A Window Into California’s Past at the Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco’s rich history and famous attractions draw visitors to the city year round, and the Fairmont San Francisco has watched it all from atop Nob Hill for more than a hundred years. Fires from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake severely damaged the inside and delayed its opening until 1907. It’s been a destination for celebrities,…

Family Traditions are Born at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

“How long have you been coming here?” the little girl asked my family as she scootered past us on the grounds of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This was our first visit, but it was obvious from the baseball mitts, scooters, lacrosse sticks and soccer balls that many families were seasoned guests. One grandma…

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Nature, History and Haciendas: Three Unforgettable Weeks in Ecuador with Kids

Ecuador is ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs. Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers a combination of the jungle, the Galápagos islands and colonial history — all in one trip. My family’s recent three-week itinerary contained all of these elements plus a few days of…

Red Horse Mountain Ranch: A Great Dude Ranch Getaway Even If You Don’t Ride

Considering a dude ranch family vacation but not a fan of horseback riding? Choosing the right dude ranch vacation is key to enjoying the experience. My family spent a week at Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho and I expected to ride each day, but on the third day, I realized that I was happier off the…

Top Tips for Maximizing a Visit to Universal Orlando Resort

My kids have been clamoring to go to Universal Orlando Resort for several years. When a last-minute change in vacation plans left us with a few extra days in Florida, we knew where we were headed. Family vacations tend to fall into two broad categories: relaxing vacations with unscheduled days that create their own rhythm,…

Tropical Reef Snorkeling Right Outside Your Door at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Families flock to Hawaii for sun, sand and an abundance of outdoor activities — among them snorkeling, a must-do on a Hawaii vacation with kids. Tropical fish and green sea turtles lure parents and children alike into the islands’ blue-green waters for a closer look. At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, you don’t have…

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa Celebrates 5 Years of Hawaiian Magic

When Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa opened in 2011 in Oahu’s manicured Ko Olina community, exuberant Disney fans embraced the resort’s authentic Hawaiian theme with touches of the brand’s magic woven throughout. As Aulani celebrates its fifth anniversary, the resort has matured in classic Disney style, making changes based on guest experience and feedback while continuing to…

Best Oslo Museums with Kids

Postcard from Norway: Museum Day on Oslo’s Bygdøy Peninsula

When visiting Oslo with kids, a day out at the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula is a must-do activity. Some of Oslo’s most popular and kid-friendly museums are located on this stretch of land adjacent to the city center, reachable by boat and bus. The museums combine Norway’s maritime history and culture of exploration with a look…

5 Surprising Reasons to Visit Norway with Kids

Discovering new cultures and embracing differences is a big reason why many families choose to travel to new destinations. The sweetest experiences are often those that are unplanned and occur spontaneously: amazing street crepes in Paris, an unexpected kindness from a local or stumbling upon a mama sea lion and her pup in the Galapagos…