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A Mother-Daughter Weekend Adventure in San Francisco

By Brooke Noelle, 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 Francisco. We left feeling...

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 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...

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...

A Day at Magic Mountain: the Ultimate Roller Coaster Theme Park

By Sabina Benson Eighth-grader at Roosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School in San Diego |  Looking for a day of peace and relaxation? Well, Six Flags Magic Mountain isn’t the place for you. Located just north of Los Angeles in Valencia, Magic Mountain is a theme park full of thrill rides, roller coasters and, in October, scares and monsters. I just went for the first time, and I genuinely had a blast and intend to go there many more times in...