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20 Things To Do In San Diego This Summer

If you’re a regular follower of this site, you know that I’m doing a series of posts about things to do in specific cities with kids this summer. I’ve highlighted lots of great activities to do in some major cities across the US. Not only are these great resources if you live in these areas, but they’re also perfect for travel.

I had the opportunity to go to San Diego about 5 years ago and I fell in love. There was absolutely NOTHING that I didn’t Continue reading 20 Things To Do In San Diego This Summer

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Best Places To See Fall Foliage

Best Places For Fall Foliage

As much as I hate to admit it, fall is officially in full swing. Even in the south, leaves are changing and the calendar keeps moving deeper into September.

Though I dislike the cooler weather, even I will admit there’s nothing more beautiful than fall foliage. And nothing cuter than kids with leaves!

I love photographing my kids with leaves!
I love photographing my kids with leaves!

Although I won’t even pretend to understand the complexities behind this weather phenomenon, rumor has it that this year’s fall foliage is expected to be the best in decades.

If you’re looking for some great spots to leaf-view this season, here are 18 places I recommend:

  1. Skyline Drive (Blue Ridge Parkway), Virginia
  2. Napa Valley, California
  3. Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
  4. Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee
  5. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
  6. Adirondacks, New York
  7. The Berkshires, Massachusetts
  8. Aspen, Colorado
  9. Acadia National Park, Maine
  10. Lost Maple State Natural Area, Texas
  11. Upper Peninsula, Michigan
  12. The Ozarks, Missouri
  13. Lake Champlain Islands, Vermont
  14. Fayetteville, West Virginia
  15. Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
  16. Glacier National Park, Montana
  17. Bardstown, Kentucky
  18. Leavenworth, Washington

I know, 18 is an odd number of places to recommend. 10 wasn’t quite enough. Then I ambitiously decided I’d do  50 before realizing there are some states that don’t even deserve honorable mention when it comes to fall foliage (hello, Florida!)  Also, I decided not to duplicate any state. Although, I could have easily listed Vermont locations for all 18 places on the list!

Road trips are my favorite way to view fall foliage. We always try to plan travel during peak leaf changing season even if the foliage itself isn’t our destination. Taking scenic routes on the way to your destination will provide beautiful backdrops.

Always pull your car over at an overlook to snap pictures and capture all the fall colors! And, of course, get a few pictures of your kids with the falling leaves!

Kids + Leaves
Kids + Leaves

Where is your favorite place to view fall foliage?

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Top 20 Dream Destinations In The World

Dream Destinations

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? And, I guess more importantly, how would you plan a trip to your dream destinations?

Regardless of how you answer the first question, if you said Pinterest for the second question then you’re not alone. Thousands of people are using Pinterest every day to “pin” ideas for their dream vacations.

Pinterest can be a phenomenal resource for travel! It’s also a great way to store and categorize information for future use. The cool thing about all of this is that technology can track all of the pins. Business Insider recently released this data.

So what would you guess are some of the top “pinned” dream destinations in the world?

If you guessed…

Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

DD2

Musha Cay Island, Bahamas

DD3

Positano, Campania, Italy

…then you guessed the top 3 correctly! (And you are also a liar because there is NO WAY anyone guessed those 3 destinations!)

Additionally, I was excited to see that out of the top 20 dream destinations, 5 of them are in the U.S. Though, I will admit, I was slightly baffled that a couple of those places ranked so high. Locations in the U.S. included: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Grand Canyon, AZ and Glacier National Park, MT.

To read the full list click here.

Interesting to note, in comparing this list to several “Top Travel Destination” lists I found very few similarities. No insight as to why, I’m just curious. I wonder how many people who “pin” vacation boards on Pinterest actually take the vacation?

What dream destinations are you pinning?

Also, this is a great time to mention- Mom With A Map is on Pinterest. Click here to view my boards. Be sure to “follow” me too! I love creating boards for our travel adventures!

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Travel is REAL

                Over dinner this evening my 8-year old daughter asked a                             question out of the blue…

“Hey Mom, when we go to California, can we visit Long Beach?”

My first instinct was to laugh out loud, but then I immediately did a little happy dance in my head. I LOVE that travel is so real to her. She didn’t phrase the question “if we go to California” or even, “can we go to California.” Nope, she said “WHEN.”

When the little happy dance was over, I couldn’t wait to figure out what prompted this question. We don’t have a trip to California planned in the near future, and I certainly had no idea how she’d even heard of Long Beach. While I envisioned surfers and palm trees (very 90210-esq), she explained that she read about a boat, The Queen Mary, that is moored there.  Actually, her exact words were “The Queen Mary. It’s an old, famous boat that they don’t use anymore. It’s moored in Long Beach. Do you know what that means, Mom? It means it’s there permanently and it’s like a museum and hotel now.”

QM2

Okay, so besides the fact that she may not actually be my daughter (that’s not exactly my top activity choice when I think about going to California!), I’m so proud of her for planning her travel. I’m happy she read about a Historical Landmark and not only took the time to learn about it, but started planning her trip to visit!

While I might have overlooked The Queen Mary as a destination when I plan our California trip, thanks to my daughter I can’t wait to go. I’m so thankful Brent and I have been able to instill a passion for travel in our children. As they know, it’s not a question of “If”, but “when?”

Has anyone visited The Queen Mary? What else should we do in the Long Beach area? Looks like I’ll be planning a trip soon- I’d love to hear any tips or experiences!

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