Very steep ice stairs to reach a higher part of the glacier

Norway Travel Must-Do: Blue Ice Glacier Hike at Nigardsbreen Glacier

In a country that counts more than 1,600 glaciers within its borders, visitors to Norway have many opportunities to get up close to one during their vacation. In the Norwegian fjords, the Blue Ice Glacier Hike at Nigardsbreen Glacier was a highlight of my 10-day Norway family vacation. This is an especially good activity with tweens…

Guest quarters look down upon the pasture

A Full Dude Ranch Experience for Young Kids at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

At Ciao Bambino, we’re big fans of family ranch vacations for all ages and we’re experienced at matching families with the perfect dude ranch. Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho is a wonderful choice for those with small children — a combination of kid- and family-focused programs, along with an exceptional staff, bring the full dude ranch experience…

Beautiful Balestrand is a must-see stop in the fjords

How to Plan an Amazing Norway Itinerary with Kids

Norway surged onto the family travel radar after the release of Disney’s Frozen, whose fictitious country is based on Norway. The fascination that began with the movie has continued because Norway is a friendly, safe-feeling adventure destination filled with natural wonders. A Norway itinerary for families includes hiking on glaciers, animal adventures like visiting goat and…

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the visitor's center

How to Make the Most of a San Francisco CityPASS with Kids

On my family’s first trip to San Francisco, we wanted to see and do as much as our kids could handle in five days. We purchased a San Francisco CityPASS and visited every attraction in the booklet, especially taking advantage of the free transportation options, which include cable cars and trolley cars. CityPASS can be…

Westin ST Francis, San Francisco

An Elegant Escape in the Heart of San Francisco Action at The Westin St. Francis

San Francisco’s Union Square is a hub of trendy and mainstay shopping and restaurants located in the heart of the city. The Westin St. Francis has anchored an entire city block on the Square since 1904, and today is a mix of updated elegance and modern convenience in an excellent location for sightseeing. Families often…

Sunset at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: A Peaceful Seaside Retreat Just an Hour from San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an elegant yet beach-casual resort on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, an hour from San Francisco. Bordered by a walking path with ocean views and the green rolling hills of a golf course, it’s a destination hotel that feels worlds away from busy schedules yet is packed with…


How Not to Visit Versailles with Kids

A recent trip to Versailles with our 5 and 8-year-old was a disaster. I had just finished reading “The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette” by Carolly Erickson and had visions of strolling in the gardens with the fountains on full display and playing with the kids in Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.

This idyllic vision took a darker turn filled with tantrums and whining and felt more like a mini-French Revolution than the lovely family adventure I had planned.

Relax by the pool after a day of outdoor adventure

Evergreen Lodge: Simple, Old-Fashioned Family Fun in Yosemite with Kids

As electronics consume more of our kids’ time, many families are searching for a way to incorporate nature into the mix. Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite National Park is like family camp, with comfortable accommodations, good food and a recreation department that makes it easy for families at all activity levels to experience the beauty of the…

Machu Picchu in Peru. Photo by CHeitz/flickr

South America Family Travel 101: Our Best Insider Tips

South America is a rewarding travel destination for families because it offers a diverse range of experiences. On one hand, it’s a cultural treasure of colonial architecture, indigenous communities and natural beauty. On the other, it feels far outside of most families’ comfort zone, with the challenges inherent in visiting developing countries. The following tips and guidelines…