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Wood-fired pizza in Seward Brewery

Where to Eat in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula


Once you know where you are going, where you are staying, and how you are going to get there, it’s time to start planning where to eat in Alaska!  The food we eat and the restaurants we visit while traveling, are a big part of our vacations.  Our family is always talking about certain meals long after we have returned…

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Fun things to do with kids in Alaska

Fun Things to do With Kids in Alaska – Kenai Peninsula


When I told people that we were going to Alaska this summer, I was asked two questions.  The first question was “Are you taking a cruise?” and the second question was “Are the kids going?”.  I guess I wasn’t too surprised by the cruise question, because a lot of people do visit Alaska while on a cruise.  The second question…

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Rocky Mountain National Park Mills Lake

25 Tips For Your First Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park


While you are on vacation in a national park, you want everything to go smoothly.  You don’t want crowded hiking trails, full parking lots, zero wildlife in sight, or to waste any time driving around trying to figure out what to do.  You also don’t want to miss anything, right?  As a regular visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park, I’m…

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Roadside Attraction Worlds Largest Badger

Roadside Attractions – Why Your Family Needs to Stop


How often has this happened?  You are cruising along on your summer road trip and you start to see road signs everywhere screaming “World’s Largest”, and you admit you’re kind of curious.  Of course, your kids are really curious!  Then you think about the wasted time, the other tourists you’ll have to deal with and the wasted money.  You. Must.…

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Kenai River Rafting family vacation Alaska

Tips For Planning Your First Family Vacation to Alaska


In a couple of weeks we’ll be leaving for our family vacation to Alaska, and I’m so happy to say that I have finally finished booking everything!  Normally, I love planning our vacations, but this trip was the most difficult vacation to plan yet. The biggest problems planning this trip were deciding on where to stay and for how long.…

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Have You Ever…? (The Travel Edition)


“The World is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” (St. Augustine of Hippo) That is my favorite quote ever…and I’m not one to walk around quoting people!  It is true though!  I’ve read far more than one page in this “book” and I try to read more pages every day.  Never stop learning or…

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Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells

Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells – 71 Tips For Your First Visit


If you grew up in the Midwest, you either visited Wisconsin Dells every single year, or you have never been there.  You love the Dells, or hate the Dells.  It’s crowded, weird, crazy, fun, unique, nostalgic, should I go on? We never visited Wisconsin Dells when I was a kid (poor me), and it was only a few years ago…

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Capitol Building

What to do Your First Weekend in Madison, WI


If you’re looking for a smaller city to visit in the Midwest, than you need to consider spending a weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The city is easy to get around and has a lot of fun family attractions.  There’s also great shopping, restaurants, outdoor trails and other family friendly activities. Madison is the second largest city in Wisconsin, and is…

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Art Institute

City Pass – An Easy Way to Save Time and Money on Vacation


What’s wrong with taking a summer vacation?  Well, for one, vacations can be expensive.  For two, once you get to your destination, you spend half of your time waiting in line to see what you want to see.  For three, well I could keep going on and on, but let’s focus on problems one and two. One way to solve…

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camping in the hills

What You Might Not Think to Pack for Your First Camping Trip


Prime camping season is just getting started for us in the Midwest.  We just got home from camping over the holiday weekend, and I only forgot one thing this trip.  Shampoo!  Ugh!  I did pack conditioner, if that counts! We’ve been camping for six years with mostly our travel trailer or sometimes with just a tent.  I think we’ve got…

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