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 […]

Springtime 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 […]

Lower Manhattan: visiting historic sites in NYC with kids

New York City is a lot of things, and one thing it’s not is boring. Even when visiting NYC with small kids it’s fun and interesting. Us Dads were particularly interested in checking out the historic side of New York when we were there and it didn’t disappoint. Visiting historic sites in NYC was fun […]

Off the beaten path Kauai: 8 secret(ish) activities

Thanks to Jon Bailey from 2dadswithbaggage.com for sharing his families favorite semi-secret aka off the beaten path Kauai activities with kids. We love hearing from other dads, especially when it’s about a place on our bucket list that we’re hoping to visit in the coming year with our own kids. Thanks, Jon, for these great tips! Our oldest […]

Paddleboard Orlando: nature adventures just beyond the city!

So, you know how we’re all about kayaking and do it all the time? Well, after many attempts I’ve had an incredible time Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and it’s going to be my new favorite activity. After spending a whole day with Ned, the owner of Paddleboard Orlando, I can say with great certainty that […]

Kayaking in the Pacific Northwest: Puget Sound paddling destinations

The Seattle area is best seen from the water:  sailing, on a ferry, or on a kayak.  Just short drives from the city are countless islands and bays to explore.  Across the Puget Sound are the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, which are dotted with lakes and waterways, ready to be paddled. Kayaking in the Pacific […]

4 Ways to enjoy the Scenic Route around Oahu

As you know, we get to serve as Chief Travel Guides for Alamo Rent A Car and share our ideas for exploring the Scenic Route. We recently completed a grand tour of the Island of Oahu and came up with the four key ways to experience this incredible island.  Here are a few hints about […]

5 awesome non-beach activities on Oahu

Taking your family to Hawaii for the first time is typically a pretty big deal. It was for us, and we were sure to use the precious time we had there to get the full Hawaiian experience. Oahu’s North Shore was scenic, full of fun, and exactly the Hawaii we were looking for, the West […]

Universal Blog Squad: Harry Potter and scouting for future fun

Hooray! We get to be a part of the Universal Orlando Resort Blog Squad! This is going to be a crazy and fun experience. What does this mean? It means that throughout the year we’ll be taking several trips to Universal Orlando for fun events, new experiences and just generally great family time. This particular […]

Traveling Chicago solo: 8 ways to experience the Windy City (and a bonus plan)

The USA has several cities that are known around the world as being iconic or embodiment of America. We think of New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. We haven’t all gotten to to each of the cities as a family, but finally I got to do Chicago solo… and I wish I would’ve had […]

MLK National Historic Site with kids: learning about civil rights in Atlanta

Something that we always try to do with our kids, particularly since we are worldschooling, them is visiting historical sites. We visit Atlanta Georgia quite frequently and I’ve gotten the chance to go to Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site a couple of times. Oliver, our oldest is starting to understand why we visit […]

Exploring Kauai with kids: family time on the garden island

After having gotten to explore Oahu with kids and share highlights and tips from the busiest of the Hawaiian Islands, 2TravelDads is excited to share more ideas for Hawaii! Exploring Kauai with kids is another great way to experience the islands, but at a different pace. And if you’re doing a Hawaiian holiday with smaller […]

Planning NYC with kids: from building an itinerary to booking with rewards

New York City with kids is both a dream and stressful idea. I mean, it’s New York. It’s the Big Apple and the ultimate American experience. We learned a lot about doing NYC with kids and can say that it is worth the effort and can be unforgettable in the best ways. Through our partnership […]

Wildlife Safety in America’s National Parks: keeping humans AND animals safe

Every year you read about some tourist that didn’t think about if trying to ride a bison or something was smart. You hear about people not paying attention or following rules and then the wildlife having to be caught and put down. Don’t be one of those people.  We want you to have an unforgettable […]

NYC Holiday Family travel journal: Broadway to the Statue of Liberty

Guess what we’re doing over the Christmas holiday…  We are in New York City!! We’ve partnered up with Intercontinental Hotel Group to use our IHG Rewards points and have an awesome family trip to NYC.  We’ve got some big plans, but ultimately, we just want to experience New York and make some great holiday memories. […]

Experiencing the best of Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

In addition to geysers, the exciting thing about going to Yellowstone National Park is the wildlife.  There are the standard deer and chipmunks that you’d expect to see, but there is so much more.   The bison were a real hit with our family… but then so were the bears just outside of our car […]

Finding the best places to eat on Oahu: poke to pork and everything in between

Watching people travel and eat on television has become such a staple in America. We tune in and find “the best unknown burger counter in Philly” and the “most decadent ice cream sandwich in Portland” or the “best places to eat on Oahu,” but what do you actually want to experience when it comes to […]

5 Must-Visit California Missions

Getting to travel all over the place we see all kinds of unusual sights. The kids love the time we get to spend in National Parks or at the beach, we dads like to explore cities a lot, and then we try to incorporate historical sites when possible. The California missions have proven to be […]

5 awesome San Francisco Bay Area National Parks sites with kids

When you’re traveling a lot for work, chances are that you don’t get to do too much exploring beyond the office. We’re really fortunate in that we get to travel for fun as a part of our work, but sometimes we also tag along when Chris (papa) has his own work trips. We recently got […]

Disney’s Aulani: experiencing Hawaiian hospitality, ohana and the spirit of aloha

We’ve had the question countless times about whether or not we’ve been to Disney’s Aulani on the Island of Oahu… and now we can say yes. We got to partner with Aulani to take the kids and experience the resort. It was some amazing family time and I’m so glad we can say yes now […]

Disney’s Aulani and exploring Oahu: our travel journal

We’re so excited for our first family trip to Hawaii! We’ll be exploring the Island of Oahu, starting with a few days at Disney’s Aulani and then moving to the North Shore for some epic hiking, waterfalls, and beach time with the kids.  The goal:  inspire the kids to want to be surfers! We are […]

Tempe with Kids: a super easy Arizona getaway

It’s rare that just one of us dads gets to escape for a trip with just one of the kids. It happened though!! It really did! Oliver (our oldest) and I (Rob) got to take an adventure down to Tempe, Arizona and it was the perfect bonding trip that we needed. Tempe was the ideal […]

Pinnacles National Park: exploring the high desert and rocky caves

Most of the National Parks we go to are fairly well-known. I mean, there are only 59 of them, so most are familiar to the masses.  We love to return to Glacier National Park and Olympic and such because we’re so familiar and there is so much to do and see.  We just added a […]

10 ways to enjoy fall around Glacier National Park

Montana is one of the largest states in the USA and it’s crazy diverse. It’s Big Sky Country, for sure, but it’s also big mountain country and ridiculously still lake country and ride-a-horse-through-the-woods country. Basically, Montana is everything you could hope for except the beach. Flathead and Glacier Counties of Montana have all of this […]

San Luis Obispo, California: SLO CAL at its best

There are so many great towns on California’s Central Coast. We moved on from the Santa Maria Valley to the San Luis Obispo area (SLO) before hitting up Cambria and loved it (I know, we love every city we visit).  We’re pretty excited to share this awesome place, as it’s home to some great culture, […]

Amtrak family train travel to Glacier National Park

Train travel is so common around the world, but here in the United States most of us always opt to fly places. We just did our first family train travel with Amtrak and it was pretty cool.  We don’t do many trips in the northern USA in the fall or winter because driving is a […]

Exploring San Juan, Puerto Rico: from strolling Old Town to kayaking the lagoon

After spending a few days diggin’ on the incredible nature of Puerto Rico’s east coast, we relocated to San Juan, the capital.  Wow!  What a city!  From the historic forts and Old San Juan to the vibrant district of Condado, visiting San Juan was a blast! It’s hard to pick what we enjoyed the most […]

Cambria, California: perfect for food, fun, & family travel. And wine.

For as much time as we spend in California you’d think that we’d have hit up most of the awesome spots or at least had a good handle on places we feel are awesome and nobody else knows about. Cambria, California on the Central Coast is one of those spots, of the first type:  apparently […]

Visit Puerto Rico: exploring the east coast of the Island of Enchantment

Do you ever know that there’s a place you want to visit but you’re not sure where to begin or what’s attainable in one trip?  Well, that’s a problem we face a lot. We expect that we can experience the majority of a place but then don’t understand the actual layout of the area and […]

Our incredible Amtrak travel journal: trek to Glacier National Park

An incredible train ride, amazing colors as the seasons change, wildlife around every bend…. we’re exploring Glacier County, Montana with Amtrak, GlacierMT and the Glacier Guides Lodge.  Follow along on our travel journal!