Travel Across the US


Want a New Weekend Away Idea? Try Fort Wayne with Kids!

Pack Up and Head to Fort Wayne
I recently found myself in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is not a place I’d ever visited before, and it really wasn’t on my radar. Other than driving by on my way to Indianapolis, Fort Wayne hadn’t crossed my mind.

Now, though, after spending a weekend exploring this new-to-me town, I’m […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Across the US|0 Comments

WIN! Castaway Bay at Cedar Point Resorts

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Katelynn!
My Kids Didn’t get Enough of Castaway Bay Water Park

They keep asking when we’re returning to Castaway Bay Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio. My three year old says it so cutely, day after day: “Mom, are we going back to the wadder park today?” We went there month ago. He hasn’t […]

By |April 4th, 2017|Categories: Travel Across the US, WIN|313 Comments


With summer just a breath away, we’re taking a close look at our family travel plans.

While we plan to do a lot right here in Michigan, we also have wander in our hearts and like to know what’s out there should we venture further. And if you’re thinking about […]

By |May 9th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Across the US, Travel Michigan|Tags: |28 Comments

10 Amazing Things to Do with Kids in Indianapolis

Hit the Road to Indy with the Kids
What if I told you it’s only about four hours from Grand Rapids to Indianapolis? And that this city is bigger than you probably imagined? If you’re looking for a new big city to explore and don’t want to put too many miles on the car, head to Indianapolis […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Travel, Travel Across the US|Tags: |0 Comments

You’ll Want to Recreate our Michigan to Milwaukee Ferry Boat Adventure!

by Melody VanderWeide

*Complimentary passes to the following locations were provided for review purposes. All opinions those of the author.
Milwaukee is closer than you think.

I’ve wanted to ride the ferry over to Milwaukee from Muskegon ever since the ferry service launched twelve seasons ago. Somehow, I never got around to […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Across the US|16 Comments

Why St. Louis Will Be Your Next Family Vacation

Our vacations are changing. As our kids get older, we find ourselves wanting to show our kids different parts of the country. They’re getting old enough to remember- and understand- the places we are taking them.

We chose St. Louis, MO, for a five day spring break trip because Stephanie wrote an amazing […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Across the US|7 Comments

Vancouver, You Stole My Heart. A Bit About My Best Grown Up Vacation Ever!

by Melody VanderWeide
I Want to go Back to Vancouver!
I thought now would be a great time to do some summer reminiscing… now that we’re still getting over winter and I have no warm-weather getaway to look forward to anytime soon.

Last summer my husband and I celebrated 16 years of marriage by jetting off to […]

By |April 5th, 2015|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Across the US|2 Comments

Driveable in a Day – Spring Break Ideas for Your Grand Rapids Family Vacation

Still pondering a spring break trip but didn’t book a flight? 

Our family JUST decided that we’d like to get away for a few days this spring break. But we needed something close… so after asking around, here are the options other GR parents recommended. […]

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Across the US|36 Comments

Milwaukee – Our Neighbors Across the Pond

by Stephanie P.
Curious About Our Great Neighbors Across ‘the pond’?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed deal after deal landing in my inbox, offering a cruise across Lake Michigan to the great state of Wisconsin (there’s one now on Seize the Deal).

But…what do you do in Milwaukee once you get there?

Our family […]

By |July 17th, 2014|Categories: General, Travel Across the US|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cedar Point Is a Blast for Kids of Every Age

A huge THANK YOU to Cedar Point for the Best.Day.Ever! Park tickets, a special luncheon and entrance to Dinosaurs Alive! provided by Cedar Point as part of their summer Blogger event. All opinions are my own.

by Julie Balanda
Make It a Point to Get the Most Out of This Summer
Summer is here!  And these are the […]

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Elementary, General, Place, Reviews, Summer, Teens, Travel, Travel Across the US, Tween|Tags: , |0 Comments

Make a Run for the Border and Check out Indianapolis

by Kate Randall
Indy or Bust!
Did you know that Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States? And did you know it houses the largest children’s museum in the world? AND that it is only a four and a half hour drive from Grand Rapids?

If you are looking for a fun family destination, Indianapolis […]

By |May 6th, 2014|Categories: General, Place, Reviews, Travel, Travel Across the US|Tags: , |2 Comments

Chicago for the Holidays – with Kids!

Two families. Two minivans.  Six kids. One road trip to Chicago.
Call us crazy!

Last December, we packed up and headed off to see the Windy City’s holiday sights. I think our visit is best told in pictures, so I’m going to leave it at that…with just a sprinkling of commentary.

And what I want to know […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Categories: Christmas, Travel, Travel Across the US, Winter|3 Comments

Traveling this Summer? Check Here for Local Kid Info Before You Go

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Chances are, if you’re headed out of town for the summer, your destination has a local parent-based website just brimming with information ready to help you live and play like a local during your stay.

Below are some of the sites that […]

Spring Break in St. Louis

Looking for something to do over Spring Break? Have I got a road trip for you!

Only seven hours away from Grand Rapids, St. Louis is the perfect city for families. Not only is it loaded with fun things to do (most of them free!) but the people are great, the weather is nice and there […]

By |March 14th, 2013|Categories: Spring Break, Travel, Travel Across the US|Tags: |13 Comments

Wisconsin Ferry Adventure with a Discount

Thanks to Gail Evans for contributing this guest post.  Gail is a personal friend who thought that families would enjoy taking a day trip to Wisconsin and of course, do it on a discount.
Several years ago, my husband and I decided to take the Lake Express High Speed Ferry across Lake Michigan.  The ferry departed […]

By |September 2nd, 2011|Categories: General, Travel Across the US, Travel Michigan|Tags: |2 Comments