The Daily Mom Travel Diary: Our 3 Days at the Best Dude Ranch in Arizona By Dani & Elena

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.

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Spring Breakin’ Tucson Style at Tanque Verde Ranch

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.

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A Local’s Guide for a Weekend in Naples

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!

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Easter on the East Coast

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!

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6 Girls-Trip Approved Dining Digs in Vegas

You’ve decided to load up the ladies and girl trip it to Vegas. Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, a birthday celebration, or just a plain ‘ol have-fun trip, besides finding the best hotel and most entertaining shows, you should have a general idea of the coolest and most delicious places to grab a bite to eat during your stay. You’ll definitely need to keep your energy up while hitting the dance floors and pulling the slots, so let us give you our top six girls-trip approved dining digs in Sin City.

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The Ultimate Family-Friendly Camping Gear Guide

With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!

We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.

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Experiencing the Best in Mazatlán, Mexico

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…

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun: Your first romantic getaway without the kids

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.

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Sensual Vacation for Adults at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa

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. 

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Day of the Dead in Mazatlán

Each year, people in Mexico gather together to celebrate the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos. This holiday and its celebrations are unique to Mexico. It is actually celebrated over more than one day as everyone gathers together in different ways to remember friends and families that have died. This holiday is also famous for the colorful, yet gothic style art, costumes, decorations, and imagery. While the Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico and by those of Mexican descent everywhere, especially in the United States, if you want to experience this cultural tradition firsthand, you should travel to Mazatlán. This historic city celebrates The Day of the Dead like nowhere else. Just take a look…

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Magical Images Of Mazatlán

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. 

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What To Do on a Kid-Free Getaway in Orlando

Orlando, located in central Florida, is a tourism hot spot. It is one of the most popular areas to visit in the United States and for good reason. Both Disney and Universal set up shop here with amazing parks. There is so much to do in Orlando. You could never see and do everything in one visit, and that’s why people keep coming back for more. What you choose to do in Orlando depends on if you are traveling with young children, older kids and teenagers, or just adults. Yes, adults can have an amazing time in Orlando when they get away without their kids. An adult trip to Orlando can be just as fun as traveling with kids. You get to tailor your itinerary to what you want to see and do. If you are planning a kid-free getaway to central Florida, here are ten things you must experience!

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7 Common Mistakes People Make when Planning a Holiday

Planning a holiday and traveling to new pastures is something that many of us do each year for both business and leisure purposes. Traveling can be very exciting and a wonderful experience whether you are a seasoned traveler or a novice. However, one thing that you need to remember is that traveling does often require a lot of forward thinking and planning in order to ensure the smooth running of your trip. There are many people that make common mistakes when they are planning a holiday or traveling, and these mistakes – albeit simple ones – can have a big impact on everything from your enjoyment of the trip to cost and convenience. This is why it is important to think ahead and plan your trip properly so that you get to enjoy a memorable holiday for all the right reasons.

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Valentine’s Day Travel Deals

Whether you want to plan a casual romantic getaway or an adventure whirlwind romance trip, you’re sure to find exactly what you desire, not only in your lover’s eyes, but within your final destination. While you are shopping around and looking for the perfect place, don’t forget about the thing to do this Valentine’s Day. Forget doing just the getaway, get out there and do something different, fun, and amazingly sexy, for couples and singles! 

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