Gwen Kleist

Gwen Kleist

Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer and PR professional who works full-time at a major medical center in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide. Follow her on Twitter at @HealthTravelMom.


Gangsters, Bodies and Neon Lights: Three Awesome Museums to Check Out in Las Vegas with Teens & Tweens

When you think of Las Vegas, the word “museum” doesn’t typically come to mind first thing. But believe it or not, Vegas is home to a number of museums that are interesting, entertaining and quintessentially Vegas. So when you’re visiting Las Vegas with teens and tweens, check out these amazing museums. Las Vegas with Teens or Tweens: Must See Museums Though known for its casinos, shopping and world class dining, Las Vegas is actually home to several cool museums that should be on your To Do list, especially if your tween or teen is along for the trip. Here...

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Nine Awesome Things to Do in Key West with Teens

Located at the southernmost point in the United States, Key West is famous for its warm climate, sunny beaches, lively bar scene and legendary sunset celebrations. But if you think all that makes it a destination geared toward grown-ups only, you’d be mistaken! Key West offers plenty of kid-friendly, fun and downright thrilling activities to entertain even the most hard-to-please members of your family – teens and tweens. Teens and tweens are a picky bunch. How do you find the right balance between fun, adventure, education and a little R&R when traveling with 11-17 year olds? That’s a question...

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Hotel Review: Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California

Dreaming of an exotic beach getaway, but tethered to a budget that keeps you in the states? Look no further than Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego near Mission Beach. Located on a picturesque peninsula on Mission Bay, the Bahia offers an array of family-friendly activities, fabulous dining options, spacious rooms, and all the amenities you need to enjoy a sun-splashed beach getaway. Bahia San Diego Resort: Hotel near Mission Beach Featuring a waterfront setting and lush tropical gardens, the Bahia Resort Hotel sprawls across a 14-acre peninsula on San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay. Feel like a world away...

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5 Great Things to Do with Kids Outside Disney World Parks

It’s no exaggeration to say you can easily fill up a week or two at Walt Disney World and still not see everything there is to see. But whether have you a week or two weeks or even just a couple of days, sometimes you need a break from visiting the parks. Luckily, Walt has you covered. And you don’t even have to leave Walt Disney World or spend a ton of extra money to enjoy these 5 super fun things to do with kids outside Disney World Parks. People go to Walt Disney World to experience those four...

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Walt Disney World Resorts – Value vs. Moderate vs. Deluxe

When you stay at one of the Disney World Resorts at Walt Disney World in Orlando, you’re always in the middle of the magic! Disney resorts offer amenities, theming and conveniences you just can’t find at other hotels off-property. But how do you know which one is right for your family? Here’s a guide to help you decide. Which of the Disney World Resorts is Right for You? My brother is awesome. He has a lifetime goal of visiting every state in the U.S. And he’s getting pretty close! Just three or four more to go. My travel goal...

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L’Auberge Del Mar: A Family Friendly, Upscale Beach Resort in San Diego

Thinking about a summer beach vacation? Look no further than L’Auberge Del Mar, a family friendly, upscale beach resort just a few miles north of San Diego. Perched on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, L’Auberge Del Mar is a chic beach retreat perfect for that long-awaited romantic getaway or family beach escape. Sporting stunning views, luxurious rooms, and just steps away from the beach and great shopping and restaurants, this resort has it all. L’Auberge Del Mar: A Family Friendly, Upscale Beach Resort in San Diego Seeped in sophistication, L’Auberge Del Mar, a Destination Hotel, sits perched above...

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Zip Lining Over Alligators and 8 Other Ways to Thrill Teens in St. Augustine

Known as America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, has an unparalleled history and all the museums, historic buildings and points of interest to go along with it! But there’s so much more to this town than educational spots. You’ll find plenty of unique, fun and downright thrilling activities to entertain even the most hard-to-please members of your family – teens and tweens. Teens and tweens are a picky bunch. How do you find the right balance between fun, education and a little R&R when traveling with the 11-16 year old set? That’s a question I asked on a recent...

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Hotel Review: Vdara Resort & Spa in Las Vegas

If you’re traveling to Las Vegas, chances are you want to be right in the center of the action. But if you’re going with kids, maybe having to walk through a casino to get to your room isn’t ideal. That’s where the Vdara Hotel & Spa comes in! Smack in the middle of the Vegas Strip, but set back just far enough to be a relaxing retreat. Add big rooms with kitchenettes to the mix and you’ve got an ideal Las Vegas family hotel.   Las Vegas Family Hotel Review: Vdara Resort and Spa  The Vdara Hotel and Spa is an...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo Las Vegas

  Some people go to Las Vegas for the nonstop action, electrifying atmosphere and vibrant crowds. Other people love all that, but don’t necessarily want to be immersed in it 24/7. That’s where the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo comes in. Close enough to the Vegas fun, but a world away when you want to unwind, relax and enjoy some quiet time on your vacation. And, if you’re bringing the kids, it’s an ideal Las Vegas family hotel. The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo is just steps away from the Vegas Strip, adjacent to the...

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The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert

Once the choice hotel of the Hollywood elite, where Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin stayed and played, the Riviera Palm Springs has transformed into an enticing blend of retro sophistication and contemporary comfort. With two pools, sprawling grounds, well-appointed rooms and lots of family-friendly dining options and activities, the Riviera is a great choice for families visiting Palm Springs. The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert Located on 24 lushly landscaped acres at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, the Riviera Palm Springs captures the essence of...

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