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Shelly Rivoli

Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.

How Fourth Graders Can Visit National Parks for FREE

School is back in session, and if someone is starting the 4th grade at your house, great news! From September 1st through August 31st of NEXT YEAR, your 4th grader can get your whole family into more than 2,000 federal lands and waters for FREE. That’s hundreds of national parks alone! Here are six important …

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Review of The Greenhorn | California Family Dude Ranch Vacations

QUINCY, CALIFORNIA: Review of The Greenhorn Ranch. It’s not every day you go to check email, hear a splash, and look up to see an osprey rising with its catch—and a bald eagle chasing right behind. Too stunned to switch my cell phone to camera mode, I just stared in rapture at the raptors circling …

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Bend with Kids – Oregon Summer Family Vacation Guide

Planning a summer trip with the kids to Bend, Oregon?  With the wild and scenic Deschutes River flowing into its city center, and the majestic Cascade Mountains watching over it from the west, Bend sits quietly poised for outdoor adventures of nearly every interest and ability. Its pristine lakes and waterways call to fly-fishing and …

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Ten Unforgettable California Family Vacations

For many, the phrase California family vacations conjures images of roller coasters, princesses, and perhaps a Lego or two million. Yet California has so much more to offer families than theme park vacations. Consider its giant sequoias and world’s tallest redwood trees awaiting in ancient forests. Classic cable cars climbing the hills of San Francisco and …

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Passports for Teens: Tips for getting and renewing U.S. Passports

TIPS: U.S. Passports for Teens – Just when you get the hang of international travel with children, you turn around to suddenly face the prospect of travel with teens. Your daughter can nearly look you in the eye. Your son begins to ask details about the next trip you never had to explain before (or …

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Weird and Wonderful Techatticup Mine – Eldorado Canyon, Nevada

NELSON, NEVADA: TECHATTICUP MINE – Your kicks might be on Route 66, but your curiosity will surely peak on Highway 165 as you cruise past a series of odd spectacles–beginning with a vintage Texaco sign at the road–just two miles past the town of Nelson, in Nevada’s Eldorado Canyon.   A Most Peculiar Pit Stop …

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Five Great National Park Vacations for Families

With more than four hundred national park sites in the United States, deciding which park to visit for your family vacation can be daunting. How far will you travel to reach them? What will you do once you get there? Not to worry. These five popular parks provide an ideal combination of outdoor activities and …

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Review of Safari West: One Night in the African Tent Camp

Come along on our family’s Northern California glamping adventure at Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp in Santa Rosa, California. Full review with details of our stay to help you plan your own family’s visit follow — and don’t miss the follow-up with our jeep tour: On Safari in Sonoma ! ONE NIGHT …

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