It’s been several months since I’ve posted here and I wanted to give my readers an update. First of all, we accomplished our goal! All five of us have now been to all 50 states. We spent two weeks in Hawaii in June and had a wonderful time.
A brief update about my family: it’s hard to believe, but most of the traveling we’ve done over the last six months has been to visit colleges (with little or no time for sightseeing). My oldest is entering his senior year of high school and is ready to start filling out […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]