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About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
3 Kids 3-11 years old boys and girls

When we travel, good food and adventure always abound. Our family loves to push the limit of what we can do with children. Our mantra has always been - have kids, will travel. However, this doesn't mean I'm unlike most frantic moms before a trip. Wanting adventure and being a control freak can sometimes be a lethal combination.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, independent, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
Massachusetts
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii, Montana, Lake Tahoe
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Italy
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing Machu Picchu with a 4 month old infant in a slight and having all the locals stop us to ask what happened to his feet which were all bundled up. They just couldn't believe it wouldn't be bow legged.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Getting to the airport on our way to Scotland with my 15 month old and discovering that my husband's passport had expired. Instead of rebooking all of our flights, we decided that I would do the first leg of our journey on my own with baby. Unfortunately, we had not packed for me to be flying by myself. I could bearly walk to the runway with all my bags and a 15 month old who would get distracted by everything along the way. He then proceeded to sleep only 1 hour of the entire 11 hour journey (red-eye). It was pretty miserable.
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Best National Parks to Visit with Kids in the Spring

While many national parks are most busy in the summer, there are some where spring time is ushered in with breathtaking displays of wildflowers, gushing waterfalls, and pleasant daytime temperatures that make hiking especially delightful.  So, if you're planning a trip for spring break, you might want to plan a trip to one of these wonderful National Parks.

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74485 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms, California

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During the Spring, the dessert land of Joshua Tree National Park puts on a magnificent display of wildflowers. In late February or March (depending on the temperatures on any given year), the trees that gave the park its name begin to bloom with their large, creamy flowers. The rest of the dessert follows with flowers popping up along all elevations. Come April and May cacti burst into bright flowers. From year to year, when this magnificent display is at it's peak varies, so call the ranger station on check their website for updates before heading out. Spring also happens to be the best season for birdwatching. Springtime brings even more birds into the area, many in transient or getting ready to nest. Best of all, daytime temperatures often rise into the comfortable 70s while night time temperatures can often fall below freezing.


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CA-190
Death Valley, California

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Springtime is definitely the most popular time to visit Death Valley. While daytime temperatures are warm, they aren't scorching. After a winter of good rainfall, spring flowers in Death Valley can stretch for miles usually peaking in late March to early April. Campgrounds and lodging are usually packed in the Spring, so reservations are recommended.


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3655 US Highway 211 E
Shenandoah, Virginia

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In the spring, Shenandoah National Park blooms with colors of red maples and bright wildflowers, offering different colors at each turn. Daytime temperatures are pleasant. In April and May, the forest floor is covered in trilliums. In May, pink Azaleas bloom, followed by Mountain Laurel in June. Shenandoah is popular in the parks world as it offer two completely different ways to experience the land. While some visitors choose a scenic drive along Skyline Drive, others opt to explore meadows and forests by foot. With each step, visitors can expect to see a gorgeous plant or an animal, especially deer, or hear the chirps of migrating birds. April and May are peak for wildflower enthusiasts as forest floors are covered in trilliums. Pink azaleas bloom in May closely followed by mountain laurel in June.


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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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In the spring, temperatures start to rise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and flowers begin to bloom. During spring, trails are surrounded with a wide variety blooming wildflowers - more than any other national park in North America. Spring ephemerals appear in early spring, flower, fruit, and die within a short 2-month period. These flowers include trilliums, orchids, violets, iris, and will bloom during February-April. Each spring, the park hosts the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a week-long festival of programs and guided hikes that explore the life in the park. It is a perfect way to see wildflowers, animals, and everything Great Smoky Mountains has to offer.


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3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, Arizona

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There is something absolutely serene about the springtime setting sun rich in reds and burnt orange silhouetting giant Saguaro Cacti. These usually stoic giant cacti burst into bloom in the spring along with many desert wild flowers like the gold Mexican poppy, red penstemons, and desert marigolds. Even trees, shrubs, and other cactuses are in bloom, like creosote bushes, chollas, and hedgehogs.


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1550 Boston Mills Road
Peninsula, Ohio

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This land of beautiful rivers, farmlands, and hills is so close to Cleveland and Akron. Visitors are drawn to it's beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls The spring takes this park's beauty to new heights in the springtime as flowers burst with color, rolling hills are covered in greens, and wildlife is bubbling with newborn animals. Visitors can take nature hikes to spot animals, scenic train rides to learn the land's history, and guided tours for birdwatching. The area also offers opportunities for camping, boating, canoeing, and horseback riding.


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360 Highway 11 East
International Falls, Minnesota

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A third of Voyageurs National Park is made of water, So, when snow and ice build-up melts in the spring, it's narrow waterways connect the park's four main lakes - Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, and Sand Point - and open up for boaters to explore and are most accessible at this time of the year. This park forces you to leave the car behind and travel to uncharted territories. Spring offers activities and beauty of its own. Instead of a a typical park tour and hiking, enjoy gliding down a narrow waterway, hearing the cries of a loon, and watching as the sun sets in an orange sky.


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Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah

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Zion National Park is a stunning park no matter what the season. But spring takes its grand appearance to new levels. While the summer allows visitors to enjoying the massive orange and pink canyons walls, lower desert areas and higher elevated forests, it can be very hot and dry. Spring time temperatures are much more enjoyable. What makes this park really pop in the springtime is the chance to see canyon walls covered in hanging gardens of wildflowers. Also enjoy hikes and guided walks offer the perfect opportunity for wildlife spotting such as coyetes, beavers, ringtails, mule deer, and the occasional mountain lion.


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Pinon Circle
Mosca, Colorado

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a wonderful place to visit in the Spring with kids. They'll love marveling and playing in the immense range of dunes — seven miles long, five miles wide, and up to 700 feet tall. Now, talk about one great big sandbox. Spring time offers cool weather of spring unlike during the summer when the sand can get really hot. The park's Medano Creek is fed in the spring and early summer by Rocky Mountain snow melt The Medano flows in the spring and early summer, fed by Rocky Mountain snowmelt. Its a remarkable because it flows across a broad sandy stretch in a strange motion caused by temporary dams and momentary surges.


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40001 Route 9336
Everglades City, Florida

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Springtime in Everglades National Park is perfect because the temperatures are still pleasant. After April, the temperature is regularly over 90 degrees, humid and full of bugs. The main attraction in the Everglades National Park is bird-watching and other wildlife viewing. Birds include: herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and pelicans. The Everglades are also full of alligators. Kids will love a paddle through the wetlands or a trip up the Gulf Coast through this subtropical wonderland.