Travel

Flight 93 Memorial: A Day to Remember

Anyone old enough to remember September 11th, 2001 can tell you what they were doing when they heard the news. You might even still be able to picture the planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City. Or the plane that crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  You may even remember […]

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Greensburg Review

On my most recent adventure around Pennsylvania, I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Greensburg. Greensburg is about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Much like Greensburg, this hotel is also in the perfect location. It is close to the great Pennsylvanian outdoors and the bustling city life of Pittsburgh. You can get the best […]

Visiting Las Vegas with Kids

Sin City but is it really? Years ago it was an adult paradise. You remember the slogan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. But when was the last time that you heard that? It’s been a couple of years at least. Now you see a different focus than just gambling. Don’t get me wrong […]

PA Road Trip along the famed Lincoln Highway

What does the Indianapolis Speedway, Miami Beach, and Lincoln Highway have in common? They are all the brainchild of one man. Carl Fisher had an idea for a coast to coast highway back in 1912.  You have to remember that back then there weren’t many paved roads. Definitely not many spanning the massive distances between […]

A Day at Gettysburg

Is there any better way to spend the day than outdoors? I would so no. Spending the day outdoors is one of the best things we can do. From going to the beach or mountains getting out and getting some sunshine and fresh air is a good thing.  This post may contain affiliate links. It […]

Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari

Calling all animal lovers and everyone who is looking for something fun to do. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ will soon be opening their Safari back up. That’s right starting May 30th, 2020 you will once again be able to drive through the safari in your own vehicle. Something that couldn’t be done […]

12 Amazing Travel Photography Tips

This post may contain affiliate links. It is at no extra cost to you for clicking a link, but helps me out. For more info click here. Who doesn’t want to travel to amazing places and have epic memories when they get home? Everyone does but how can you. First, you take pictures. Lots of […]

Should you travel this Summer

Should we travel this summer? Should we change our plans or go full steam ahead? Where should I go this summer and how should I get there.

Universal Orlando Resort Ride Videos

Are you planning on going to Orlando this year? Are you thinking of going to Universal Studios instead of Walt Disney World? Maybe you are planning on doing both. Either way can be done. My daughter and I like to try and do both and it can easily be done. You just need to do […]

10 Family Friendly Places that ARE NOT Orlando

When you think of Florida and a Family Vacation chances are you think straight to Orlando and Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. Florida is much more than those two places. Even a short drive outside of Orlando can be a fun and exciting day.  We don’t want to just look outside Orlando. We want […]

I-95 Road Trip sites with lower crowds

When things start opening again chances are you won’t want to go places that are packed. You’ll skip the major cities (NYC, PHILLY, DC, BOSTON, ORLANDO) and want to visit places a little less crowded. Places like State Parks, Battlefields, unique museums. There are plenty of places that you can see from Maine to Florida. […]

Top Places to visit in Philly with Kids

Ah, Philadelphia the city of brotherly love. What’s not to love about this city? It’s a fabulous city to visit for people of all ages. From the young to the young at heart.  Philly is great for kids too. Sure there is a lot of history that most children could care less about. There’s also […]

Places you can visit Online while stuck at home

Looking to get out of the house but can’t? Are you yearning to travel but can only go to the grocery store? Fear not in this crazy time you can still explore exciting new places from the comfort of your home. Many places for years have offered virtual tours and webcams that put you right […]

Staying Healthy while Traveling

With everything that is going on in the world today, the most important thing we want to remember is to be healthy and safe while we travel. With so many travel bans in effect at this moment (March 2020). No one will be doing any travel for the next couple of weeks or months. But […]

Gettysburg with Kids

I’m willing to bet that most of you wouldn’t consider Gettysburg PA a great place to bring the kids. You’d be wrong though. While it’s not the most kid-friendly place (lots of history), your kids will probably enjoy the interactive elements at the museum and exploring the battlefield. I know I enjoyed it when I […]

Why you should visit Cape May, NJ

Cape May sits on the southern tip of New Jersey where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet. Given the town much importance during WWII and even today. While military bases and ships no longer line the coast. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry helps travelers get from Delaware to New Jersey.   Cape May is by far […]

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

If you ever plan on visiting the site of the bloodiest battle during the Civil War, then a stop at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center will be on your to do list. After all, why shouldn’t it be? Here you will learn so much about the battle that will greatly improve […]

Wyndham Gettysburg

Wyndham Gettysburg is located 2 miles from downtown Gettysburg, PA. It’s a beautiful 6 story 3 star hotel that has everything you could be looking for when visiting Gettysburg (well maybe not everything, we didn’t see any ghost). This hotel is also dog friendly so if you are traveling with your furry friend he is […]

Why you should visit Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is an amazing place to visit. There are so many things to see and do no matter what time of year it is. From the mountains in the winter to the many state parks to explore in the spring, summer and fall. Pennsylvania truly has something for everyone.   Pennsylvania was one of the 13 […]

Top ten things to see and do in Bucks County PA

Bucks County PA is an amazing place to visit. It is in the perfect location (outside of Philly). Has some unique one of a kind places to see. Some amazing food and there is something to do no matter what time of year it is. You can go tubing down the Delaware River in the […]

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Udvar-Hazy Center is a part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum located in Fairfax County, VA. Unlike the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center houses many and I mean many full size aircraft. You will find all kinds of vehicles from the beginning of aviation to […]

National Zoo Washington DC

Did you know that there is a National Zoo? It’s true and it is located in Washington, DC and is only two and a half miles away from the White House. Oh, and did we mention it is free.  While parking is a bit on the expensive side ($25), the zoo itself is free. Like […]

When to visit Walt Disney World

One of the biggest and toughest questions on everyone’s mind when considering booking a Walt Disney World vacation is when should you go. Some people wait for the perfect weather. Others wait for low crowds. While others go whenever the kids are out of school.  If you are having a tough time trying to decide […]

10 Places to visit in New Jersey

While New Jersey isn’t the biggest state. It’s not the smallest either. Jersey is ranked 47th by area and 11th by population. It’s a small state with a big attitude. Who can blame them? After all, New Jersey is wedged right between New York City and Philadelphia. Just because this state is located between two […]

10 Essential road trip items while traveling with kids

Road trips aren’t like they used to be. Gone are the days of being bored in the back seat with nothing to do other than read a book or color on a few pages. There are so many things for kids to do today that we should never hear that question we asked one too […]

Road Trip Essentials

Road trips can be a lot of fun when you are fully prepared to take one. While you can surely have a good time by just jumping in the car ill prepared. Having these essentials can make the trip much more smoothly and much more fun for everyone involved.  You can really do a road […]

10 Places to visit in the North East

When you think about visiting the North Eastern United States you probably think of going to Boston, New York City or Philadelphia. While they are all definitely worth a visit, we are going to list 10 places worth visiting that are NOT one of those major cities. With over 41 million people living in the […]

20 Places to visit in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is an amazing state. Full of wonderful, unique, and amazing things to see and do. Pennsylvania is more than just Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But they are definitely places you will want to visit in 2020 too. Today we are going to list the top 20 places you need to visit when you come to […]

Top Ten Sites to Visit in Washington DC

Washington DC is an amazing place to visit. I would bet it would take you over a week to see everything, I mean everything within the different museums, monuments and memorials. The National Gallery of Art has more than 130,000 prints, paintings, drawings and so much more.  So just think of this. If you were […]

25 Travel Tips for 2020

2020 is here and what better time than now to list 25 travel tips for you to follow. After all, who doesn’t like a nice list of tips, tricks and hacks? We compiled a list of the top 25 travel tips for 2020.  These tips are good for the beginner traveler all the way to […]

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Sometimes you need to stop and remember what this is all about. This country didn’t come about without hard work and sacrifice. Like the men who endured a harsh winter at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania.  Not only did they have to fight the harsh northeast winter. They also had to survive tough living conditions. So […]

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS

There are many places all around America that I would consider a must see. Places like New York City, Washington DC, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and many, many more. But no place is more of a must see for Marines, Veterans and Civilians like the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Being a United States […]

Holidays Around Philadelphia

Who doesn’t like the months of November and December? Sure the weather is getting colder but this time of year is one of the best times to just sit back and relax. Either by the fire or out walking around looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights.  In and around Philadelphia you will find some […]

5 things to do in PA in Winter

Pennsylvania is an amazing state year round but some of it’s unique beauty can only be found during winter. Nothing is more amazing than witness thousands of people converge on a small Pennsylvanian town to watch a groundhog predict the weather (better than the weatherman). Or realizing that you can find dog sled races outside […]

7 Must See Historic Sites Around Philadelphia for Vets to see

Most of us know that Philadelphia is where the United States of America is the birthplace of the nation. There are so many things that Veterans of the United States Military should enjoy. So this Veterans Day or any day come visit Philadelphia’s Historical sites that vets will love. It is great to remember where […]

Top Philadelphia Attractions

Many people overlook Philadelphia when planning a weekend getaway or even a day trip. It is easy to understand when you figure that Philly is located between both New York City and Washington, DC. Two destinations that are on a lot of people’s bucket list of places to go.  But don’t discount the City of […]

Everything That Sucks about Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando is a theme park located in Orlando Florida not too far from Disney World and SeaWorld. But Universal is anything like the other two theme parks. Which really isn’t a good thing.  Universal Studios Florida opened on June 7, 1990. It opened about a year after Disney’s MGM Studios now known as […]

Everything Great About Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando is a theme park located in Orlando Florida not too far from Disney World and SeaWorld. But Universal is anything like the other two theme parks. Universal Studios Florida opened on June 7, 1990. It opened about a year after Disney’s MGM Studios now known as Hollywood Studios. Both theme parks were […]

Fun times in South Carolina Lowcountry

I bet when most people think of South Carolina they think of Myrtle Beach or maybe Hilton Head if your pockets are a little heavier. When my Brothers and I hear the name South Carolina we think of the Land that God Forgot. Good ol’ Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The yellow footprints. The […]

Clearwater Beach, Florida A wonderful city on the Gulf

Clearwater Florida is located northwest of Tampa, Florida. It is on the Gulf coast of Florida meaning it is next to the Gulf of Mexico. For many of us that live on the East Coast the only body of water we ever see is the Atlantic Ocean. While it is just sea water and nothing […]

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 335 acre African themed theme park in Tampa Florida. Currently Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They are also a part of the Tampa CityPASS (learn more here). This locate was first opened in 1959. There was a brewery that offered beer […]

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Clearwater marine Aquarium (CMA) is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals. The aquarium was opened in 1972 at it’s current location. The site was donated to the aquarium which use to be an old water treatment plant. Over the years the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has made many […]

Everything Great about Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was the fourth theme park built at Walt Disney World. It officially opened on April 22 1998 which also happens to be Earth Day. Great day for this park to have it’s anniversary on. After all the park is dedicated to animal conservation and the natural environment.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom is accredited by […]

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park is a nonprofit 63 arce zoo located in Tampa Florida. It was once voted the #1 family friendly zoo in the US by Parent Magazine back in 2009. Today the zoo holds many different accreditation’s from many different organizations including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Zoo Tampa is a […]

Florida Aquarium: Tampa CityPASS

The Florida Aquarium is located in Tampa Bay, Florida. Tampa Bay if you didn’t know is on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The aquarium was opened back in March of 1995 in the Channel District of Downtown Tampa.  The Florida Aquarium is accredited with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums meaning they are one of […]

Tampa CityPASS

WOW, such a great deal. The Tampa CityPASS is one of the best values you will find. While all CityPASS passes are a great value chances are there are a few you would not use. With the Tampa CityPASS you will easily use them all. You just need to do a little planning and stay […]

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa: Review

The La Quinta Inn by Wyndham located across the Street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an excellent hotel if planning on using the Tampa CityPass or just planning a visit to Busch Gardens. This two star hotel isn’t fancy but has all your basic needs covered. There is a pool, clean rooms, hot showers, […]

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Orlando is a theme park located in Orlando Florida not too far from Disney World and SeaWorld. But Universal is anything like the other two theme parks. Universal Studios Florida opened on June 7, 1990. It opened about a year after Disney’s MGM Studios now known as Hollywood Studios. Both theme parks were […]

Staying Offsite: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

WOW!!! Just WOW. Not really sure how to start this off other than WOW!!! The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is a fantastic Hotel. This is a 4-Star hotel and it shows. Overall great service, great food, great pool. If you are planning on staying off Disney Property or planning on just going to SeaWorld this […]

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk which is also known as the Epicenter of Awesome is located in front of and between both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You need to walk thru Universal CityWalk to get to either theme park. But this place is so much more than just a walkway to the theme parks. It has […]

Staying Off-Site: Wyndham Gardens

I recently stayed off-site at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista which is a Disney Springs area resort. I only stayed one night after my Tampa trip and before my week long Disney World vacation started. After staying here one night I may just consider booking my next Disney World Vacation here and I will […]

Residence Inn Chesapeake GreenBrier: Review

The Residence Inn Chesapeake GreenBrier is a hotel owned and operated by Marriott. If you are aware of Marriott hotels, than you know that they have excellent service. This hotel is no different. While this location is not on or even near the beach. It is still in a good location when visiting the Virginia […]

8 Resort Room Essentials you didn’t think of

So you are going to Disney and you have everything packed and ready to go. Suitcases are packed. Carry on is ready to go. Park bag is loaded up with ponchos. You are all set. But did you forget the essential items you will need while in your resort room? If you are a seasoned […]

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls is located in the Pocono Mountains right by the Delaware Water Gap. This place has come to be known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. While the waterfalls are nowhere near as big as those in Niagara. They are just as beautiful (if not more) and it is much less crowded.  There is also […]

Barnegat Lighthouse

LBI: Jersey’s best shore towns?

Long Beach Island or LBI as it is know to locals is a barrier island located in New Jersey. When looking on a map it is about the central point of all the beach towns along the Jersey Coast. LBI is located just north of Atlantic City and just south of Island Beach State Park. […]

Getting ready for a road trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun….. when you are prepared. According to AAA nearly 100 million Americans will be taking a vacation this year. That is nearly 4 out of every 10 adults will be going somewhere this year. A little over half of them (53 percent) will be packing up the cars […]

What to do on your Disney Arrival Day

So your flights not landing at MCO till around noon. By the time you get to the resort it will be early afternoon. What do you do? Do you spend the rest of the day at a park? Just relax by the pool? Maybe have a character dinner at Chef Mickey’s. It can be hard […]

Pros and Cons: Disney World Park Hopper

One of the biggest questions you will always read about when talking about a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is if the Park Hopper ticket is worth it. Many first timers and seasoned veterans have asked that question. Today we are going to answer it once and for all. While everyone is […]

Washington, DC Guide with Kids

Washington, DC the Capital of the United States of America. It was named after the first President General George Washington and is located on the boarder of Maryland and Virginia. Which makes it an excellent location for road trips for anyone east of the Mississippi (Less than a day drive). If you live in the […]

Survival Guide: Orlando, Florida- Summertime

Orlando, Florida is a popular summer destination for many of us around the county. With world class theme parks like SeaWorld, Universal Studios, GatorLand and even Walt Disney World. It’s easy to see why so many vacation here when the kids are out of school. While you are out and about riding roller coasters, watching […]

Exploring Bucks County PA: State Parks

Bucks County, PA is a fantastic place to visit any time of year. Located in Southeastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River it is the perfect stop while visiting near by Philadelphia. It is also a great stop if you are traveling along Interstate 95 heading to New York or down to Washington DC. There are […]

How to Book FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

So you are planning to go to Disney World and you keep reading about the FastPass system at WDW. What is it? How does it work? How much is it going to cost me? And even how do I do it. Fear not!! I am here to lend you a helping hand. We will answer […]

STOP just going to the beach DO more instead: Wildwoods

A trip to the shore is more than just spending time at the beach. Who really likes all that sand anyway? What it’s really about is everything else that there is to do. Some beaches have boardwalks. Others have amazing strips with local shops and food. Some even have rides and zoos. The Wildwoods located […]

A fight for Independence: Independence Mall Philly

Have you ever wanted to see the real Liberty Bell? Or see the building where 56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. You read that right August not July. On July 4th, 1776 Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. Of course this is debatable as John Adams, Ben […]

Free Things to do in Philly

Philadelphia the city of brotherly love. But is it the city of free offers? You bet it is. There are tons of free things to do in Philly that are both fun and entertaining for kids and adults. You can recreate the epic scene from your favorite Philadelphia based movie. Or imagine you are 240 […]

32 Disney World Rides with Video

Planing a Walt Disney World trip can be overwhelming. Should you book dining reservations 180 days in advance. Should you stay on-site. And even what rides do you FastPass. Knowing that there are a lot of rides and attractions at Walt Disney World what rides are good for your family. Below I complied a list […]

Complete Guide to Booking a Disney World Vacation

First things first, you can’t just swing by on your way home from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You are talking about a 12 hour drive down south. Kinda tough if you live up in the Northeast. Secondly you need to have at least a week there. Ten days is better. So much better. […]

Cape May Lobster House

For years, anytime I head down to south Jersey I have to stop at The Lobster House on Fisherman’s Wharf in Cape May, NJ for some great, fresh seafood. This place has anything you can dream of, when it comes to seafood. Raw oysters? Got em. Fried Shrimp and crab cakes? They have both. Whole […]

How to avoid lines in Walt Disney World

Below you will find my guide on how to avoid lines in Walt Disney World theme parks. Rule number 1: You will NOT avoid lines at Disney completely. But you can make the wait a lot less by following my guide. The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Fl is huge. It is about 39 […]


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