Catherine Parker

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Feb 2016

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only two states left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, she's landed in nearly every North American airport at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids, her husband and a yardful of animals. 

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Top 14 Places to Visit Before Your Kids Leave for College

Not everyone is crazy like me, though think about hitting some of the iconic U.S. destinations. Got a list of the top 14 places to visit before your kids leave […]


San Diego is a feast of family fun with amusement parks, a top zoo and glorious beaches but don’t forget San Diego’s national park site. Like most kids, the National […]

20+ Places to Discover in San Diego with Kids

San Diego offers families lots of family fun with beaches, parks and museums to discover in Southern California. I’ve pulled together a list 20+ places of where to go in […]

12 Places to Explore in the Grand Canyon with Kids

One of the top destinations in the U.S., the Grand Canyon should be on your road trip itinerary through the Desert Southwest. Mingle with visitors from around the globe as […]

11 Must Dos in Santa Barbara with Kids

Head to Santa Barbara for family fun with these top spots.

See Why a Former Flight Attendant Likes the Ricardo Roxbury 2.0

Time flies and so do I. As a former flight attendant, I know luggage and I’m not easy to impress. So I’m here to pass on my opinions of my […]

The Ultimate List of Fun Danish Style in Solvang California

Hop abroad Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for a Royal European vacation a train ride away from Southern California in the Santa Ynez Valley. Minutes from the Pacific Ocean, I found […]

Explore Claremont California while College Shopping

College tours with your teen don’t have to be a trudge from one campus to another in a mad rush to find the right school. On a recent weekend getaway […]


New York City offers families a top destination to explore. Even after exploring for 10 days, National Parks TravelingMom still left the Big Apple without seeing all she came to […]

Southern California College Shopping 101

My teen will be headed out to college soon so we need to tour some perspective colleges. She loves the sun of the Southern California, especially around Los Angeles. With […]


Jordan, a peaceful kingdom in the Middle East, offers families the chance to see bucket list places like Petra and the Wadi Rum desert. Then add experiences like floating in […]

1 Day Long Beach California Itinerary for Families

Southern California offers more to discover than Hollywood or Santa Monica. With charming communities up and down the coast, pack up the kids and explore Long Beach for the day. […]

2 Day LA Itinerary for Families

Tell the kids you’re stargazing for your next family getaway, then hand them sunglasses and a bathing suit. Los Angeles offers families epic beaches, a unique cultural experience along with […]

Prep and Pack for a Family Ski Trip

The kids have spoken, they want to go skiing for their school break. Now it’s time to prep and pack up for the trip.

13 Museum Musts for Kids in NYC

New York City tops my list for urban getaways for families. Whether it’s visiting as a family or with a school trip, NYC offers tweens and teens a cultural excursion. […]


Enjoying time together in the outdoors keeps National Parks TravelingMom’s family happy and healthy during the winter. Years ago, she figured out families that ski together, vacation together longer. Read […]

How To Monkey Around In The Dominican Republic

I know kids. I have three. And there’s one thing kids want to do more than anything and that’s play with a MONKEY. I’ve wanted to play with a monkey […]

How To Heal A Broken Heart At Ocean Blue And Sand Dominican Republic

When Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City found herself with a broken heart, she headed to an all-inclusive. It worked for her, so I figured it would work for […]

Lose Yourself In A National Park For Free In 2017

Did you find your park? It’s not too late. Make it a point to discover the awe-inspiring beauty or the rich cultural history of the United States by visiting a […]


Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe boasts the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. With terrain considered the best in the West, it effortlessly offers […]


IFTWTWA Blog: The southern Californian desert offers a landscape bursting with glittering stars though it’s miles from Hollywood. Before the stars appear, animals emerge from their daytime naps to scamper […]

Discover Utah’s Bryce Canyon to Share Fun and Adventure

Discover Utah’s technicolor show where the delicate pink of a sunrise pops into vermillion red then rusts into a sunset orange. Bryce Canyon National Park offers expansive views at every […]

Take Your Kids to Prison for Family Fun

Hosted: Why would you visit Alcatraz with kids? Well, Alcatraz topped the San Francisco to-do list for my kids, 9, 13 and 14. ALL DAY they asked, when are we […]

Discover a Land of Destruction at Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, once a recreational playground for Washington, until one quiet Sunday morning in 1980 when the snowcapped mountain vaporized. A mudslide decimated a forest and a crater remained […]

Plan The Perfect Road Trip Across Oregon

Hosted: Oregon, the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, begs for a family road trip. With a bounty of summer family fun like snow capped mountains, beaches teeming with tide pools […]

Girl Scouts Take Long Awaited Trip

Lead troop of Girl Scouts on a trip to NYC and wrote article for the Taylor Press, hometown newspaper.

Explore like a Kid in the Columbia River Gorge

Hosted: Oregon boasts seven natural wonders, like Crater Lake and the Oregon Coast. Two of those destinations lie within miles of each other, a few hours from Portland. Topping my […]

Take Epic Expedition with Explorers in the Pacific Northwest

After exploring the U.S. and the majority of Canada with my three kids, 9, 13 and 14, I’m still amazed by what fascinates them. I thought historical sites about explorers […]

Hike like an Ewok in California’s Redwoods

Hosted: Kids love records and it doesn’t matter if it’s tallest or shortest most days. On a recent road trip up the California coast from San Francisco, my kids discovered […]

9 Must Dos for Family Fun on San Juan Island

Hosted: Along the Canadian border in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, I discovered San Juan Island with my family. With a temperate summer climate, shoreline whale watching and family-friendly […]

How to Fall in Love with Glamping at Lakedale

Hosted: I love camping with my three kids, I just hate pitching a tent. My kids scurry like woodland mice when the tent comes out. I wanted to share the […]

How To Make Memories With Your Kids In Oregon Caves

The Pacific Northwest offers families wild and rugged landscapes with evergreen mountain vistas and windswept coasts. Yet it’s the landscape under the mountains that sparkles for the National Parks TravelingMom. […]

Stay with the Woodland Animals in a Charming Cedar Chateau

After exploring the marble halls of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, we checked in to the Oregon Caves Chateau with kids, a National Historic Landmark and part of the […]

Splish Splash in a Natural Pool in Chickasaw Oklahoma

Hosted: A few hours north of the Dallas and Ft. Worth, I found the Chickasaw National Recreation Area filled with natural pools and scenic mountain vistas. With a recreational lake […]

Go Out Of This World In Huntsville Alabama

Hosted: Channel your inner astronaut with a trip to Huntsville, Alabama, to discover deep space with NASA. Kids aren’t the only ones commanding a mission. You can sign the entire […]

12 Out of this World Destinations in Northern Alabama

Hosted: Huntsville stands out as the hub of Northern Alabama, offering diverse options in dining, recreation and the arts. For visitors, NASA history and Space Camp top the list of […]

The Ultimate Guide To Junior Ranger Badges

The National Park Service loves kids as much as it loves animals. With special programming at over 200 park sites across the country, kids grab the attention of Park Rangers […]

Find the Largest Natural Pool in the World in West Texas

In a land that seems barren and forgotten, I found an oasis with the largest spring-fed pool in the world. A road trip stop extraordinaire or a gateway to the […]

35 Places for Family Fun in Disney Springs

Hosted: Over the last year, Disney Springs blossomed into a family fun destination. Disney Springs is my first stop after landing at the airport since I build in a transportation […]

4 Ways to a Perfect Spring Day at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Fest

Hosted: Since 1994, every spring the International Flower and Garden Festival opens like a field of flowers across Epcot. From the first week of March until the last week of […]

23 Things To Do In Hollywood Studios With Preschoolers

Hosted: Looking for family fun with preschoolers at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios? On a recent trip to Orlando a pack of veteran TravelingMoms and a couple of TravelingDads hit […]

4 Of The Best Resorts For Your Family At Walt Disney World

Hosted: The TravelingMoms just unpacked their suitcases from another whirlwind trip to Walt Disney World. With a camera and cell phone in each hand, the moms sprinted across the parks […]

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Finding the Family an All-New Ford SUV

The Ford Motor Company knows life happens in cars, especially for families with hectic schedules. Families need vehicles that work with them. I recently got the opportunity to experience the […]

YouTube Video: Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World

A Youtube Video Review for Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Hosted

Make the Most of Your Disney Dollars at Coronado Springs Resort

Hosted: The Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World transports guests to Spanish Colonial Mexico with a sweeping lobby and restaurants bursting with Mexican flavors. Watch the sunset over the […]

How to Stretch Disney Dollars at the Art of Animation

The Art of Animation, the newest value resort, located across the Hourglass Lake from Pop Century Resort, wowed my kids. It offers lots of value for families and several pools […]

Youtube Video: Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World

A video resort review for Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Get More for Your Money at Mystic Dunes in Orlando

Hosted: With over 600 acres to discover, Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club offers resort-style lodging away from all the noise and activity of Walt Disney World yet just a […]

Youtube Video: Mystic Dunes Resort in Celebration, Florida

A video resort review for Mystic Dunes Resort in Celebration, Florida. Hosted

Top 5 Things To Do in Punta Cana with Kids

Hosted: The Dominican Republic offers tons of family fun. I’ve pulled together a list of things to do in Punta Cana with kids.

Float in the Caribbean’s Ocean Blue and Sand to Recharge

Hosted: A beach vacation tops many lists as the ultimate place to unplug and relax. But what about the kids? I’ve got all the details for the Ocean Blue and […]

The Ultimate Fun Guide To Sulphur Oklahoma

Hosted: Just a few hours north of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, the National Parks TravelingMom discovered a rugged mountaintop vista overlooking a pristine lake teeming with activity. At her feet, […]

Escape to Luxury in the Forest at Lake Quinault Lodge

Hosted: A skipping stone from Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault Lodge regally sits on the shores of its namesake in the Olympic National Forest. With resort activities and amenities that […]

4 Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts To Smash This Spring

Hosted: Spring brings showers and flowers to most of the U.S. – except for the Sierra Nevada mountains. There, the spring packs plenty of snow for an extended ski season […]

Best Time to Explore Glacier to Wow the Kids

Glacier National Park, known as the Crown of the Continent, offers one million acres to reconnect as a family in Northwestern Montana. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, visitors relax in […]

From the Top of the Mountains to the Beach in a Day at Olympic

hosted: Olympic National Park offers over 900,00 acres of wilderness for families to explore. The year-round outdoor destination boasts rugged coasts dotted with tide pools, hidden trails meandering through temperate […]

How to Explore a National Park for Free

National parks offer priceless beauty and for 10 days in 2017 the admission price is just that–priceless. The National Park Service will waive the usual admission over several weekends in […]

Mazda Crossovers for Moms

After a 15 year love affair with my Mom SUV, it’s time to think about another. I attended the Houston Auto Show to try on cars like I would try […]

7 National Park Sites to Discover in Texas

Texas offers more National Park Service sites than most visitors or residents realize. I’ve explored a national seashore, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a desert national park, a mountain national […]

Cannonball In A Natural Pool At Chickasaw

Hosted: The National Parks TravelingMom takes road trips across the continent exploring parks. However, a former national park in a neighboring state escaped her to-do list. A recent road trip […]

Mom’s Gone Crazy And Fell Asleep In The Walmart Parking Lot

Boondocking? Once just a secret among the caravaners and hippy kids camping on the cheap, boondocking has gone mainstream. Now grandma and grandpa use it as necessary part of long-term […]

Climb a Crystal Tree in a Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park, conveniently located next to Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona, can be explored in a couple of hours. It offers a scenic drive including a section of […]

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Youtube Video: Ram Truck Obstacle Course

Discover A Mountain Retreat In Central Oklahoma

Hosted: Hiking before a cup of coffee might frighten some people, but National Parks TravelingMom recommends it to energize your day. The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center features a mile-long […]

Celebrate Spring with San Antonio’s Battle of Flowers Parade

The flowers bloom in April for San Antonio’s largest festival as the city takes a break for fun, families included. Fiesta San Antonio offers a 10-day celebration with hundreds of […]

Finding Mom a New Toyota SUV to Love

I just wrapped up a day at the DFW Auto Show and after I propped up my feet, I started to think. With tears in my eyes, I was actually […]

Retreat to Family Fun at Chickasaw Center

Hosted: Located steps away from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, formerly the Platt National Park, I found the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center set on top of a bluff in […]

YouTube Video: Chickasaw Conference and Retreat Center Review

Hosted: Youtube Video Review of the Chickasaw Conference and Retreat Center

Camp in a Cabin that Kids Love in Key Hole State Park Wyoming

Once you leave the Black Hills area of South Dakota and head west, the lodging and restaurants get a bit sparse. Since I’m traveling with three kids, I’m always looking […]

Take the Kids to See the Devil in Wyoming

The carful of kids spent several days exploring the Black Hills area of South Dakota and the national parks of South Dakota, like Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and […]

Launch a Missile with the Kids in South Dakota

Under the swaying grass of the South Dakota plains, 1,000 missiles stood on constant alert for 30 years. Used as a deterrent in the Cold War against Russia, a pair […]

7 National Parks A Road Trip Away From LA

The largest city in California offers a gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery in North America. With seven parks within 4 hours of Los Angeles, families can explore […]

Stop and Hit the Wall Drug in South Dakota

Hosted: Few road trip attractions can beat a drug store in South Dakota. Seriously, Wall Drug tops my list for ultimate road trip stops for everyone, not just the kids.

Mojave Desert: World’s Largest Protected Desert Is Free

Hidden along Intestates 15 and 40, east of Barstow, California, resides the largest protected desert in the world. President Obama recently designated three national monuments to preserve an additional 1.8 […]

Explore Scotts Bluff National Monument for Family Fun

On a quest to see the lower 48, the carful of kids drive on to Jasper National Park in Canada from our home in Central Texas. Our most recent stop […]

Get the Heck into Dodge City with the Kids

As a child of the 80s, National Lampoon’s Vacation, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, put Dodge City, Kansas, on my to-do list. So years later, here I am with […]

Escape To The Rock: Board An Alcatraz Cruises Ferry In San Francisco

Hosted: The National Parks TravelingMom has explored 39 of the 59 big national parks with her kids. Wanna know their favorite national park site in California? The obvious choice might […]

Family Fun in Lawton Oklahoma

A good day of driving got us to Lawton, Oklahoma, 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. We need to keep moving so we explore Lawton with kids.

Top 14 Places To Visit Before Your Kids Leave For College

Want to know where a former flight attendant turned road tripping junkie drives her kids? Besides crazy, the answer is everywhere. Yes, I’ve driven my three kids across the U.S. […]

Fort Worth Burger Quest at Kincaid’s Hamburgers

One of my favorite days of the year, the carful of kids hit the road for another road trip. A few more bags to wrestle into place in the back […]

Killer Snakes and Cuddly Cactus Found in Joshua Tree

Travelers leaving Los Angeles, California, fail to look beyond the lane lines as they race east to Phoenix. Just outside Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, offers families a glimpse […]

All Aboard for Winter Snow and Summer Shade on Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Think Palm Springs is a desert without trees or wintertime snow? Think again, especially after climbing aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a breathtaking ride in the world’s largest […]

Learn with the Best at Northstar Ski Resort Lake Tahoe

Hosted: The premier ski school at Northstar offers fun ski instructors, snowboarding lessons for 3-year-olds and groomed runs that help kids learn.

Smash the Best with the Fam at the Iconic Squaw Valley

Hosted: A visit to Squaw Valley Ski Resort tops my list for family ski getaways.

Best Beaches for Families in the US

A list of the best beaches across the US for shelling, animals watching and sunsets.

The Best Mountain Resort To Escape To — The Iconic Squaw Valley

Hosted: Squaw Valley is more than one of the best ski resorts in the US. It’s an icon. A destination that tops powder hounds’ and bunnies’ bucket lists alike. One […]

YouTube Video: Squaw Valley Ski Resort, California

Hosted: Squaw Valley Ski Resort Review in Squaw Valley California

Exploring The Wonders Of Texas National Parks (No Deserts Or Tumbleweeds, We Promise)

National Parks TravelingMom loves her parks and spends every school break exploring them with her three kids. Her favorite parks are Texas national parks. It seems Texas offers a little […]

Desert Luxury — Finding Your Death Valley Hotel

Hosted: When Old Hollywood needed an escape from the demands of making movies, they hopped in their convertibles drove out to a luxurious desert getaway, four hours from Los Angeles. […]

Hate Posers? Ski Like A Local At Lake Tahoe’s Diamond Peak

Hosted: Ever wondered where the local families ski in Lake Tahoe? A couple of weeks ago I spent a glorious day at Diamond Peak Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s north […]

Explore a Snow Kissed Wonderland at the Grand Canyon

After a handful of visits to Grand Canyon National Park, I still find myself standing on the rim and gazing off into the distance. Mesmerized by its size and a […]

YouTube Video: Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Nevada

Hosted: YouTube Video Review of Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Granlibakken A Grand Sledding Hill in Lake Tahoe

Hosted: Nestled in a glade of evergreens, Granlibakken Tahoe offers families a winter escape along the western shores of Lake Tahoe, minutes away from Tahoe City. A family favorite for […]

How To Shred A Winter Day In Tahoe City, California

Hosted: With three active kids, National Parks TravelingMom wishes she could ski for days on end…but she just can’t. That’s why when mapping out their Lake Tahoe ski trips, she […]

YouTube Video: Tahoe City , California

Hosted: A YouTube video of Tahoe City, California

Free Sledding Spot near Lake Tahoe at Spooner Summit

Got kids climbing the walls? I’m sharing one of my favorite FREE places in Lake Tahoe and close to Carson City that offers a crazy, fast sledding hill along with […]

How To Monkey Around In The Dominican Republic

Hosted: I know kids. I have three. And there’s one thing kids want to do more than anything and that’s play with a MONKEY. I’ve wanted to play with a […]

What To Look For In A Ski School For Little Ones

The thought of sparkling flurries falling through the fragrant evergreens always gets me at this time of year. I pine away for a winter getaway with my family, enjoying the […]

National Park Books for Kids

Hosted: I love books as much as I love our national parks. I have a book shelf dedicated to national park books in my office. At each park I visit, […]

YouTube Video: Runner Adventures Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

YouTube Video Review of Runners Adventures in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that provides tours for families.

How To Heal A Broken Heart At Ocean Blue And Sand Dominican Republic

Hosted: When Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City found herself with a broken heart, she headed to an all-inclusive. It worked for her, so I figured it would work […]

Fun in the Sun at San Diego’s Loews Coronado Bay Resort

San Diego offers a year-round sunshine and mild temperatures perfect for beach lovers.

Fun in the Sun at San Diego’s Loews Coronado Bay Resort

IFWTWA Conference Hotel: Sunny San Diego offers families a year-round destination packed with oodles of activities that can keep the kids entertained for a week, like the San Diego Zoo, […]

YouTube Video: Ocean Blue and Sand, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hosted: YouTube Video Resort Review at Ocean Blue and Sand in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Smores for the Luxe Mom at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado

Hosted: Looking for a Wow moment for your next trip to San Diego with the kids? I enjoyed the afternoon at the Hotel del Coronado, the legendary historic hotel on […]

Lose Yourself In A National Park For Free In 2017

Did you find your park? It’s not too late. Make it a point to discover the awe-inspiring beauty or the rich cultural history of the United States by visiting a […]

YouTube Video: Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, California

YouTube Video Hotel Review of Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, California.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: World’s Largest Rotating Tram Cars

Hosted: Perched high above the Coachella Valley, minutes from Palm Springs, California, I discovered an alpine forest with towering trees and summer temperatures rarely reaching 80F. As the seasons change, […]

5 Under-the-Radar Spring Break Destinations for Families

We asked five experts from to give us their insider picks for the best under-the-radar spots that make for an awesome escape. These destinations are sure to thrill no […]

Legendary Luxury At Death Valley’s The Inn At Furnace Creek

Hosted: When Old Hollywood needed an escape from the demands of making movies, they hopped in their convertibles drove out to a luxurious desert getaway, four hours from Los Angeles. […]

Fall Color Texas Style – Lost Maples State Natural Area

I dream of the perfect of autumn hike where the crunch of leaves and the melody of songbirds fill my ears as the landscape’s symphony of fiery colors brighten my […]

Hiking In A Volcano – Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument With Kids

Hosted: My kids can never get enough of things that go BOOM! I have a family full of active kids, and we just had to head to central Oregon to […]

Make Your Dreams Come True in Disney’s Desert Home

Hosted: Missing that feeling of wonderment and awe that lights up a kid’s face when they walk through the gates of their favorite park? I found it in a quiet […]

The Ultimate Day of Adulting – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

Hosted: The International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot in Walt Disney World offers a day of sampling culinary treats from around the world while walking from one country to […]

Choosing the Right Disney Springs Resort for Your Family

Over the last year, I’ve stayed at numerous Walt Disney World properties and they’re not all the same. From the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the flagship property at Walt […]

Discover Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge With Your Kids

Hosted: Love a scenic drive and fields of lavender? This mom does. Do the back-seaters need a break from the screens? Mine do. My SUV can’t pass up a Fresh […]

Custer State Park — Calling all Families to South Dakota

Hosted: Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills offers the recreation, wildlife viewing and facilities that rival any national park. On my first visit, I completely underestimated the time […]

Getting More for Less in Disney Springs at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Hosted: On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I stayed at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. It’s the closest resort to Disney Springs and an official Walt Disney […]

San Juan Island: Washington Getaway For Families

Hosted: On a recent road trip through the Pacific Northwest, I hopped the Washington State Ferry to discover San Juan Island. Its history, whale-watching and fields of summertime lavender had […]

Slumbering Across America’s Best Idea

The Lodges of the National Parks offer iconic destinations for every traveler.

Blast Zone: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument With Kids

Hosted: The eruption of Mount St. Helens is one of my first memories of the world outside my immediate home and family. As a first-grader, I remember watching the evening […]

Historic Cabins in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Looking for an epic canyon with a history as colorful as the striations that cling to its walls? Palo Duro Canyon is the site of the tragic capture of 1,200 […]

Redwood National And State Parks: Discover The Land Of Ewoks

Hosted: As a true kid of the 80s, my introduction to the Redwoods came one Saturday afternoon when I saw my heroine, Princess Leia, speeding through a fern-covered grove of […]

Exploring Our National Parks One Book At A Time

As the National Parks TravelingMom, I cherish the time I explore our national parks with my three kids. As the summer fades and fall approaches, my kids get busier and […]

How to Plan a Last Minute Walt Disney World Trip

What would you do if you had to plan a last-minute trip to Walt Disney World? A while back, I got the opportunity to explore Walt Disney World as a […]

Tour Review: Viator’s 3-Day National Park Adventure

Hosted: Want to explore the epic national parks of the Southwest but not sure where to start? As the National Parks TravelingMom, I know planning a national park adventure can […]

National Parks: Free Centennial Weekend Family Fun

Load up the minivan, pack a picnic and explore the national parks for free family fun for the Centennial weekend in 2016. With a site in every state, most families […]

Zion National Park – Paradise For Family Travelers

Hosted: Standing in the shadow of the Court of the Patriarchs, I worship the majestic beauty of the Navajo Sandstone peaks, like I did when touring the man-made cathedrals of […]

A Kids’ Guide to Exploring Mount Rushmore

Hosted: Mount Rushmore National Memorial is carved into the hardest and finest-grained granite that could be found, presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln look westward across […]

A Kids’ Guide To Exploring Bryce Canyon National Park

Hosted: As I peer over the edge of Bryce Amphitheater, the ghostly figures marching in the mist of an afternoon shower haunt me. Hoodoos, the rock formations that resemble draped […]

The Best of South Dakota’s Black Hills for Families

Hosted: Looking a vacation packed with family-sized adventure? Try the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills offer national parks, wildlife viewing, western history, outdoor sports, scenic drives and […]

Explore Like A Kid In Olympic National Park

Hosted: Olympic National Park inspired me to sing The Sound of Music’s The Hills are Alive at the first glance of Mount Olympus from the alpine wildflower meadow at Hurricane […]

Sizzling Sunsets At Grand Canyon’s South Rim

The Grand Canyon–an American icon as big as the canyon itself, finds its way onto every southwest road trip itinerary. Visitors from around the globe stand at the edge of […]

Lake Quinault Lodge Historic Lodging Near Olympic National Park

Hosted: Looking for an idyllic lodge perched over a shimmering lake nestled in a majestic forest with cool summer temperatures and lots of activities for the family? During a recent […]

Glamping On San Juan Island At Lakedale Resort

Hosted: Kids love camping! To them it’s a playground in the woods with s’mores. They’re ready to go, but like a lot of Moms, you need a roof, a real […]

Farm To Table Goodness At North Fork 53 In Nehalem, Oregon

Hosted: As I drive up the gravel road, a woodland fairy ducks under a mushroom cap. I stop in front of the 1930s Oregon farmhouse and take a moment to […]

Hotel Review: Riverhouse On The Deschutes, Bend, Oregon

Hosted: The volcanoes of central Oregon lured me to Bend, then my night at Riverhouse on the Deschutes lulled me to sleep. My newly renovated room at the Riverhouse on […]

Fiesta San Antonio — Spring Break Texas Style

Hosted: As most cities silently slumber, deep in the heart of Texas San Antonio shifts into celebration mode for Spring Break. Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day long celebration that […]

Mount Rushmore — The Must Do In South Dakota’s Black Hills

Hosted: Perched high above the Black Hills of South Dakota, four of the United States’ most distinguished presidents look westward to the horizon. What began in 1925 as a tourist […]

Hotel Review: Cousins Country Inn The Dalles Oregon

Reconnect as a family and share a weekend hiking to a hidden waterfall, snacking on cherries along Oregon’s Fruit Loop and cutting lavender from a field that hums with honey […]

Dreaming With Disney In Palm Springs

Hosted: As I pushed open the bulls-eye red doors of a mid-century modern home nestled in a quiet neighborhood south of Palm Springs, California, my hands were shaking like an […]

Round Up The Kids And Giddy Up To South Dakota’s Black Hills

Hosted: Looking for a vacation packed with family-sized adventure? Try the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills offer five national park sites, premier wildlife viewing, western history, hidden […]

The Caves of South Dakota–Kid-friendly Underground Adventure

Hosted: Caves and kids? Yes, my school-age kids love caves and can’t wait to take a wild cave tour. Cave tours offer kids a peak into an underground world where […]

Cool History Kids Will Love In The Heart Of South Texas

Hosted: Think kids won’t appreciate the San Antonio Missions, a trip best left for history buffs? On a recent trip to San Antonio TX, my boys’ eyes flashed when they […]

Calling All Families To Discover Custer State Park

Hosted: Roam alongside a herd of 1,300 grazing buffalo on the Wildlife Loop. Cruise a corkscrew with the top down along Needles Highway. Roast a marshmallow to toasty perfection at […]

Lodge Review: Cedar Pass Lodge, Badlands National Park

Hosted: The quiet rock formations glow as the sun breaks and a symphony of birds celebrate the arrival of another day. Rabbits nibble on prairie grass as I enjoy my […]

Badlands are Good Lands for the Kids in South Dakota

Hosted: Looking for a mountain getaway that’s full of adventure and not crazy mountain driving? The Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota offer five national park sites, like […]

South Dakota Caves – Underground Frontiers For Families

Hosted: Caves and kids? Yes, my kids love caves and one is “literally dying” to take a wild cave tour when he’s old enough. Cave tours offer kids a peak […]

Lodge Review: Cedar Pass Lodge In Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Hosted: The sunrise at Badlands National Park begs for my attention as sunlight peeks through the window of my cabin. The serenade of the Western Meadowlark motivates me to climb […]

Discover South Dakota’s Badlands National Park For Family-Sized Adventure

Hosted: Dad and the kids heard it: the mountains are calling. But as Mom, you’re not so sure. Is the vision of mama bear lumbering through your campsite keeping you […]

Round Up Your Kids and Head to San Antonio

Hosted: San Antonio is the top travel destination in Texas. It has been a favorite of mine for years, with the picturesque River Walk, the cultural history and the warm […]

Remember the Alamo? Missions a World Heritage Site

Hosted: The Alamo and the San Antonio Missions is the newest of 23 U.S. sites designated by the United Nations for their cultural or natural heritage. Nearly 300 years ago, […]

17 Spots For Family Fun In San Antonio, Texas

Hosted: Looking for a destination that your family will love? Try San Antonio, the top travel destination in Texas. I love the River Walk, the cultural history and the warm […]

Road Trip 101: Tween Snacks

Hosted: Summer is right around the corner. My kids are antsy, ready to pack up their lockers and shove it all under their beds. We want to hit the highway […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Contessa On San Antonio’s River Walk

Hosted: It’s been a long school year and Mom needs a break; time to decompress and recharge. Imagine sipping a margarita next to San Antonio’s picturesque River Walk. Enjoy a […]

Why Would You Stay There? Tips For Picking The Right Resort For Your Family

Hosted: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is an investment of your time and your money. So which level of resort should you reserve? I stayed at a value, […]

Be There First: The Newest National Monument On Capitol Hill

President Obama declared a new national monument for the women’s equality movement on April 12, 2016, or Equal Pay Day. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument is located steps away […]

Free Fun! Celebrate National Park Week In April

Have you heard? The National Park Service is having a party, a birthday party. Since the NPS turns 100 years old, visitors can find special events all year. Need another […]

6 Quick Hikes In Albuquerque Guaranteed To Please

Looking for a quick outing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for your active family? Try Petroglyph National Monument, a National Park Service urban site. With one of the largest concentrations of […]

Glacier National Park – Ultimate Guide For Families

Glacier National Park, or the Crown of the Continent, is a glorious place to reconnect as a family in Northwestern Montana. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, visitors can relax in […]

Barrier Free Utah: Book Review

Hosted: Utah’s Mighty Five are perfect for a week long road trip winding through national parks brimming with crimson-colored canyons, windswept arches and haunting hoodoos. The rugged landscapes of Utah’s […]

Add Petrified Forest To Your Arizona Road Trip This Year

Petrified Forest National Park, conveniently located next to Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona, can be explored in a couple of hours. It offers a scenic drive including a section of […]

Try These 10 Best National Parks To Get A Kid In Every Park

It’s the year of the National Park and there’s lots to see across the country. With parks from Washington state to Maine, the 10 Best National Parks List is a […]

Death Valley, California: Adventure In A Land Of Extremes

Thaw the winter chill with a stay in a family-friendly resort in the heart of a California national park. Bound by rugged mountains and watercolor-painted rock formations, Death Valley boasts […]

Where To Celebrate The Presidents On Presidents Day

Celebrate the Presidents Day Holiday by walking through American History with your kids over the Presidents Day Weekend. National Parks TravelingMom found 75 national monuments, historical parks, birthplaces and historic […]

The Epic Vistas Of Grand Canyon National Park Glow In Winter Too

It doesn’t matter how many photos you have seen of Grand Canyon National Park. They simply can’t capture the epic views, gargantuan size and jaw-dropping beauty of the canyon. Drape […]

Make 2016 The Year To Find Your National Park

As the new year dawns, I find myself exploring a national park with my family, spending time together and celebrating a new year full of possibilities. We are not the […]

Give Kids A Taste Of Frontier Life In West Texas

Southwest Texas is home to one of America’s coolest national parks, an historic lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and a Dark Sky observatory. It adds up to a […]

Channel Your Inner John Wayne With A Visit To Big Bend National Park

Driving into Big Bend National Park, it’s tough not to conjure up images of John Wayne riding into the sunset in one of his great Western movies. This vast national […]