Domestic Travel

A Father Daughter Trip to Discover Hamilton

I took my Hamilton-obsessed tween daughter to Virginia this past September, to Richmond specifically, but also to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, because like the 3rd President of the United States, she “basically missed the late 80’s.” While we certainly had our fair share of Hamilton fun at Jefferson’s stately home in Charlottesville, walking the grounds, taking pictures, sharing a tasty craft root beer, looking at framed paintings of Marquis de Lafayette (boy, he sure looks different than the one we saw on stage in Chicago!), and imagining the famously flamboyant musical version of Jefferson (both portrayed remarkably by Daveed Diggs...

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Create New Traditions with Local Holiday Travel This Year

Holiday travel is not what it once was. According to a recent Traveling Mom poll, many of us are no longer piling into the car or boarding a plane to gather at grandma’s house with the whole family. Americans are enjoying new options in how they spend their precious Holiday vacation time these days. A mere 24% host major holidays at their own home while 17% are jetting off to meet up with family at a vacation destination. And like my own family, 26% choose local holiday travel or head out on their own vacation to relax. Here’s a...

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How to Get the Most out of Disney World Character Meet and Greets

One of the biggest attractions vacationers at Disney World often overlook is the characters themselves. While not exactly a traditional attraction, character meet and greets are a huge draw for both children and adults alike. That’s right, you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun interactions and get a picture with a favorite Disney personality. What does set meet and greets apart from other items on the to do list is the vast number of ways you’ll encounter characters in the theme parks and resorts. This guide will make it easy to find your favorites and...

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Venture to Vero Beach: Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Review

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a serene beach gem tucked in the Atlantic coast of Florida, also known as the Treasure Coast. If you like quiet coastal towns with quirky shops and restaurants, then start making plans. I recently went on a trip with the family and found the accommodations to be quite ideal for traveling with the kids. We stayed in a two bedroom with plenty of space between us and the kids, in fact a bathroom separated the rooms so we had some quiet time when they woke up. Nearby, you’ll find the likes of...

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EXPLORE MICHIGAN’S WILD SIDE AT EDDY DISCOVERY CENTER

Situated along Interstate 94 between the cities of Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo lies the largest state park in Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Waterloo Recreation Area provides more than 20,000 acres of rustic territory for camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming and equestrian activities. Within the park’s borders are 10 miles of mountain biking courses, 11 lakes, 12 miles of interpretive nature paths, 17 miles of bridle trails for horseback riding, and 36 miles marked for hiking. The heart of the Waterloo Recreation Area is the GERALD EDDY DISCOVERY CENTER which provides activities and exhibits that educate and...

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Take a Hike! Lessons Learned Hiking to Delicate Arch

Take a hike! Any hike! Just get outside and do it! Delicate Arch Hike: The Story 5 years ago, our family took an 8,600 mile road trip around the US. 23 states. 11 National Parks. Memories that will last a lifetime. One memory that stuck with me over the years was Delicate Arch. We arrived at Arches National Park after a four and a half hour drive from Bryce Canyon. It was 115 degrees outside and Arches appeared to be mostly a driving park. Our kids were 6 and 8 at the time. They were a bit cranky with...

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A HIKE ALONG THE TEMBO TRAIL

Every summer we make the hour drive from Detroit to northern Ohio for a family road trip to the Toledo Zoo. Primarily because my kids want to take a hike along the zoo’s Tembo Trail which provides remarkable views of some amazing animals from Africa. Visitors weave their way through a variety of exhibit areas that provide unique observation points of exotic animals including African spotted-neck otters, dromedary camels, white rhinoceroses, and meerkats. We’ve had some incredible close-up experiences trekking through the Tembo Trail which is why we continue to come back for visits year after year. The zoo...

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Find Your Rhythm at Detroit’s Motown Museum

Motown, the combination of jazz and soulful upbeat lyrics, defined the 1960s for many Americans. Born in the heart of Detroit, Berry Gordy’s independent Motown Records studio turned out more successful artists than any of the major labels. Touring the Motown Museum will introduce you to the origins of this distinctive sound and you’ll learn a great deal of history about the Gordy family, record company, and artists. Here is a bit of history on Berry Gordy’s Motown Records and information to help you plan a visit to the Motown Museum.   The Creation of Motown Records Berry Gordy...

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A Dad and His Son at a Baseball Game

Baseball is America’s favorite past time and I grew up playing baseball. I love playing baseball and I love going to Arlington to catch a Texas Rangers baseball game. But living in Austin, Texas we have an awesome Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers just a few miles up the road in Round Rock, Texas.  The Round Rock Express call Round Rock, Texas home and play at the Dell Diamond. Minor League Baseball in Round Rock has a huge fan base and it is a great experience for families. Every season we like to catch a few games...

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GALLOP OVER TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

Situated along Interstate 75 between Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee just north of Lexington, Kentucky is a theme park that focuses just as much on providing its visitors with an educational experience as it does entertaining them.   The Kentucky Horse Park gives shelter to retired race horses allowing them to live out their remaining years well cared for, features equestrian attractions, displays and exhibitions, and hosts national and international competitions in dressage, racing, steeplechase, and other events.  My kids learned a lot of interesting information about horses when our family visited the place and were thrilled by the personal...

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