I was thrilled to receive a preview copy of National Geographic’s new Ultimate Guide for Traveler’s, The 10 Best of Everything Families.

I love this book. And I get to share the love. One lucky reader will have the chance to win a copy for herself.

At close to 500 pages, it’s filled with ideas for family travel around the US and abroad. This ultimate guide is divided into three sections, each full of 10 Best tips for many categories. Section One focuses on exploration and regional family getaways, Section Two features educational travel, and Section Three is full of wish lists, family-tested itineraries, ideas for capturing family memories, travel tips and resources.

For example, Section One includes many divisions: Southwest, Midwest, Gulf Coast, etc. And also includes family activities like skiing and fishing, as well as categories based on interests like train trips and amusement parks.


Section Two, “Traveling to Learn,” is broken down into Nature and Science, History and the Arts, and Cultures and Values. Each of those broad topics is further divided. So under Nature and Science you’ll find subtopics including the 10 Best family hikes, science museums, or factory tours.

Last week I wrote about my love for factory tours, so I was eager to see what was listed in this book. I found a tour listed for the Stern Pinball Factory, the only factory still making coin-operated machine, and it’s located fairly close to my house. Score one for our Spring Break Staycation!

The 10 Best Factory Tour list also includes Celestial Seasonings’ Tea Blending Factory in Colorado, E-One manufacturing plant in Florida where they make fire trucks and emergency vehicles, and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Cool stuff.

Section Three is loaded with resources with tips on everything from packing to videography. I especially appreciate that they list websites for the mass transit options in large cities.

The 10 Best of Everything for Families is very user-friendly. You can pick it up as-needed for reference or page through it at leisure. And though it’s easy to search for travel information on the web, I love that I can snuggle with my boys on the couch as we page through this book imagining and discussing our next adventure.

To win a copy of this fun book leave a comment sharing one of your 10 Best family travel tips along with a way to contact you. Entries will be accepted through 10 PM CST on Tuesday, March 23. Winner will be chosen via random.org. National Geographic will ship the book to a US mailing address. If you Tweet about this contest or mention it to your Facebook friends, stop back and comment again to let us know. You’ll receive an extra entry each time your help us spread the word.

You can also purchase the book, currently on sale for $17 (normally $21) at National Geographic. If in these tight times, even that’s a stretch, talk to your friendly librarian and ask her put in a request for the book.

Kim also blogs at Hormone-colored Days.