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Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site with Kids

November 3, 2016

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If you follow us regularly, you know we are national park obsessed. But it’s not just nature parks that we love to go to, we also enjoy visiting many of the monuments and historic sites that are part of the national park system. Through these other parks, we have been able to learn more about […]

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Finding Adventure in Dinosaurland

April 21, 2016

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Finding Adventure in Dinnosaurland

Last summer we took a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah with our family friends from Texas. While researching that trip I came across Dinosaur National Monument in northern Utah and western Colorado. We weren’t planning to be anywhere near that area so I stored it away for any future trips in the […]

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

April 4, 2016

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The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery, picturesque streets and my favorite, the fog rolling in each day can’t be beat. There is […]

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Best Urban National Parks for Families

March 1, 2016

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Many famous and well visited tourist sites in the US are […]

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Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with Kids

February 15, 2016

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A visit to the Big Island of Hawaii isn’t complete without a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Having the opportunity to see a real live active volcano in person was one of the main reasons in going to Hawaii for our family. One of the highlights of our Big Island road trip was a 4 […]

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Get off the Beaten Path: Best National Parks for Families 

February 8, 2016

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Most families know of the major national parks like the Grand Canyon, […]

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National Parks with Kids: A How To Guide

January 11, 2016

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Did you notice this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade theme? Have you seen the commercials? If so, you probably already know that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the national parks system. If not, it’s a huge deal and is getting a ton of press. As it should. America’s national park system is one of […]

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Urban Camping in Los Angeles with the MRCA

November 30, 2015

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One of the beauties of living in a large metropolis like Los Angeles is having access to everything from cultural events, museums, nightlife, and of course the amazing nature opportunities. Unknown to many outside of the city, but Los Angeles is blessed with a great outdoor space within minutes of most any place in the city. […]

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What to Do in Sequoia National Park in One Day

August 31, 2015

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Driving back from Yosemite, not quite ready for our trip to end, we checked the map to see if there was anywhere else we could stop for a day or two. It was then that we realized how close we were to Sequoia National Park and knew we had to go. Sequoia National Park is often […]

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Grand Canyon in the Summer: How to Beat the Heat

August 6, 2015

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One of America’s greatest natural wonders is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This dazzling canyon plunging 5000 feet deep is almost impossible to grasp. It is one of the few landmarks visible from space. Standing on the edge offers vistas stretching as far as you can see. Meadows, forests, desert, the Grand Canyon has it […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Zion National Park with Kids

July 20, 2015

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Zion National Park is one of the best kept secrets of the national park system. When visitors discover the beauty and magic of Zion Canyon, they will be hooked! It doesn’t have that one eye catching feature that sells postcards or pressed pennies, but what it does have is a spectacular cliff and canyon landscape, an […]

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Our Epic Arizona and Utah Family Road Trip

July 8, 2015

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Road tripping is the quintessential American summer vacation. We joined the masses this year with a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah. Every year, (OK, this is only year 2, but we hope it continues for many years to come!), we set off with a friend and her family for a summer adventure at a US […]

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with Kids

April 28, 2015

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One of the main reasons we chose the Big Island over the other Hawaiian Islands was to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. My son had seen a brochure about the park at a friend’s house last summer and has wanted to go ever since. Turns out, this was the highlight for all of us. There is so much to […]

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Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids | One Day Itinerary

December 4, 2014

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Joshua Tree for me symbolized music, not a National Park.  But because of the music, the park has always held a certain allure for me. Once I discovered how close it was to LA, it moved to the top of my local travel list. But, even then, it took me almost a […]

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Malibu Lagoon Bird Watching with Kids

November 24, 2014

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I love nature, hiking and animals, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine taking time on a Sunday to go bird watching. But yep, this is what happens in my household every month.  The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society hosts a kid friendly bird watching walk at Malibu Lagoon State Beach and after our […]

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Family Fun: The National Park’s Junior Ranger Program

November 6, 2014

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One of the coolest and maybe least known activities at many national and state parks is the Junior Ranger Program. I don’t know why the National Park Service doesn’t market this more, because it is an amazing program for children and families. It is a perfect way to get your kids interested in the world […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite with Kids

August 13, 2014

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A family trip to Yosemite National Park is the quintessential American summer holiday. Camping (or glamping as it is for us!), getting dirty, splashing through rivers, and spending time with friends and family – what else can you ask for in a vacation?  Here is our ultimate guide to exploring Yosemite Valley with kids to […]

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