THE LATEST FROM THE EXPLORE ALL 50 PROJECT

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Welcome to Explore All 50!

I created this website with three purposes in mind. First, it’s a travel guide filled with itineraries, tips, and not-to-be-missed places to visit across the United States. It’s also a how-to tool to help you craft educational adventures while creating wonderful experiences of your own. Finally, it is the story of my family, a single mom’s … MORE

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Where’s Leonardo?

I'm sure you've figured out by now if you've been reading my blog, that I am a sucker for those wacky family photo opportunities and seek them out everywhere we go. One of my all time favorites was a portrait drawn by this photo booth contraption called "Leonardo" (which I'm assuming is named for Leonardo DaVinci) that we happened to discover at … MORE

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Planning Ahead: Getting The Best Deal On Your Flights

Though we'll be leaving toward the end of June on Road Trip #16 (yeah, I can hardly believe it!) I just booked our first set of flights last week-almost 6 months ahead-which will take us from LAX to NYC. After researching and some careful strategizing I was able to score an awesome deal. Wanna know how I did it? Besides booking early, here are my … MORE

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Here’s a New Way To Explore … Go On A Treasure Hunt!

I am always looking for new and exciting things to do with my family when we're out of the road so I was particularly excited when I stumbled upon the Double Key Treasure Hunts (click here to check out their website) which just happened to have an adventure in Salt Lake City, where we were headed on our winter break. They also have hunts in Boston, … MORE

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Touring A Big City? Here’s How To Plan To Maximize Your Adventure And Minimize Stress

Planning a road trip through a big city like Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City where you'll need more than one day to check it out? How do you figure out how to manage your time to see as many things as you can?  I found myself in that predicament recently in planning our 16th road trip to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In this post … MORE

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When to Consider a Condo Rental vs. a Hotel

Staying in a condo can be a super alternative to a hotel but it all depends on your type of trip and schedule. If you are exploring in a particular area with numerous excursions that are at a maximum of 2 hours away, a condo rental is definitely something you should look at as an option that can provide a cozy and often economical stay.  My … MORE

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What To Do About Complainers …

I don't know about you, but traveling with my family often feels like I'm traveling with a bunch of food critics, travel reviewers, and nit-picky never satisfied types who have something to say about everything.  I am glad everyone's brain is engaged and they have something to share, but hearing that no one's excited to try something new, or that … MORE

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Reader Profile: The McWhorter Family-Teachers Learning Lessons Out On The Road

It's such a great feeling when you meet someone new who shares your same thoughts and sentiments.  It was almost like listening to myself when I heard parent and schoolteacher Carrie McWhorter tell me about the impact their road trip travels have had on their family. Carrie and her husband and fellow teacher Owen and their kids Avery, 13 and … MORE