Domestic Travel

Traveling Dad 1-2-3 Guide to Watching the Eclipse

On August 21 across the United States, the total solar eclipse is expected to wow crowds of onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina. Smart family travelers know this is likely they only time in their lives that they’ll see a total blackout caused by the moon’s shadow upon the earth. The path of totality (where the sun will render complete darkness for 2-3 minutes depending on your location) stretches for 70 miles north to south. My town here in Oregon is in the path and therefore we’re ground zero for 1 million people that officials say will be coming...

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WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE: A HUGE PARTY FOR CAR LOVERS

The world’s largest celebration of car culture will be taking place in Michigan on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  This year is the 23rd Woodward Dream Cruise; an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday of August which showcases more than 40,000 classic cars, hotrods and customized vehicles along a 16-mile stretch of a historic Metro Detroit avenue that runs through nine host communities.   A million spectators are expected to join in the fun watching incredible cars cruise up and down Woodward Avenue and checking out the numerous cars shows taking place along the route in Berkley, Birmingham,...

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Touring Indianapolis With Kids

Even the most prideful Hoosier would admit, in an honest moment, that theirs isn’t the hippest of tourist destinations. You’ll get no “oohs” and “aahs” upon announcing to your Facebook friends that you’re “off to Indiana!” for vacation. This, however, does not mean that your family should skip past this Midwestern state and its capital city on your way to Chicago and St. Louis, or to Philly, NYC, and D.C. We spent the opening weekend of our three-week, cross-country road trip in 2015 in Indy – a Fourth of July in the heartland – and came away extremely impressed with...

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A Trek Along New York City’s High Line Park

High Line Park, also known as The High Line, is an oasis of greenery within the concrete jungle of New York City.  An incredibly innovative feat, The High Line transformed an abandoned line of railroad tracks into a 1.45 mile-long park that is elevated 30 feet above the streets of southwestern Manhattan.  It provides a relaxing setting with scenic views where you can take a stroll along its trails avoiding the hassle of crossing busy street intersections along the city’s ground level sidewalks while trying to get around that part of town. Whenever visiting Manhattan I always make an...

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Must-See Activities in Oregon’s Capital City

Being an Oregon resident, I get fun reactions whenever I tell people I’m from the Beaver State. Most folks ask me if the themes and jokes from Portlandia are real (most of them are!) and gush about a trip either they or a friend took to Portland. They talk about the food, the coffee, the beer and the proximity to nature. Then, these same folks give me a blank look when I say I live in Salem, Oregon – just 45 miles south of Portland on I-5. Salem is Oregon’s capital and is the unofficial center of the Willamette...

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Day Trip: Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas

While grandma was in town for the weekend we decided to take a little day trip out to Johnson City, Texas. Not only is Johnson City is the home of Lyndon B Johnson but it is also home to the Science Mill. The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Johnson City, is located about 70 miles Southwest of Austin, Texas.  Just a short drive to an awesome interactive museum. Grandma, the kids, mom and dad, hopped in the truck and headed south to Johnson City. Museums can be boring for kids but...

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Visit Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Take a step back in time and explore the history and beauty of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Located just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, the Magnolia Plantation is a must do adventure in the South Carolina Low Country. The acres of lush, winding garden paths are perfect for a romantic stroll or letting kids burn off some energy. Wildlife and an abundance of flowers blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The Thomas and Ann Drayton traveled from Barbados to establish the 390 acre plantation in what was then the British Charles Towne colony in 1676. Over the years...

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A Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is a bucket list item. In July of 2014, my dad and I made the trip from Raleigh to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. My dad has been a huge Atlanta Braves fan his whole life. Among the 6 inductees, there were 3 Braves: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Bobby Cox. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to head to our first trip to Cooperstown and it is something that I will never forget.  One of the things that...

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A Dad’s Guide to Disney Pin Trading

Disney Pin Trading If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have almost definitely seen the displays of pins for sale. You have probably looked through them marveling at the range of designs, and maybe even bought one as a souvenir. But did you know that Disney Pin Trading is not only a ton of fun, but also a great way for your kids to interact with other people at the park? From Cast Members to other guests, your kids will grow their confidence and people skills, all while having a blast and collecting memorable souvenirs. Disney...

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5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World

Every so often a person gets the chance to travel alone. Most recently I traveled to Walt Disney World for a preview of Pandora: World of Avatar.  You can read all about the Traveling Dad experience, THE TRAVELING DAD GUIDE TO PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR. While I was there enjoying Pandora, I had a few hours to myself and was able to see Disney from a whole different perspective. 5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World Enjoy the parks leisurely – there is something to be said about not having to stick to a nap...

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