Katrina Brown Hunt

Articles by Katrina Brown Hunt

By on Nov 8, 2016

Thanksgiving Getaways

Thinking of ditching the big turkey dinner with the in-laws and running away on vacation? You won’t be alone.


6 Cool (but a Little Weird) Thanksgiving Getaways

Need a break from that green bean casserole? Pack up the kids and spend this holiday at the races, sand-sculpting or wolfing down tacos.


Is It Cruel to “Swim with the Dolphins”?

Whether the captive or in the wild, such experiences most likely get you too close for comfort—as in, the dolphin’s comfort.


America’s 7 Best Hotels for Babies

From age-appropriate play zones to pureed cuisine, these hotels give babies (and parents) extra coddling.


5 Insanely Beautiful US Cities in the Fall

Gorgeous leaves make these metro areas blaze with colors—and if that weren't enough to entice the kids, the bakeries have gone into high gear.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning on Your Disney Vacation

Don’t let your Disney family vacation get bogged down by rookie errors. Here’s how to plan a smooth entry into the happiest places on earth.


America’s Best Hotels for Stargazing

Whether you want to see planets, meteor showers or just a clearer view of the Big Dipper, here are 7 hotels with stellar night-sky views.


The Best Hotels Next Door (to Theme Parks)

Don’t want to splurge on the on-site theme park hotel? Here are the best value-packed alternatives.


Hickory-Smoked Road Trip: Barbecue Bucket List

From whole-pig pulled pork and smoked mutton to banana salad and Cheerwine soda, a barbecue-based road trip will keep the whole car happy.


Single Parent Travel Tips

Taking the kids on vacation solo? Here's how to turn double-duty pressure into singular bliss.


Summer Festivals That Dad Will Love

Give the guy more than just one day: here are six festivals that fathers will dig—and make a handy excuse for another family summer getaway.


Family Vacations That Glow Under the Midnight Sun

From late night ballet to teeing off under the twilight, here are the vacations where staying up late takes on new meaning.


7 Fabulously Unusual Hotels Both Kids and Adults Will Enjoy

Whether you want giraffes nosing through your hotel room window or perhaps wake up with a view out of the cockpit, here are some hotels that offer experiences the kids will never forget.


5 Off-the-Beaten Spots in the Caribbean with the Kids

Here are 5 destinations with elbow room, personality and kid-friendly blis


Family Spring Breaks Without the Crowds

Want to take a vacation—without mobs of partiers swamping the hotel pool?


5 Best Family Trips for Presidents’ Day Weekend

The long weekend invites families to celebrate our historic POTUSes with a great vacation.


Best New Year's Eve Ball Drops for Families

New Year’s Eve with little ones in tow need not mean another evening in front of the TV.


America’s Coolest Gingerbread Houses

Good enough to eat—and sometimes so big that you could sit inside.


America’s Best Sledding Hills

Get some downhill thrills for the family, without signing up for ski school.


Most Fabulous Holiday Theme Park Attractions

Five parks celebrate the holidays with a bang—and a splash and holograms to boot.


America’s Best Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Kick off your holiday season with one of these glittering (and downright quirky) tree lightings.


America’s Strangest Santa Sightings

Flying reindeer and a sleigh are so last century.

By on Jul 14, 2015

9 Superlative Thanksgiving Getaways

From historic reenactments to epic turkey trots, here are nine can’t-miss ways to spend Turkey Day away from home.

By on Sep 24, 2014

Boo at the Zoo!

When your kids love dressing up and trick-or-treating but they’re still too young for zombies and gorey sights, consider planning a trip to the zoo this fall.

By on Sep 15, 2014

Boo Zoos Go Wild for Halloween

Around the nation, zoos delight the younger set by offering animal adventures with a Halloween twist.


America’s Coolest Roller Rinks

From pipe organs to lasers, roller skating still glides along the line between retro cool and timeless fun.


America’s Weirdest Fall Festivals

Forget pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. Try something different with these festivals.


Best Labor Day Weekend Celebrations for Families

From hot air balloons to fireworks, here’s how to close out the summer of 2014 with flair.


Most Fabulous Business Hotels For Kids

Beyond the meeting rooms, these biz-travel magnets offer serious family-vacation fun.

By on Jul 14, 2015

San Diego’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

From slides to waterfalls and kitschy year-round movie screens, these SoCal hotel pools make us want to jump right in.


Free-Wheeling Fun: Mountain Biking with the Kids

These six areas offer a fun introduction for both kids and parents.


Goodnight Monkeys: Best Sleepovers at U.S. Zoos

With these overnight adventures, you get to roast marshmallows and sleep within earshot of the wild things.


America's 8 Coolest Mini Golf Courses

These astro-turfed wonderlands are sights unto themselves.


Clued In: 6 Cool City Scavenger Hunts for Families

Kids will find new enthusiasm for museums and historical monuments with these fun walking tours.


World’s Most Epic Log Rides

Whether you’re swooshing through a lumber mill or the sewer, these classic rides are crowd-pleasers.


7 Classic Beach Boardwalks

Saltwater taffy, carnival rides, and old-school fun are back on the upswing at these classic boardwalk towns.

By on Jun 25, 2014

7 Eye-Popping, Kid-Themed Hotel Rooms

Does your child want to sleep with Mickey, the minions, or Eloise? These kid-themed hotel rooms go all out for families.


Summer’s Hottest Craze: 5 Places to Try a Cronut

From cro-cremes to doughssants, these morning treats are worth a stop during any big-city vacation.


7 Best Bike Trails for Families

History meets scenery in these fun, family-friendly cycling routes.

By on Jul 14, 2015

Phoenix’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Ready to escape the snow and ice? These desert oases offer plenty of sunshine and splish-splashin’ fun.

By on Jul 14, 2015

Orlando’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Orlando’s coolest hotel pools just may make your kids forget the theme parks.

By on Jul 15, 2015

Las Vegas’s Most Amazing (G-Rated) Hotel Pools

Looking for a kid-friendly hotel in Vegas? Just follow the happy squeals and splashes.


Finders Keepers: 6 Places to Hunt for Bling

Seeking the ultimate souvenir? Bring the kids treasure hunting for diamonds, gold, and other gems on these finders-keepers vacations.

By on May 24, 2016

San Antonio’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Remember the Alamo—and don’t forget your swimsuits—in this winter-friendly city.


Best Museum Exhibits for Kids This Summer

Nine kid-friendly exhibits this summer that are both smart and colorful.


11 Top Resort Destinations for Father’s Day

A craft beer tasting or a turn in a flight simulator just might get Dad all choked up.


The World’s Most Pranked Statues

As far as statues go, these five are high up on the list that your kids will enjoy.

By on May 30, 2014

The Most Amazing Hotel Pools in the Bahamas

It takes some idyllic pools to upstage the Caribbean Sea—but these Bahamas resorts make their own kind of waves.


7 Water Parks Making a Splash for Summer 2014

From watery aviaries to slides that shoot you at 65 mph, the hottest new water-park attractions guarantee cool thrills.


America’s Most Historic Burger Joints

Give your kids a lesson in the history of America's most beloved sandwich.


Sweet Tooth Vacations: 6 Outrageous Treats

From Dorito-infused cupcakes to sundaes covered in edible gold, these sweets put your regular vacation ice cream cone to shame.


Myrtle Beach’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Indoor, outdoor, bubbling or lazy, the best Myrtle Beach hotels have a water feature for any contingency.

By on Apr 6, 2014

America’s Coolest City Playgrounds

These kid-centric playspaces are guaranteed to be the highlight of your kid's trip.

By on Mar 31, 2014

Summer’s Wildest New Theme Park Rides

Higher, faster and certainly crazier: here are the hottest new rides at U.S. theme parks in summer 2014.

By on Mar 24, 2014

America’s Coolest Hotel Elevators

Ah-inducing hotel elevator rides: Your kids will be so distracted, they just might forget to push the buttons.

By on Mar 17, 2014

Maui’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Volcanoes, rope swings, and lush lazy rivers are all right at home in paradise.

By on Mar 10, 2014

6 Superlative Easter Celebrations

From chocolate bunnies to fabulous hats, here are six can’t-miss ways to enjoy a special Easter celebration.


Shocktober Getaways

Plan a getaway at a family resort in October, and the chances are excellent that you’ll run across more than a few goblins, ghouls, and ghosts.

By on Mar 5, 2014

Oahu’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Where shaka meets the shore: Four Oahu hotels blend island culture with poolside fun.


’Tis the Busy Season

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas

By on Mar 3, 2014

Family Glamping: 8 Hotels with Fabulous Faux Camping

Cabin fever got you down? These hotel glamping packages offer a plush version of the great outdoors.


Splashy Debuts: What’s New in Water Parks 2013

From zero gravity to drop-hatch launchers to flamingos, water parks keep pushing for the next big wave.


Food Trucks: Healthy, Big-City Dining on the Cheap

Want your family to eat healthier and more affordably on your next city getaway? Follow these trucks.


Halloween at Theme Parks

Remember when Halloween was a one-night affair?


Slush Fun: 5 Cities for Ultimate Snow Cones

Stop for one these regional-style snow cones on your next vacation, and you’ll get a tasty lesson in Americana.


Bye-bye, Summer

Want to squeeze out every last drop of summer? Then take advantage of these sizzling deals.


Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort offers lots of natural coastal beauty paired with a great location close to civilization and local attractions.

By on Feb 17, 2014

7 Hotels That Will Spoil Your Kid for Good

From glass-slipper fittings to walks on the red carpet, these hotel perks will spoil your kid rotten.


6 State Fairs for Fearless Foodies

Deep-fried meatloaf and chocolate-covered scorpions? Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure to these state fairs.

By on Feb 3, 2014

America’s Coolest Outdoor Skating Rinks

Take a memorable spin around an iconic skating rink surrounded by mountains, skyscrapers, or world-class art.

By on Jan 20, 2014

America’s Best Cups of Hot Cocoa

These chocolate shops create fabulous “haute” cocoa—some with serious foodie cred, others with a sense of fun.


Summer’s 7 Best New Theme Park Attractions

From spy games to roaring dinosaurs, the newest attractions at U.S. parks get kids thinking and exploring.


Kid-friendly Dude Ranches

So you want to play cowboys and cowgirls? Your first step is to decide what type of dude ranch experience your family wants.

By on Jul 16, 2015

7 Awesome Places to Take the Kids Snow Tubing

No skis? No problem. Snow tubing offers easy thrills and a low-hassle snowy getaway.

By on Jan 6, 2014

8 Wacky Museums Kids Will Love

From a lunch box collection to piles of trash, these off-beat museums will turn kids into culture vultures in no time.

By on Dec 30, 2013

8 Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Bashes

Towns around the country are throwing big NYE parties that are both G-rated and bedtime-friendly.

By on Dec 18, 2013

America’s 10 Most Highly Taxed Destinations

In some popular destinations, tourism taxes are adding big bucks to your daily vacation spend.


New Year Getaways

Finding a resort that can maintain a kid-friendly vibe over the New Year’s holiday can be tricky

By on Dec 4, 2013

North America’s Coolest Winter Festivals

From ice castles to skijoring, these festivals are the perfect excuse to bundle up for a weekend trip after the New Year.

By on Nov 18, 2013

All Aboard the Polar Express!

All around the country, railways are getting decked out for the season and offering rides with Santa.

By on Nov 4, 2013

Slices of Heaven: 8 Don’t-Miss Pie Shops

Raise your fork to our flaky bucket list of where to find the nation's best pies—traditional, handcrafted, or on a stick.

By on Oct 15, 2013

America’s Best Haunted Hotel Tours

Ready for a ghost-hunting getaway? At these haunted hotels, you can spend your evening on a paranormal expedition.

By on Oct 7, 2013

America’s Wackiest Fall Festivals

From parading sheep to coffin races, the weirdest fall festivals don’t have a pumpkin patch in sight.

By on Sep 25, 2013

The World's Most Epic Ferris Wheels

Is bigger always better? These Ferris wheels offer a different kind of street cred.

By on Sep 23, 2013

Spooktacular Halloween Fun at Theme Parks

From hayrides to over-the-top scare zones, here’s where to find the best Halloween festivities at our nation’s theme parks.

By on Sep 12, 2013

Fall’s Most Amazing Corn Mazes

Get lost in the joy of fall with a visit to this year’s biggest, best, and most interesting corn mazes.


Frankly Classic: 6 Historic Hot Dog Joints

Looking for cheap eats and a history lesson? On your next vacation, take a bite of Americana by way of the good old hot dog.


Lights, Camera, Vacation: Hottest TV and Movie Locations for Teens

Walk in the footsteps of zombies, vampires, and “Hunger Games” heroes with these Hollywood-inspired locales.


6 Outrageously Fabulous Hotels for Pets

Psychics, Reiki massage, and surfing lessons. Take your dog or cat to one of these pet-indulgent hotels, and they may not want to come home.

By on Jun 17, 2013

Summer’s 6 Coolest New Theme Park Rides

Higher, faster and certainly crazier: Here are the hottest rides opening this season at U.S. theme parks.


High-Calorie Family Vacation: 5 Worst Kids' Meals

Parents, beware: That innocent-looking kids meal on the road may pack an entire day's worth of calories for your child (or even you).

By on Apr 17, 2013


The new hotel inside LEGOLAND offers the luxury of easy access, early-morning entry, and a certain behind-the-velvet-rope LEGO experience.


Next Stop, North Pole!

Sure, you can catch Santa at the mall again this year. Or, on second thought, you could skip the long lines and start a new Christmas tradition.


Easter Getaways

Want to get away for Easter? These nine resorts have planned fun-filled egg-stravaganzas and kid-friendly hoppenings.


Hyatt Grand Champions

Palm Springs has long been a favorite with Hollywood stars. We check out a plush property to see if it's also appealing to kids.


La Costa Resort & Spa

Plush, pampering, perfect. The original SoCal spa resort is now for kids, too.


Grand Californian Hotel

Disney's plush Grand Californian lets families stay close to the action—and nicely coddles grown-ups and kids alike.