Entries for August, 2011

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Six Steps to Family Travel Planning

Six Steps to Family Travel Planning

August 10, 2011 No Comments I’m about to embark on a two week trip tomorrow, up and down the Eastern Seaboard. The trip is both a tour promoting my adult daughter’s acoustic folk rock career, and an exploration of things family and friendly for kids of all ages. Some cities I’ve never been to, some this will be a second ...

 

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

August 9, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona, is known as the “Town too Tough to Die” for its remarkable ability to survive against all odds, but many of its residents were not so lucky. The town’s history is marked by short, violent lives that ended with mining accidents, disease or gunfights. Today, well-trained historical reenactors replay some of the most ...

 

The Good Enough Mine Tour: The Source of Tombstone’s Wealth

The Good Enough Mine Tour: The Source of Tombstone’s Wealth

August 8, 2011 No Comments Like most Old West boom towns, Tombstone Arizona popped up seemingly overnight. Prospector Ed Schieffelin struck silver in the Apache-controlled mountains of southeast Arizona in 1877. As soldiers at nearby Camp Huachuca had assured him that all he would find was his own tombstone, he named his initial claim “Tombstone.” That strike turned out to ...

 

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Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

August 8, 2011 No Comments I am a huge fan of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, a living history center focusing on the Revolutionary War era. I love the experience of walking the historic streets as reenactors draw me into the lives of the people who founded this country. Consequently, when Dad and I decided to visit the American Southwest, Tombstone, Arizona ...

 

The Bird Cage Theater: A True Time Capsule of the Old West

The Bird Cage Theater: A True Time Capsule of the Old West

August 7, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona is a lot of fun. Both professional reenactors and local residents wander the streets in full Wild West regalia, joining the tourists at the Crystal Palace for a cold beer or simply relaxing on a bench watching people pass by. Historic tours and staged gunfights bring the feeling of the Old West to ...

 

5 Top Los Angeles Museums for Families

5 Top Los Angeles Museums for Families

August 6, 2011 1 Comment From dinosaurs, mammoths and saber-toothed cats, to human inventions, life cycles, the sun and planets, to beautiful works of art, Los Angeles is a mecca for museum enthusiasts. The following five museums (listed alphabetically) are some of the best Los Angeles has to offer families, engaging and entertaining every age group. Come visit them for ...

 

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

August 5, 2011 No Comments What’s sweet as fudge, gooey as cotton candy, has as many tourists as Disneyland, is on the edge of a major national park, and pretty far off a major highway? Why that would be Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Ringed by the Le Conte and Sugarland Mountains, the Big Ride and Grape Ridge, Gatlinburg is in a lush, ...

 

Sonoma, California: An Emphasis on Family

Sonoma, California: An Emphasis on Family

August 5, 2011 No Comments Sonoma, California is near Napa, California.  And as such, it’s home to lovely wineries and pretty villages, rich forests, rolling hills, and pleasant cafes. However, what makes Sonoma different than Napa is its emphasis on nature rather than the wine culture, its family-oriented restaurants and activities, and a more laid back, and slightly less expensive ...

 

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm – Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm – Lake Tahoe, California

August 4, 2011 No Comments Nestled among incense cedar, mountain hemlock and various species of fragrant pine, Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California lures guests with its enchanting mountain scenery, towering granite cliffs and Eagle Falls flowing down the rocks like something out of a fairytale. The water here runs several shades of deep emerald green – a green so ...

 

Florida Family Road trip – Beaches North of Fort Lauderdale

Florida Family Road trip – Beaches North of Fort Lauderdale

August 3, 2011 No Comments We love the beach. So when I suggested a simple driving tour of Florida, heading north from Fort Lauderdale featuring a succession of beach days, my kids were as excited to check out the sand and sea as I was. We’d heard from friends that the beaches are wide, the sand soft, the water warm, ...

 

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