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    Day Trips,  Pacific Northwest Spring Break with Kids,  Washington State

    13 Washington Spring Break Ideas for Families

    Whether you plan to take the train for car-free daytrip, or want a multi-day road trip, there’s a Washington State destination just right for your family spring break getaway. Spring Break Trips for Families: Where to Go in Washington As the snows melt, more opportunities for excursions open up—but do bring the chains for those surprise snowstorms. Here are some great destinations throughout Washington. Northwest Washington Family Spring Break Ideas 1. Bellingham. A sweet little city often overlooked by families motoring up I-5; the college town of Bellingham deserves it own multi-day stay. See my post on 20 Things to Do in Bellingham with Kids, go on a scenic drive (stop…

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    Pacific Northwest Spring Break with Kids

    13 Great British Columbia Spring Break Ideas for Families

    British Columbia’s mountains, lakes and harbors offer hundreds of great spring break family getaways. These standout cities and villages provide lots of great indoor and outdoor fun things to do for little kids, big kids and teens. Take a look and let me know if I’ve forgotten any of your favorite spring break destinations. Spring Break Ideas for British Columbia 1. Vancouver and West Fraser Valley. Visit nearby Fort Langley and hear stories by the fire, learn about historic weapons and then back into Vancouver to visit Kitsilano with kids. If it’s raining? No problem. Check out this list of great rainy day activities in Vancouver. 2. Whistler. You’ll still find fresh powder in the impressive…

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    Newport, Oregon with Kids

    Newport, Oregon is a similar destination to Cannon Beach, Oregon for the annual family vacation. You’ve got the lovely, cream-toned sand, the toy stores and kite shops, the upscale and midrange restaurants. But there’s one big difference between Cannon Beach and Newport — you won’t sleep at Cannon Beach hotel prices (which can easily leap into the $300- $400-dollar range). Plus, Newport offers many outdoor and indoor attractions, whether you’re there on a sunny summer day or on a rainy weekend getaway. The downside? It’s a haul from Portland, Seattle or further north or east. You’ll tack on about two hours of drive time each way to reach Newport (we…

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    Five Favorite Vancouver Hotels for Families: From cheap to posh

    We’re celebrating Vancouver, BC with a week’s worth of Vancouver- and BC-centered posts. I’ll give you the skinny on my favorite kid-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities. Our family always stays in the downtown core or in the West End. The downtown core is convenient for catching the SkyTrain to Science World and walking along Vancouver’s “high street” – Robson Street. Downside: Very expensive parking, often starting at around $20/day. The West End is convenient to Stanley Park (which will soon become your kids’ favorite park in the whole world) and offers a U.N.-worthy selection of inexpensive, international eateries. I personally avoid staying anywhere along upper Granville street (before you hit…

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    Family Travel Blogroll

    Ceilydh Sets Sail: We bought a boat, quit our jobs and headed out to sea Ciao Bambino: Inspiring families to travel the world DeliciousBaby: Making travel with kids fun Family Rambling: Tips and destinations from a traveling family Frisco Kids: Your guide to kid-friendly events and trips around the San Francisco Bay Area…and beyond The Globetrotter Parent: Expat life in Madagascar Have Baby Will Travel: Eating, sleeping, playing & getting around with baby Have Kids Still Travel: Because you can’t leave ’em home alone Kids Go West: Tales of family travel in the Western U.S. Lollipop Road: A family friendly travel blog Mom Most Traveled: Travel, giveaways, reviews and more Mother of…