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Michigan – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Miners Castle at sunset

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a gorgeous 42-mile stretch along Lake Superior with cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and lighthouses. What’s not to like about that?!

A scenic drive, H-58, traverses the lakeshore from Munising, on the western side, to Grand Marais, on the eastern side. There are Visitor Centers on both sides, so it doesn’t really matter which side you start from. Be sure to pick up a map that shows you the points of interest and if your kids are into Junior Ranger programs, pick up the booklet at the Visitor Center too. We started in Grand […]

Michigan – Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Brink of Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Although there are 50,000 acres to explore and another set of falls, most visitors go to see the mighty Upper Falls: up to 50,000 gallons of water per second falling almost 50 feet across 200 feet. And I confess, that’s exactly what we did–we went to see the highlight and skipped everything else.

When we arrived, we found a Fact Shack with a sign with some very helpful information, starting with how to pronounce Tahquamenon. It rhymes with “phenomenon.” We also found out […]

New Hampshire – Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves 10

New Hampshire is nicknamed the Granite State and I think any trip to New Hampshire with kids ought to include some interaction with some of that granite. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in the White Mountains was our choice on a whirlwind tour of New England several years ago. This scenic spot was recommended to me by a friend with kids the same age as mine who had spent a week in the White Mountains on vacation. We had allotted only a day and a half in the beautiful White Mountains, and with so many sightseeing options to choose […]