Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only one state left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant, she's landed in nearly every major North American airport 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's a freelance writer and journalist 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, yardful ofcats, a dog and three backyard chickens.


The Ultimate Guide to Petra for Families

Has a movie ever inspired you to travel to an icon across the world? It did for the National Parks TravelingMom, who added Petra to her bucket list after watching Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade back in the 80s. Flash forward thirty years and she stands in the shadow of Petra’s The Treasury with goosebumps and says, “Wow, you made it.” Part archeological site and bucket list destination, Petra wows travelers from across the world. Back in the late 80s, I sat in a movie theater and saw The Treasury in Petra for the first time in Indiana Jones and...

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San Diego’s Best Tide Pools for Families

San Diego is a feast of family fun with amusement parks, a top zoo and glorious beaches but don’t forget San Diego’s national park site. Like most kids, the National Parks TravelingMom’s kids love animals so exploring a tide pool is a must in San Diego. See what you need to know and what to bring before splashing around in the Pacific, finding barnacles and sea stars with your kids at Cabrillo National Monument Tide Pools. The San Diego Zoo isn’t the only place to see animals in San Diego. See tiny ecosystems teeming with marine life during low...

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15 Best Museums for Kids in NYC

New York City offers families a top destination to explore. Even after exploring for 10 days, National Parks TravelingMom still left the Big Apple without seeing all she came to see, especially the museums. So plan wisely and mix NYC’s world-class museums in daily for your trip. Read on for her list of top museums for kids in NYC. Top Museums for Kids in NYC New York City offers a top destination for families with museums, shopping and shows. For families looking for museum fun, find museums that appeal to kids’ interests. If animals are tops, then a trip...

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The Ultimate Jordan Bucket List for Families

Jordan, a peaceful kingdom in the Middle East, offers families the chance to see bucket list places like Petra and the Wadi Rum desert. Then add experiences like floating in the Dead Sea and riding a camel to see why it’s a destination favorite among travelers worldwide. But is it great for families? Absolutely says National Parks TravelingMom, who spent a week exploring Jordan. Read on for her ultimate Jordan Bucket List. Jordan’s history paired with the adventure it offers makes it a destination kids will remember for a lifetime. After visiting Jordan for a week, I can’t wait...

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Explore a National Park for Free

Looking for a way to reconnect as a family while exploring and learning? Visit a national park for your next family getaway. The National Parks TravelingMom and her three kids have wandered through 40 of the 59 big national parks. After seeing the tallest mountains and the deepest canyons, she shares the 2018 National Park Service fee-free dates. US National Parks For Free! National parks offer priceless beauty, and for four days in 2018 the admission price is just that – priceless. Only 118 of the 417 US National Park Service sites charge admission ($3 to $30). And the...

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Top Tips for Learning to Ski and Snowboard with Kids

Enjoying time together in the outdoors keeps National Parks TravelingMom’s family happy and healthy during the winter. Years ago, she figured out families that ski together, vacation together longer. Read on to plan your family ski getaway with this comprehensive guide. Why Go Skiing or Snowboarding We started skiing as a family after I saw so many families with older teens and college students at ski resorts. Since it’s an individual sport, teens and college students have the freedom to explore and meet up with their family later. That and poor college students can’t afford to ski unless Mom...

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Winter Family Fun Guide For Lake Tahoe 

Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe boasts the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. With terrain considered the best in the West, it effortlessly offers thrills around the clock for the adventurous. Families flock to the Sierra Nevada mountains in ever-increasing numbers. Its laid-back vibe is coupled with a world-class learning environment, and  the endless days of blue bird skies create the perfect backdrop for a family ski getaway. After spending over 20 years exploring Lake Tahoe, the National Parks TravelingMom shares her favorites places for winter family fun in Tahoe. Lake Tahoe for Families Looking for...

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3 Day Itinerary for Los Angeles with Kids

Hop a plane to make your dreams come true in sunny Los Angeles. Whether it’s seeing the stars above at the Griffith Observatory or below on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grab a cruiser and bike along the beach or grab a board and learn to surf. An art museum, the tar pits, the Space Shuttle, or even a baseball game, you can do it in 3 days in LA. A few foodie stops and unique architectural musts make this 3 day itinerary for Los Angeles a must for your trip. 3 Day Itinerary for Los Angeles My kids,...

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18 Ways to be Danish in Solvang California

Hop abroad Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for a Royal European vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley, a train ride away from Los Angeles. Minutes from the Pacific Ocean, National Parks TravelingMom found traditional Danish foods and festivals, paired with the best of the Central Californian wine region. Travelers will find themselves a world away from the constant brake lights of LA. in this quiet Danish hamlet. With postcard-perfect weather, families will find a long weekend’s worth of things to do with kids in Solvang. Call it a compromise, but I needed to get away from my car and Southern...

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3 Day Itinerary For New York City

Just three days to visit New York City? Impossible? No, says National Parks TravelingMom who spent years living in New York City. Since your family will explore the Statue of Liberty, ride a couple of carousels, hop a tram and grab a pastrami-on-rye, pack your walking shoes. See the best buildings from above and below then head to a show. Don’t forget The Park but stay out of The Ramble. Then take the kids to eat at one of the poshest hotels in NYC, just head for the basement. There’s even time to see some art. After three days, your...

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