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Central Sweden: Lake Malaren

Our visit to Sweden was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary here: 10 Day Itinerary.    After Norway we headed back into Sweden and made one critical stop: A visit an IKEA to buy swedish fish. Know you, When in Sweden…   We also marveled at the fact that Swedes are willing to pull anything behind their Saabs and Volvos. Exhibit 1: Exhibit 2: Trucks? SUVs? Pah! Not necessary! Exhibit 3 (and the hands-down

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. Southern Iceland. Part 1.

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.  Our 7 hr Iceland Air flight left Seattle at 4:30pm on a Friday and deposited us at 7:30am, local time, on Saturday morning. We picked up our rental car and munched on a few bagels that I’d brought with us. We arrived on a Saturday and it’s worth noting

New Zealand Road Trip: Waitomo Caves

This post in part of our New Zealand North Island 9-Day Road Trip series. After Bay of Island and Rotorua, Waitomo was one of my favorite stops in New Zealand. We started off our adventure with the 1km  Ruakuri Walk – definitely a must-do tramp when visiting Waitomo. There are caves, gorges, and fantastically structured limestone formations. Then we joined SpellBound Tours (see info below) for an amazing two-cave trip. Into the cave we go..  Hard hat! Lights! Warm clothing! check, check,

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

Mexico: 8 Days in Cabo Pulmo with Children

Traveling outside the big resort town of Cabo San Lucas takes a little extra effort and planning but is well worth the trouble: imagine miles of uncrowded beaches, stellar desert hiking, and night skies untouched by city lights. This loop itinerary includes accommodation suggestions in Cabo Pulmo, a hidden waterfall hike, beach recommendations, and finishes with a spectacular coastal drive on well-maintained dirt roads back to the airport. This is Baja as its finest! Getting There Several airlines have direct flights

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

Arizona: Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend 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.    Two and a half hours from the south rim of the Grand Canyon lies Page, Arizona, a sleepy desert town nestled against the Utah-Arizona border. Home to the Glen Canyon Dam, Page is a good base for Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon activities.     Day 1 Antelope Canyon (both Upper and Lower) is a slot