Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only two states left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a major North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas, dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids, her husband, two cats, a dog and six backyard chickens.


Learn with the Best at Northstar Ski Resort Lake Tahoe

A family ski getaway should be filled with shared moments of wonder and excitement. To do that, a family needs help, especially with young children. A ski resort that caters to the needs of families is key. By providing a superior learning environment for the kids and a village full of fun for après, kids create memories instead of meltdowns. I found all that on a winter getaway at Northstar Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe, California. Learn with the Best at Northstar Ski Resort Lake Tahoe Located near Lake Tahoe that straddles Nevada and California, Northstar Ski Resort offers...

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Best Beaches for Families in the US

It might be gray and gloomy outside though brighter days are on the horizon. Take a moment to relax and visualize the crashing waves. Sound divine? It is and now is the time to plan a family beach trip. Spring Break is weeks away and summer creeps closer by the day. To find the best beaches for families in the US, National Parks TravelingMom pulled together a list of beaches for animal lovers, shellers and sunset worshippers. As a Traveling Mom that’s driven across the continental US, friends always ask what’s my favorite beach. Kinda like asking me which...

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Smash the Best with the Fam at the Iconic Squaw Valley

Carving the perfect line through glistening snow under a blue bird sky while sneaking peeks of the pristine alpine lake. Could be a dream or just another day on the mountain at the legendary Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe. An iconic resort since hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley tops lists worldwide and recently named USA Today’s #1 North American ski resort. Don’t let the Olympic history intimidate you. The National Parks Traveling Mom of three found a huge area packed with lots of family-friendly green runs, perfect for kids. Squaw Valley Ski Resort for Families...

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The Best Mountain Resort to Escape to — the Iconic Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is more than one of the best ski resorts in the US. It’s an icon. A destination that tops powder hounds’ and bunnies’ bucket lists alike. One of just three Olympic hosts in North America, the USA Today’s 10Best #1 ski resort, and National Parks TravelingMom’s favorite place to carve. But what about non-skiers? There’s a village packed full of fun for everyone on a family ski getaway, including Grandma and the baby. Squaw Valley-Destination for Fun off the Slopes Taking the entire family skiing requires more than a pack of lift tickets. Squaw Valley Ski Resort...

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Exploring the Wonders of Texas National Parks (No Deserts or Tumbleweeds, We Promise)

National Parks TravelingMom loves her parks and spends every school break exploring them with her three kids. Her favorite parks are Texas national parks. It seems Texas offers a little bit of everything from miles of coasts, acres of evergreen forests and mountains that touch the clouds. Come along to discover the diversity in the Great Outdoors of Texas, with a Texas native. The Great Outdoors of Texas In a state that takes a day to drive through, I’m still exploring Texas with the wonder of a child. Thanks to my three kids, ages 9, 12 and 14, we’ve traveled...

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Hate Posers? Ski Like a Local at Lake Tahoe’s Diamond Peak

Ever wondered where the local families ski in Lake Tahoe? A couple of weeks ago I spent a glorious day at Diamond Peak Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s north shore in Incline Village. After a near perfect run, I relaxed on the deck under a blue bird sky and watched the lake twinkle in the afternoon sun. As neighbors greeted each other and chatted, I realized Diamond Peak offered families convenience and value allowing for more days on the slopes. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, a Gem at Lake Tahoe On my first trip to Tahoe twenty years ago, I...

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How to Shred a Winter Day in Tahoe City, California

With three active kids, National Parks TravelingMom wishes she could ski for days on end…but she just can’t. That’s why when mapping out their Lake Tahoe ski trips, she plans for a rest day off the slope. And Tahoe City, just a few minutes from the ski resorts, is the perfect non-skiing day with family favorites like sledding and ice skating. Tahoe City for Winter Family Fun A day on the mountain is the best, but Mom needs a break after a couple of days. That’s why I plan a winter family fun day to catch my breath — without...

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How To Monkey Around in the Dominican Republic

I know kids. I have three. And there’s one thing kids want to do more than anything and that’s play with a MONKEY. I’ve wanted to play with a monkey since I was 11. But the zoo wouldn’t let me. So when I learned I could feed monkeys in the Dominican Republic, I was all in. Why leave the All-Inclusive Resort? Lounging in a beachside cabana offers busy adults the time they need to recharge and relax. But I didn’t want to sum up my time in the Dominican Republic with one sentence, “I sat by the beach with a...

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What to Look for in a Ski School for Little Ones

The thought of sparkling flurries falling through the fragrant evergreens always gets me at this time of year. I pine away for a winter getaway with my family, enjoying the exhilaration of a perfect run at my favorite ski resort. My family started a family ski trip tradition years ago, knowing that families that ski together will travel together even after the kids hit college. My best advice: start young and keep going. Where to Start for the Family Ski Trip Taking the kids skiing for the first time seems monumental. I know, I’ve been there. I’m here to...

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How to Heal a Broken Heart at Ocean Blue and Sand Dominican Republic

When Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City found herself with a broken heart, she headed to an all-inclusive. It worked for her, so I figured it would work for me too. Grabbing my passport, a bikini and the chicest sunglasses I own, I hopped a plane bound for the Dominican Republic. To soothe over the bitterness of life, I spent a week lounging and luxuriating next to a beach with water the color of my favorite jewelry box. Why Stay at an All-Inclusive Waking up on a recent Wednesday morning, I grabbed my passport and hopped a plane headed for the Caribbean....

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