10 Best Roadtrip Stops: Phoenix, AZ Edition

This series of posts is presented to you with the help of Cooper Tires. Four of our writers set off to find the best road trip stops in their cities. This post is a result of at least 100 minutes of road trip song singing, destination exploring, photo taking, video capturing and smooth riding on new tires, courtesy of Cooper Tires. If you and your family love road tripping and are looking for some fun spots 100 minutes from your hometown, check out all the posts in our series and Roadtrippers 100 Minutes from Home for other destinations. Read on to enjoy a recap of one of our road trips and our thoughts on Cooper tires.

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Ten Tips for Staying in a Cabin with Kids

Ten Tips for Staying in a cabin with kids

If you and your family love the great outdoors you may have thought of camping as a fun family vacation- but what if the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t really sounds all that wonderful? A good compromise would be to stay in a cabin! All over the country there are cabin rental companies that have cabins to fit any size family. Staying in a cabin allows a family to be immersed in nature and unplug some, but with some of the comforts of home (think: hot showers and a toilet!). This “happy medium” of sorts can be just what you need for the perfect family vacation- if you do a little preparation first.

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The Perfect All-Year Resort: The Fairmont Princess Scottsdale

Nestled in the heart of beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona and set against the backdrop of the McDowell mountains, lies the ultimate in family friendly fun, relaxation, and hospitality: the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This gorgeous AAA Five-Diamond resort is truly an oasis in the desert. Having just completed a $60-million renovation, this hotel features nearly 650 spacious guest rooms and boasts activities that will keep your youngest kids and Mom and Dad busy and entertained while being surrounded with some of of the most beautiful grounds you have ever seen. With five heated pools, two water slides, an incredible spa, tennis and basketball courts, four award-winning restaurants and two full 18-hole golf courses; the Fairmont Princess has something for everyone!

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The Ultimate Family Getaway in Mexico

If you’re thinking about taking a family vacation then look no further than Club Med’s all-inclusive resort in Cancún, Mexico. Leave the small hassles of normal vacations behind and let Club Med staff take care of you while you enjoy time with loved ones. Club Med’s Cancún Yucatán location is ideal for families looking to get away to a tropical paradise. With an intimate atmosphere, brand new family suites, programs for kids as young as 2 (babies are welcome too!), beautiful vistas, and a large menu of activities, you and your family can create the perfect day every day of your vacation.

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Turnberry Isle Resort: Unique Miami Escape

 Turnberry Isle Resort Unique Miami Escape

Are you tired of the usual luxury chain hotels?  Are you searching for an uncommon destination for your next vacation–one that holds its own character and allows for you to unfold something new throughout your journey?  An independent luxury hotel from the Autograph Collection is the answer.  Once in a lifetime you must visit Miami and bask in the sun at Turnberry Isle Miami.

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Driving Distracted: How’s YOUR Driving?

September is National Child Passenger Safety month and while ensuring that your child’s car seat is properly installed, this is only on part of the equation when it comes to ensuring the safety of your family. Today we’d like to address driving while distracted, something most of us are guilty of at one point or another. We also offer some tips on staying focused while driving so that you keep not only your children safe but yourself as well.

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End Your Summer With A Splash: 4 Family-Friendly Water Resorts

Summer is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school. But vacation season doesn’t have to end! Below we profile four family-friendly water resorts across the country great for one last summer-fun experience before getting into full-on school mode. These resorts are also a perfect destination any time of the year. Below we profile two scenic resorts in Florida and an Arizonan resort perfect for big families which all boast great weather year-round, as well as an indoor water resort located in New Jersey!

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Dad’s Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Dads Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Unfortunately, some of us have to pack our suitcases up often for our jobs– and as much as we don’t like leaving our families, knowing that a week here, or a month there is just what we signed up to do.  Obligation overtakes heartache, and we grab our sick-packs, neck rolls and toothbrushes to board our airline of choice to rack up our frequent flier miles, and off we go across the globe.

Up until the last ten years, if you traveled for work, you were a slave to the hotel room’s phones, lobby pay phones, post cards, and snail mail to stay in touch.  And even if you were able to get in touch with a loved one… time was limited because there was actually a time where we paid long distances fees to talk from state to state.  Any veteran military spouse can tell you technology has come a very long way from what it used to be.

The truth is technology is so unbelievable today that a lonesome traveler doesn’t have to suffer the hotel-room-blues anymore.  Speaking from our own experiences, here are some tips to staying close to your family while you’re gone.

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