Travel Across the US

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THE ULTIMATE WANDER LIST FOR YOUR SUMMER FAMILY TRAVEL

WHERE WILL YOUR FAMILY TRAVEL THIS SUMMER?
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

9 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: General, 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.
ADD MILWAUKEE TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION PLANS
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

GETTING THERE IS EASY
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|6 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

NOT TOO FAR AWAY SPRING BREAK TRIPS FOR THE GR FAMILY
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

**There is a newer version of this post. Please visit the new updated post here.**
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

Chicago Summer Walk About, Part Four {Alternate Title: Do I Have to Go Home?}

by Melody

This post is the fourth and final in a series.  Thanks for following along with our Chicago Adventures.  If you are just joining us, you might want to get the back story on Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Our last day.

We wandered around, not wanting to admit that our fun was coming […]

By |July 11th, 2012|Categories: General, Travel Across the US|Tags: |1 Comment

Chicago Summer Walk About, Part Three {Alternate Title: Peeing in Chicago is Expensive}

 

by Melody

This post is the third in a series.  Romantic weekend away in Chicago or Bust?  Follow along for a few days to find out!

Our adventure Started on Friday with a few tiffs in the car.

Our weekend was redeemed with sleep and goodwill and our Saturday morning started out with a little sight-seeing.

We left […]

By |July 7th, 2012|Categories: Travel Across the US|Tags: |2 Comments

Chicago Summer Walk About, Part Two

by Melody

This post is the second in a series.  Romantic weekend away in Chicago or Bust?  Follow along for a few days to find out!

It’s no lie that sleep, especially sleep far away from one’s children, is good for the soul.

Hubs and I both woke up refreshed and ready to leave the junk of […]

By |July 6th, 2012|Categories: Travel Across the US|Tags: |6 Comments