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How to See Every State and Survive a Bucking Horse–A Tween Travel Blog

By Adam Roy Kjar, a 10-year-old tween travel blogger who is spending 52 weeks exploring all 50 states (50by52) with his family. Hi. My name is Adam Roy and I just turned 10 a few weeks ago. Our family went crazy, sold everything, and went out to visit all 50 states. And trust me, with four siblings…let’s just say sometimes it would be a little better alone. So yeah… at first it was awesome.  I mean I got to ride...

50 States, 52 Weeks: Chasing Dreams and Being OK with the Unknown–A Teen Travel Blog

By Ace Kjar, a 14-year-old who is spending 52 weeks exploring all 50 states (50by52) with his family. My family and I have been on the road for seven months. We decided to take a year off, sold our house and everything in it, then hit the road on our journey to explore through all fifty states in one year. I’m a regular kind of guy from Utah, who loves comics, television, food, and a bunch of other stuff I’m...

A Mother-Daughter Weekend Adventure in San Francisco

By Brooke Noelle, teen travel blogger and co-founder of Pedis-n-Passports, a mother/daughter travel blog Talk about an epic weekend! Hi everyone. It’s Brooke. I just got back from the most incredible weekend in San Francisco and want to share our adventures with you. I’m not saying we hit everything on our list because we didn’t come close, but we certainly tried to get as much in as possible. In honesty, a weekend is not nearly enough time to spend in San...

Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park

By Dennis Pilipenko, college-bound teen travel blogger who frequently contributes to Celebrate the Weekend The Narrows On my family’s trip to Zion National Park in Utah last summer, my father and I undertook a hike up the Narrows, and the experience was much more enjoyable than the ominous name would lead you to believe. The Narrows is the narrowest section of the Zion Canyon, and most of it is submerged in water. You can hike up from Temple Sinawava or down from Chamberlain’s Reach to the Virgin River located at...

Washington, D.C.: On Painting Impasto

By Samantha Kiss Second-place winner of the 2016 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship When people think about visiting Washington, D.C., they create an impressionist painting characterized by swirling shades of patriotism: dashes of museums crowded with artifacts, towering monuments, and ribbons of ethnic restaurants mingling with office spaces. This is the big picture. This is what we put on postcards and in picture frames....

Hamilton Chicago: Take Your Shot with These Helpful Tips

By Sabina Benson Teen travel blogger and eighth-grader at Roosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School in San Diego |  I am obsessed with Hamilton. And this Christmas, my parents surprised me with tickets. (Yes, I cried!) We boarded a plane from San Diego to Chicago on Christmas Day and saw the show December 30. For those of you also lucky enough to score next-to-impossible-to-get tickets to Hamilton, here are a few tips....

A Taste of Oahu: Fresh Produce Aloha Style

By Kaiya Arias de Cordoba Seventh-grader at SEEQS charter middle school in Honolulu |  On Oahu, which is part of the Hawaii island chain, there are many different community gardens and farmers’ markets. Because we are an island, a trip to the grocery store is very expensive since food must first be shipped. Locally grown produce is not only less expensive but it is also healthier since everything is so fresh....

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...