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Top Things To Do in Phoenix, Arizona with Kids

If you’re looking for a getaway full of adventure, good food, beautiful sunsets and plenty of activity for both you and the kids, consider a visit to the Phoenix/Mesa area of Arizona. Both cities, only 15 miles apart, offer an abundance of options for everyone, from learning about Indians, to hot air ballooning, to farm excursions to hiking trails in the desert.

Here’s my list of top things to do in Phoenix/Mesa with kids:

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Getting a Tour at The White House

The White House is recognized around the world. Home of the President of the United States, it’s the closest thing the US has to an official castle. But unless you’re a princess, visiting is not a ball. Is the effort worth the reward?

When I decided to take the kids to the Nation’s Capital, I knew I had to try. In my mind, visiting Washington DC and not going to the White House would be like going to Paris and not going to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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So Many Kid-Friendly Washington DC Tours, So Little Time

Our summer trip to Washington, DC was designed to be an introduction, not a whirlwind tour. We only spent a few days. My thinking, as the girls get older and more and more US history comes their way, DC would be timely.

I knew the trip would be a learning experience, but overall I wanted it to make sure it was fun. When planning the trip, one of the hardest things was figuring out what the kids and I would truly enjoy; I didn’t want the entire trip to come off as a giant history lesson.

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Family Bike Tours in Washington DC for Photo Friday

One of the toughest parts about traveling in Washington DC with kids is that there’s so much to see and do. Even when you narrow down the “must see” there’s still a great deal of physical ground to cover.

Getting to and from so many monuments and memorials takes time and can wear on travelers young and old. So when I discovered Bike and Roll, I ran, or should I say rolled, with it.

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Getting Kids into the Colonial Spirit in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia is a cultural gem, a place of living history, a lovely colonial smorgasbord. As such, it rightly bills itself as a place to step back in time. That’s a great idea of course, and the costumed interpreters there do a wonderful job of engaging their visitors and explaining the significance of the place. But what if you child isn’t inherently interested in colonial American history?

Never fear – there are lots of ways you can make sure that a trip to Colonial Williamsburg is fun for everyone in the family, history buffs or not.

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Family Travel Washington DC: Trip Planning Tips

Last winter my 7th grade daughter brought home information about the school trip to Washington, DC. She wanted to go, but said she’d rather do DC with the family instead of her friends. Once the shock wore off, I started planning almost instantly. Being organized is the key to exploring DC with the kids.

Plan Ahead & Reserve, Reserve, Reserve

Unless your kids are fans of waiting in long lines, do your homework. Have a family discussion, decide what you’d like to do and get busy …

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Spring in Boston: Sports, Revolution & Art

Spring in Boston is downright fun! Not only are the flowers blooming, but everything seems to come to life, making it a perfect time to visit. Especially after this winter with the endless snow, everyone is ready to come out of hibernation. Like all good things, it should be kicked off with a bang and for Boston, that’s this weekend!

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Things To Do in San Antonio with Kids

At first glance San Antonio seems like a dream destination. Year round temperate climate – check. History – check. Culture – check. Great food – check. And then you look a bit deeper and realize that San Antonio has everything a traveling family could ask for in a vacation spot.

Fabulous Weather. San Antonio’s temperate climate makes the city perfect to visit year-round. Average lows in December and January hover around 50°F, while summer highs reach the mid-90’s.

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A Charleston Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time to be with friends and family. Every year, our family comes together to have a big, traditional holiday celebration that is jam-packed with family activities. However, after hosting a hectic holiday season last year, we decided to take a break this coming season and go on a much needed family vacation. Wanting a coastal vacation in a smaller city, we settled on Charleston, South Carolina.

A delightful little seaside town, Charleston boasts a rich history and Southern charm that is just irresistible.

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5 Kid-Friendly Excursions in New York’s Hudson Valley

New York’s Hudson Valley remains under the radar as a family vacation destination, and I don’t get why. This verdant, 150-mile tract on both sides of the Hudson River offers affordable, wholesome fun when you want to whisk the kids away from the screens, and get back to basics.

This region is also an ideal addition to an itinerary which begins or ends in New York City, since it’s reachable in less than an hour by car or train.