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The Vancouver waterfront at sunset, by the Columbia River

5 best places to stay in Vancouver, WA with kids

Family friendly hotels near downtown Vancouver, Washington, and the mighty Columbia River Location can define a city, yet location can also be what helps a city reimagine itself. When a place gives you access to forests, one of the country’s mightiest rivers, and is on highways that can get you to points throughout both Oregon …


Off the beaten path in Seattle Southside, at Saltwater State Park

72 hours off the beaten path in Seattle… Southside?

The communities around SeaTac airport offer family friendly dining, parks, gardens and more This family travel story begins with a confession. Despite decades of living in the US Pacific Northwest, and multiple visits to Seattle, we had never paid attention to an area off the beaten path in Seattle. Yet the three communities of Washington’s …


A Zillah WA summer family trip offers kids and adults alike a chance to relax and recharge.

Take a Zillah WA summer family trip: 24 hours in Yakima Valley wine country

Zillah, WA: A family gateway to both wine country and kid friendly fun Central Washington’s Yakima Valley wine country calls to visitors from all over the world, and it’s no wonder. This area of the Pacific Northwest averages over sunny 300 days a year. In addition to nearly 2 million acres of rich farmland, the …


Tractors, tamales & kid friendly fun: Take a Union Gap summer family trip in Washington State

Why visit Union Gap for a summer family vacation or homeschool field trip? Family friendly destinations take many forms. That variety is where our homeschooling family finds some of our favorite family travel experiences. In Central Washington’s Yakima Valley, the Evergreen State’s third longest river is the foundation of a fertile land home to much …


Incredible views from Bateman Island in the Columbia River

STEM, outdoors & fun: 17 ideas for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation

Clear skies, one of the country’s mightiest rivers, and lots of family attractions for your vacation On the mighty Columbia River, the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland offer a beautiful space for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation. This inland, riverside region offers a huge array of easy-to-get-to family friendly attractions, from STEM to the …