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Mike Baron

Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, National Parks, Southwest

10 most stunning family friendly hikes of Arches National Park

A day of family friendly hiking in Arches National Parks is one of the most popular ways to enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Many of the hikes are rated moderate making a day hike in Arches National Park the perfect activity for the entire family.

The stunning landscapes of Southern Utah are on full display pairing picturesque sandstone formations with a back drop of majestic mountains or bone dry desert. On a clear night, the dark sky is second to none with awe inspiring views of the milky way framed by world famous landmark views.

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Delicate Arch - Moab - Arches National Park
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, National Parks, Southwest

The Ultimate Kid-approved guide to Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the “mighty five” national parks in Utah along with Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef, and nearby Canyonlands.  The park boasts supernatural rock formations and stunning landscapes, including the famous delicate arch that can be seen on every Utah license plate.  Our kid-friendly guide to Arches National Park delivers the essentials you need to make the most of your trip.

The park is massive with plenty to offer, so having a plan with the kids is helpful.  On our first five day trip to Moab, we planned to visit Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse State Park, but were so impressed with Arches that we never left.  This was a easy for us since we live a few hours away, but this guide should help narrow down the highlights.

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The right hiking boots can make a big difference on the trails, even for the little guys
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips

Actually useful guide to buying kid’s hiking boots

If you plan to spend a lot of time on the trails, arguably the single most important piece of equipment you can own is appropriate footwear.  A lot has been written about how to choose the best hiking boots, and there is even a recent heated debate in the hiking community about whether hiking boots are even the best tool for the job, but factors that go into hiking footwear decisions for children varies wildly from those for adult men or women.  This guide aims to help simplify the options and identify the best hiking boots or shoes for kids.

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View from Top of the Rock in New York City
New York City, Road Trips

Budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City

After having lived in New York City for the past 10 years, I have helped countless friends and family generate itineraries for a weekend in New York City.  Rather than allow these plans to rot in the vast nothingness of my Gmail outbox, it would be a crime for me, a travel blogger, not to share some of them with the general public.  I have done countless flavors of a weekend depending on who is coming, but this is a budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City itinerary.  

When people come to visit for the first time, I’m typically asked for a mix of sightseeing the major attractions along with a few local off the grid recommendations.  I’m also told that people want to cram in as much as possible, so buckle on your walking shoes because I’m going to wear you out.

Note: I actually wrote this as an email to a friend and converted it to a post, so you can take comfort with the knowledge that these are authentic, genuine recommendations and not click-bait.

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Providence Canyon Georgia with kids
Camping and Hiking, Road Trips, Southeast

Taking the kids to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

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For a weekend adventure in the southeast United States that rivals the beauty of the actual Grand Canyon, if not the size and scope, Providence Canyon is a great option.  Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a 1,103 acre Georgia state park near Lumpkin, Georgia, about two and a half hours southwest of Atlanta.  

With massive gullies and 16 canyons that tower as high as 150 feet, the views of the chasms, plateaus, cliffs, and pinnacles are spectacular.  Activities in the park include hiking and camping, along with full facilities, a nice amount of open space, and plenty of picnic tables to feed the family.

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