Category Archives: North America

Alaska Road Trip: Dalton Highway – Fairbanks to Deadhorse [Part 3]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) This post –> Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage   The Dalton Highway, Alaska Ok, let’s talk about the highway for

Alaska Road Trip: Driving the Alcan – Seattle to Fairbanks [Part 2]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary This post –> Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage There is some gorgeous country between Seattle and Fairbanks, interspersed, of

The Alaska Highway 12 Day Trip Itinerary [Part 1]

Here was the premise: Pack our two kids (ages 2 and 5) into our 2008 Toyota Tundra and begin a 3,700 mile trip from Seattle up to Alaska. We headed north through British Columbia until we hit Dawson Creek, the historic start of the famed Alaska Highway. Later, we continued driving northeast into Alaska, stopping in Fairbanks briefly before joining the Dalton Highway, the stretch of road that follows the Alaska (oil) Pipeline up to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay. Following our foray

A Long Weekend in Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Spring here upon us in the Pacific Northwest and we are feeling a little bit itchy for some outdoor time. It’d been a while since we ventured up to Canada so we pulled out our passports and headed north. <?php echo do_shortcode(”)?> Vancouver Island is just a short hop away from those of us living in Washington State. There are several ways for us to enter Canada, the cheapest for us was to cross the border at Peace Arch (on

Magnuson Park Walking Route

Magnuson Park in Seattle’s NE neighborhood has changed significantly in the last few decades.  This former Navy air base has received a complete transformation since it was deactivated in the 1970s. Gone is the sentry at the gate and barracks that were slowly crumbing into ruin. Today there are multiple sports fields, a tennis center, spaces for non-profit foundations, a dog park, and a playground. Seattle’s second largest park is now a thriving public space. Our family likes to do a big clockwise walking

Places To Go Sledding Near Seattle

Aside from a yearly dusting, Seattle only gets a solid snow every four or five years. So in search of a good sledding hill, our family tried out two locations within 65 miles of Seattle: The tubing center at Snoqualmie Pass Tubing Center on Interstate 90 and Deer Creek Road on the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls. We’ve also visited the further-afield Wenatchee State Park (near Leavenworth) and the Mt. Rainier sledding hill at Paradise. Next on our list? Hurricane Ridge

The Perfect Kid Campground: Deception Pass State Park

  A freshwater swim area. Kayak rentals. Beachcombing. Paved ocean-side trails for bicycling. Deception Pass State Park is kid heaven. And it’s within an hour and a half of Seattle. Get thee down to this park! First, let’s get the negatives out of the way: -It’s not remote. -It’s a large campground and a busy day picnic area. -Campsites are fairly close together. BUT, it’s only 80 minutes from Seattle and set amid gorgeous scenery. The water in adjacent Cranberry Lake

WA State: Ashland Lakes (Mountain Loop Highway)

March 2015 We have a new favorite family hike in the Pacific Northwest. This trail has something for everyone: a lovely lake, rushing streams, wooden boardwalks, and winding trails. There are numerous little pools for kids to explore; in early Spring the skunk cabbage was bursting forth and frogs were hopping amongst the foliage. This would also make an excellent first backpacking trip as there are a few campsites located near the lake’s edge and it’s only 1.8 miles each

SW USA: 8 Day Road Trip To The Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks With Children

October 2014 The lure of the Grand Canyon, for most Americans, is legendary. We have to see this natural wonder for ourselves as the stories of a canyon so deep and so vast are almost unimaginable. Add in the majestic peaks of Zion and the red sentinels of Bryce and this is a road trip of almost other-worldly proportions. Grab the kids, pack the car, and hit the road: One of the world’s most famous national parks awaits. First, a

WA State: Barclay Lake Hike

One of our favorite family hikes is the gentle Barclay Lake trail on Highway 2 past Monroe and Index. The trail is 4.4 miles roundtrip with negligible elevation gain and there is plenty along the way to keep the wee ones interested: streams, boardwalks, bridges, and big rocks. The lake is long and narrow, with excellent lunch spots along the entire shore. The hulking Baring Mountain towers above the water and provides a break from the surrounding evergreens. The lake

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