The Smart Family Travel Blog

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to travel to some really cool places and have managed to visit most of them with our family of six. Along the way, we’ve captured some of our experiences, photos, and tips to help you make the most of your travel experiences!


Rather than post these in order of our visits, we’ve opted to organize them by geographic region. Most of our travels have been in the United States but, we were fortunate enough to live in Europe for a few years and we’ve recently learned to love the Caribbean!

Some of the places we’ve visited include:

East Coast – Mid Atlantic US

  • Washington D. C.
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
    • New River Gorge Bridge and Bridge Day
    • Summersville Lake
  • North Carolina
    • Outer Banks
    • Charlotte
  • Florida
    • Destin
    • Pensacola
    • Gulf Shores National Seashore

North East US

The American Southwest:

  • Arizona
    • Tucson
    • Tombstone
    • Sierra Vista
  • New Mexico
    • Albuquerque & Rio Rancho
    • Santa Fe
    • Balloon Fiesta (yes, it gets it’s own page!)
    • Ruidoso
    • Las Cruces and White Sands


  • France
    • Strasburg
  • Germany
    • Heidelberg
    • Rothenburg
    • The Romantic Road
    • Garmisch
    • King Ludwig’s castles
    • Frankfurt
    • Wuerzburg
    • The Black ForestĀ