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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

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

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

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