Mobile, Alabama is a surprising place to visit with countless things to do, see and eat. From Mardis Gras to airboats on the delta, non-stop celebration.

Mobile, Alabama: top 5 ways to celebrate a surprising gem of a city

Most random place I’ve visited in a long while:  Mobile, Alabama.  When I first found out that I got to go I was neutral in my excitement.  And then I started researching; and then I got there; and then I fell in love.  Mobile, Alabama’s theme for the city is “Born to Celebrate” and really, […]

West Coast weekends are the best for exploring and relaxing. From beers in the Columbia Gorge to small towns just beyond the city, we've got lots of ways to relax and recharge being an Ultimate Seekender. 2traveldads.com

West Coast Weekend trips: exploring new cities one weekend at a time

It’s no secret that we love the weekends.  I mean, who doesn’t? With or without the kids we try to break away to a new city or visit one of our old favs whenever possible, and we’ve partnered with Hampton by Hilton to share some of what we think are the best destinations to be […]

There are lots of ecotours in Florida that are perfect for learning about natural habitats with guides who are actively making a difference in their environment and impacting tourism in a positive way. 2traveldads.com

Ecotours in Florida: making a difference by playing tourist

One of the primary reasons we travel with our kids and show them as much of the world as we can is because we want them to grow up to be educated stewards of our world.  One way to do this is by participating in ecotourism, and in Florida there are some great opportunities for […]

Travel on the weekend is the best way to get some good relaxation in and to recharge for the rest of life. Hood River, Oregon is a great location to explore and relax. Go be a seekender! 2traveldads.com

A Seekender experience in Hood River, Oregon: relaxing with family time

There are days or weeks when we are just worn out; sometimes it’s from traveling a ton and sometimes it’s just because life can be a lot to deal with.  That’s why we always try to relax on our weekends and get a good recharge. We’ve partnered up with Hampton by Hilton to both help […]

The Florida Gulf Coast beaches are incredible, from sugar sand to nothing but shells, wildlife to gentle waves. So much fun for family travel! 2traveldads.com

Florida Gulf Coast Beaches: how to rock the sandy shores of the Sunshine State

We’ve shared all kinds of non-beach things to do in Florida because we just love how different Florida’s nature is from that of our local Pacific Northwest, but we certainly love the beaches too.  From the edge of the Everglades to the start of the Panhandle, the Florida Gulf Coast beaches are beautiful and each […]

The Daytona Beach area has so much more than sand and surf, but it's full of nature, history and endless exploring. 2traveldads.com

Beyond Daytona Beach: exploring Daytona as a family

We always love to visit places we’ve heard about but never been before.  We especially love finding the unknown side of a city or area…. like Daytona Beach.  The first thing that comes to mind when you hear Daytona is either NASCAR racing or spring break, but we were just there exploring the area and […]

The best camping in Florida is for sure Fort De Soto County Park in St Pete Beach. With beaches, bunkers and wildlife galore, camping in a palm jungle on a Florida island is amazing family travel. 2traveldads.com

The best of Florida camping: Fort De Soto and its beauty

By now you know that we’re head over heals in love with Florida (#LoveFL).  St Augustine caught us with its charm and history.  The Everglades stole our hearts with the gators and one-of-kind landscape.  Rainbow Springs left us speechless with its crystal clear water and endless fun.  St Pete Beach and Fort De Soto are […]

Palm Springs is a destination for relaxing and getting guaranteed sun, but hiking Palm Springs is the real getaway. The high desert and palm oasis are amazing and the most exciting part of the SoCal trip. 2traveldads.com

Hiking Palm Springs, California: the oasis and the desert

We love to find places that everybody talks about but nobody knows the cool stuff you can do there.  One such place is Palm Springs, California.  I mean, everybody goes there for a nice weekend or a relaxing vacation, but besides golf, gay bars and swimming pools, what is there?  The ACTUAL Palm Springs!! Agua […]

Northern Floridas HIstoric Coast is incredible for families and adventurers. Outdoor activities around St Augustine abound, combining nature, beaches and history. 2traveldads.com

Outdoor activities around St Augustine: nature on Florida’s historic coast

We are so fortunate!  We’ve gotten to visit St Augustine and Florida’s Historic Coast a few times now and each time we love it more and more.  On this most recent visit we got to spend a lot more time exploring the nature of the area and we’ve got some awesome ideas for outdoor activities […]

Rainbow Springs State Park is the most magical, colorful escape in Florida's back country. From crystal clear springs to waterfalls, it's the perfect contrast to Florida's swamps and beaches. 2traveldads.com

Rainbow Springs State Park: Florida’s magical back-country getaway

Most of what we share is National Park-centric, but we’re going to stray just a bit to share one of the most shockingly beautiful sights we’ve ever seen.  Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida is the type of place you’ve seen in fantasy movies or whimsical paintings.  Seriously pretty beyond pretty.  And it’s so […]

The Plantation on Crystal River is an ideal hotel for experiencing Florida's manatees, Rainbow Springs, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and much more. 2traveldads.com

The Plantation on Crystal River: in the heart of Florida fun

We have a solid appreciation for staying in a nice hotel in the middle of a long camping trip. On our recent Florida Gulf Coast road trip we enjoyed an awesome experience trekking up and down the coast in an Escape Campervan, but halfway through we were treated to a break at the Plantation on […]

Everglades National Park is home to alligators, flamingos, manatees and more. Florida's greatest swamp is beautiful, interesting and fun for family travel! 2traveldads.com

Everglades National Park family guide: how to visit Florida’s coolest swamp

Bucket list item:  Everglades National Park.  Done.  Can’t wait to go back.  Must explore more.  The end. Just kidding, we have much more to say.  So, the Everglades is the coolest area and we’ve never been anyplace else like it.  Everglades National Park and the surrounding area will leave you saying wow and itching to […]

Biscayne National Park is a perfect Miami day trip to add to a weekend getaway, cruise ship port, or Florida road trip. 2traveldads.com

Biscayne National Park: an easy Miami day trip or perfect weekend escape

So often we see people asking questions in online forums about how to add a land portion to a cruise they’re going on or what they can do with just a day or two someplace.  We have a thousand answers for those questions.  I mean, if you’re cruising out of San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, or […]

An Escape Campervan was the most fun, easiest way we could've gone camping across the country. Fully equipped with stove, beds, fridge and more. Family camping made easy. 2traveldads.com

Escape Campervan: the coolest and easiest family camping. Ever.

Our new favorite way to explore the USA: in an Escape Campervan. Recently we completed an incredible family road trip up Florida’s Gulf Coast. We visited four different National Park sites and saw more wildlife than we expected, and did it all from the comfort of our campervan. We were a little hesitant to go […]

A Florida Gulf Coast road trip is full of unique nature, beautiful beaches and wildlife unlike anywhere. Manatees and pristine springs make unforgettable family travel moments. 2traveldads.com

Florida Gulf Coast Road Trip Itinerary: gators, manatees and pristine waters

 Since the first time we visited Florida as a family we’ve wanted to see more and more of the Sunshine State.  Florida offers a variety of family road trip options ranging from beach vacation, island hopping in the Keys, to exploring the one-of-a-kind nature on the Gulf Coast.  We just completed an epic Florida Gulf […]

Mission San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful historic site along California's El Camino Real, easy to visit and picturesque, it's a perfect day trip from San Diego or Los Angeles. 2traveldads.com

Mission San Juan Capistrano: a SoCal must-visit

Somewhere between the skyscrapers of Los Angeles and the beaches of San Diego there’s pocket of Old California.  When you’re touring Southern California it’s easy to just breeze on down to your final destination, but why would you when you could make some great SoCal stops?  Mission San Juan Capistrano is one stop you have […]

San Francisco, California has many fascinating neighborhoods but none are as beautiful as Telegraph Hill with its garden steps, Art Deco architecture and wild parrots. 2traveldads.com

San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill: Greenwich & Filbert Steps

Every city has its defining characteristics that make it unusual and attractive.  Seattle has the ferry system and Pike Place Market, Los Angeles has the film industry and beaches, San Francisco has the cable cars and all of its hills… Well, the coolest San Francisco’s hills is for sure Telegraph Hill, and the wonders of […]

Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego is the perfect mix of nature, history and nautical interest. Its tidepools, lighthouses and living history events are ideal to add to family travel in SoCal. 2traveldads.com

Cabrillo National Monument: the gem of San Diego

San Diego, California is such a popular west coast destination.  We all love to head to SoCal for the nearly guaranteed sunshine and beaches where you can actually swim.  And the coastal vibe is so different, with bare feet everywhere and flowers blooming on the bluffs year round.  Cabrillo National Monument is a great place […]

The California Coast road trip is essential to visiting the USA or west coast. From tip to tip its cities, coastal towns, and nature are unmatched. 2traveldads.com

California Coast Road Trip: west coast road trip part 2

California.  That California life is so awesome with all that nature and sunshine.  What better way to experience it than by doing a California coast road trip?  We’re going to start at the northern border, but reverse our plan and you’ll have just as amazing of a time. So you’ve just crossed the border from […]

A USA West Coast road trip is the dream of travelers around the world. From mountains to beaches, cities to small towns, planning a trip down the coast is easy! 2traveldads.com

West Coast road trip experience: part 1 – Washington & Oregon

There’s no doubt that the West Coast of the USA is an awesome place full of diverse people, sights and nature.  The cities of the West Coast are really progressive and each gives a totally different experience.  We’re going to share with you how you can get the full West Coast road trip experience from […]

Whether for an afternoon or a whole vacation there are lots of free things to do in Los Angeles that are fun, unique and perfectly LA. 2traveldads.com

Free things to do in Los Angeles to make an awesome trip

If you’ve ever gone traveling with us then you know we like to have fun, we like to go to bed early, and we love when we find awesome free things to do. We know lots of the cool fun free things to do at home because we do so much local travel but free […]

Yosemite National Park in California is a great destination for experiencing the nature of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Perfect for family travel, from camping to lodges, hiking to guided tours. 2traveldads.com

Yosemite National Park family travel guide

Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited or dreamed about destinations in the United States.  Can you blame everyone for wanting to explore the valleys and peaks that are the subject of countless Ansel Adams photographs?  Who wouldn’t want to stare up at the incredible granite cliffs from the valley floor. And did […]

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the most iconic sights on the West Coast, and though loaded with tourists, is the perfect plan for an afternoon in the Los Angeles area. From the beach to the ferris wheel nothing could be more Southern California. 2traveldads.com

The Santa Monic Pier: it’s okay to play tourist, really.

Can you think of anything that is more Southern California than visiting the Santa Monica Pier? I don’t think we could name a single thing. Well, maybe a day in San Diego on the Beach surfing… But no, the Pier. Even though a day at the Santa Monica Pier seems like the most touristy and […]

A weekend in Port Townsend, Washington is the perfect way to capture the nature, culture and Victorian history of the Puget Sound area. Delicious food, a lighthouse, art galleries, Port Townsend has everything to make you fall in love with it. 2traveldads.com

A weekend in Port Townsend, Washington: Victorian charm meets the outdoors

More often than not we find ourselves visiting places we’ve been 10,000 times.  We don’t live far from Port Townsend, Washington and that’s where a lot of our family is so we are there quite often.  We love Port Townsend, as most Pacific Northwest residents do, and it’s our duty to share just why and […]

There is more to Shaanxi Province than Xi'an and the Terracotta Army. Northern Shaanxi Province is home to Hukou Falls National Park and the beautiful, historic city of Yanan. Pagodas, farmland and waterfalls await in Northern Shaanxi Province. 2traveldads.com

Yan’an and Hukou Falls National Park: exploring Northern Shaanxi province

China offers the beautiful, the delicious, the weird, the perfect.  China is awesome.  It’s easy to plan a trip around visiting the big sites or famous spots, or even seeking out off-the-beaten-path places, but what about just the lesser-known or totally out of the way spots?  Well, I’ve got tips to share with you for exploring […]

The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge on Washington's Olympic Peninsula is an incredible preserve for hiking, whale watching and experiencing Pacific Northwest nature at its finest. 2traveldads.com

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge: PNW nature at its finest

We love our hikes.  Winter, summer, whenever.  We also love visiting beaches.  Have you ever done beach hiking? Beach hiking is an awesome challenge because it is so different than hiking on a hard rock trail. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place to experience beach hiking as well as have some fun […]

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Staying at Domaine Madeleine: a perfect Olympic Peninsula BNB

It’s been awhile since we’ve shared any details about accommodations while we travel. Well, we’ve stayed someplace now that we must share: Domaine Madeleine in Port Angeles, Washington is the most awesome and perfect bed and breakfast that we have visited. It’s the Olympic Peninsula BNB that puts others to shame. Well, we need to stay […]

Xi’an City Guide: experiencing China’s history, nature and culture

Seriously, I could write about China all day every day.  Thinking about what areas of China to visit, people will probably research what spots are going to have the best tourist sites or most famous Chinese landmarks.  If that’s the approach you’re taking, then no doubt you’re going to be pointed towards the Terracotta Warriors […]

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Baja California Sur Road Trip: #familytravel meets awesome

When you say Baja California, I think most people are instantly going to think “Off-roading and military car inspections…”  Well, yeah, that’s totally possible and I’m sure you’ll come across that, but we’ve had some pretty incredible Baja road trips.  Doing a road trip through Baja California is a really fun and interesting option for […]

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Baoji and Taibai Mountain National Park: off the beaten path China

Hahaha. Baoji. Oh my, this place is hilarious. Don’t get me wrong, I loved walking around Baoji at night and I loved getting to experience the nature surrounding this cute little town but I do have countless chuckles. Baoji is definitely off the beaten path China. From the Hot Springs Resort to Taibai Mountain National […]

Hiking the Cinque Terre of Northern Italy is an unforgettable experience made of lemon groves, swimming coves, and magical villages. 2traveldads.com

Hiking the Cinque Terre: finding our perfect Italy

It’s been a while since we were in Italy, but we had some amazing adventures.  We loved Venice and its canals, and getting completely soaked when a monsoon hit.  Florence was awesome despite being there during the week that EVERY museum closed for maintenance.  And then Pisa was such a whirlwind that we could only […]

Saving for the future, whether it's travel or early retirement is possible when done in small actions. How to save through obvious and overlooked options. 2traveldads.com

Saving for the future: making travel and early retirement attainable

Our notes here about saving for the future originally appeared on GaysWithKids.com, which is a great resource for families and same-sex couples looking to take the plunge into parenthood. Recently, we saw some online promotion and hashtags around saving up for the future and just general thoughts on good practices with money.  Chris and I […]

Volunteer Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is a perfect break from the city, including a conservatory, water tower to climb and countless community events through the year. 2traveldads.com

Seattle’s Volunteer Park: a perfect break within the city

When you’ve lived in Seattle for a long time, you stop trying to find new things to do or you forget the fun things you used to do.  When we were much younger, Chris and I lived very close to Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  The Hill is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods […]

There are tons of holiday activities in Atlanta, from Christmas lights to fundraisers. 2traveldads.com

Chistmassy Holiday Activities in Atlanta, Georgia

Christmas is such a hoot.  We love getting to do Christmassy, holidayish things and especially love traveling during the holidays.  We just returned from Atlanta where we were visiting family and did a few fun, special holiday activities there.  In addition to visiting the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, we also got to do some exploring […]

The USA has many aquariums, but the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga provides the best collection of species with learning and visible conservation effort.

Chattanooga’s Tennessee Aquarium: the best family fish-perience

We often return to places that we have really enjoyed in the past, especially when it’s a place of learning and science that completely fascinates the kids. The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee is just that: engaging, fun and perfect for family travel. Fyi, I just want to apologize in advance because this article is going to […]

The Famen Temple of Baoji, China is the ideal site to learn about Buddhism, both its history and current practice, including an ancient pagoda and Buddha's finger bone.

The Famen Temple of Baoji, China: where ancient and modern Buddhism meet

Visiting European churches and cathedrals is very different from visiting Buddhist temples and sights in Asia.  In Europe you can expect to see a certain number of recognizable saints and themes throughout depending on the age of the site.  In China… it’s the same thing, but much more colorful.  On my recent visit to the […]

A Portland weekend getaway is easy to do if you're on the westcoast, with food, shopping, and hip neighborhoods, it's perfect. 2traveldads.com

A Portland Weekend Getaway Plan: cool or hip or just fun

Once upon a time, Chris and I took a trip to Portland, Oregon and hated it.  We left early even.  Everything was closed, the city was dirty and we were bored.  Well, my opinion has completely changed.  Every year my BFF Jon and I take a boys trip and head someplace fun for a weekend […]

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Our Christmas tree tradition: from travel ornaments to sustainable farms

Well, Thanksgiving came and went in a flash which means that it’s time to wrap up our year… but not before we do our one and only Christmas tradition:  doing the Christmas tree.  Decorating a Christmas tree as a family has become one of our absolute favorite activities out of everything we do over the […]

Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding areas is incredible with diverse wildlife and snorkeling experiences. Perfect for family travel and fun. 2traveldads.com

A complete guide to snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

As heartbreaking as it is to realize that you’re kids are growing up it’s also amazing.  We are able to do so many more fun things and share even more new experiences with them.  One that is really exciting is snorkeling! Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas is surprisingly great and if you’re in the right […]

Voting with your dollars is the easiest way to impact change and influence progress. See how to support communities across the USA for progress, including travel suggestions and supporting small businesses.

Voting with your dollars… your travel dollars

Following the recent shocking election of Donald Trump in the United States, our minds are spinning out of control of what to do.  We cannot relocate our lives and run away from this.  We can’t secede from the Union (or can we?) and we can’t just sit at home moping about so many of our […]