Tag Archives: National Parks

Canada: Banff and Jasper National Parks Road Trip

Summer is here and thus it is time for Team J to hit the road. This vacation has been in the works for a while; I made the reservations back in February and then kind of forgot about it. Life has a way of creeping up and getting hectic, doesn’t it? Anyway, after a mad scramble last week to wrap up the few final details, we piled into a rented minivan (poor little Pepe the prius was too small for

Mexico: Beyond Cabo San Lucas

Baja is magical. A place for families that love adventure.We found deserted beaches, gorgeous desert hiking, chilly diving, and a waterfall oasis hidden deep within the surrounding foothills. I cannot wait to return. Planning a trip to Baja? Then click here for a complete itinerary. After two hours of driving on poorly paved and dirt roads, we arrived in the tiny townlet of Cabo Pulmo, on Baja’s East Cape. Our rental house, designed and owned by an artist, was a lush

How to Hike Zion’s Narrows with Children

This post is part of our 8-Day SW National Park Road Trip with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    Zion National Park teems with spectacular vistas, massive rock formations, and sparkling streams. Mule deer browse the tall grasses and red tailed hawks soar on the thermals far above. Among this stunning scenery, there is one hike that will captivate adults and delight their children: The Narrows of Zion. The Narrows is often rated one of the best outdoor

Utah: Zion National Park in Two Days

This post is part of our 8-Day SW National Park Road Trip with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    Located a scant 2.5 hours from Las Vegas and in the very far southwestern corner of Utah lies the State’s first National Park: Zion. And what a fascinating place.  The Virgin River winds its way out of the famous Zion Canyon and is one of the country’s most interesting river hikes. Angel’s Landing hike is a strenuous

Arizona: Grand Canyon South Rim for Families

This post is part of our 8-Day SW National Park Road Trip with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail. John Wesley Powell The Grand Canyon is a sight to behold. They say most

Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids

This post is part of our 8-Day SW National Park Road Trip with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    If your family is touring the Southwest and its famed national parks, then Bryce Canyon is not to be missed. Although it ranks as one of the smaller national parks in terms of physical size, it more than makes up for it in sheer, spectacular beauty. Red and white hoodoos stand as sentinels against the sky, while

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