US State Capital Cities and Capitol Buildings

One great set of destinations to consider as you travel near or far, is visiting State Capitol Buildings in each…

A Stroll Through Downtown Helen – Helen, Georgia – 02/12/2021

It was a little cold… And a lot wet… But, that didn’t stop us from grabbing a hot drink, and…

Colorado State Parks

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California State Parks

Maps of California State Parks California State Park Day Use Fees California State Park Annual Passes California State Park Junior…

Arkansas State Parks

FAQ: Arkansas State Parks are FREE! Arkansas Butterfly Checklist Arkansas State Park Explorer Program Park Name Location Arkansas Museum of…

Arizona State Parks

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Alaska State Parks

Fees by Park Facility Annual Parking Passes Trail Maps and Guides Chugach Region Chugach State Park – Anchorage, AK Kenai…

USFS: US National Forests in Alphabetical Order

Downloadable Junior Ranger Programs and Educational Activities US Forest Service Junior Forest Ranger US Forest Service Junior Forest Ranger en…

Alabama State Parks

22 State Parks • 3 Historical State Parks • 4 State Forests • 30 State Wildlife Management Areas4 National Forests • 2 National Historic Sites • 1 National Historic Park • 9 National Wildlife Refuges Downloadable Junior Ranger Books Cheaha State Park Leave No Trace Explorer’s…

National Park Coloring Books – Page 2 – Great for Both Junior and Not-So-Junior Rangers!

Whether you are a newly-inducted Junior Ranger, or a seasoned National Park Enthusiast, coloring books are a great way to…

The Ultimate Junior Ranger Starter Pack and Supply List!

Whether your Junior Ranger is new to the game, or you are all seasoned National Park Enthusiasts… Or maybe even…

ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums

Frist Museum of Art – Nashville, TN Another well-rounded collection of museums that offer each other’s members the benefits of…

Bonneville Salt Flats – Wendover, Utah – 09/15/2018

Chancing across the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway was another unexpectedly awesome gem of a…

Crooked Creek Falls – Valdez, Alaska – 07/31/2018

Oh, there are SO many wonderful waterfalls to explore in the Valdez area of Alaska! Where the Chugach Mountain Range…

Salmon Fishing in Resurrection Creek – Hope, Alaska – 07/25/2018

This kid loves him some fishing, but hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to spend time with someone to help…

Grizzly’s Unique Alaskan Gifts – Anchorage, Alaska – 07/24/2018

Grizzly’s is the “True Alaska Curiosity Shop” and worth a look while enjoying Downtown Anchorage! They boast a huge selection…

Polar Bear Gifts – Anchorage, Alaska – 07/24/2018

Billed as Alaska’s Biggest Gift Shop, we definitely appreciated their low prices on souvenirs. We always do our best to…

Mobile Mardi Gras Park – Mobile, Alabama – 09/25/2017

Mobile Mardi Gras Park may be a newer park on the landscape of Downtown Mobile, Alabama, but be sure to…

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park – Atlanta, Georgia – 06/04/2016

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park consists of several buildings in Atlanta, Georgia that interpret the deeply moving history of…

Building a Driftwood Fort on the Banks of the Caney Fork River – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

After a busy day Exploring Rock Island State Park in Rock Island, Tennessee, we spent the rest of the afternoon…

Waterfall Scrambling at Rock Island State Park – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

There are so many waterfalls to explore in Rock Island State Park! And one is even more beautiful than the…

Silly Sibling Fun at Falls City Cotton Mill – Rock Island State Park – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

My little monkeys… They almost got the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Monkeys down pat! Sometimes…

The Path to Spring Castle at Rock Island State Park – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

In the heart of Rock Island State Park, Spring Castle is a quaint little late 19th century-era structure, that remains…

A Day Exploring Rock Island State Park – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

We’ve been working our way through the beautiful units of the Tennessee State Park System. Today’s adventures took us climbing,…

Checking Out the New Playground at Pickett State Park – Jamestown, Tennessee – 03/12/2016

Tennessee is full of beautiful State Parks, and so many of them are very close to us. Pickett CCC Memorial…

Horseback Riding in Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 07/19/2012

If you are looking for a unique, and absolutely unforgettable way to experience Zion National Park, consider doing so on…

Zion Canyon Shuttle Bus – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 07/04/2012

We are frequently asked which National Park is our favorite. Out of the larger NPS Units, Zion, is, by far,…

Riverside Walk – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 07/04/2012

In Zion National Park, the Riverside Walk offers a pleasant stroll along the Virgin River, as it meanders through jaw-dropping…

Hiking the Weeping Rock Trail – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 07/04/2012

Weeping Rock is a lovely trail, with a magnificent destination! It is definitely a trail that I highly recommend to…

Hiking the Lava Fields of Snow Canyon State Park – St. George, Utah 07/02/2012

Of all the things we do, hiking volcanoes generally tops my list of absolute all-time favorites. And Snow Canyon State…

Jenny’s Canyon – Snow Canyon State Park – St. George, Utah – 07/02/2012

Snow Canyon State Park is our all-time FAVORITE State Park in the entire United States! Just west of St. George,…

Hiking to Jenny’s Canyon – Snow Canyon State Park – St. George, Utah – 07/02/2012

Ah, Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah. Truly one of our favorite places on this planet. Most people…

Sunset on the Great Salt Lake – Bridger Bay at Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse, Utah – 07/01/2012

The reflective properties of the heavily salinated water of the Great Salt Lake make for some FABULOUS sunset views and…

Exploring the Great Salt Lake at Bridger Bay – Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse, Utah – 07/01/2012

After a day of hiking, rock scrambling, birding, wildlife viewing, and Junior Rangering throughout Antelope Island State Park, we’re finally…

Wildlife Viewing Along Buffalo Point Trail – Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse, Utah – 07/01/2012

Bison, Coyotes, Antelope, and Mule Deer, oh my! Wildlife is everywhere on Antelope Island! And Buffalo Point Trail is an…

Rock Scrambling Along Lady Finger Point Trail – Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse, Utah – 07/01/2012

Even to the day you are reading this post, rock scrambling along Lady Finger Point Trail at Antelope Island State…

Junior Rangering at Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse, Utah – 07/01/2012

The Utah State Park System has a great Junior Ranger Program, just like those in the National Park System, that…

Waterfall Scrambling at Berthoud Falls – Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests – Berthoud Falls, Colorado – 06/30/2012

Located along Highway 40, just north-ish of Empire, Colorado, and only about 8 miles off of Interstate 70, Berthoud Falls…

Capitol Reef National Park – Torrey, Utah – 06/07/2010

Cruising the Utah backroads, Utah Highway 12 runs into Utah Highway 24 in Torrey. From here you can head East,…

Sunset Point – Bryce Canyon National Park – Bryce Canyon, Utah – 06/07/2010

Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah, is a breathtaking expanse of geologic amphitheater,…

Bryce Canyon Tipi Camping! – Bryce Canyon National Park – Bryce Canyon Utah – 06/06/2010

We love all of our adventures, no matter how big or small, but sometimes you do come across something just…

Junior Ranger Ceremony – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 06/06/2010

Another day of fabulous National Park adventures means another Junior Ranger Badge! Lots of hard work, learning cool things about…

Virgin River Along the Temple of Sinawava and Riverside Walk Trails – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 06/06/2010

No matter what adventures we get into while visiting Zion National Park, a day isn’t a day without spending time…

Lower Emerald Pool Along the Emerald Pools Trail – Zion National Park – 06/06/2010

If you are looking for a kid-friendly hike in Zion National Park, there are so many to choose from! Across…

Emerald Pools Trail – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 06/06/2010

Another lovely trail in Zion National Park that is great for parents with younger kids is the Emerald Pools Trail….

Visitor Center and Shuttle Bus Ride – Zion National Park – Springdale, Utah – 06/06/2010

From checking out the Visitor Center exhibits, to taking in the awe-inspiring scenery along the Shuttle Bus Route, our adventures…

Duke Energy Children’s Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio – 02/23/2010

Another fabulous Children’s Museum for your consideration, is the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, one of several fascinating museum units located…

Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center – Cincinnati, Ohio – 02/23/2010

One of our all-time favorite museum experiences for kids, is hands-down, the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Science. This…

Let Marine Biology Come Alive! Get Up Close and Personal with Marinelife at the Newport Aquarium – Newport, Kentucky – 02/22/2010

What a collection of Marinelife! Fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, birds, and so much more! Jellyfish, sea stars, penguins, frogs,…

A Little Wet Fun in the Gulf of Mexico – Holly Beach, Louisiana – 02/14/2010

We’ve never really been much for swimming in the open water. And, on a day like today, February in the…

Bubbles! – An Afternoon on the Cajun Riviera! – Holly Beach, Louisiana – 02/14/2010

Another GREAT idea for good, old-fashioned fun? BUBBLES! They’re not terribly expensive, or you can even make your own! Throw…

Dig It! – An Afternoon on the Cajun Riviera! – Holly Beach, Louisiana – 02/14/2010

Holly Beach, Louisiana may not be the most developed beach along the Gulf… It certainly isn’t commercialized. But that’s the…

Mardi Gras! Krewe of Bonaparte Parade – Lafayette, Louisiana – 02/13/2010

We viewed the Krewe of Bonaparte Parade from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette Campus. It was a bit more…

Mardi Gras! Krewe of Versailles Children’s Carnival Parade – Lafayette, Louisiana – 02/13/2010

So much excitement in the air on this BEAUTIFUL day to be taking in the Krewe of Versailles Children’s Carnival…

Mardi Gras! Krewe of Apollo Parade – Lafayette, Louisiana – 02/12/2010

We rolled into Lafayette, Louisiana just in time to catch the Krewe of Apollo kicking off our 2010 Mardi Gras…

Downtown Nashville, Lower Broadway, and Honky Tonk Highway – Nashville, Tennessee – 01/22/2010

The sights and sounds of the heartbeat of Nashville, Tennessee and the Country Music Industry! Nestled amongst the skyscrapers of…

Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville, Florida – 01/18/2010

Canaveral National Seashore is, hands down, our favorite Florida Atlantic Coast Beach. Anytime someone asks for a recommendation, this is…

Cruickshank Trail on the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – Titusville, Florida – 1/18/2010

We spent the day hiking with good friends on the Cruikshank Trail along the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive! We saw thousands…

Dollywood Last Hurrah! – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – 12/29/2009

Our last hurrah in Dollywood for the 2009 season! Interested in visiting Dollywood yourself? Visit the Dollywood Website for ALL…