Holiday Inn Express Pekin, Illinois Review

If your travels happen to take you into the middle of nowhere….. okay, just kidding. If you are traveling through Illinois and looking for a great place to rest for the night or the weekend. The Holiday Inn Express in Pekin is the place for you. For a bit of reference Pekin is a city […]

Movies to watch before you visit Universal Orlando

Planning a trip to Universal Orlando? Well you should do a little homework first but not the boring kind. The fun kind that includes hours upon hours of movie watching. Oh boy, are there a lot of movies for you to watch. Some to find little hint clues are around the park (say hi to […]

10 things you might not know about Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom theme park is loved by many people throughout the world. The size and beauty of this park is one of a kind. You won’t find another theme park quite like this one. From the thrill rides to the animal walk throughs. Animal Kingdom has just about everything you could ask […]

Franklin Institute overview

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA is one of the best attractions the City of Brotherly Love has to offer. After all, It is the most visited museum in Philly. This amazing attraction has something to offer for everyone. Learn about the human body, the solar system, sports, and so much more. Walk through the […]

Walt Disney World 2022: Things to know before you go

Are you planning a visit to the most Magical place on Earth in 2022? Well you better slow down and be prepared. 2022 is an important time at Walt Disney World. Did you know The Magic Kingdom turned 50 back on October 1st, 2021? That’s right the Magic Kingdom is 50 years old and do […]

Tips and Tricks for Universal Orlando

It can be a little difficult to find tips, tricks, and hacks for a Universal Orlando vacation. There are thousands of sites devoted to Walt Disney World tips but no where near as many for Universal Orlando. We are going to try and change that here. Below you will find a couple of tips, tricks, […]

Perks of stay at a Disney Resort

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation one of the biggest expenses is the hotel. Good thing you get some perks while staying at them. Well, you use too! Not so true anymore but we will go over all of that in this post.  2022 brings many changes all around the world. The same holds […]

Cabana Bay vs Dockside Inn Family Suites

Are you planning a vacation to Universal Studios Orlando and have a bigger family? Would you rather stay in one room than booking two? If this sounds like you we have you covered. Both Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Endless Summer Dockside Inn and Suites have family suites for you to book. Each of these […]

All about Universal Orlando Resort Tiers

Looking to book a Universal Orlando vacation and not sure where you should stay? Are you having trouble understanding the difference between value, prime value, preferred, and premier? Not understanding what perks come with which tier? We have you covered with all the answers to your questions about the different Universal Orlando resorts. Once you […]

Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Review

Want to feel like a rock star on your next trip to Universal Studios Orlando? Then you have to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Of course, you don’t have to visit the Universal theme parks to stay at this amazing hotel. You can stay here if you are visiting the other […]

Endless Summer Dockside Inn and Suites review

Endless Summer Dockside resort along with Endless Summer Surfside resort are the two newest resorts at Universal Orlando. With a great starting price for both single rooms and suites. This resort seems like a slam dunk for a family on a budget looking to visit Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or any of the […]

Where to go in 2022

Before you know it 2021 will be over and we will be welcoming 2022. Now is a great time to start planning you 2022 adventures. We are still dealing with Covid and who knows what are adventures will look like for the coming year. It will probably be much of the same that we have […]

Universal CityWalk Restaurants Reviews

If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando Resort or even to nearby Walt Disney World you might find yourself visiting CityWalk. This amazing area connects both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida to the parking garages. Along the way you will pass many amazing restaurants that you will want to try.  CityWalk […]

Universal Orlando Quick Service Reviews

Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have come a long way when it comes to the food that they offer. In years past, the food has been subpar at best. Now some of the places you will want to come back to time and time again.  Of course, there are some misses at both […]

Top Ten Haunted Locations on the East Coast

Do you like getting scared? Do you go out and search for ghosts or paranormal activity? Don’t worry, a lot of people like searching for these spooky things this time of year.  There are places all over the East Coast of the United States that many consider haunted. Places where the air is chilly and […]

Farewell Florida, Till we see you again – Day 16 and 17

The car was mostly packed the night before. All I had to do was wait for everyone else to wake up and finish packing the car. Well everyone was up by 6. There was only one problem. I wasn’t able to put all the bags in the car with all the people. Since I couldn’t […]

Winding Down – Day 15

Today, like many days this past week, was going to be hot. Before the sun even started to think of rising, I was dripping in sweat while I enjoyed my coffee on the screen patio. I really did like sitting out there and would miss it.  I haven’t had to worry about bugs at all […]

Joining the Resistance – Day 14

Today marks our 14th day on our Pandemic Florida Trip. Fourteen days is a long time to be away on vacation but it wasn’t over yet. Not even close. We still had a few more adventures to do. I was up again way to early. I had my alarm set for 6 but I was […]

Magic Kingdom Bound – Day 13

Today is going to be a busy day. Today we visit Walt Disney World. The current plan is to visit Magic Kingdom and hop over to Animal Kingdom. Tomorrow we would do Hollywood Studios in the Morning and EPCOT in the afternoon. Now just like yesterday my mom and I were both up a couple […]

Pool time and Springs – Day 12

The sun rose and gave light to another hot and muggy Florida morning. Of course, I was up a couple of hours before the sun would wake up for the day. I’m so used to it that it doesn’t phase me anymore. Although, I would like to be able to sleep in a little bit. […]

Family is here – Day 11

Today is the day my daughter has been waiting for. Today we go to MCO and pick up my mother, brother, and his girlfriend. Thankfully, we don’t have to wake up too early to do it. There flight is coming in around 09:30 so by the time they get their bags it will be closer […]

Fantasy World Resort Review

Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida is the perfect dentation for larger families or a group of friends visiting the Orlando theme parks. These six person townhomes make for the perfect home away from home. You are only 15 minutes away from the Magic Kingdom and 20 minutes from Universal CityWalk. The price is very […]

And we are back…. at Universal…. Again – Day 10

Today marks day 10 of our adventure throughout Florida. After yesterday, I don’t know if we are going to be able to top that. Swimming with dolphins and all kinds of tropical fish surely is the highlight of this trip so far. Today was supposed to be a nice easy relaxing day at the resort. […]

Swimming with the Fishes – Day 9

Today was the day we both were waiting for. Something I never thought I would ever do but I knew my daughter would do at some point. Today we were going to Discovery Cove and swimming with dolphins and of course, the fishes. Thankfully, we were doing this in Orlando and not Jersey.  Today started […]

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Review

On my most recent trip to Orlando, I stayed at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. It is located on Walt Disney World Property and only minutes away from EPCOT and right behind Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. If you want to stay close to the parks but don’t want to pay the Disney price. Wyndham […]

Discovery Cove Review

Discovery Cove is located in Orlando, Florida and is unlike anything else you will find in Orlando. Here you can swim with bottlenose dolphins, sharks, rays, and hundreds of tropical fish. It is an all inclusive experience that you would expect to find on one of the islands. Not in Orlando. Discovery Cove opened on […]

Matching Shirts and All – Day 8

Today was the first day since the start of our vacation that I was able to sleep past 5 am. I didn’t end up waking up till around 6. It felt nice to sleep that extra hour. Anyone that always wakes up early should understand how that feels.  Today I felt it was going to […]

Getting Stuck – Day 7

I cannot believe it has already been a week. Boy has the time flown by so far. Just a week ago we were in Philadelphia getting ready to head down to Florida. Since then we stopped in SC and traveled around Florida.  So far we’ve seen rockets, the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, […]

Wizarding World and More – Day 6

Before the sun even started thinking about rising, I was up. Just like so many other days on this trip or even this year. Here I was up before 5 am. I guess my body is so use to being up this early that it wakes itself. Before getting her up I just tried to […]

Orlando here we come – Day 5

Day five had us waking up early in Florida City at the Travelodge by Wyndham. I really got a great nights rest here and was ready to hit the road once again. The only difference from today and the other four days is I know I will be staying in Orlando for at least a […]

On the road to the Florida Keys – Day 4

Day four started just like every other day so far on this trip. Me being up way too damn early. I was up around 5am. I can really tell now how my work schedule screws with me since I am up everyday for work at 4am. I can’t even really sleep in when I am […]

Dolphins and Clearwater – Day 3

Day three had us waking up a little later than the past two days. It was actually nice to sleep in a little bit. Of course, I was still up before 6 but at least the sun didn’t rise yet in Florida. I stepped outside to get a feel for how warm it was. Good […]

So The adventure Begins… Day One and Two

I’ve been waiting for this adventure to start for a few months now. I have been extra busy at work since we are short people and training new people. Putting in close to or over 120 hours every two weeks takes a toll. I was tried and ready to get out there. Of course, this […]

Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City Review

Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City is the perfect hotel if you are planning a visit to the Florida Everglades, Coral Castle, or the Florida Keys. Located right on U.S Route 1 which is the Overseas Highway when you get down to Key Largo. It is in the right spot for all your southern Florida adventures. […]

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort review

Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando is a great place to stay when visiting Orlando, Florida. Best thing, you don’t need to visit Universal Studios to stay here. Of course, with you being so close you should. I mean why would you not want to? Take a step back in time with this retro style […]

La Quinta Inn near Busch Gardens Tampa

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, […]

Kennedy Space Center Review

Kennedy Space Center is located off the coast of central Florida. It’s about an hour south of Daytona Beach and an hour east of Orlando. If you love all things space, you will love to visit the Kennedy Space Center. At the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex you will find all kinds of exhibits from […]

How to survive a long drive/road trip with kids

Many of us are starting to travel again with are kids. Flights are getting expensive and one of the best way to save a little money is to hop in the car and drive to the destination. With kids this can be a scary thought but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to […]

Things to do in Philadelphia as a couple

On the surface a trip to Philadelphia doesn’t sound like a good one for a couple. However, you would be wrong. Philadelphia is a great city to spend the day, night, or weekend in with your significant other.  From great date night ideas, to unique exploration, or amazing dining options. You can find something that […]

Guide to Vacation Photos

Summer is quickly approaching and we all cannot wait to get out and start re-exploring the world around us. Last year (2020) was a wash for many of us when it comes to traveling. This year will be completely different with new restrictions. Doesn’t that make it the perfect time to get some photos to […]

Top things to do in Philadelphia for Families

The City of Brotherly Love is a great place to take the family for a day or weekend. There is just so much for everyone to enjoy. From the strong history in the city to things that kids find fascinating. You won’t be bored and you’ll be left with that feeling like you didn’t get […]

Where to visit on Memorial Day

Sadly, many Americans forget the real reason for Memorial Day. It is not the unofficial start of summer. It is a day for honoring and remembering the military personnel who died while serving in the Armed Forces (Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force).  Forget traveling to the shore. Visit one of […]

Popular East Coast Beach Towns

When you think of the beach what’s the first place that comes to mind? Is it a beach in Hawaii or California? I bet not many of you thought of any of the amazing beaches on the east coast. However, you would be wrong to think that there are not some great beaches on the […]

Best Beach Towns on the East Coast

Summer is right around the corner and who doesn’t love a relaxing day at the beach? From the salty air to the cool ocean breeze. What’s not to love? Okay, yeah I know the sand. Trust me I am not a fan of the sand. It took me a long time to get used to […]

Guide to the Skyline Drive

The Skyline Drive in Virginia runs 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park along the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a short drive from Washington, DC, Richmond, and even Baltimore or Philadelphia. It is one of the most scenic drives along the east coast of the United States.  It starts off in Front Royal, VA and […]

Weekend Road Trip: Gettysburg, Mountains, and DC, OH MY!!!

Like so many of us, I am itching to get away. I am used to taking weekend adventures at least once a month but haven’t really been able to. With everything either closed near me or having limited capacity. I’ve opted to stay home and plan my next great outing. I recently took a five […]

10 Things to do in Philadelphia for first timers

Philadelphia might not be the most populated city in America. It’s also not one of the most popular ones either but it should be. Philadelphia has plenty to offer for anyone. From hip stops to just the coolest hang outs and how could we forget some of the most historical places in America.  Philadelphia is […]

How to Create your own Road Side Emergency Kit

Imagine this. You are driving on a back road late at night with no cell service and all of a sudden you get a flat. What do you do? You can’t call AAA to come fix it or tow you. You need to do it yourself. If you don’t have an emergency kit, you are […]

How to Plan a Road Trip

Let’s face it, one of the best ways to travel is to hop in the car and take a road trip. Sure it might take you a little longer to get from point A to point B. But the journey is all a part of the fun. Nothing beats hitting the open road and exploring […]

50 Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is such an amazing state with so many places to visit. The state is full of mystery, open spaces, haunted places, and historical sites. No matter where you go in the state you can be sure there will be something unique to visit.  Whether it is rocks that ring, the shores of a great […]

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Grand Canyon West

Grand Canyon West is located around two hours east of Las Vegas, NV. It is a pretty easy drive along the interstate and local road. All you have to do is watch for wild cattle along your way. No, I am not kidding. You will see a bunch of cattle on your way to Grand […]

Vegas Pandemic Vacation

I just recently spent five days in Las Vegas (March 2021) and wanted to share my thoughts and takeaways from this trip. One thing is for sure, it’s not like it use to be. Besides the raging pandemic happening all around the world. Vegas has changed so much in the past five or ten years. […]

Paris Hotel Las Vegas

I recently stayed at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. This place was amazing. The room was a good size. The bathroom was nice and the view was unbelievable. Plus the location just can’t be beat. Being right on the strip and in the middle of all the action, you can’t find a better hotel to […]

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50 must-see places in the Midwest

I already know what many of you are thinking. Are there really 50 must-see places in the Midwest? Isn’t it all just flat farmland? The truth is, there is a lot of flat land out here but it is beautiful to drive. However, there are plenty of places that are must-see in the Midwest. From […]

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50 Places to visit in the West

The west coast of the United States is a must see for anyone. Only 150 plus years ago people would spend months traveling out to Oregon, California, and Washington State to settle down and start a new life. After one visit you too might want to set your roots down here too. If you love […]

50 Places to visit in the South East

There is nothing quite like the South Eastern United States. Miles upon miles of coast line make up this amazing area. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean or take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. After all, some of the best beaches can be found in the South East. Take a detour from the beaches […]

50 must see places in the North East

The North East of the United States is full of amazing and wonderful locations for you to visit. From National Parks to major cities and anything you can think of in between. The North East doesn’t lack epic destinations. Below you will find 50 places from the nine states that make up the North East. […]

National Parks to Visit

Did you know that there are 63 National Parks you can visit in the United States? Most are on the west coast but the east coast has a few too. Now not all of the National Parks are the same. Some are huge like Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park in Alaska which covers over 8 million […]

Top 15 Places to visit in US in 2021

Things should be starting to get back to normal by the summer. That will mean for the past 15 months or so many of us did not travel anywhere or didn’t go to the places we wanted to go. Soon we should be able to start traveling again but where do we go? There are […]

200 Places to visit in the United States

In celebrating this being my 200th post on I wanted to do something a little different and special. Below you will find 200 places to visit in the United States. Each state will have at least one place to visit but many will have much, much more. Many are must-see places and a few […]

Tips for Traveling in 2021

The world is looking to beat the covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and we can start to get back to a new sense of normal. However, we aren’t in the clear yet. It will take some time for everyone to get a vaccine.  I know we are all itching to get out of the house and […]

Seven Places to visit in Winter on the East Coast

When you think of winter I bet travel doesn’t really cross your mind unless it is to go somewhere it’s warm. While a visit to the Islands is never a bad idea. There are plenty of great places along the East Coast you can visit this and every winter.  From snow-filled mountains to sunny beaches. […]

Top 10 Places to visit in New York

No, we aren’t talking about the top places to see in New York City. We are going to list the top ten places to visit in the State of New York. Of course, NYC is one of them but there is so much more to Empire State.  New York state is home to the largest […]

Bucket List Worthy Locations on the East Coast

The infamous Bucket list. Everyone has one. Maybe it deals with food or adventures. Or perhaps its deals with places you would like to see.  The East Coast of the United States has tons of places that are bucket list worthy. From major cities to seaside towns. Amazing national parks to some seriously weird and […]

Truly Haunted Locations in Pennsylvania

It’s that time of year when everyone wants to get a little spooked. From walking through a haunted house to taking a nice hayride through spooky woods. The Halloween season is one of the best times of year.  While many places you visit throughout the month of October are filled with actors and scary props. […]

Pandemic Road Trip Day 5

Day 5 of our Pandemic Road Trip sees our adventure coming to an end. We traveled through 8 states, went over 2,000 miles and visited some pretty cool places. Today we traveled along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Pandemic Road Trip Day 4

I can’t think of a better way to start off the day 4 of our Pandemic Road Trip than having a cup of coffee in the shadow of the Smokey Mountains. While cell service sucked for me. The views of the surrounding mountains made it worth having little service. There is just something peaceful about […]

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