Wall Drug, South Dakota


We left Rapid City early in the morning and made our way East toward the Badlands. Our first stop was Wall Drug. I remember visiting Wall, ND with Josh on our honeymoon. We passed through late at night, so nothing was open. The only thing I really remember is seeing the giant dinosaur by the road. Well, it turns out that Wall Drug is a first class tourist trap!

wall drug, the famous drug store in Wall South Dakota
chapel inside Wall Drug
kids playing arcade games at Wall Drug tourist trap
kids picking out rocks to buy at a souvenir shop
fun in a covered wagon
girl playing in a covered wagon at Wall Drug
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Yellowstone National Park


The world's first national park, Yellowstone, offers families all the rugged beauty of the American West in a setting that will captivate young and old alike.  Geysers, hot springs, abundant wildlife, and a diverse landscape all come together for a vacation your kids will talk about for years to come.  With all the park has to offer, you will want to spend a full week here!  We stayed for ten days and did not run out of great things to do.

Minerva Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs
the boardwalk at Mammoth Hot Springs
geyser basin
enjoying the drama of an Old Faithful eruption
interactive exhibits at the Visitor Education Center
the next predicted eruption will take place...
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Rapid City, South Dakota


We visited Rapid City, South Dakota this past July and we were amazed at just how much there was to do there! We're usually pretty nomadic when we travel, staying in one place for only a day at a time. This trip was different though. Our first night in Rapid City, we decided to camp at the Rapid City KOA. We've only been camping as a family a handful of times, but I have to say, staying at a KOA is a MUST with kids! They really take care of everything for you. I booked our campsite online as we drove into Rapid City that night and when we pulled in to check in, they had all the paperwork prepared and we had no hassles.

boy looking at turtles at Reptile Gardens
awesome birds at Reptile Gardens in South Dakota
kids looking at the animals in the Dome
boy looking at a giant snake at Reptile Gardens
kids looking at an alligator
giant alligator at Reptile Gardens in South Dakota
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Enjoying Vietnam with Kids - On the Beach of Mui-Ne


When you think about eastern beaches with kids, Vietnam is not the first to come to mind. Most people prefer to travel to Thailand or Goa with their children. But anyone looking to diversify a bit or find a quiet, luxurious place, free of noisy crowds, is welcomed to consider this option. I went to Vietnam with my children just to spend three months on the beach … 

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Two weeks along the seashore in Narragansett, Rhode Island


I was born and raised in the state of Rhode Island, but now only have the chance to return every couple of years for vacations. This coastal state bordered by Massachussets and Connecticut not only boasts being the smallest state in the union, but is recognized for epitomizing New England beaches, seafood and ambiance. On this particular trip, my daughter and I stayed for two weeks in the town of Narragansett to soak in the sun and take long walks along our favorite family-friendly beach and see wildlife. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation far away from the city, this is just the spot.

Sand Hill Cove Beach
A lobster about to go into the pot from Champlins!
Enjoying ice cream and watching the fishing boats come in
Enjoying a traditional New England dinner at our beach house (rented through Durkin Realty)
Bird at Galilee Bird Santuary
Another great meal at Aunt Carrie's!
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Badlands, South Dakota


I wasn’t prepared for just how incredibly gorgeous it was! I almost think it was cooler than the Grand Canyon (don’t hate me!). We entered the park at the Pinnacles Entrance and headed West on Sage Creek Rim Rd to visit the Prairie Dog Town. It was dirt road the whole way there, so even though it was a short distance, it took awhile to get there. We saw a few prairie dogs popping up out of their holes (apparently they come out more in the evening).

girl running in the open fields at the Badlands
mom and daughter looking out at the Badlands
family trip to the Badlands in South Dakota
guy on a cliff visiting the Badlands National Park
family having a picnic lunch in the Badlands
kids climbing on rocks
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Martin Guitar Factory: Free Fun With Kids


It’s a bad idea to introduce your teenagers to Martin Guitars. The obvious difference in feel and playability opens their eyes in a very expensive way. The Martin Guitar Factory is an incredible blend of new technology and old craftsmanship. They’ve been making guitars here, in Nazareth, PA, since 1883 and the company is still owned by the original Martin family. The factory tour is free and well worth the drive out of your way if you’re in the general vicinity.

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The Plaza de Armas and Surrounding Attractions in Cusco, Peru


About an hour flight from Lima, at an elevation of 11,200 feet way up in the Andes Mountains, sits Cusco, Peru. The city, once the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, is a World Heritage Site that retains a mix of Spanish and indigenous Quechua cultures. For my first trip to Peru with my daughter, I decided to make Cusco my homebase for three weeks, using the city as a launching pad from which to visit surrounding areas of interest around the main square of the city. Below I've listed more than a week's worth of highlights, although truly, one of my favorite things to do while in the city was not have any specific destination in mind, but to walk through the streets to find some of the old Inca walls over which the Spanish later built their buildings, as well as to discover new markets and try out my Spanish.

View over the Plaza de Armas
Catholic festival in Cusco
Display at the Museo de la Coca to the goddess, Pachamama
Twelve-Sided Stone
Local children dressed in costume in the Plaza de Armas
Mundo Antiguo Spanish School
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Kraš Eco Park (Ekopark Kraš)


Actually, to know what Kraš (pronounced like Crush in English) is, you would probably be from one of the ex-Yugoslavian republics, since this candy & sweets factory from Zagreb, Croatia is not really known outside of this region. Some of their products became part of my earliest years and sweet memories of those times. Few years ago they have constructed a nice kids park some 20 kilometers from Zagreb, where kids (but older too) can enjoy a day in the nature. Well, not really in nature, maybe in cultivated nature would be better to say.

Walking around the Park
Feedin the Ponies
Walkway around the artificial lake
Restaurant on the lake
One of the playgrounds
All kids in Croatia know what Ki-ki is :)
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Three days in Keystone, South Dakota


On our summer road trip, we visited South Dakota and spent several days in the Rapid City/Keystone area. There's not a lot to do in South Dakota with kids unless you're in this area and they sure made it a good tourist trap! There were so many things to see and do in Keystone! 

alpine slides in Keystone South Dakota
things to do in Keystone South Dakota alpine slides
honk the horn at Big Time Pizza
best pizza in South Dakota at Big Time Pizza
Mt Rushmore view from the binoculars
kids visiting national landmark Mt Rushmore
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