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Taking the kids … and staying safe in national parks from COVID, bears, bison and more…
Reason for the bear jam - Bear 399 and her four cubs

Taking the kids … and staying safe in national parks from COVID, bears, bison and more…

As well as keeping our distance and wearing masks to avoid contracting COVID-19, it’s imperative as we flock to national parks to consider what else we must do to keep ourselves and our families safe

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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: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer

A visit to Flathead Lake Lodge, just south of Glacier NP, this pandemic summer is about a lot more than learning a new sport or upping your skill, visiting kids say, especially after being stuck at home for months.

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Taking the Kids – On a Road Trip in Eastern Utah
An explanation of how arches are formed

Taking the Kids – On a Road Trip in Eastern Utah

Many families like to anchor themselves in Moab because they can visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as mountain bike, paddleboard, river raft, horseback ride, hike, fish, golf

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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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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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Taking the kids: And heading outdoors any way you want this summer
Carl and Asta Dam next to their RV at the KOA Moab campground 2019

Taking the kids: And heading outdoors any way you want this summer

Families, it seems, think camping can be the antidote they seek — and a way to get out of town safely, according to a new COVID-19 edition of the North American Camping Report, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America.

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