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Exploring Off-the-Beaten-Path Yucca House National Monument

Exploring Off-the-Beaten-Path Yucca House National Monument

I am a planner when our family travels. I will research for weeks, determining activities and locations we must visit on our journeys. Sometimes, I include remote, off-the-beaten-path locations which we can visit if there is time on our trip. Such was the case with […]

Two Day Manhattan Itinerary for Families

Two Day Manhattan Itinerary for Families

New York City is high on everyone’s travel bucket list. There is so much to see and do in the Big Apple. And there is plenty for families to do in Manhattan. Here is a perfect two day Manhattan itinerary for families. Day 1 Itinerary […]

The Best Family Travel Photos

The Best Family Travel Photos

Last year, we had such a great time sharing our best/favorite travel photos that we decided to do it again. We have now been travel blogging for 18 months. That means we had a lot more photos to chose from this year than we did […]

Even Walt Disney Visited Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Even Walt Disney Visited Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Sometime in the 1950s a car passed through the small mountain town of Florissant, Colorado. The car stopped at what is known today as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The world’s most famous animator stepped from the vehicle. Walt Disney spent time at the site, […]

We Survived The Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde

We Survived The Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde

After the tour ended, our son claimed he wanted a T-shirt that read, “I survived the Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde National Park.” We enjoyed Mesa Verde National Park so much during our first trip there in late winter/early spring. However, we missed one […]

Can’t Get Hamilton Tix? See His New York Home Instead

Can’t Get Hamilton Tix? See His New York Home Instead

Unable to get tickets to the Broadway musical sensation┬áHamilton? Instead you can visit his home, the Grange, located in Harlem. My trip to Manhattan took me on a journey to Morningside Heights and Harlem where I toured the sites of two American icons — President […]

4 Things To Do at Capulin Volcano National Monument

4 Things To Do at Capulin Volcano National Monument

Most people have heard of the Ring of Fire, a volcanic hotbed in the Pacific Ocean. However, many do not know that 60,000 years ago, New Mexico had it’s own geologic wonders. Today, dotted throughout the plains of northern New Mexico lie dormant volcanic mountains. […]

Sand Sledding (Sort Of) At Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand Sledding (Sort Of) At Great Sand Dunes National Park

Did you know that the tallest sand dunes in North America are nestled in central Colorado? The Great Sand Dunes National Park has dunes 800 feet tall. Still, at that impressive height, the dunes are dwarfed by the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountain […]

Three U.S. Forts in Three States Tell the Story of the West

Three U.S. Forts in Three States Tell the Story of the West

In three western U.S. states you find three unassuming forts in desolate terrain. These three Western U.S. forts tell part of the story of western migration during the 1800s. Fort Union, Fort Laramie, and Bent’s Old Fort, stand as testaments to the brave men and […]

A Guide to Lower Manhattan, Liberty Island and Ellis Island

A Guide to Lower Manhattan, Liberty Island and Ellis Island

My Mom was so excited for this vacation to Manhattan. She spoke with me about it for weeks on the phone, and then finally booked tickets. We headed to New York City for an opportunity to connect with our past. My maternal grandfather had emigrated […]