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Girl in pink dress stands at the end of a dock on Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, as part of an epic family road trip on the International Selkirk Loop.

The epic family road trip you haven’t heard of and need to take

The International Selkirk Loop: 1 route, 2 countries, and endless memories over 7 days Our family has driven the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina. We’ve curved along the entire length of winding, remote Highway 1 in California. Roads like these inspire global renown for their scenic beauty, vibrant landscapes, and communities full …


Smiling child wearing hat, sunglasses, and P.F.D. while sitting in a kayak by the river.

Atoms, axes, kayaks & fossils: Things to do with kids in Tri-Cities, WA

Between Seattle, Portland, and Boise, a family friendly experience awaits in three just-right cities Hills, history, rivers, and food—all in a not-too-big, not-too-small urban area that prides itself on being family friendly? Sign. Us. Up. The first time we parents visited Washington’s Tri-Cities area, we left certain of one thing: As soon as we could, …


Victoria to Seattle ferry with kids: The FRS Clipper departs daily from Seattle

Victoria to Seattle ferry with kids: Is it worth it?

A newlywed wish comes true: Our family of four rides the FRS Clipper from Seattle to Victoria, BC, and back again On the calm September morning, the first rays of the rising late-summer Friday sun touched the green, tree-shrouded islands to the west. The tang of salty air brightened our eyes as we looked out …


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 …