Monday, October 24, 2011

Family Travel to Tucson

Tucson, Arizona has many fine hotels and resorts and the fall is a wonderful time to visit. Here is a picture of the beautiful pool area at the Hilton El Conquistador located at the base of the mountains. This was taken in the early morning so it is still a bit hazy, but on a clear sunny day the view of the Santa Catalina Mountains is absolutely tremendous. This resort has several pools, one especially geared for kids. The pool area also has gas fire pits in the outdoor sitting areas near the pool that are very nice when things cool down a bit in the evening. Enjoy golf, tennis, horseback riding or pamper yourself with a massage or at the spa. While you are in Tucson be sure and take the family to the Pima Air Museum. They have a wonderful collection of all types of aircraft. If you enjoy history and the old west, then you may want to visit Tombstone, which is a little over an hour to the southeast. Have fun and stay safe!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Family Travel Ideas

So, you are planning a family vacation and you are hoping to come up with some good ideas?
Well, a good place to start when looking for ideas for a family vacation is to check out the state tourism sites for areas in the United States that you may be considering. These are usually a great source to see what family attractions are available in different parts of a state, so you can see how they match up with your interests. As you narrow down the area that you want to travel to, these sites can also give you a feel for what type of accommodations are available, along with restaurants, shopping and other services. We have used the state tourism sites often when planning trips. Most of these sites provide a way to request a state tourism visitor guide to be sent to you or you can download one to your computer for easy reference. Either way, the visitor guide should be a great help when planning your next family vacation. Have a fun and safe trip!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Visiting Mount Rainier

Just a short drive from Seattle, Mount Rainier is located to the southeast and on a clear day can be seen from many miles away. In fact, as you are driving around the Seattle area you may at first mistake the beautifully snow capped peak for cloud cover as it rises up 14,411 feet above sea level. Being this close to the ocean the rise in altitude appears to be even more dramatic than other mountains this tall where the surrounding area is already 5,000-6,000 feet. The picture shown here, was taken on the way up the mountain when we were at an altitude of about 4500 feet.

Mount Rainier is a great place to visit. The scenery is spectacular with pristine waterfalls, dense forest, rock formations and meadows filled with spring flowers. Even in the summer on a warm comfortable day you may come across an ice patch on a hiking trail. When we visited in the middle of summer we were very comfortable in shorts, but lakes part way up the mountain were still partially frozen and ice and snow was plentiful in many spots. We took the rode to Paradise, which I highly recommend, and enjoyed some good hiking and the wonderful view at Narada Falls on the way up. The historic Paradise Inn is a great place to relax and enjoy lunch or a snack and take in some of the mountain views. The nearby meadow can either be filled with spring flowers blooming or a snow playground to enjoy, depending on the year. Either way, it will be great fun and create special memories for you and your family. Enjoy!