did what many all over the Southeast did: load up the station wagon or minivan and drive south towards the Gulf Coast. The destination? Gulf Shores and …

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Top Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona With Kids

Sedona, Arizona might just be the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. That is saying something, considering that my visit to Sedona came just hours after departing the majestic views of the Grand Canyon. My family spent two days in Sedona over spring break on a Southwest road trip several years ago, and it was …

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Guide to Palm Springs with Young Kids: An Unlikely Destination That Works

Our family’s first trip to Palm Springs was in 2016. When I told friends that my husband and I had planned it as a major stop along Southern California spring break road trip, I must admit I got a few funny looks. While Southern Californians may know Palm Springs as a family-friendly destination, most of …

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Washington DC with Teens: Tips & Top Things to Do

Washington, D.C. is a destination that brings history to life, particularly for families with teens. A trip to the nation’s capital gives older kids an opportunity to explore iconic American landmarks, monuments, and museums that they’ve learned about in school. We’ve had Washington, D.C. on our must-visit list for years, and it finally made sense …

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7 Iconic US National Park Lodges to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

There are dozens of different ways to explore national parks. From backcountry camping to RVs to families just trying things out on a day trip, so many more people have happily discovered “America’s Greatest Idea” the last few years. For many travelers, one of the draws of a national park vacation is the chance to …

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First Timer’s Guide to Florida Panhandle Beaches: Destin, 30A, Panama City & Beyond

Just a few hours due south of my hometown of Montgomery, Alabama is the Florida Gulf Coast. That drive is a trip I’ve done more times than I can remember in my life and one of my favorite destinations – the Emerald Coast beaches of the Florida Panhandle. I’ve written before about the pristine white …

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