Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer
Walkable Main in Breckenridge. (Elaine Collins/Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer

We experienced the mask issue firsthand on our 2,850-mile road trip from Colorado to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, social distancing as much as possible

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TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year
Fall color in the Dolomite Mountains

TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year

there are also pluses to waiting until next year. Perhaps there will be a vaccine for COVID-19 that will make travel safer for all of us. And in many cases, you will get an especially good deal if you put down a deposit now.

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TAKING THE KIDS- How to make the most of the pandemic summer

The good news: If you can work remotely with kids’ camps and summer school canceled, you can opt for a longer break. Perhaps this is the year to take that big road trip out West or get a longer rental in a mountain or beach town.

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Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch
Trailside lunch is served

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge - it's a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

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A mind game: fly-fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Getting ready to go fly flshing in the Firehole River in Yellowstone NP

A mind game: fly-fishing in Yellowstone National Park

Fly fishing in Yellowstone is a big deal. If I could have only one fishing license in the world it would be here at Yellowstone National Park,” says Almond, who traded an executive career to become a fly fishing guide.

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A different kind of camping – Under Canvas
Our tent at the Under Canvas campground near Yellowstone NP

A different kind of camping – Under Canvas

This is camping Under Canvas style, modeled after the traditional safari experience and especially welcome this Pandemic summer when everyone is anxious to enjoy the outdoors but may not want the work of camping, sleeping on the ground or sharing communal bathrooms.

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Big Geyser, Little Geyser – social distancing at Yellowstone NP
Oklahoma families at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone NP

Big Geyser, Little Geyser – social distancing at Yellowstone NP

We’re at Yellowstone National Park but we’re not at Old Faithful. We’re a few miles away at Lone Star Geyser that required a little over a two-mile hike—really a mellow walk along a beautiful steam.

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Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason
Reason for the bear jam - Bear 399 and her four cubs

Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason

Meet Grizzly #399, perhaps the most famous bear in North America not only because of her advanced age (24) but her fertility (she has had seven litters—20 cubs. This year’s quadruplets, Smith said, account for only two percent of Grizzly Bear litters.

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Taking the kids: On a road trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands
Wall Drug (Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association)

Taking the kids: On a road trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands

This summer, it seems, road trips are expected to be particularly popular — if families opt to leave home at all. That’s why throughout the summer, we’ll spotlight some classic American road trips — like to South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands.

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