Entries by Susan Barnes

Swimming with Manatees

On a recent cold (for Florida) morning, my 9-year-old nephew, sister and I drove 1.5 hours from my home in Tampa north to Crystal River. Our mission: to swim with the manatees. Just that week, an estimated 300 manatees were spotted in Crystal River’s natural springs. The reason for their migration into the springs was […]

Spend President’s Day Weekend with Presidents

President’s Day Weekend is this month, so why not spend time with U.S. presidents? Aside from the White House in Washington, D.C., there are plenty of places around the country to pay tribute to the presidents. Here, we take a look at a handful of spots for your family to have fun while at the […]

The Oasis at Death Valley

The two-hour-ish drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley is pretty straightforward, and there is not much civilization after you turn left from Pahrump, Nev., and head west into California. The landscape becomes more remote and rugged, and it is easy to think you have landed on another planet. Around a bend, there it is, […]

Family Destination: Death Valley

Its name is not particularly inviting — Death Valley. Even with its sometimes-snowcapped mountains reaching toward the sky, the desert landscape lies below sea level and is known for its steady droughts and record summer heat, with temperatures topping out at well more than 100 degrees. Why in the world would anyone want to visit […]

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions, Even On the Road

If you’re like a lot of us, you probably made a New Year’s resolution to get — or stay — healthy this year. Now that January’s passed, many of those resolutions may be left in the rearview mirror along with the start of 2018. But they don’t have to be! Here, we take a look […]

3 Places to Travel in 2018

With an entire world ripe for exploration, it’s hard to pinpoint which places to visit in 2018. So many variables come into play — close to home or far away, a short getaway or a longer stay, mountains or beaches, cities or rural landscapes. Here, we take a look at three places to consider for […]