Recently my family took a trip to Southern California. While we currently live in the Detroit area of Michigan, I was born and raised in Southern California, and half of my family still lives there. With my two young children, we make it a point to travel as a family to visit the area at least once every couple years. This time though, it was different. We didn’t really feel like we were traveling with babies any more, since my youngest is three years old, and my oldest is five. We didn’t have to schedule anything around naps, or breastfeeding breaks, or diaper changes, and that (in and of itself) was amazing. We did, however, get the opportunity to test drive a Mazda CX-9 for the week, as well as visit Disneyland with the children, and I’m here to tell you all about that experience today.
In the heart of the midwest, you will find one place that you can take your whole family and guarantee that everyone will leave happy. The Mall of America features so many attractions and experiences that you won’t be able to take them all in over a weekend. Kids of all ages from preschool to 100 years old will love it here. One of the big benefits of choosing the Mall of America for your next family trip is you don’t have to worry about the weather ruining your plans. You can come here year round. Even on the coldest winter day, you don’t need a coat. In the summer you won’t be sweating. Rain won’t shut down your fun. You can take everything in and experience it all inside, even staying at a hotel there as well. A visit to The Mall of America should be on every family’s travel bucket list. Here are our top 10 attractions for families at the Mall of America.
Arizona is a magical place, full of desert beauty, snow capped peaks, canyon lakes, and magnificent wildlife. It’s a state where you can view dusty, sandy grounds dotted with cacti as towering mountains blanketed with snow serve as a backdrop, all in one scene. Wild horses and cattle roam the landscapes, while one lane roads stretch for miles between sky high striped rocky cliffs. Where world famous landmarks lay as people from all over the Earth come to photograph and honor their longevity. It’s a place where the views that are set before your eyes seem unreal, as something flawlessly painted by an artist, a priceless piece of art. Even though it’s impossible to capture on a screen what these views look like in real time, we still tried to portray the power of nature and faith in these images, from the north to the south of Arizona. Savor each image, and please add them to your traveling bucket list, as each is truly a sight to behold.
The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.
Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great bucket list stops, everything from nature and landmark viewing to museums and aquariums, all kid-friendly, yet still fascinating and fun for adults. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the to-do list to us!
Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great places to recharge our batteries and refuel our bodies, all with a kid-friendly spin. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the hotel and restaurant recommendations to us!
When was the last time you felt truly relaxed and completely connected with all that is going on around you? Life certainly has a way of taking over. Between work, personal obligations, hauling the kids to sports, birthday parties, and class trips, the list just seems endless. Sometimes, with the monotony and business of day to day responsibilities you start to feel worn down as a person, mother, and wife. Slowing down is a foreign concept to many couples and families, yet it is the most overlooked way to rest and recharge. If you are looking for a getaway, whether just for adults or for the whole family, you simply cannot overlook the Emerson Resort and Spa located in the picturesque Catskills.
This spring break was a bit out of the ordinary for Elena and I (Dani) and our two kiddos. If you’ve been around Daily Mom at all, you know that we have a bad case of wanderlust, especially when it comes to us two. Half of the grand travel gestures we toss around never come to fruition, but this time was different. Elena decided to spend every extra minute she had – and trust me, there are not many extra minutes in this power woman’s day – on planning the perfect kid-friendly, with an educational twist, ten day trip on the other side of the country. Her hard work paid off, and we are currently – I’m literally sitting on the lawn of Tanque Verde Ranch writing this post – traveling through the state of Arizona, soaking in all the sunshine, desert heat, and cowboy facts we can find. Our first leg of the trip landed us in Tucson, at the best dude ranch in Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch. We’re pretty okay with just staying here for the whole week, as it’s a western paradise that fulfills us in every way, but our restless souls will ultimately move on tomorrow. So here is our diary entry into these last three days that were spent on an authentic ranch, together with our little cowboy and cowgal, Eli and Lexi.
Spring breaks are like Christmas; every year they come rolling around, whether we’re ready or not. If your typical spring break consists of lounging around the house, plugged into the boredom-busters, listening to the kids fight while you catch up on laundry and Netflix episodes, consider doing something different next year when spring break creeps up on you. If you’re craving a bit of adventure and western flair, whether you live on the East Coast or the West, pack up the cowboy boots and hats, and take the family to a real life dude ranch in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde Ranch is your answer to a week full of disconnected family bonding time, spent among the most stunning landscapes and wildlife that nature has to offer.
This spring and summer, we want to inspire you to hit the road and visit new places. Weekend getaways are perfect for the busy family wanting to travel. I’m Elena, Daily Mom’s managing editor and lover of all things travel. I want to share my city, Naples, Florida with our readers. I am always jetting off to other locations all over the world, but I call Naples home and know that it is a fabulous place to visit. If you want to visit Florida this summer, I think you should add Naples to your itinerary. Here is my personal list of places to visit and see while you are in my gorgeous city on the Gulf!
Easter is first and foremost a religious holiday. People gather in churches (sometimes for the first time all year) to celebrate The Resurrection. Of course for us moms, there’s another side to this beautiful holiday – the Easter Bunny. Where the idea to have a man-sized rabbit hop around depositing eggs came from, we may never truly know, but every kid loves a good egg hunt! Couple all of this with the fact that it’s often a three day weekend for most employees, and you’ve got the makings of a great vacation. Here are a few great getaway ideas for this Easter, all on the East Coast, complete with Sunrise Services, chocolate bunnies, and the most comfy beds we could find!
Mazatlán is a wonderful city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. This resort town located on the Pacific Coast has so much to offer. You can stay at an all-inclusive resort and still venture out for an authentic local experience. There is so much to see and do here. Try the cuisine, enjoy the natural beauty, learn about local history, and just generally have a ridiculously fun time while doing all this. Mazatlán itself is a very historic town, authentically Mexican, not overly touristy, and has lots of flights (direct) from the continental US and Canada. Believe it or not, you can experience the best of Mazatlán in less than a week. Here is how…
Let’s face it, time away from your kids is a luxury. While we love our children more than life itself, every mama needs a break to breathe and recharge. After a child-free vacation you will return home a better parent. If you haven’t taken a trip without your kids yet, please do everyone in your family a favor and plan a getaway with your partner or with some friends. Because time away comes at such a premium, you should make it worth your while. Don’t check into some motel just outside of your town. Take a trip to paradise. Take a trip to a place where you will not be around any kids and where you will be pampered and treated like royalty. That is the kind of trip that will leave you feeling renewed and ready to return home feeling amazing. You will find this at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.
What kind of getaway are you looking for this spring? If you have visions of a child-free vacation where you are pampered and can party the night away, Breathless Riviera Cancun is the ideal destination for you. This resort is a luxurious all-inclusive designed specifically for adults who want to let go of the boredom and stress that can set in with everyday life. You can live like a celebrity at Breathless Riviera Cancun. When your visit here comes to an end, sadly you must return to the real world, but Breathless Riviera Cancun will leave you refreshed and satisfied before you do.
On the Pacific coast of Mexico, you will find a resort town full of history and tradition. Don’t take that to mean this place is boring. The exact opposite is true. If you are looking for a party, they’ve got all the fun you could want and then some. You will find yourself surrounded in natural beauty unlike anything you’ve ever experienced as you try to experience it all. Mazatlán is a magical city in Mexico, and we have the photos to prove it.