West Coast Family Vacation Ideas

Here are 15 West Coast Family Vacation ideas that your kids will love. From mother nature’s outdoor experiences to winter skiing and snowboarding, there is something for everyone.

So make memories with your family this summer on a road trip on the west coast. You won’t regret it!

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Midwest Vacations for Families

Here are 13 Midwest vacations for families ideas that you and your kids will enjoy for your next road trip. From national parks to amusement parks, from outside adventures to inside museums these places cover something for everyone.

It doesn’t really matter where you go, the important thing is that you go and enjoy quality time with your family.

Check out the list of Midwest Vacations for Families:

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East Coast Family Vacations Your Kids will Love

Live on the east coast and want to take a road trip with your kids. Here are 25 ideas for East Coast family vacations that your kids will love. From mountains to beaches to cities there is something for everyone.

There are so many advantages to traveling with your kids. The memories you make will last a lifetime. They will learn more on a road trip then they will in a classroom about other cultures and customs.

A road trip will spike adventure in them to experience different things. But most of all, your kids will experience their parents in a different light too. The quality time spent together is priceless.

Check out this list of 25 east coast family vacations your kids will love. These are the experiences of mom and travel bloggers and their stories about these unique locations.

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RV Tips and Tricks

Camping is fun and these RV tips and tricks will make setting up, organizing, and getting back on the road again easier and faster. After all, you want to be enjoying yourself versus working.

Many people who don’t camp will say it’s so much work to go camping, not me, I think it’s the best vacation and camping gives us the freedom to explore this great country. When else can you travel and sleep in your own bed and use your own bathroom? Only with the camping lifestyle.

I always say you learn by doing, trial, and error, but if these RV tips and tricks can make your trip easier, why not. So here is a list of what 15 years of camping experience has taught us.

Note: We are not full-timers so these RV tips and tricks are for you folks that use your camper on weekends and vacations. Living full time in an RV is a totally different experience.

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Hiking Gear for the Day Hiker

So you want to go on a day hike, you don’t think that you need a lot, after all, you are only going to be gone for a few hours or maybe even the full day but think again. Amazon is a great place to look for hiking gear for the day hiker without breaking the bank and prime makes it easy and fast.

So many things can change in a second in the mountains or wherever you choose, so in order to have an enjoyable time, you such always be prepared.

I know you really don’t want to make your backpack heavy, after all, you aren’t backpacking, you’re just out for the day. I usually hike with my husband and we each carry our own backpack. But who I’m I kidding, he carries the heavier pack and I always take the lighter one even if it’s not mine!

But there are things you need to bring with you on your day hike.

One of the benefits of hiking is that it’s not an expensive sport. You will need a few things to get started but once you have them, it becomes a free thing to do while on vacation or anywhere you may roam.

You get to see some of the most beautiful places on earth once you get on that trail.

Here are a few things that will make your hike memorable without literally without breaking your back or your wallet:

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Ashokan Rail Trail

The Ashokan Rail Trail, as known as ART, is New York’s newest rail-trail which opened in the fall of 2019. This 11.5-mile trail parallels the Ashokan Reservoir.

The hard crushed stone surface is made for biking, hiking, walking and running and is wheelchair accessible.

In winter the parking areas are plowed however the trail is not but can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Note: This trail is for non-motorized uses as all ATV and snowmobiles are prohibited.

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Things to Do Rocky Mountain National Park

There are so many things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s one of the most stunning national parks in America. Almost 4.5 million people visit it each year and you should have this park on your bucket list too. It’s the “highest” park in the states with 77 peaks over 12,000 feet. The highest being Long Peak at 14,259.

Amazing scenery along with the wildlife that you can see close, beautiful lakes and waterfalls, 350 miles of hiking trails, alpine sites, and millions of stars will make you want to visit over and over again.

As Rocky Mountain was always on our bucket list when we discovered we would be picking up our new camper only 3 hours away we immediately booked camping and were lucky enough to get a site in July for the first week in September.

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Rail Trails in Maine

There are 20 rail-trails in Maine established from former (some current) railroads ranging from 2 miles to almost 90 miles. These trails are all over the state through forests, farmland, and coastal areas.

When traveling, we always plan on biking on rail trails as we know we will be able to enjoy our ride as they are usually level. Many of them go through small towns and boost the economy of the area. You get to see and experience many cultures along the trails as many of them run through rural areas.

What is a rail trail?

A rail-trail is a multi-use trail that usually has a level grade making it easy for everyone to ride. From biking, hiking, running, jogging, and even cross-country skiing these flat level trails offer an easy way to enjoy the great Maine outdoors.

man riding a bike

Many of the rail trails in Maine are also used for ATV riding, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

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Things to do in Yellowstone with kids

There are so many things to do in Yellowstone with kids. It’s a park made for families to explore and things to keep kids interested. From seeing a large amount of wild animals to taking a hike, swimming near a hot spring, watching a geyser erupt, and experiencing an old west cookout Yellowstone has something for everyone.

Here is a list of things to do in Yellowstone with your kids:

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Drive in Movie Theaters Near Me

Where are the movies playing at the drive-in throughout the United States?

Drive-in movie theaters are a big part of United States history. During the 1950s and 1960s, Americans would have a date night or pack the kids into the station wagons and go see a movie.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, in the heyday of drive-ins in the 1950s, there were over 4,000 in the United States. Today only 310 are left and more are closing every year.

They were affordable, most had playgrounds and snack bars. There was nothing better than watching a first-run movie outside on the big screen.

Audio for the movie was on a pole that you parked next to and it hung on your car window or door.

Growing up I have many happy memories of going to the drive-in. As a kid, my parents took me to Valley Stream Drive-in and Bridgehampton Drive-in on Long Island all the time. It was great, we got to play on the playground for hours waiting for the movie to start. Then we got into our PJs and watched the movie. I bet lots of you have the same memories I have.

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