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Getting Started with National Parks Travel: National Parks Tips for Beginners

Last year’s 100th anniversary of America’s national park system put national parks on the travel radar of a lot of families. Many have discovered what so many others have known for so long – national parks are unique and breathtakingly beautiful destinations that have the added benefit of being budget-friendly. It is no wonder attendance is …

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The Ultimate Guide to Haleakala National Park in Maui

This post is sponsored by TourMaui.com but all opinions are my own.  America’s national parks are one of my family’s favorite travel destinations. When a recent trip to Maui began to take shape, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to cross a new national park, Haleakala, off my bucket list. Haleakala National Park is …

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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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Tennessee Smoky Mountains with Kids: From National Parks to Theme Parks

With one of the nation’s best theme parks and the most visited of the country’s national parks, a visit to the Smokies was long overdue for this Southern gal. Although I grew up in Alabama, I never spent any real time in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains as a child. When a family reunion in the …

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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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National Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area: Where To Take Your Kids

When most Northern Californians think of National Parks, Yosemite looms large. Perhaps Lassen, Sequoia and Kings Canyon come to mind for the more outdoor-minded. What so many don’t realize is that the National Parks Service manages a number of historical and natural sites of interest all over the nation, many of which are in urban …

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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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