5 ½ tips for an extreme road trip with kids

Kids in car

Any road trip that requires more than 12 hours in a car is, by its very nature, extreme. Add kids to the equation, and it becomes a test of your character – and theirs. We’ve been traveling with our family of five since our oldest (now 13) was in diapers, and we know a thing ...read more »

Overheard in Minneapolis, dontcha know?


Minneapolis looks just like any other big American city. There are skyscrapers, fast-talking urbanites, streetcars and even a brand-new football stadium being constructed in a revitalized part of town. But Minneapolis sounds different. It's in the way they talk here, a peculiar way of saying things that betrays a Scandinavian sense of understatedness. It's in the ...read more »

Making waves in the Windy City

Willis Tower

Most people know a big city by its skyline, but in Chicago, despite its instantly recognizable silhouette, it’s all about the waterways. At least that’s how our family sees it. And we’re pretty sure most Chicagoans quietly agree. Chicago’s Municipal Device, a Y-symbol hidden in the design of most landmarks, has been used for decades to ...read more »

Thinking outside the box in Indianapolis

Children's Museum Indy

From the air, the Midwest looks like a checkerboard, with squares of cornfields, pastures, and farms spread across a perfectly flat landscape. But from the ground, it can be an outside-the-box experience. Indianapolis isn't what you would expect. Consider The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a place where life-size dinosaur sculptures break through the walls and little distinction ...read more »

A grand family adventure along a timeless canyon rim


If you've ever been to the Grand Canyon, or have wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, then you probably already know that it's the very definition of grand. And that may be an understatement. As you stand on the edge South Rim, every superlative comes to mind. None is adequate. While you're marveling at America's signature ...read more »

This Arizona “castle” is a beautiful and well-preserved mistake


When it comes to national monuments, Montezuma's Castle near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, is one of my favorite mistakes. The riverside cliff dwelling is believed to be made and once inhabited by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States, between approximately ...read more »

Experiencing Tomorrowland today


Grizzled theme park veterans like us never go to Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Instead, we turn left after beelining it down Main Street USA, straight to Frontierland, avoiding the throngs of guests who instinctively turn right toward the spires of the Astro Orbiter and the iconic Space Mountain. Yes, we are those Magic Kingdom veterans. ...read more »

Old and new traditions meet in Breckenridge


A real family tradition doesn't have to be explained. Kind of like when you pull off Interstate 70 at Frisco, Colo., in the middle of an early spring blizzard, and you don't have to ask where you're headed. You just know. So there we were, on a recent trip to one of the Centennial State's most famous ...read more »

How to get your ski legs back without having a meltdown

Keystone Warning Sign

Look at this photo. How does it make you feel? I'm scared to death. My heart is pounding even as I write these words. I can almost feel an icy wind whipping across my face and my kids at the bottom of the run, chanting, "C'mon, Mom! Move it!" I know how to ski. I'm a good ...read more »