Tips for Visiting Washington D.C. with Kids!

I first visited Washington D.C. as a Senior in High School.  My mom and I visited my sister who was an Intern for Senator McCain... American history suddenly came alive and I was hooked! ♥ I've been waiting for my girls to get old enough so I could share this amazing place full of fond memories.  I was a tour guide in D.C. for my internship in college (I majored in Tourism) and lived there for 1 1/2 years as a missionary.  I was a little worried my youngest would be too young, she just turned five.  But thanks to our stroller and careful planning she did ok. 👌  


Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast...

We spent one week exploring the gulf coast and didn't need to go to Orlando to find entertainment for our kids. :) We found beautiful beaches and lots of activities to keep them busy.  We've never visited this part of Florida so we were excited to finally check it out!  We visited the areas between Sarasota and Fort Myers.



California's Pacific Coast Highway 1...

 My family drove the PCH in our camper when we were kids.  We drove from Arizona so it made for a really long drive for all 7 of us.  When we weren't all fighting 😊 I remember my sisters and I checking out all the surfer boys from our cool ride.  Another memory was driving down Lombard Street in our camper... We were so cool!  


Oregon Coast...

Cape Sebastian State Park
This was our second time exploring the Oregon Coast but first with kids.   We added the Redwoods National and State Park at the end of the trip.  Here's our Itinerary: 


Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden...

 I'm so excited Chihuly's exhibit returned to the Desert Botanical Garden.  I'm a huge fan and even met him years ago at the Tacoma Museum of Glass at a book signing and watched him blow glass with other glass blowers from around the world.


PERU and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu...

I'm so glad to finally check Peru off my Bucket list.  I've made several attempts to visit Peru and finally made it in May 2013.  Greg and I and 10 friends visited Puno, Cuzco, hiked the four day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and ended our trip in Lima before flying home. 


My Packing List & Tips for the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu...

We hiked the Inca Trail from May 11-14, 2013 and had great weather.  We used the company Llama Path to do our trek and highly recommend them!  We're glad we hired the porters to carry our belongings they are AMAZING!

Click here for my Peru and Inca Trail Travelogue.

My packing list along with a few tips...



I packed my bags for Valentines not knowing where Greg was taking me.  We ended up in Beautiful Sedona and enjoyed a relaxing weekend.


Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Jackson Hole...

Jackson Hole
After flying into Salt Lake City we had lunch with Charlotte's Grandparents then drove about five hours to Jackson Hole.  We spent one night in Jackson Hole, two in Grand Teton National Park and three in Yellowstone. 
 Greg and I visited Yellowstone years ago and knew this would be a fun vacation for Charlotte.  She was very excited to see all of animals, mud volcano and geysers.


Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell & Monument Valley...

Sometimes you don't have to travel far to discover beautiful places.  It's sad that it's taken this long for me to finally visit Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Monument Valley.  These are some of the most beautiful destinations I've seen and they are right in my backyard.