Road Trip: National Parks of Utah & Arizona

A 11-day/1600-mile road trip covering National Parks of Utah and Arizona – including Zion, Bryce, Arches and the Grand Canyon. Travelers included our family with 3 kids ages 6-13. Enjoyed hiking among and above hoodoos, canyons and arches. Stayed in a variety of accommodations. (Early April, 2016)

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Exploring Vancouver with Kids

Vancouver has everything: active excursions from beaches to mountains, plus shopping, diningย and art. Whatever your travel plans, make sure to get the most out of your stay in this picturesque city.

We spent 3 nights and 4 full days in Vancouver hiking, bikingย and playing outside during July before heading south to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and eventually Portland (check out our road tripย itinerary). We stayed downtown in a high-rise building with a fantastic view of the city, which we arranged through AirBnB. Here are our highlights, some tips and a few recommendations for a fun family vacation.

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Badlands + Black Hills + Devil’s Tower

An 8-day road trip from Saint Paul, MN to the Black Hills of South Dakota via the Badlands. Detour to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming on the way home. Travelers included 2 families of 5, with kids aged 4-10 years old. Lots of outdoor adventure and a variety of accommodations from camping to VRBO. (July 2013)

Companion post to Brownesness: Black Hills Gold

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Copenhagen + Norway Cruise

A 10-day trip in and out of Copenhagen, Denmark – with a 7-day Norway Disney Cruise in the middle. Travelers included 4 families – 7 adults with 7 kids from 8 months to 12 years old. (June 2015)

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Pacific Northwest

A 9-day city tour/road trip covering Vancouver, Seattle + Bainbridge Island and Portland. Travelers included our family with 3 kids ages 6-12. Stayed in mostly AirBnB accommodations. (July, 2015)

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Vancouver’s Grouse Grind

One of our favorite family memories of 2015: conquering the Grouse Grind together when we visited Vancouver. 2,830 steps. 1.8 miles long. 2,800 foot elevation gain. This climb is no joke – and absolutely beautiful.

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Brownesness: Black Hills Gold

This is a special trip to write about. It is almost too hard to put into words without dedicating six posts to it, but I’ll try.ย 4 adults and 6 kids packed into 2 minivans for 8 days doesn’t sound like vacation magic, does it? Well, it was. And we will always look back on this trip with a heightened sense of nostalgia for several reasons . . .

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