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.


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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Lose Yourself in a National Park for Free in 2017

Did you find your park? It’s not too late. Make it a point to discover the awe-inspiring beauty or the rich cultural history of the United States by visiting a National Park Service Site in 2017 with your family. US national parks offer many free sites and the biggest attractions like Grand Canyon offer several fee-free days in 2017. US National Parks for Free! National parks offer priceless beauty and for 10 days in 2017 the admission price is just that–priceless. Only 124 of the 413 US national parks charge admission ($3 to $30). The remaining sites are free...

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: World’s Largest Rotating Tram Cars

Perched high above the Coachella Valley, minutes from Palm Springs, California, I discovered an alpine forest with towering trees and summer temperatures rarely reaching 80F. As the seasons change, the treed oasis transforms into a winter wonderland perfect for a day of sledding or snow-shoed exploring. Climb aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a breathtaking ride in the world’s largest rotating tram cars. My kids love different. So when I told them I wanted to ride a rotating cable car up the side of a mountain to visit our next national park site, they were all in. On...

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Legendary Luxury at Death Valley’s The Inn at Furnace Creek

When Old Hollywood needed an escape from the demands of making movies, they hopped in their convertibles drove out to a luxurious desert getaway, four hours from Los Angeles. The glamorous still lounge by the legendary pool, sipping cocktails and hiding under large chapeaus, sometimes shining brighter than the nighttime stars overhead. But it’s the service and the amenities that shine the brightest at The Inn at Furnace Creek, the iconic luxury property that offers hospitality as warm as the sunset in Death Valley National Park. Legendary Luxury at Death Valley’s The Inn at Furnace Creek Near the lowest...

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Hiking in a Volcano – Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument with Kids

My kids can never get enough of things that go BOOM! I have a family full of active kids, and we just had to head to central Oregon to hike in the center of a volcano. Newberry National Volcanic Monument has plains of lava, piles of lava and a tube made from lava. If your kids are fascinated by all things lava, like my kids, add this National Park site to your next Oregon road trip. Every summer I load up my three kids (8, 12 and 13) and hit the road. This summer we explored the Pacific Northwest. In-between...

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Discover Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge with Your Kids

Love a scenic drive and fields of lavender? This mom does. Do the back-seaters need a break from the screens? Mine do. My SUV can’t pass up a Fresh Cherries sign along the country roads of Oregon’s Fruit Loop. On a recent road trip, I found outdoor activities to keep my kids hiking and snacking along the Columbia River Gorge for days even saw some snow in July at a year-round ski destination. Discover Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge with Your Kids Oregon showcases seven wonders across its state, and one of the destinations is 30 miles east of Portland. The...

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San Juan Island: Washington Getaway for Families

On a recent road trip through the Pacific Northwest, I hopped the Washington State Ferry to discover San Juan Island. Its history, whale-watching and fields of summertime lavender had me hooked. After landing, I discovered an island without a traffic light where the only congestion happens at the ferry terminal on Sunday evening. San Juan Island is located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca along the Canadian border. This island boasts a temperate climate with unique shoreline whale-watching. An ideal destination for families with a slow, island pace. Family friendly activities range from exploring the island bike, kayaking...

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