Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an iconic roadway through the Appalachian Highlands with 469 miles of winding roadways and stunning vistas. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the Utah Route 12 of the East Coast. We drove Utah Route 12 last year through breath-taking Utah scenery on our cross-country road trip. This year we decided to drive a portion of the East Coast equivalent, the Blue Ridge Parkway. This drive connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National…

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Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

The first stop of our 2nd road trip was a place we visited often during our stay in Washington, DC. Charlottesville is definitely picturesque Virginia countryside at its finest! The beautiful rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains are lined with vineyards and farms. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, and also lies at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shenandoah National Park is only a short distance away, and the town…

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Cross-Country Road Trip, Take 2

Cross-Country Road Trip, Take 2

As we began to prepare for our second cross-country road trip in 9 months, I had to prepare mentally more than anything else. Although I was really excited to embark on another adventure across the great United States of America, the thought of the end of our last road trip crossed my mind a few times. If you remember, our road trip in 2015 ended with a mad dash from South Dakota to Washington, D.C. We front-loaded the trip with…

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Kennedy Space Center Top 10 With Kids

Kennedy Space Center Top 10 With Kids

“Rrrrrrrocket!” Philip’s new favorite word after our trip to Kennedy Space Center this year is rocket. But, not just rocket; you must say “rrrrrrocket!” Every airplane he spots in the sky is suddenly a rocket! His fork is a rocket! The shampoo bottle is a rocket! Dad’s beer bottle is definitely a rocket! It’s been so fun to watch him develop a love for something that I find equally exciting – space travel! My love for science began at an…

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7 Tips for Taking Toddlers on Road Trips

7 Tips for Taking Toddlers on Road Trips

Planning road trips with young kids can be a daunting task! What will I do to keep them entertained? How many times will I hear “Are we there yet?” from the backseat? Will they even enjoy the places we visit? All of these questions and more were some reasonable concerns I had before departing on the open road with my little ones. Today I’m sharing 7 tips (that I have used!) to get young kids involved and interested in a road trip!…

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Easter Traditions for a Traveling Family

Easter Traditions for a Traveling Family

Easter is a very special holiday for our family. Celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection is a beautiful reminder of the most fundamental aspect of our faith. We also love the correlation of Easter with Spring and new life. From bunnies and chicks to flowers and trees, spring reminds us of a new beginning. Nothing is more important than the new life we receive through Christ’s death and resurrection. We have celebrated Easter all around the world. It doesn’t matter where…

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Lessons Learned from our First Road Trip with Toddlers

Lessons Learned from our First Road Trip with Toddlers

After 18 days, thousands of miles, and countless memories made, we completed our first cross-country road trip with our kids! It was an awesome adventure and we will most definitely do it again (and have since!). But we learned a few things on this road trip that we hope to implement next time. Space out the driving days throughout the road trip I talked about this briefly during my last few posts about the road trip, but this was our…

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Ruckersville, Virginia and Washington, DC

Ruckersville, Virginia and Washington, DC

Ruckersville, Virginia Our last several days of driving were long and scenic. As we approached the Appalachian Mountains, the fall colors became more vibrant and the beautiful farms and horse pastures that lined the highway were just beautiful.   We spent the night after St. Louis in a beautiful rural campground in Kentucky. We enjoyed a stunning sunset behind a field with trees painted in fall colors just outside our camper door. We continued our drive the next day to…

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St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

If you’ve been following our road trip in chronological order, you’ve probably noticed that we crammed A LOT of sightseeing into the trip so far. Due to a planning error on our part, the second half of our trip was filled with many long days of driving and not a lot of sight-seeing. Luckily we learned from this and spaced out the driving more evenly on our next road trip. Leaving The West Behind After two very long days of driving, we arrived…

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

When we initially started planning this road trip across the United States, the first location I knew I wanted to include was Mount Rushmore. I tried to include it on our trip to Yellowstone last year, but my husband didn’t approve the additional 8-hour drive. Who knew those western states were so big?! For me, Mount Rushmore is one of those iconic American spots that I had always wanted to visit. But, it’s a bit out of the way. In…

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