All posts by Erin Gifford

Erin Gifford is Washington, DC based travel writer and founder of Kidventurous, an award-winning family travel resource. When she's not planning the next family road trip or seeking out new adventures for her four kids, like dog sledding and llama trekking, she's crossing off the next state in her quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. Follow her on Twitter at @kidventurous.
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Carlsbad Beach
Visit Carlsbad

San Diego has long been a popular tourist destination; the near-perfect weather and beautiful beaches make it a no-brainer. But you may want to set your sights just 35 miles north — on Carlsbad — a city that’s made a name for itself thanks to Legoland California. Surprisingly, there’s... Read More

Monticello Wine Trail
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When most people think about a wine tasting getaway, areas like Napa and Santa Barbara spring to mind. But surprisingly, there a number of lesser-known locations worth a look…er, a sip. From Colorado to Pennsylvania, their award-winning wines are plentiful and you’ll want to explore the regions by foot, by bike... Read More

Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida
Flickr/Tim Corradino

One of the great things about Walt Disney World is that it’s accessible to travelers with just about any vacation budget. However, we’ve recently noticed that the resort is pulling out all the stops with its newly launched, pricey add-ons that aim to enhance your visit. From additional-fee transportation... Read More


When Rolling Stone announced its picks for the 100 best Instagram accounts, some were shocked to find that the TSA came in fourth place — even beating out Beyoncé — but if you scroll through its feed, it’s not hard to see why. The account is both informative and entertaining.... Read More

Trader Sam's Hippopotomai-tai in Orlando, Florida
Trader Sam’s Hippopotomai-tai/Carrie McLaren

For adults looking to unwind after a long day at the Walt Disney World parks, a boozy beverage may be just the solution. With creative menus across the resort, a craft cocktail is easy to find. Here are five libations you should sip on your next trip to the “Most Magical Place on... Read More

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flickr/Jason Jenkins

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the UFO encounter (and controversy) in Roswell, New Mexico. In town, you’ll find a McDonald’s shaped like a UFO and the International UFO Museum, which provides a deep dive into what took place in July 1947. You can also head to the extra-kitschy Area 51... Read More