There is a place, found on interstates everywhere in the summer months, sure to test the patience of saints and the grace of angels. It’s the front passenger seat of the vacationing family’s car. This is the epicenter of...
You may think of New Orleans as an adult’s only destination; and while that is true for a lot of the city, there are ways to make your trip to NOLA a family affair. I took my 13 year...
I think I’ve found my heaven on earth. Last summer, after spending the school year learning about westward expansion in our American History studies, we had a strong desire to “go west” for our family vacation. We considered our options...
We recently took our first ride on Amtrak and loved our experience. Our travels took us from Osceola, Iowa, to Granby, Colorado. This was a mother-son trip to celebrate my youngest’s tenth birthday. Arriving at the Amtrak Station We arrived over...
We just returned from a weekend trip to Minnesota to visit our good friends. Road trips, to me, are a great way to refresh and have great conversation with my hubby, but sometimes it doesn't always seem possible with...
Hi, I’m Niki, and I’m a Disney addict. The magic has consumed me since I was a kid. It was always a dream of mine to visit the Magic Kingdom. Last spring I was invited to speak at a conference...
Living in Des Moines offers some obvious family getaways: Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha. Just pick a direction. Then there are the many options for a family staycation.   But what our family has found infinitely satisfying, necessary, and cheap this year is...
This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Quick Trips from Des Moines. If the mood in your house is anything like it is in mine, you desperately need a day of sunshine and warmer temps. And even...
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? When you’re traveling with kids, it can be especially exhausting. I’ve always dreamt of a getaway where I could truly relax and unplug. But I...
I may be biased being a University of Iowa Alum, but there are few places you can go for a family day trip from Des Moines and see and do so much more than Iowa City. How to Get There Getting...

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