Hot air ballooning in New Mexico: everything you need to know, from cost to events

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to travel. I’ll rock climb with the kids, go hiking with bears and moose, I’ll free dive with sea lions and sharks, I’ll even paddleboard with alligators… but I never thought I would go hot air ballooning in New Mexico. I did it. I actually bit the bullet, climbed […]

Victoria with Kids: 18 activities to wow kids and adults alike

Hopefully you followed along as we were exploring Victoria BC with kids… or on our own… or during Christmas or Valentines Day. Yes, we go to Victoria often, but it’s because we love it so much! We were asked by the destination to share our top favorite activities and tips for visiting Victoria with kids […]

Smith Rock with kids: how to enjoy hiking in the high desert

Smith Rock State Park is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Oregon. We love love love the Oregon Coast and frequently visit the Columbia Gorge Waterfall Area, but Smith Rock with kids is also really wonderful and one of our new favorite Oregon sites. It’s the high desert experience we were hoping […]

Staying fit at Universal Orlando Resort: easy ways to make healthy choices

I always think about the sweets and decadent food choices when we start talking about out next vacation, and particularly when we know we’re heading back to Universal Orlando Resort. But then the second I start to feel like we’ll just be throwing our fitness goals away, I remember how easy staying fit at Universal […]

The best breweries in Bend: family friendly brewery tours and brew pubs

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but really helpful. Bend, Oregon is amazeballs. I don’t need to tell you that if you’re reading this already, but there you have it. One of the things that we loved, was the welcoming nature EVERYWHERE to us dads with our kids. We especially enjoyed all of […]

Bend Itinerary w/ hiking, breweries, and LOGE Camps: perfect Oregon

Bend, Oregon with kids is an ideal vacation plan. Seriously. We just returned from a week long fall trip to Bend and enjoyed the culture and outdoors of Bend so much that we’re chatting about doing a return trip to consider and research moving there. We were based out of LOGE Camps Entrada Lodge on […]

Easy Day trips from Miami to National Parks along the Scenic Route

We’ve got another piece for the Alamo Rent A Car Scenic Route hub live and it’s all about great, easy day trips from Miami and our favorite simple weekend getaways to the Gulf Coast!  From some of the coolest Florida wildlife to pockets of culture you’d never expect, you’ve got to check out our ideas […]

Planning a Trip to Westport: super chill Washington coast

If you grew up in the Seattle area you know that going to the ocean is a production. You have to plan it out, get up early, pack up everything you could possibly need, including rain coats, and then head for the coast, being prepared to leave the beach early due to wind and rain. […]

10 Most Instagramable spots in Disneyland and how to shoot them

Everywhere you go you see people setting up their shots for Instagram. To be honest, we do it too. It’s what’s become of traveling these days, but sometime we’re in a place where we’re more than happy to find those shots… like in Disneyland. We figured out our ten favorite ideas, no, the ten MOST […]

Best National Parks in Fall: 8 must see parks for Fall Colors (and a bonus)

October is one of the best months to travel since kids have gone back to school and people are prepping for the holidays. Also a bonus: fall colors are going to be showing up and changing before you know it. We’ve been thinking about all of our favorite places to visit in the fall and […]

Extra Days in Denver: from the Mile High City to the Rocky Mountains

We love Colorado and guess what, so does Alamo Rent A Car. You know how we get to play the role of Chief Travel Guide for Alamo and make all kinds of fun suggestions for people looking to explore the Scenic Route? Well, we got to put together our favorite ways to spend extra time […]

Unique North Florida Finds along the Scenic Route

Our latest piece for the Alamo Rent a Car Scenic Route hub is live and it’s all about our favorite family destination:  the North Florida coast and inland!  We love to visit and explore Florida, not just because of its sunshine, but because of its beautiful nature, fascinating history, and cool cultural finds. From tip […]

Disneyland without Kids: what to do and how to do it

Let’s just start by making it clear: it’s perfectly fine to do Disneyland without kids. Whether you want to visit and leave the kids at home or maybe you don’t have kids, that’s fine. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure are both incredible and super fun without kids. What do adults do in Disneyland without kids? […]

Easy Florida Weekend Getaway Ideas on the Gulf

Florida is full of fun and relaxation. If you’ve not explored beyond the big cities like Orlando, Jacksonville or Miami, you might not know how diverse and chill it is.  Speaking of Miami (said Mee-ahh-mee), it’s a completely different world when you head to the Gulf Coast from Miami and some of our favorite Florida […]

California Central Coast Road Trip Itinerary: castles, wine and more

What could be more perfect any time of year than a California Central Coast road trip? Nothing. Leaving the SoCal area out of Los Angeles and heading north up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), you’re bound to find beautiful, quirky, delicious, and captivating stops. A road trip up the Central Coast fits nearly any budget […]

San Diego family vacation: budget savvy travel with IHG Rewards Club and Chase

Getting to travel for a living has its perks for sure, but we also are really careful and deliberate about how we do it. We joined forces with IHG and Chase to plan and have a great San Diego family vacation while using and earning IHG Rewards Club points along the way. Curious how we make […]

The Perfect Four Day Itinerary for Denver with Kids: museums & outdoors

We didn’t plan on falling in love with Denver but after several visits it’s just happened.  The Mile High City is really family friendly and beautiful, and being smack in the middle of the USA it’s pretty easily accessible from nearly anywhere in the States or Canada. Denver with kids is always a good idea, […]

Making the Most of Two Days at Universal Orlando Resort

While we could easily spend a week at the Universal Orlando Resort, most families are only going to get a few days to explore and enjoy the parks. We brainstormed and polled the kids on what their favorite activities were and came up with this fool-proof plan for making the most of two days at […]

Summertime in SoCal travel journal: Disney’s Pixar Pier Premiere and exploring San Diego

We’re back in Southern California, aka SoCal! What are we doing here? Great question! We’ve got lots of fun plans in store, from having some fun in Disneyland with the kids to visiting with friends and just relaxing at the beach. Follow along on our summertime in SoCal travel journal to see what’s new and […]

Estes Park with Kids: planning the perfect Rocky Mountain weekend

Colorado is full of all kinds of wonderful small towns, from old mining towns to ski villages, the prairie and the mountains. Our favorite Colorado mountain town is Estes Park. It’s cute, surrounded by epic landscapes and is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. We escaped the bustle of Denver for four days and […]

Couples Weekend in Las Vegas: how to plan and enjoy time away

We’re not the only Dads that find value in breaking away from the kids for a weekend.  Our friends over at 2 Dads with Baggage also try to get some time away when possible, and Jon has shared what exactly they look for an ideal couples weekend getaway, and in this case they escaped to […]

The Complete Oregon Coast Road Trip Itinerary, from tip to tip

With so many ways to do a road trip you can take almost any approach. We just did it with two kids so we are ready to share exactly how to get the most from the Oregon Coast. Doing an Oregon Coast road trip is really fun and very easy. There are zero chances to […]

Experiencing tropical waters: boats and beaches on Oahu

There’s nothing like experiencing the beaches of Oahu and having unforgettable wildlife encounters. We’ve been around and I’ll tell ya’, snorkeling and lounging on all sides of Oahu is awesome. We’ve done the foot work and visited several locations to find our favorite, most family friendly beaches on Oahu which are sure to wow you. […]

Universal Orlando with Small Kids: how to make sure everyone has a blast

We’ve been really fortunate to get to partner with the Universal Orlando Resort this year. With so many fun trips to Orlando, it’s given us loads of insight into how to visit Universal Orlando with small kids and have an amazing time doing it. We’ve got tips for having the most fun as a family […]

Visit Colorado: our crazy fun travel journal of Denver and beyond

We love time in the Rocky Mountains, but it’s rare that we get to enjoy it in Colorado. We’re exploring Denver and beyond this week and it’s started with a bang! Planning for the family to visit Colorado was as simple as Googling “Denver + hiking + kids + science”. OMG.  Let’s just say that […]

Oregon Coast Road Trip Travel Journal: Portland to Coos Bay, Oregon

It’s time for some exploring and what could be better than an Oregon Coast road trip in the off-season? We’ll be starting in Portland and heading out to the coast, stopping at hiking spots, lighthouses, cheese factories and sea caves. The kids are excited, but not half as much as us Dads! Our Oregon Coast […]

Family Skiing in Vail, Colorado: fun in the snow with toddler in tow

You may or may not know this, but we (Rob and Chris) aren’t big skiers. In fact we avoid it, but there are loads of incredible people and adventurous parents that love to ski with their family. One of our 2TravelDads writing team, Rich, is all about skiing with the fam, especially teaching his young […]

Year Round kid friendly hikes in Washington State: perfect PNW outdoors

As the snow stops falling up in the mountains we start to get excited about hiking. There are so many easy, kid friendly hikes in Washington, so actually picking where to go first is the biggest struggle. We’ve checked in with some of our favorite Pacific Northwest families and bloggers for their favorite springtime hikes […]

Outdoor Activities with Young Kids along the Scenic Route

We love when we get to share our favorite spots to visit, tips we’ve learned and ideas for exciting times along the Scenic Route.  We’ve created a really fun video to inspire new and wild times with young kids as you travel beyond the city… but you have to visit the the Scenic Route with […]

Family Universal Orlando Resort Spring Break travel journal

Family Universal Orlando Resort Spring Break travel journal. Tips and pics of a full family experience at the Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Cabana Bay Resort and Volcano Bay water park. We are so excited to share our family trip to the Universal Orlando Resort! This time it’s all four of […]