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Welcome to Checking In

Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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Destination Ideas

What is There to Do at Each Walt Disney World Park?

  • Posted June 10, 2021

Check out this full guide to what there is to do in each Walt Disney World Park in Orlando, including all the different “lands,” best rides, places to eat and more.

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A young boy and his father sit on an orange inner tube in the lazy river in River Island at our Orange Lake resort located in Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

How to Pick the Perfect Summer Resort for Your Family Vacation

  • Posted June 3, 2021

Find out 5 of the top things to look for when choosing a summer resort to stay at for your next sunny family vacation.

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Things to Do

How to Do New Orleans Like a Local: Things to Do & Places to Eat

  • Posted May 18, 2021

Check out 20 of the best things to do in New Orleans and local places to eat — all family-friendly, all amazing and all written by local NOLA mom, Catherine.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (right) and Fiancé, Nicholas (left) sit atop a rock a Shenandoah National Park.

Destination Ideas

COVID Vacation Ideas: 13 Fresh & Safety-Friendly Travel Spots

  • Posted April 22, 2021

Explore 13 COVID vacation ideas for fun, fresh-air and outdoor adventures. Get info on each destination, including tips, safety measures and best things to do.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (left) and her fiancé, Nicholas (right), pose in front of the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' marquee while wearing face masks.

Destination Ideas

What is Vegas Like Right Now?

  • Posted April 14, 2021

Find out what Vegas is like right now, including safety measures in the city, fun things to do on the Strip, where to dine, shop and stay and more.

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Destination Ideas

7 Best National Parks for a Summer Family Vacation

  • Posted March 24, 2021

Plan your summer family vacation with this list of the best national parks to visit in the summertime. From the northwest to the Atlantic coast, you’ll discover outdoor fun for the whole family.

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Featured Contributor, Amanda Nall (middle) poses with her two friends on the beach near our Galveston Beach Resort in Galveston, Tx.

Destination Ideas

Galveston Weekend Getaway: All About Our Girls’ Trip

  • Posted March 22, 2021

Find out how to have the ultimate Galveston weekend getaway as Amanda shares all about her girls’ trip, including things to do in the area, where to stay and more.

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A woman holds a man's hand while wearing winter apparel and ski goggles looking off at snowcapped mountains under a blue sky.

Destination Ideas

Find Your Winter Vacation Spot

  • Posted January 27, 2021

Find your winter vacation spot! See what your snow personality “style” is and get matched to one of 8 mountain resort, snowy city or winter wonderland getaways.

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Destination Ideas

National Parks: How to Start a New Family Travel Tradition

  • Posted December 29, 2020

Learn how to start new national parks travel traditions from the Johnston family, who has trekked through 11 parks in just four years.

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Author, Jenn C. Harmon, stands in front of the Biltmore Estate wearing a buffalo plaid red and black face mask and festive scarf over a black jacket.

Destination Ideas

How to Visit the Biltmore Estate in Just One Day

  • Posted December 21, 2020

Find out the best way to see the Biltmore Estate using only one day of your Asheville vacation. You’ll get tips, must-see spots and a full-day itinerary.

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Jessica Averett's husband (right) and son (right) stand looking out at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Destination Ideas

National Take a Hike Day: 9 Member-Favorite Hiking Trails

  • Posted November 16, 2020

In honor of National Take a Hike Day, check out these top 9 favorite places to hike near our resorts, recommended by our members.

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Two girls outside in the snow wearing blankets and beanies while laughing.

Destination Ideas

Top 7 Holiday Experiences in the Berkshires

  • Posted October 29, 2020

Wondering what to do in the Berkshires during the holiday season? Check out the top 7 best holiday experiences from a real Massachusetts native.

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