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Gilroy Gardens Review: The Best Little Theme Park You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

A little over an hour away from San Francisco and about 20 miles south of San Jose is the town of Gilroy, California. It is probably best known for its agriculture – in particular, its garlic. Gilroy plays host to an annual summer garlic festival that draws serious crowds. But Gilroy has another attraction that is …

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Best Things to Do in Cabarrus County, North Carolina with Kids

My parents recently retired to the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina to the college town of Davidson. While I miss having a reason to visit my home state of Alabama now, the silver lining is that I have an excuse to travel to a new place! When the kids and I visited family in the …

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Legoland California on a Budget: 10 Money-Saving Tips

My family takes many of our theme park vacations at Disney destinations. Don’t tell, but we recently decided to cheat on the Mouse. Our destination for a long weekend getaway: Legoland California in Carlsbad near San Diego. With an 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son, my family is firmly in the …

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Planning a Trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

This post was sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. All opinions expressed are my own. Utah’s National Parks are some of the most breathtaking and most-visited in the country. Two of the most popular are Zion and Bryce Canyon, both located in the southwestern corner of the state. Because of their close proximity to one another (about …

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North Carolina High Country with Kids: Fun Things to Do on a Multigenerational Trip

Multigenerational vacations are the hot trend in family travel right now. But I’ve been doing them since before they were cool. My husband and I live with our kids all the way across the country from my parents and extended family. Ever since we had kids nearly 8 years ago, we have been taking them …

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Taking Kids to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Antique furniture. Expensive chandeliers. Priceless family heirlooms. When I think of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, luxury definitely comes to mind. Sounds like the perfect place to take toddler, right? Never one to be discouraged by challenging destinations (I’m the mom who took a toddler to Vegas, after all), my family recently set …

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Guide to Joshua Tree National Park with Kids

Many families visiting the Palm Springs area spend some time at Joshua Tree National Park nearby. My family’s travels took us to Palm Springs over spring break this year, and visiting Joshua Tree was on the top of our list, especially in this centennial year of America’s National Parks. With a 7 year old and a …

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Skiing Tahoe with Kids: Why Diamond Peak is Perfect for Families

Living just 3 hours away from Lake Tahoe in the San Francisco Bay Area, my husband and I have skied a lot of mountains in Tahoe.  When it comes to ski resorts, Tahoe has some heavy hitters known all over the world: Northstar, Palisades Tahoe (formerly known as Squaw Valley), Heavenly, Kirkwood and many more. …

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Visiting Nashville with Young Kids: Top Things to Do in Music City

With a nickname like “Nashvegas,” Nashville, Tennessee doesn’t exactly sound like a kid-friendly place to visit. The city is famous for its nightlife and late night live music scene. It’s definitely a destination where adults go to let loose in the Deep South. Since I’m the mom who recently took my toddler and kindergartener to Las Vegas …

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8 Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon with Toddlers

The Grand Canyon is on so many travel bucket lists and with good reason. Because it is such an important travel destination, some say to wait to visit until your kids can “appreciate it.”  To those naysayers I say instead: GO! There’s nothing preventing you from going back. With low entrance fees and family friendly …

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