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 […]

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 […]

Ecotours in Banff & Canmore, Alberta: Adventure Hub ecotour central

One of the most frequent questions we get about traveling as a family is how do we find activities that are good for all of us to enjoy together. A close second is how do you find a good ecotour company. Well, we lucked out with our recent trip to Banff, Alberta. We discovered AdventureHub […]

Travel Journal: Exploring Banff and Canmore

So this is super exciting. We get to take an adventure to Banff and Canmore in Alberta to experience everything the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Follow along as we go hiking and canoeing and rafting and rock climbing and caving and everything else. After this you’re going to want to plan a trip to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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!

Family guide to Olympic National Park

One of the most popular places or topics we cover is Olympic National Park.  We’ve created so many articles and shared so much because it’s a dream destination for so many. It’s practically our backyard, so allow us to guide you and help you have an incredible time exploring. What began as Olympus National Monument […]

Hiking Sol Duc Falls and the northern rainforest of Olympic National Park

When you visit the Puget Sound area or more specifically the Olympic Peninsula, you’re bound to want to make a gazillion stops.  We could tell you that every stop is awesome and worth your time, but we like to direct you to just the best stops.  Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park is one […]

The Grove of the Patriarchs: old growth forest hiking in Mt Rainier National Park

We’ve got another great, easy hike with kids to share!  Our favorite hikes take us places with sweeping views and unusual sights, but we also love huge trees.  The Hoh Rainforest is at the top of our list of hikes in the Pacific Northwest with kids, but let’s go ahead and add the Grove of […]

Camping at Kalaloch and exploring Olympic National Park

The Pacific Northwest is a dream destination for so many.  Sure, we have our rain and grey skies, but we also have incredible mountains, beaches and forests.  Olympic National Park is the perfect spot to experience all of those things, and the west side in the Kalaloch area is really an ideal home base.  Camping […]

Exploring the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

Unless you grew up in the Pacific Northwest you probably think right away of tropical destinations when you hear the term “rainforest.”  We actually have several protected, temperate rainforests here in Washington State.  Exploring the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park is our favorite with the kids and we bring a lot of out-of-town guests […]

Hiking Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

When we’re not lounging on a Florida beach in the hot sun or gallivanting the globe, we love to hike locally.  Local, to us, is anything within a few hours’ drive of Seattle.  One of our favorite local activities is hiking in Olympic National Park.  It’s such an interesting place, with beaches, lowland rainforests, snow-capped […]

Blue Spring State Park: Florida’s most beautiful spot

Enough people have asked us about Blue Spring State Park after seeing the pictures we’ve posted on Instagram and such that we just have to write about it and share our tips.  Florida has over 1000 natural springs and they’re all a little different.  Some are in high traffic areas like on the Crystal River […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Family travel in Indonesia: our must-see plan

Since we’ve determined Indonesia as our #1 priority on our Asian destination bucket list, we’ve started digging into the country a whole lot more and are getting pretty excited about what we’re finding.  From nature to food, hiking to getting under the water, we’re going to have an amazing time doing family travel in Indonesia. […]

the Death planks of Huashan: more awesome than scary

You know we love our hiking, right?  We do it almost everywhere we go, and in all types of weather and environment.  This year has seen some really fun hikes from lighthouse hunting to trekking through the snow in the spring, and now I can add hiking Huashan in the Shaanxi province of China.  Huashan […]

A friendly reminder about hiking safety and family travel tips

We always are traveling with friends or family, internationally and locally.  Not everything we do is a group activity, but a lot of things are.  Hiking as a group is always fun and usually is uneventful, but every now and then something happens and that’s when you have to think about hiking safety. Hiking in […]

Silver Falls, Mt Rainier Nat’l Park: not to be missed

We’re going to do a stereotypical and highly ridiculous thing.  A lot of writers will tell you about the “only sight you need to see in…” or the “absolute most perfect…” and we try not to do that.  Ever.  Tell you what though, we are going to tell you about the best most worthwhile hike […]