The 411 on Guatemala’s Antigua with Kids

The colorful town of Antigua is one of Guatemala’s prettiest and most popular destinations. Originally established in the 16th century as the country’s capital, the area was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 and the political center moved to the seismically less active Guatemala City. Antigua was subsequently rebuilt on a grid pattern (inspired … Continue reading The 411 on Guatemala’s Antigua with Kids

The 411 on Valencia with Kids

As your family navigates the narrow pedestrian streets of Valencia’s city center, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Spanish architecture, terra cotta walls, Juliette-style balconies, and hanging potted plants.  As you approach Lope de Vega Square, be on the look out for the narrowest building in Europe, at only 105 cm wide (located at  #6).  Let … Continue reading The 411 on Valencia with Kids

Ten Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Ireland with Kids

No longer seen as a destination exclusively for honeymooners and the tour bus crowd, Ireland is quickly becoming known as a family travel destination and with good reason. For families eager for their first taste of Europe in particular,  Ireland’s magic, culture, and minimal language barrier make it an ideal point of entry (that lyrical … Continue reading Ten Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Ireland with Kids

The 411 on Puerto Vallarta with Kids

Almost perfectly centered between Mexico’s north and south borders on the Pacific, Puerto Vallarta is thought by many to be “the most Mexican beach destination in the country.” While you’ll find plenty of modern resorts and condos here, you’ll quickly see that Puerto Vallarta has retained her old world character in spite of them–carved wooden … Continue reading The 411 on Puerto Vallarta with Kids

The 411 on Yosemite National Park with Kids

Granite domes, sheer cliffs, waterfalls, ancient and enormous trees, alpine meadows, and a lush river valley all come together in one of America’s most famous and beloved national parks. Yosemite is just a few hours’ drive from the Bay Area, so it may be tempting to add a few days to your San Francisco itinerary … Continue reading The 411 on Yosemite National Park with Kids

The 411 on Traverse City with Kids

Deep and narrow, the cool, pristine waters of Lake Michigan stretch down like fingers into Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, forming the East and West Arms of the Grand Traverse Bay. Hugging the bay, Traverse City is one of the most popular summertime vacation destinations in the state, especially during the first week in July when nearly … Continue reading The 411 on Traverse City with Kids

The 411 on Granada – Nicaragua with Kids

Founded in 1524, Granada’s locals like to claim it is not only the oldest city in Nicaragua, but the first to be settled in all of the Americas. While that may or may not be true (León, to the north of the country, stakes the same claim), this charming colonial city does boast a fascinating … Continue reading The 411 on Granada – Nicaragua with Kids