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Still Magical: Salem, Massachusetts

By Caroline Eddy Reader, blogger at American Caffeine, historian, wardrobe architect The town of Salem is often remembered for one thing: witches. Most people have heard of the infamous 1692 trials, or know even a little something about them. So it’s no surprise that the place is hopping come Halloween season. Even if you can’t make it to Salem for October 31st, this magical city is still worth the visit. It’s a quaint New England town full of history, hidden...

Highway to He$%: Road Trip with No WiFi AND Parents?

  Let’s all jump in the car and DRIVE somewhere. As a family. Together. We’ll sing songs. We’ll play games, like charades. We’ll share and bond and grow closer than ever–just kids and their parents. Oh, and by the way, there may or may not be wi-fi. “LET’S GO!,” said no teen or tween. EVER. But this is exactly the adventure one family–two dads, two teen daughters–embarked on as they headed up (and down) the California coast. Antics ensued. Read...

Top of the Island: Hiking Diamond Head Crater

By Kaden Arias de Cordoba Tenth grader at Kalani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii When you think of Oahu—one of the islands of Hawaii and home to Honolulu—you might think of beaches and luaus. Yes, we have those. But reaching the top of Diamond Head Crater offers views that are worth the hike! Right after we moved to Oahu in February 2013, we hiked to the top of this extinct volcano. It’s pretty cool! Because Hawaii is tropical, it’s warm...

The Magic Never Ends: Disney World for Teens and Tweens

By Emilyann Owens Middle schooler and Disney-lover who lives in Colorado Which theme park has four lands, an amazing fireworks show, and one of the most iconic characters in history living there?? If you didn’t guess, it’s Walt Disney World!!! I have grown up loving Disney and will continue loving Disney until I die. No one is ever too OLD for Disney. As a 13-year-old who pretty much grew up living in Disneyland and Disney World (even though we live in...

Into the Woods: Family Camp in Vermont

At the Tyler Place, Enjoy an All-Inclusive Summer Camp for the Whole Family. Best of All:  Kids Hang with Kids, Teens Hang with Teens and Parents Hang with Adults. By Nikolai Wood High School Freshman in San Diego This past summer, my family and I spent a week at the Tyler Place Family Resort in Swanton, Vermont.  This beautiful and peaceful lakefront property lies hidden away on the northeastern edge of Lake Champlain, a short distance from the border of...

Charleston, S.C.: The Pearl on the Ashley

By Caroline Eddy Reader, blogger at American Caffeine, historian, wardrobe architect Charleston, South Carolina is the City of Churches and the height of Southern charm. Most of the United States just seems to be getting interested in all this place has to offer. My family has been spending vacations here for 21 years, and we still haven’t unearthed all the treasures. What I can do is give you the tips, tricks, and spots that are really worth your time – and...

NYC: In the Lights, On the Stage

By Yelena Wermers College student, blogger, theater geek, music lover Follow Yelena at www.theodysseyonline.com New York City is literally the city that never sleeps. (Just check out how lit up Times Square is at night!) From morning to night, there is never enough time to do it all. Your parents already know about all the tourist sites: I’m here to tell you how to meet Broadway stars and get into live show tapings—and maybe even win the Hamilton lottery. And...

Viva Las Vegas!

It’s time to hit up Vegas, baby! But wait—you’re a kid! Or at least considered underage. So what’s a teen or tween to do in this wild town? PLENTY. Believe it or not, Las Vegas is an awesome spot for families. In fact, it’s how we spent our spring break. And we loved every second. (Well, almost…but more about that later.) We hopped on an hour flight from So Cal and arrived ready to hit the town. We stayed at...

Magnifique Montreal

EH? So you’re heading north of the border to Montreal…as in Canada? As in French-Canadian? Does that mean they speak English or French? (Both.) Do you get to ride a moose? Do you get to eat mousse? (Probably no, maybe yes.) Montreal is a classy island city that looks a lot like old Europe but gives off a cool artsy vibe and offers a ton of fun. We landed in the middle of summer, and the city was going OFF...