Tag Archives: Drives

Days 11-20: Southern California

We are in Southern California and hopefully crossing over into Mexico tomorrow. Yikes. Things are gettin’ real, peeps! We had grand plans to be fantastic bloggers but we’re finding that spotty wifi and no down-time are conspiring against us. It’s doubtful that it’ll get better in Mexico but we’ll do our very best. We’ve been zigzagging our way across California. Nights have been a mix of wild (free) camping, paid campground camping, cheap motels, and crashing with friends. Here is

Sweden’s West Coast

Our visit to Sweden was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary for Sweden here: 10 Day Itinerary.    After our brief stay in Stockholm, we headed southwest to Sweden’s other coast. (Route map here). I wished we’d stayed longer in the Gothenburg area but the America’s World [Sailing] Cup was happening and the entire area was booked solid. Plus there was a Metallica concert that night. It was an odd tourist combination. 🙂 I would have

Iceland with Kids. Part 2. Skogafoss and Outdoor Swimming Pools.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids Part 1 is here. Part 3 is here.      Iceland is a land of waterfalls. They pour off the edges of black basalt cliffs and thunder onto the rocks below before streaming out to sea. ‘Foss’ in Icelandic means ‘waterfall’, so just like you would

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

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

New Zealand: 9 Day North Island Road Trip

Editor’s note: While we typically try to focus on family-friendly trips here on Terra Trekkers, this was a vacation we took that was deliciously free from children. My husband and I left our toddler son home with his grandparents while we soaked up the sun in Fiji and New Zealand in November 2013. I was seven months pregnant with our daughter Emma so it wasn’t exactly a wild vacation in the land that claims to have invented extreme sports, but it

New Zealand Road Trip: Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks

This post in part of our New Zealand North Island 9-Day Road Trip series. We headed south from Rotorua, prepared for a long day of driving. We needed to make Whanganui National Park, at the southwest end of the island by nightfall. We made a pit stop at Huka Falls: The Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, moves gracefully north from Lake Taupo between banks 100 metres apart. Just before the Huka Falls it enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The

New Zealand Road Trip: Russell and the Bay of Islands

This post in part of our New Zealand North Island 9-Day Road Trip series. There are essentially two towns to choose from when staying in the Bay of Islands: Paihia and Russell. Paihia has a greater selection of accommodations, particularly for the backpacker set, and more restaurants, cafes, and music venues. Russell, while a bit harder to get to (it requires a five minute car ferry ride), is smaller and a bit more laid back. It was also slightly more expensive from a hotel perspective. But

Peru Family Vacation: Colca Canyon

From the town of Arequipa, it takes several hours to drive into the heart of the Colca Canyon. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Altiplano, a high, dry arid landscape. It also includes a 16,100’ mountain pass, no small matter for folks that reside at sea level. Before we left, I talked extensively with Ben’s pediatrician in regards to the high altitudes that we planned on reaching over the course of the trip. She told us that children often

Hiking: Highway 2 Near Steven’s Pass

US Highway Route 2 is a 2,500 mile northern route across the country that begins its journey in the humble town of Everett, Washington. Here at Terra Trekkers we are particularly fond on the the stretch between the city of Monroe and Steven’s Pass as it offers dense conifer forests, chilly mountain rivers, excellent hiking trails, and a few quirky but fantastic kid activities. Trip Start: Monroe Take a few minutes to stock up on food and gas in Monroe.

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