Cherry Springs and Lyman Run State Parks

Pennsylvania is home to 111 State Parks, each of which has something interesting and unique to offer. Cherry Springs State Park and Lyman Run State Parks in Potter County are no different. At both of these state parks you will find some of the darkest skies on the east coast. It is so dark that […]

Day 13 Vacations Over

Today we hit the road and head back to Philly. The car was mostly packed the night before so all we had to do was grab the rest of the stuff in the room and hit the road. We were out of the room and on I-4 a little after 3am. According to Google Maps […]

Day 12 Four Parks One Day? Can we do it?

As we wake up this morning it is a bit of a sad day. Today would be our last day of our vacation. Tomorrow we wake up and make the 16 hour drive back home. However, we are not going to worry about that right now. That is a problem for future me and present […]

Day 11 A rare sight (x2)

I can’t believe we only have two days left before we go home. Where did all the time go? At least we have had one amazing day after another and another. Today our first park was going to be Magic Kingdom. However, before we go to the park we have a breakfast reservation at Ohana. […]

Day 10 Relaxing day off

Day ten was upon us and it would be a nice relaxing day. We had some dining reservations today but no parks. Today we would just eat, shop, and relax. I feel that every Disney vacation needs to have one built in relaxing day. A day when you can feel like you are actually on […]

Day 9 Hollywood to the Kingdom

Today is our last day in the single digits. Tomorrow is day ten and it should be a bit more relaxing than the past 9 days. Today wasn’t going to be relaxing at all. Hollywood Studios in the morning. Early dinner at Rainforest Café in Animal Kingdom, then off to Magic Kingdom. Today started early […]

Day 8 Disney Bound

Just like the last couple of days, today was going to be another scorcher. Temps would be in the upper 90s with a heat index near 110. What makes that even worse is today we start our Disney portion of the trip. However, that’s not the bad part. Today we start off at Animal Kingdom. […]

Day 6 – Discovery Cove Day

Will I ever get a day I can sleep in? Probably not. Between my body being used to being up so early in the morning and the fact that in Orlando if you snooze you loose. I would probably not be getting any extra sleep till this trip is over and I am okay with […]

Day 5 It’s been awhile Orlando

Day five was another early rising day. Not only because I get up early. Today we were also leaving Fort Myers Beach and heading to Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando. We were last in Orlando back in December and I couldn’t wait to come back. Our annual passes are up in August so I wanted […]

Day 4 A relaxing Beach Day

I woke up around 4am feeling very well rested. I knew today was going to be a good day. Plus I knew it was my last day to really relax and take it slow. Tomorrow we would be leaving for Orlando and there would be no time to take it slow. I got myself ready […]

Day 3 WOW just WOW

Day three for me really started the night of Day two. If you remember I went to sleep around 2100 and set my alarm for 0600. I knew I would be up earlier than 6 but I had hopes I would sleep till 6am. I also didn’t think the Space X rocket would launch around […]

Day 2- KSC, Beaches, and a Huge surprise

The night before, I ended up going to bed a little before 2100 (9pm). So naturally, my body was ready to be up around 3. I woke up refreshed but what was I going to do at 3 in the morning.  Kennedy Space Center doesn’t open till 9. Breakfast at the hotel isn’t until 0630. […]

Day 1- At it again

We are at it again. Another long vacation to Sunny Florida. This time it’s only 13 days…. give or take. I might add an extra day to the end of the trip but that’s still up in the air.  Also this year my mother decided to tag along on the drive. Last year she flew […]

Holiday Inn Express Palm Bay Review

The Holiday Inn Express Palm Bay is located about an hour south of Kennedy Space Center. While it may be a bit of a drive to see all the amazing things there. You won’t want to stay anywhere else.  With its amazing rooms. Great Food and a truly awesome location. This is a place you […]

10 things you might not know about Universal Studios Orlando

Thousands of people from all around the world visit Orlando, Florida every year. However, on a fraction visit Universal Studios Orlando. If you are a part of the crew that skips Universal, maybe after you read these 10 interesting facts, you will be planning a visit soon.  With some of the best themed areas in […]

Family Tradition

Since about 2015, every Memorial Day weekend my daughter and I head down to the Jersey Shore for a one day trip. We go to celebrate her birthday and the unofficial start of summer. It’s a family tradition that we have been doing for a while and only missed 2020 due to Covid. We always […]

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 […]

Grand Canyon

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 […]

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