Domestic Travel

WINTER TRAVEL DESTINATIONS WITH OLYMPIC SPIRIT

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are taking place in 2018 from February 9 through the 25th at Pyeonghang, South Korea.  Wouldn’t going in person to see some of the world’s best athletes compete in bobsleighing, figure skating, ice hockey, ski jumping and a number of other winter sports during the Olympic Games be an amazing experience?!  Attending the Olympics someday is definitely on my bucket list! Unfortunately, a trip to Asia for the Pyeonghang Olympic Games is impractical for most of us; but there are a number of great destinations within the United States and Canada that provide a...

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Best Airlines for Families (and What’s So Great About Them)

As we get into the holiday travel season with its endless excitement of long lines, overbooked flights, bad weather and having to see your family, it pays to know how best to get to wherever it is you’re going with your family. Having traveled with my family across the US and the globe on a variety of different airlines, I aim to break down which ones are the best for the traveling family. (Traveling Dad Tip: Don’t just book your flights with cash, save money by earning miles with these airline credit cards and booking trips with them! Traveling...

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Getting Cozy with Penguins at Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center

A highlight of any visit to the Detroit Zoo is checking out the new penguinarium. This 33,000-square-foot facility named the Polk Penguin Conservation Center has an exterior meant to replicate the appearance of an Antarctic iceberg and is home to more than 80 penguins. Its state-of-the-art interior provides close-up views of these penguins both walking about on land and swimming around in the water. A Penguin Expedition at the Detroit Zoo The exhibit is themed around the early 20th century expeditions of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica. As you enter the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, a...

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Roadside Attractions are Half the Adventure

In this day of massive airliners and six lane highways we focus solely on our travel destination. Pack, fly, arrive, return. What we’re missing is everything in between. The little towns, the natural wonders, the giant fiberglass fish beckoning weary families into a restaurant. These roadside attractions are slowly fading into the past as road trippers stick to the interstates with their cookie cutter exits. There was a time when travelers delighted in finding interesting places along the road instead of barreling by; desperate to reach their end point. It’s time we take a step back and seek out the interesting little side trips and roadside oddities.   Roadside Attractions Enrich Travel Family travel articles focusing on enrichment typically zero in on a specific location, such as a hands on museum or science center. While perfect for teaching lessons on a variety of subjects, this approach lacks curiosity and adventure. Instead of solely looking towards the final destination, seek out interesting stops along the way to expand the experience. The variety of places you might encounter along the road are endless. An old main street to wander, small local museums, specialty stores. All of these places have a story to tell and, most likely, it’s one you’ve never heard. While traveling with your kids, this acts as both a distraction and encourages a natural curiosity. You’ll often find locals...

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12 Reasons to Stay at a Disney World Resort

One of the first steps in planning a vacation at Walt Disney World for your family is deciding where to stay. There are several factors to think about when choosing a hotel including, budget, location, and how much time you plan to spend at the hotel. A trip to Disney World adds a few more items to the list for the more than 20 very unique resorts located within its borders, such as transportation option and amazing themes. Let’s take a look at several of the reasons I recommend staying at a Disney World resort; especially for first time...

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SANTA THEMED TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Santa Claus brings so much joy to people during the holiday season. Have yourself a jolly good time by visiting a destination that will bring out your Christmas spirit throughout the year. Here are a few family-friendly destinations that have a Santa theme to them: Christmas in Michigan Visitors to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland situated within the city of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, are welcomed by a 17-foot statue of Santa Claus. This store designed to look like an Alpine chalet is open year-round and specializes in one thing … Christmas decorations! Known as the world’s largest...

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DETROIT HOLIDAY STAYCATION

Normally Thanksgiving Day morning involves my family gathering in front of our living room television set to watch the annual parade march through downtown Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue. Having been going on for 91 years, Detroit’s event joins Philadelphia and New York City as being one of the most prestigious and oldest continuous Thanksgiving Day parades within the United States. This year, we decided instead of watching America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television to see it in person by having ourselves a holiday staycation in Detroit.   The evening before Thanksgiving, we drove from our home about a half...

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RIDE LIFE SIZED TOY TRAINS

Choo Choo!  I’ve always found toy trains captivating.  So, I was fascinated to find out that thanks to a group of passionate hobbyists it was possible to actually take a ride on a toy train.  How cool is that?! On the third weekend of the month from May through September, members of the Great Lakes Live Steamers club gather at Kiwanis Park in the southeastern Michigan community of Southgate to provide rides on 1/8 scale model locomotives.  During these Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4pm, weather permitting, anyone who stops by can hitch a ride along the track...

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Is It Worth It?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition and a tradition in our home. Typically, on Thanksgiving morning, our family gets up at our leisure in our jammies and sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I begin cooking cinnamon and orange sweet rolls and break out the orange juice. We enjoy a nice, easy-going Thanksgiving morning watching the balloons, bands, and Broadway acts as they perform in front of Macy’s on TV. This year, that was not our “American tradition.” Back when it was still hot and sticky here in Florida, my wife won tickets...

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A Father Daughter Trip to Discover Hamilton

I took my Hamilton-obsessed tween daughter to Virginia this past September, to Richmond specifically, but also to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, because like the 3rd President of the United States, she “basically missed the late 80’s.” While we certainly had our fair share of Hamilton fun at Jefferson’s stately home in Charlottesville, walking the grounds, taking pictures, sharing a tasty craft root beer, looking at framed paintings of Marquis de Lafayette (boy, he sure looks different than the one we saw on stage in Chicago!), and imagining the famously flamboyant musical version of Jefferson (both portrayed remarkably by Daveed Diggs...

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