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 several major cities across the US. Not only are these great resources if you live in these areas, but they’re also perfect for travel.
Recently I got a friendly little reminder from my husband that we are in the 4th quarter of the year. “How are we doing on our New Year’s resolutions?” he asked. What I heard was “our kids only know 25 or so, state/capitals. You’re falling behind schedule.”
So I’ve decided to pick up the pace a bit. I tend to be very competitive and like to accomplish my goals. It would be very like me to spend New Year’s Eve giving our kids a crash course in states and capitals just so I could say we kept our resolution. And since that doesn’t sound all that fun (or educational, in the long run) I’m forging ahead now.
Yesterday I presented them with the remaining states. When I got to Washington my daughter stopped me. “Wait, I thought Washington WAS the capital.” A long discussion ensued about the difference between Washington D.C. and Washington, the state. My 9-year old recovered quickly, realizing that she did in fact know the difference. However, my 4-year old couldn’t quite handle the information. Throw in the fact that there’s also a president named Washington and he was done with the discussion completely.
Needless to say, I’ve probably never talked as much about Washington (the state) as I did during that conversation. And I realized, I’m not all THAT informed myself. Beyond locating it on a map, identifying the capital and throwing out a few landmarks, I had to look up more details.
In my research I realized how much I’m looking forward to taking the kids to Washington. How cool is that state?
Here are a few of my favorite websites that have me excited for a family trip:
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!
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:
Skyline Drive (Blue Ridge Parkway), Virginia
Napa Valley, California
Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee
Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
Adirondacks, New York
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Acadia National Park, Maine
Lost Maple State Natural Area, Texas
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
The Ozarks, Missouri
Lake Champlain Islands, Vermont
Fayetteville, West Virginia
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
Glacier National Park, Montana
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!
Where is your favorite place to view fall foliage?