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When trips don’t go as planned – stuck in the desert

Jacking up the car

It’s one of those life lessons that everyone learns sooner or later: sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Considering last week was one of those weeks when family life and holiday preparations seemed to spiral out of control, making it impossible to stick to my initial writing plan, this seems like the perfect time to write about this particular misadventure.

The day started out like any other. We had visited Meteor Crater the day before and spent the night in Holbrook, Arizona. The plan was to visit Petrified Forest National Park and then head to New Mexico. Originally we had […]

New Mexico – Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo

Are you familiar with UNESCO and their World Heritage Mission?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity.

UNESCO maintains a list of World Heritage Sites that meet at least one of ten selection criteria. There are now over 1000 sites all around the world on the list, including well-known sites such as The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, and Macchu Pichu. The list includes a bunch of lesser-known sites too. 22 […]

Oklahoma – Family-friendly hotel with activity pool in Bricktown OKC

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When I contacted the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau to ask for help planning our stay in OKC, they recommended that we stay in the Bricktown entertainment district. There are several hotels from which to choose in Bricktown. We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites which was very conveniently located. It is located right next to the ballpark (some rooms have a view into the ballpark!) and an easy walk from the Bricktown Water Taxi.

There was a bit of confusion at check-in. We had reserved a room with two queen beds and the front desk clerk thought […]

Utah – Family-friendly hotel with an amazing view

Red Cliffs Lodge - Moab Utah

Red Cliffs Lodge definitely ranks way up there in hotels with an amazing view. This gorgeous property is not far from Moab, Utah. While it is a bit of a drive from town, the amazing views more than make up for added driving time.

It’s easy to see where they got the inspiration for the hotel name.

We stayed in a double queen mini suite in the Creekside section. The rooms have outdoor corridors, but don’t let that turn you away. It’s very convenient to be able to drive right up to your door; plus, with this layout, […]

Colorado – Comfortable suite hotel in Colorado Springs

Embassy Suites Colorado Springs Atrium

During our visit to Colorado Springs, we stayed at the Embassy Suites, which is one of our favorite hotel chains. We’ve stayed at several Embassy Suites hotels in the past(including one in Washington, D.C.), so my kids knew what to expect. Our room was a typical double-queen suite with a spacious sitting area. We love having room to spread out.

This room also has a desk and small kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator.

The bedroom has two queen-size beds with lots of pillows.

The bedroom also has an armoire and lots of floor space.

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Oregon – A family-friendly all-suites hotel in Portland

Living area - Inn at Northrup Station suite

I simply can’t imagine a more colorful hotel than the Inn @ Northrup Station in Portland, Oregon. This place says fun from the moment you walk in the door. While I checked in, my kids relaxed in the breakfast area. The centerpiece on each table was a vase filled with colorful candies. What kid wouldn’t like that? (Fruit was also available, BTW.)

We took the elevator up to our floor. The funky floors and walls were a hint of the kind of furnishings we’d find inside. The inn is decorated with fun and funky artwork by local artists.

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Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House – A Christmas Carol

Giant Scrooge

Last year I visited Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time. I was so impressed that I wrote an epic post about it. This year they made a significant update to the KaLightoscope exhibit, so when they invited me back for a media preview, I jumped at the chance to see the changes. They invested over $2 million to completely redo the luminaries with a new theme. Now KaLightoscope tells the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. An interesting point to note here is that Charles Dickens once stayed at the Galt House. […]

50 Travel Gift Ideas for Families

50 Travel Gift Ideas for Families

The holiday season is almost here. That means it’s time for Santa’s elves to start working overtime. Whether you’re looking for ideas for gifts to buy or suggestions to give to relatives, I’ve got you covered. I compiled a list of 50 items that would be helpful for traveling families. The list includes big items (luggage) as well small items appropriate for stocking stuffers (deck of cards). It includes items to use to plan your next vacation (travel guidebooks), items to use on your vacation (travel power strip), and items to capture your vacation memories (photo frames).

Some of the […]

Kentucky – Dinosaur World

Dinosaur Walk at Dinosaur World

It’s Just For Fun week here at Travel 50 States with Kids, and Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, definitely packs in the fun, but the truth is that they sneak some education into your visit too. I won’t tell your kids if you don’t.

The main attraction at Dinosaur World is the Dinosaur Walk, with 150 life-size dinosaur statues displayed along a walk through the woods.

Signs along the way state facts about each type of dinosaur.

We saw dinosaur types that were familiar to me, like the long-neck Brachiosaurus.

And we saw several types […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Action Park

Kentucky Action Park Alpine Slide

Kentucky’s Cave Country offers much to do for families wanting to turn their visit to Mammoth Cave National Park into a full week’s vacation. My recipe for a perfect vacation includes at least one activity that is just for fun and Kentucky Action Park offers lots of those. About a dozen, actually. It is now closed for the season, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about next summer’s trips. I really like that they offer different pricing options. If you only have an hour or two, or are interested in just a couple of activities, your best bet […]