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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 […]

Visiting the Amazing National Parks of South Dakota

Visiting the Amazing National Parks of South Dakota

Each year, thousands of people flock to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. Some go to see the majestic sculptures of Crazy Horse or Mount Rushmore. Others travel to see the fantastic wildlife roaming freely through the fields. Still others ride their motorcycles […]

The Best Travel Photos of 2017

The Best Travel Photos of 2017

As the year winds down, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the journeys we took during 2017. Most of our trips were to U.S. National Parks, since our 4th-grade son had a free Every Kid in a Park pass. Here are some […]

We Vacationed in Nebraska and Found More than Corn

We Vacationed in Nebraska and Found More than Corn

When you think of special vacation destinations, Nebraska probably is not on your list. I admit that I don’t think of Nebraska as a traveler’s Mecca. Yet, our family planned a road trip to Western Nebraska during fall break and found that there is more […]

A Family Trip to Santa Fe Offers Much to See and Do

A Family Trip to Santa Fe Offers Much to See and Do

When you think of great American cities with a unique feel, you might think of New Orleans, New York, or San Francisco. However, Santa Fe, New Mexico has a distinct vibe and is a popular travel destination. There are so many things to do and […]

A Visit to the Ancient Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

A Visit to the Ancient Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

The Four Corners region of the United States is home to numerous cliff dwellings and ancient Pueblo structures. None is more famous than the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. A trip here amazes visitors as they contemplate the lifestyle of the ancient Puebloan […]

Your Fourth Grader Can Visit More Than 400 National Parks for Free

Your Fourth Grader Can Visit More Than 400 National Parks for Free

Every September the kids are back in school. Football kicks into high gear. Starbucks serves Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And every Fourth Grade student can get an Every Kid in a Park pass. The National Park Service gives this pass to fourth grade students to encourage […]

Your Kid Can Meet the Presidents at Mount Rushmore

Your Kid Can Meet the Presidents at Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is one of the most iconic and recognizable memorials in the United States. According to the National Park Service, almost 2.5 million people visited the memorial last year. Each year, families plan a visit to the site and the neighboring Black Hills. Our […]

The Joys of Being a Junior Ranger

The Joys of Being a Junior Ranger

Every summer, our family develops a new passion. One year, it was geocaching. One year, it was watching “American Ninja Warrior.” This year, our passion involves visiting some of the sites of the National Park Service. During the visit, our children collect a Junior Ranger […]