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Los Angeles

A Day In Los Angeles We began a costal road trip from L.A. to Seattle with some of the iconic sites we've always wanted to see.  And with how we plan, all these things are free and kid-friendly visit. Griffith Park Observatory The Griffith...

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Dismals Canyon

Like Something from Avatar! This place is a must-see!  The first thing you'll learn about Dismals Canyon is that it is home to a rare glow worm insects called dismalites.  The ecosystem of Dismals Canyon provides the right climate for these insects to...

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Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain is the northern of two peaks in the Davison-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in DeKalb County, GA.  Arabia Mountain has five species that are listed as both state and federally endangered, including the bright-red diamorpha plant that lives...

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Greenville SC

Falls Park - Greenville SC If you're in Greenville, SC then you need to stop at Falls Park.  It is the best memory I have of my trips to Greenville, and the place we always want to go to again when we travel there.  Perfect for strolling by the river,...

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Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Throwback to the 1700's Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony in the 1700's and has significance in the American Revolution.  It's close to both Jamestown and Yorktown, and once was home to Thomas Jefferson when he served as governor of...

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Harpers Ferry, WV

19th Century Throwback Harpers Ferry is a town in West Virginia where the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah River.  This town thrived during the industrial age with manufacturers along the rivers using water to power their mills.  There is so much history...

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Washington DC

Too Much to Do in Just One Trip We love Washington D.C.  There is so much to see.  So many historical places to visit.  So many museums to explore.  We couldn't fit everything we would want to do in this trip.  And even though this was our second time...

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Macon, GA

Like something out of the TV Show 'Hart of Dixie' Exploring Macons was a lot of fun.  I don't know why we haven't gone to Macon before.  My business partner always says no one goes to Macon, they just drive through it.  But we're glad we decided to go see...

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Saint Simons Island

A Beach Getaway Away from the Crowds We LOVED Saint Simons.  But what we didn't expect when we got there is that it seems to be an attraction to the Elderly population more than the family crowd.  This made it even more enjoyable.  It was not crowded. ...

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NYC

New York City What a fantastic city to visit!  We road-tripped to New York in November, 2013... and since our kids were young and they only remember a few parts of that trip, we have no problem of planning another one in the near future. One of my good...

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Grand Canyon South Rim Trail

Las Vegas > Hoover Dam > Route 66 > Grand Canyon This was a full day road trip.  But if you are going to Las Vegas and you've never seen the Grand Canyon, I would HIGHLY recommend planning an extra day just to do this trip.  You will be glad you did. There...

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iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Indoor Skydiving We've always wanted to go indoor skydiving, and so when the kids got a special request from their Grosmutti (Swiss Grandma) to use their Christmas money to "do" something they would like to do as a family... they chose Skydiving! We...

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Bahia Pez Vela, Costa Rica

Workation in Costa Rica I was invited to join my colleague on a workation to Costa Rica.  His agency was contracted to build a new website for Bahia Pez Vela, a resort on the beach.  I was asked to assist with the photography and videography, and although...

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The Lights Fest

Go. Go. Go. You see photos and video of lantern festivals online, but nothing can really give you the sense of magic you feel when you see it in person.  Everyone should do this at least once! There are a few different companies we know that put on...

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Little River Canyon

Little River Canyon National Preserve Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama.  There are a variety of falls, hikes, and activities in the area.  Little River Falls is one of the main...

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Logan Farm Park Trail

Family Park in Acworth The City of Acworth recently added a nice playground and park to their Logan Farm Park Trail, making a perfect location for a family bike ride on the trail or picnic.  There is a trail that follows a loop close to a nice playground...

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Noonday Trail

Family Bike Riding in Woodstock We love riding bikes on the Noonday Trail in Woodstock. Woofstock Park is a small park located at 150 Dupree Rd, Woodstock GA 30188 with a dog park, but also has parking and access to the Noonday Trail which goes from...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Perfect Mountain Weekend Getaway Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.  The beautiful blue smoky hills roll into the horizon allowing you to follow them into the other state.  I've read the Great...

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Pigeon Forge – Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies - A Groupon Winner! We left this hotel feeling like we stole from them.  The Groupon deal gave us 2 nights at a gorgeous resort, passes to their indoor and outdoor waterparks, and $100 worth of gaming from the arcade.  We don't...

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Knoxville – Sunsphere

World's Fair Park in Knoxville, TN While driving through on a road trip we stopped to stretch our legs at World's Fair Park in the heart of Knoxville.  What we didn't know is that in 1982 the Sunsphere was built for the World Fair and continues to offer...

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Cummins Falls State Park

Swim in a Water Fall Cummins Falls State Park is located NorthWest of Cookeville, TN, and is about a 3 hour drive from North Atlanta.  But the drive is worth the experience!  It is a 75-foot waterfall with shallow wading and swimming pools, water cascading...

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Chattanooga TN

There is so much to do and see here! Chattanooga is a fantastic place to visit.  But you'll have to come multiple times to do and see all it has to offer.  Here are a few of our favorite highlights from Chattanooga. Walnut Street Bridge This is...

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Fort Mountain State Park

Camping, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Fishing Fort Mountain State Park has it all for a family camping trip.  Situated in North Georgia between Elijay and Chatsworth, you can enjoy a choice between pull-in camping, cottages, or pioneer camping sites.  The...

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Mercier Orchards

Year Round Fruit Picking We hit up Mercier Orchards this year at the end of peach season (mid-August) and learned that apple season was just about to open.  The peaches were big, juicy, and delicious.  It was a great experience for the family... but what...

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Cutler Reservoir, UT

Sunset Canoe Trip Cutler Reservoir is a reservoir located in Cache Valley, UT.  It is an impoundment on the Bear River built for irrigation, flood control, and water supply... but has become a haven to all kinds of birds in the marsh and a beautiful place...

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Antelope Island State Park, UT

If you want to see the Great Salt Lake, see it through Antelope Island. Beautiful drive.  Beautiful hiking.  Great place to swim at Bridger Bay (parking next to Island Buffalo Grill).  We went in early June, right before the noseeums (biting...

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Glendale Reservoir, Idaho

We were lucky enough to stay at Susie's family's cabin at Glendale Reservoir in Idaho.  It was beautiful this time of year with green grassy fields and snow-capped mountains in the background.  We went shooting, canoeing, kayaking, four-wheeler riding, hiking,...

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Bear Lake

Turquoise Lake Bear Lake is a natural fresh-water lake on the Utah-Idaho boarder.  It is the second largest fresh-water lake in Utah, and is 48 miles around (if you were to ride a bicycle around the lake - which I've done twice!).  But one of the characteristics that...

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Minnetonka Cave, ID

Minnetonka Cave opens around Memorial Day through Labor Day and about a 50 minute drive from Garden City, UT (Bear Lake) makes for a great addition to a say at Bear Lake.  Bring cash or check to visit the cave, $8 for adults and $6 for kids 6-15 years old.  It is a 90...

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Amelia Island, FL

Amelia Island is a beautiful part of the Sea Islands chain off the Florida Atlantic coast.  Between the cute, historic downtown Fernandina, Fernandina Beach, and Fort Clinch (historic military fort), it makes for a great family trip. Fernandina Beach Towards the end...

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Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail Camping Just North-West of Ellijay, Bear Creek Trail is a popular loop in the North Georgia mountains for mountain bikers, campers, and fishermen.   I took Liam with some friends on a boys' camping trip and it was a perfect place for our group.  The...

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Disney Cruise – Bahamas

Do this at least once in your life! This is a win!  Something everyone needs to do at least once in their lifetime.  We had so much fun on our Disney cruise.  This has been our fourth cruise, and by far the best!  A few things about cruising with Disney: There are...

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Port Canaveral, FL

Radisson Resort at the Port Before we embarked on our Disney Cruise, we spent a night in Port Canaveral.  Booking the Radisson Resort was a win.  Because it was off-season, we had the pool nearly all to ourselves.  With a heated pool (around 86 degrees), salt-water,...

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Cocoa Beach, FL

For a nice place to visit Cocoa Beach, try Lori Wilson Park.  We stopped here to play at the beach before we left on our Disney Cruise just a few miles North from Port Canaveral.

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Zip-lining in North Georgia

Check one off the Bucket List I've always wanted to go zip-lining on a course like this, and every year I've made this as a suggestion, its been around our anniversary.  But mid-June usually has sweltering heat, so as a Valentines Day gift to ourselves, Steph...

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Dukes Creek Falls

Five Star Waterfall Hike Dukes Creek Falls is a really, really nice hike for a family.  About 1:45 away from Woodstock, it makes for a nice weekend day trip.  The hike is about 1 mile in and 1 mile out, fairly level and easy walking.  Part of the path is paved, then...

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Manatee Springs State Park

Swimming & Canoeing with the Manatees For an adventure you'll never forget, try canoeing / kayaking and swimming with the manatees!  If you come to Manatee Springs State Park during the right time of year, you can do that.  The springs keeps the water above 70 degrees...

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Cedar Key, FL

Quaintest Little Beach Town Places where everyone knows your name and no one locks their doors do exist.  At least in Cedar Key, FL.  We found a real escape from the hustle of the city mixed with beautiful beach sunsets and quite, salty air.  It's not a very...

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The Best Way To Do Disney!

I Won't Do Disney Any Other Way Several years ago a friend of Stephanie's shared with her about a less known secret at Disney World called Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!  We've gone for 3 years straight just for this party.  Here is the jist: Tickets are less...

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Savannah, GA

We love Savannah, GA!  From the River Walk to the Spanish moss, this city has such a unique atmosphere you can't find anywhere else.  Here are some of our favorite things in Savannah. River Street River Street parallels the Savannah River lined with old buildings,...

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Rock Ranch (Hot Air Balloon Festival)

Rock Ranch (Hot Air Balloon Festival) The Rock Ranch is Kathy Truett's (Founder of Chick-fil-a) family retreat farm and every year they put on a hot air balloon festival.  This is becoming a tradition for our family (going 2 years in a row now).  If you plan on going,...

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Burt’s Farm (Pumpkin Patch)

Burt's Farm - Fall Pumpkin Patch One of the best pumpkin patches in Georgia!  And quite popular too.  Over the years we've seen the crowds growing at Burt's... so if you go, try to go in the morning right at open.  You'll walk through patches of pumpkins all kinds of...

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Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls At least once per year we visit Amicalola Falls State Park to hike to the waterfall and picnic.  It is perfect in the fall with the leaves changing colors and the view at the top.  Be prepared for a lot of stairs when do you this hick.  Going up to the...

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Apple Picking in North GA

Fall... the best time of the year! We've gone to North Georgia every year to pick apples when the weather starts getting cool and the leaves start to fall.  We love fall.  It's our favorite time of year.  And it's always so fun to take the kids to pick a half bushel...

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Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island, GA We were at Tybee Island when they were filming the Spongebob movie, and since then it has become one of our favorite beach towns to visit.  The two best places to visit at Tybee are Fort Screven, Battery Garland (old fort and close to the lighthouse)...

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Driftwood Beach, Jeykyll Island

A Hidden Gem in Georgia Jeykell Island is located off the GA coast just over 300 miles from Atlanta.  And with the unique history of Jekyll Island, and it's natural-kept environment, still one of the coolest places to see is Driftwood Beach. Read more about Jekyll...

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Mile High Campground (as featured by ABC)

Camping in the Smokies There is nothing like escaping the heat and heading to the mountains.  We just found a new favorite camping place in North Carolina called Mile High Campground.  The views are spectacular.  It's no wonder Good Morning America picked Mile High...

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Panama City Beach – Best Time to Visit the Beach

Our Little Secret! I'm not quite sure how the tradition started of going to Panama City Beach in November, but we traveled to the beach one year around Thanksgiving and it has since become a yearly tradition.  The weather is warm, but not too hot.  The prices for...

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Las Vegas – 10 Free Things-to-do with Kids

10 Free Things To See With Kids Las Vegas has been on our travel list for a long time, and we finally found an opportunity to see Vegas with the Kids. We are frugal travelers so to get the most out of our trips we always research free family things to see and do.  The...

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