Shannon Entin

Shannon Entin

Shannon Entin is a New Jersey-based travel and entertainment writer who grew up under the impression that the highest form of family fun was driving aimlessly to get to anywhere. Today, Shannon takes her own family on extended driving adventures, criss-crossing America from the Jersey Shore to San Francisco Bay, Niagara Falls to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and more, always ready to veer off the interstate to investigate a quirky attraction, sample a local delicacy, or seek out a movie filming location. Homeschooling her two kids along the way, she chronicles her experiences at The TV Traveler.

Road Trip Games: Get Your Kids to Stop Asking “Are We There Yet”

“Are we there yet?” “How much longer?” “Mom, he’s touching me!” If the idea of a road trip with your kids makes you break out in a cold sweat, check out these fun road trip games for the family. From word games to counting games to scavenger hunts, we’ve got recommendations for all age groups. Road trip games keep the kids talking, engaged and entertained. And the ride will fly by! Road Trip Games For the Family If you’ve got a long road trip ahead of you – or even a short one! – you want your trip to...

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Camping Near Sequoia National Park at KOA Visalia, California

If you’re looking for camping near Sequoia National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, look no further than the KOA Visalia. This campground is clean, conveniently located, and has all the amenities you need for any type of camping experience. Whether you want to camp in a cabin, RV or tent, the KOA Visalia is a perfect stop on your journey to Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks. KOA Visalia is a Terrific Option for Camping Near Sequoia National Park When I was planning my family’s camping trip to Sequoia National Park, I knew I wanted...

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JUCY Campervan Rental: California Camping Adventure

Camping. Some people are die-hard tent campers. Others go “glamping” all the way. But maybe you’re looking for a happy medium – an authentic camping experience without sleeping on the ground. How about a campervan rental? The JUCY mini RV is the way to go! This campervan sleeps four and has a full kitchen in the back. But there are a few things you need to know before you go. JUCY Campervan Rental: A Step Above Tent Camping Do you enjoy road tripping to National Parks and getting out in nature? Do you like the idea of camping but...

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Hotel Review: The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills, California

Looking for an affordable, family-friendly hotel near Disneyland and LEGOLAND? The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills is ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. This boutique hotel provides a great home base for families who want to see it all in southern California. Boutique Hotel Near Disneyland and LEGOLAND I stayed at the Hills Hotel for five days with my husband and my 12-year-old daughter. We wanted to see a lot of different attractions, so we searched for a hotel in southern California that would be conveniently located and hopefully away from the infamous LA traffic! The Hills...

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12 Star Wars Locations You Can Visit Around the World

You may not be able to travel to a galaxy far, far away. But there are some amazing Star Wars locations here on planet Earth where a fan can travel to get a geek-fix. Here’s a fun list of filming locations, theme parks, and museums where you can immerse yourself in all things Star Wars! Star Wars Locations and Experiences Around the World 1. Walt Disney World 2. Disneyland 3. LEGOLand 4. Madame Tussauds in London and Berlin 5. Rancho Obi Wan in Petaluma, CA 6. Lucasfilm Headquarters in San Francisco 7. Death Valley, CA 8. Villa del Balbianello, Como,...

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Learning and Fun: Things to Do in Charlottesville, VA

Lots of parents want their kids to get something more than fun out of a vacation. Here are two excellent things to do in Charlottesville, Va., that combine history, food, and fun to make your visit educational. Charlottesville, Virginia: Perfect Marriage of Learning and Fun As a homeschooling mom, I always find an educational angle in our family vacations. Some trips are more challenging than others, but I had no problem finding the perfect marriage of learning and fun in Charlottesville, Va. Besides being a gorgeous city with tons to do, discover plenty of things to do in Charlottesville...

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Four Fun, Educational Family Road Trips

  If the idea of visiting another amusement park or sitting on a beach doesn’t motivate you to make family vacation plans, consider a good, old-fashioned road trip. Here are four family road trips that will not cost you a lot of money, and will inspire learning and love of the outdoors – something we all want for our kids! Four Fun, Educational Family Road Trips Family road trips are a fantastic way to experience new places and learn along the way. With the open road in front of you and time built into your itinerary to explore some...

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Christmas Light Displays at Hershey Sweet Lights Drive-Thru in Hershey PA

There’s nothing like a festive array of twinkling Christmas light displays to get you in the holiday spirit. And when you combine the 600 illuminated, animated light shows at Hershey Sweet Lights with a town like Hershey, Pennsylvania, it adds up to a winning weekend getaway. The Sweetest Christmas Light Displays Hershey calls itself the sweetest place on earth with good reason. As soon as we turned onto Chocolate Avenue, we rolled down our windows to breathe in the smell of chocolate that permeates the town. Hershey Sweet Lights drive-through Christmas light displays are just a couple minutes drive...

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Best Ski Resort For Your Skiing Personality

Finding the best ski resort to sync up with your personality is important. Every mountain has its own vibe and you need to know if you’re a poma lift kind of skier or a gondola kind of skier Here’s a personality test to help you decide where to take your next ski vacation. Best Ski Resort For Your Personality Type Every ski resort has its own vibe. It might be luxury, laid-back, or family-friendly. Every skier has his or her own vibe, too. Maybe you like to have everything taken care of for you. Carry your skis, ma’am? Maybe...

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THE GLOW: Experience Amazing Jack O’Lanterns in NJ

Fall is in the air and with it comes one of the brightest events in New Jersey – THE GLOW: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience. My daughter and I visited this glowing gallery of jack o’lanterns joy last weekend at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Showcasing more than 5,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’lanterns, THE GLOW brings to life a spectacular Halloween pumpkin wonderland. THE GLOW Brings Halloween to Life On weekends in October, you can be dazzled by the magic of THE GLOW, an enchanting and unforgettable walk-through event featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated Jack O’Lanterns displayed in...

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