Domestic Travel

5 Reasons to Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery

Two Traveling Dads Walk Into a Bar A recent work trip took me back to my old stomping ground of Austin, Tex. I reached out to fellow TDAD Josh Rodriguez, as no trip to Austin is complete without sharing a beer with this gentleman (and scholar!). Upon my arrival at Austin Bergstrom Airport, I texted him asking of his whereabouts and his reply was, “Austin Beerworks.” Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery? That wasn’t on my list for my quick two day jaunt into the liberal heartbeat of Texas. GPS input and 20 minutes later, I parked and pulled up to...

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7 Must Do Family Attractions in North Carolina

Growing up in North Carolina, I’ve always taken for granted everything it has to offer. That’s changed in the past couple of years, after finding out we were pregnant and having our first child. My wife, Vicki, and I now talk about all of the weekend trips we can take from Raleigh. While doing some research, I thought other families may want to know some of the family-friendly must do’s in North Carolina. Whether you are from this area or you’re just passing through, keep this post bookmarked for quick reference. It may just help you plan your next...

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Reunion Tower and City Pass

Traveling solo can be fun and you can discover new things in the cities you are visiting! I headed to Dallas for the 2017 Dallas-For Worth Auto Show solo and decided to visit an attraction on my down time.  While there I decided to take in the sites and check out Reunion Tower in Dallas. Reunion Tower aka the big ball in the Dallas Skyline.  From 470 feet up you’ll see  360-degree panoramic views of Dallas. It is awesome!!! It kind of looks like this at night. Reunion Tower is located in downtown Dallas and is family friendly.   A friendly...

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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular

Star. Wars. Galactic. Spectacular. I think I’ve said all I need to say about this Disney experience. Star Wars Galactic Spectacular In all seriousness, the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the best fireworks displays at Disney World. That’s saying something. The show includes scenes from your favorite Star Wars movies projected onto Grauman’s Chinese Theater accompanied by the score from Star Wars. Some of these scenes even become somewhat interactive with lasers shooting out into the audience as a tie fighter squares off with an X-wing fighter. Of course, you’ll hear some of...

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Traverse City, Michigan has a rustic ambiance to it yet plenty of metropolitan amenities making it one of my family’s favorite summer vacation destinations that we visit every year.  A four hour drive from Detroit and five hour trek from Chicago makes this northern Michigan community a manageable road trip destination for many families living throughout the Midwest.  While the area’s boating, biking, fishing, hiking and swimming activities make it an excellent location for a family road trip with kids, Traverse City’s wonderful selection of bistros, breweries, restaurants, wineries and vineyards also provide a great spot for an adults...

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Spring Break Procrasticationers Exposed

If there’s a reason that procrastination so gracefully rhymes with vacation I’d like to think it’s because I often wait until the last minute to make family travel plans for spring break (if I make any at all) and according to a recent survey, I’m not alone. Evidently a relatively whopping 28 percent of us – the us being respondents in a joint Traveling Dad/Traveling Mom/Vacatia survey released today – say we tend to figure out our spring break vacation plans at the last minute. And what feels like good news – at least for procrastination vacation planners or...

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Watch Vs Warning: What You Need to Know Plus Flood Safety Tips

G.I. Joe taught us that “knowing is half the battle” and the Boy Scouts followed up that lesson with “Be Prepared.”  With those wise words echoing are you really prepared? Quick: Watch vs. warning. What’s the difference? Most folks don’t know. Read on for a full watch vs warning explanation and bonus flash flood safety tips. Flash Flooding Happens in a Flash: Don’t Underestimate the Weather Large swathes of the good ‘ol US of A are prone to flash flooding. Those who don’t live in flood regions may not fully appreciate the sheer gravity of flash flooding. Throw in...

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