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The Wild West Lives On at Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

The Wild West Lives On at Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

Adventurer. Buffalo Hunter. Soldier. Pony Express Rider. Dime Novel Hero. Showman. When one thinks of the people who made and defined America’s Wild West, the name “Buffalo” Bill Cody tops the list. Maybe more than any one person, Bill Cody defined the Wild West with […]

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 […]

You Can Touch Dinosaur Bones at the Morrison Natural History Museum

You Can Touch Dinosaur Bones at the Morrison Natural History Museum

It’s not every day that a museum director asks you to help do his job. Nor is it common that an amateur and his kids are allowed to help excavate million-years-old dinosaur bones for a museum. That’s exactly what we got to do at the […]

We Took Our Kids to a VIP Art Auction and Here’s What Happened

We Took Our Kids to a VIP Art Auction and Here’s What Happened

We love art. Our daughter is a want-to-be artist. Actually, she has one art gallery showing under her belt (a youth art show in which at 5 years old, she sold all of her pieces).  We have tried to spawn an appreciation for the arts […]

The Art of the Staycation: Making Your Hometown a Travel Destination

The Art of the Staycation: Making Your Hometown a Travel Destination

Are you a little worried about planning a “big” vacation since you are unsure how your young ones will hold up on the journey? Or maybe you are on a shoe-string budget and cannot afford an all-out vacation at this time. Maybe you simply want […]

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 […]