Posts by TaraS


Hey there! If you travel a lot, or even once in awhile, you probably know how hard it is to leave your pets behind. Your animals are members of your family, and you obviously want them to be comfortable and safe when you travel without them. Our family travels a lot, and with two dogs and two cats, it’s taken us lots of experimenting to find out what works best for all of us. Fortunately, we’ve finally got it figured out, and...

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Hey There! Did you know that the Finger Lakes region of New York is just four hours drive from Manhattan? It’s a beautiful destination for families. Featuring incredibly diverse landscapes, fascinating history, and some pretty cool towns, the Finger Lakes area has all the ingredients for a perfect family road trip destination. The Finger Lakes are less than a day’s drive from our home in Vermont, but we’d never been there. This...

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Howdy! Western North Dakota is wild and rugged, with few trees, free-roaming horses, and a gem of a national park. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the only national park in North Dakota, and it’s one the most underappreciated parks in the country. While plenty of visitors head out to see the iconic Mt. Rushmore and Badlands National Park in South Dakota, these “Northern Badlands” as they are called by the locals, see far fewer...

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Hey There! Southwestern Vermont is characterized by rolling hills, fertile farmlands, and deep valleys, nestled between two mountain ranges — the Taconics to the east and the Green Mountains to the west. My family and I have lived and played in Southern Vermont for the past 10 years. We were initially drawn to its natural beauty, but fell in love with the charming villages, friendly people, and fun attractions. Bennington County is...

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Hey there! Virginia Beach, Virginia is a vibrant coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean, and one the most popular beach destinations on the east coast. With miles of sandy beaches, cool cultural attractions, incredible natural areas, and amazing adventure opportunities, it’s no wonder this is a favorite spot for vacationing families. My family and I are lucky enough to visit Virginia Beach often, and one of things that we love about it,...

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Hey there! We owe our thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt for having the foresight to see the beauty in a vast desert landscape that most considered to be harsh and inhospitable. In 1936, he created Joshua Tree National Monument in Southern California, protecting nearly 800,000 acres of Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems. In 1994, Joshua Tree became the nation’s 54th national park. The western half of the park is dominated by the...

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