Zion National Park


Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most popular destinations in the southwestern US, and with good reason.  The beauty of the high desert with its red rocks, sheer canyon walls, towering sandstone formations, and the tranquil Virgin River leaves visitors stunned.  Plan to spend at least one week here, but if you can spare two weeks you will enjoy your visit even more.

Hiking to Angels Landing
along the Observation Point trail
at the summit of Angels Landing
ravens in a tree at the Temple of Sinawava formation
all suited up for a day hiking The Narrows
The Narrows
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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 Grand Canyon: a Grand Experience for the Family


The Grand Canyon is one of those places everyone should see in their lifetime.  When we first visited, our children were too young to hike to the bottom so we planned a return trip this spring with a two-night stay at the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the canyon. While the distance may seem overwhelming to a family, we found that good planning and allowing plenty of time made for an experience our kids will never forget. 

the Bright Angel trailhead
along the trail to the bottom
about halfway down and everyone is still having fun!
lunch at our campsite in Bright Angel
photographing plants along the river
a view from the Colorado River, at the canyon floor
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Bryce Canyon National Park


The southwestern US offers a lot of great desert and canyon scenery, but Bryce Canyon is especially fun for children.  The red rock hoodoos come in  such a variety of shapes that kids cannot resist imagining what they might be or giving them fun names.  The park is small but with plenty of great hiking trails that are farily acessible for even young children  A family can have a grand time just enjoying it all from the overlooks above or get a closer view from down below.

snow in March at Bryce Canyon National Park
hoodoos with a dusting of snow
sunset from the canyon rim
the night sky at the canyon
heading down on the popular Navajo Loop trail
hiking the hoodoos
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