While there are quite a few options for Mount Rainier National Park family day hikes, we chose two of the best on our visit. Some of the ones we were thinking of hiking still had quite a bit of snow on the trail, which is always possible even into July depending on snowfall that year. Our top choices for day hikes in Mount Rainier were the Comet Falls trail and Mt. Fremont Lookout….
When we head out on a road trip, I inevitably overpack (especially with food!). Driving isn’t like flying, I don’t have to be as choosy about what I bring, which is both good and bad… I have gotten better over the years about figuring out what we actually end up using on our trip and what stuff I don’t necessarily need to bring along. Here I have compiled a list of top 10 road trip packing tips for families in hopes that my road trip packing experience will help someone else. These are things I consider essentials when traveling with kids on a road trip….
Family podcasts are something we hadn’t explored much before this last road trip we made to Washington. I thought it may be a good way to mix things up between audiobooks and music so I researched some options before we left. The following are the ones we ended up enjoying….
Long road trips require lots of activities that will help pass time. We don’t want our kids watching movies the whole time so we have tried many different audiobooks over the course of the last few years. We’ve found that with audiobooks, the voice of the narrator makes a huge difference in whether or not we really enjoy listening. It could be an awesome book, but if the narrator has a boring or irritating voice, forget about it, my kids (and us parents) will lose interest. Following are some of the best audiobooks for family road trips….
Our family recently visited Mount Rainier National Park and it is gorgeous, though I still think Glacier NP is my favorite. We did some longer hikes, but there are many shorter, kid-friendly hikes as well for those who are not up for a longer hike. Here’s a list of the shorter hikes we did, some are not really a “hike.”…
Food… Sleep… When you are out of town and busy exploring, what could be more important than finding places you actually want to eat and are worth going to as well as a great place to relax at the end of a long day? We rarely settle for whatever restaurant we come across on a trip but instead try to find local / organic options where we will be able to enjoy something special. On the lodging front, I do a lot of research into what area we would want to stay that is close to our destinations and has a good deal of options for home rentals. In Glacier, both of these necessities align on the West side of the park in either Whitefish or Columbia Falls. Following is our list of best food and lodging tips for the Glacier National Park area….
Summer is officially here at the Nelson house, the kids finished up school last week and are now onto 2nd and 4th grade. WOW! I can’t believe that. Anyhow, summer inevitably means boredom at some point for my kids, which is fine, but when they get bored they tend to pick on each other more. …
Hiking with kids can be a challenge, but it’s so great to experience all the sights through your kid’s eyes. It makes those amazing views at the end of the trail that much more fun and beautiful when you’re enjoying it with your entire family. If you’re planning to hike with your kids (or with adults for that matter), the most important thing to remember is to be prepared for anything. On one of our family hikes in Arizona, “JoyJoy” slipped on a rock while crossing a stream and skinned her knee. Luckily Ross was prepared with a small first aid kit and got her patched up quickly. Other than the obvious things like water and snacks, our family has compiled a top 10 list, in no particular order, of some of our favorite and/or essential hiking gear items below….
Glacier is one of the best parks for kids — with a variety of animals, waterfalls, mountains, and lakes, there is something for each kid and adult to enjoy. Our kids were 5 & 7 when we went, and they were troopers (a hiking stick or pole really helps!). We did each of these as the primary activity of the day and then lighter activities the remainder of the day. This isn’t the final list of all the hikes we did, but rather those that we would do again if we went back. Our kids are good hikers, but we don’t love heights, so some trails were off limits to keep us from crawling back to the car… …
Glacier… What a gem! We fell in love with National Parks here — and for good reason! It’s great for kids, there is a lot to see, and it is always changing! We spent a full 5 days in the park, because Glacier National Park is a large park with a lot to do. So, what are the can’t miss spots to visit? Below are our top 5 family-friendly activities in Glacier that you shouldn’t leave the park without seeing….