Entries for January, 2012

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Old West Gunfights on Route 66: Williams, Arizona

Old West Gunfights on Route 66: Williams, Arizona

January 29, 2012 No Comments Williams, Arizona, is often known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.” The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is just an hour from Williams by car, or two hours on the elegant Grand Canyon Railway. A thriving tourist town, Williams is also home to roughly 3,000 year-round residents. Dad and I visited twice during ...

 

Kerrville, Texas: A Small Town Paradise

Kerrville, Texas: A Small Town Paradise

January 27, 2012 No Comments When Dad and I traveled through the American Southwest in the summer of 2011, we did a lot of base camping–staying in membership campgrounds, federal lands or state parks within an hour of major cities. This allowed us to pay lower nightly rates and explore the countryside, rather than exclusively focusing on known tourist destinations. ...

 

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Caribbean Indoor Waterpark hidden in Amish Country

Caribbean Indoor Waterpark hidden in Amish Country

January 26, 2012 No Comments We were traveling thru Lancaster, Pa. on our way to Maine.  We discovered that the area was just beautiful with Amish Farmlands everywhere.  We stayed at the Budget Host Inn and Suites hotel.  The hotel was very affordable and had many features.  Attached to them was the Caribbean Indoor Waterpark.  The children had a wonderful ...

 

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Walt Disney World During the Holidays: Beyond the Parks

Walt Disney World During the Holidays: Beyond the Parks

January 26, 2012 No Comments Located just outside Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World is arguably the best-known family vacation destination in the world. Beyond the four theme parks, Walt Disney World offers dazzling highly-themed resort hotels, world-famous golf courses, miniature golf, and the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment district. No matter when you visit, you will find that you could ...

 

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Walt Disney World During the Holidays: Inside the Parks

Walt Disney World During the Holidays: Inside the Parks

January 25, 2012 No Comments Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, is mind-boggling in every way. From roller coasters to motion simulators, Broadway-quality production shows to personalized meet-and-greets, Walt Disney World is arguably one of the most beloved family vacation destinations in the world. But the Disney magic takes on a particularly special significance at Christmas time, when the entire ...

 

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

January 23, 2012 No Comments There is something about the primeval wood that has enchanted many for ages. Muir Woods National Monument in the San Francisco Bay Area is no exception. Its grove of coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) stand tall with a timeless grace that has captivated visitors with its moss draped branches and variety of lichen that cling like ...

 

10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

January 17, 2012 No Comments Zoos are a great place for families to visit any time of year and offer an unforgettable learning experience about our world’s amazing wildlife. Listed alphabetically, the following 10 zoos are among the best on the East Coast of the USA. Visit one of these for a memorable encounter that will inspire future generations with ...

 

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

January 14, 2012 2 Comments From a distance, Alcatraz Island appears like an idyllic outcrop rising from a tranquil San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It looks lush with its green vegetation, flowers, and variety of bird species that find refuge on this remote landmass. Even the twinkling lights that illuminate it at night seem to beckon with romance. Who ...

 

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

January 11, 2012 No Comments   The California Academy of Sciences is one of the best family museums in San Francisco, a prominent research institution, and the world’s greenest museum with its commitment to sustainability and a domed roof that is alive with lush plant and floral species native to California. It is comprised of a natural history museum, an ...

 

Canines in Kayenta, Arizona and the wonders of Monument Valley

Canines in Kayenta, Arizona and the wonders of Monument Valley

January 10, 2012 No Comments There’s a Sonic Drive-In that we love in Kayenta, Arizona. It’s right across the road from the motel we stayed in, the clean, utilitarian Hampton Inn Kayenta. Why do we love the drive in? Well, besides the limeades and salt-free fries we’ve come to love, we rescued a dog there. But before I get to that ...

 

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