Domestic Travel

The Other Side of Las Vegas…

Forget the Night Life, Casino Action and a ugly hangover; Las Vegas has another side off the strip that provides just as much fun. Learn how you can discover some great activities off the strip and still enjoy Las Vegas. Green Valley Ranch Resort The Green Valley Ranch is in the East Valley side of Las Vegas and offers a great location to venture off the strip and enjoy some great activities. The resort is family friendly and affordable during the Fall / Winter season. Room rates range $79 to $159 per night, (check with hotel for exact pricing)....

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Winter Family Adventure Travel

In less than a tank of gas from Los Angeles, you could be enjoying an exciting Rhino Adventure Tour in Bishop California. This is a great weekend travel idea for the family that enjoys adventure. Bishop California is located approximately 200 miles north east of Los Angeles and is primarily known for its rock climbing community. This little town hosts a variety of year around events and has all the comforts of a big city, without the traffic. Rhino Adventure Tours Golden State Cycle is the local Yamaha and Honda dealership in Bishop and is home to the Rhino...

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Scottsdale. More than Golf.

This time of year, Scottsdale is a favorite winter time destination for families that want to escape the snow and enjoy the mild, desert weather. The town of Scottsdale is located 30 minutes away from Phoenix airport and is mostly known for the championship golf courses that outline the area. This past month, Traveling Dad took a 3-day weekend assignment out to Scottsdale to find other activities that you can enjoy in Scottsdale. Hyatt Regency, Gainey Ranch The Hyatt at Gainey Ranch is both a family friendly and pet friendly resort.  The two main pools have family areas and...

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Celebrating Your Daughter’s 16th B-day in NYC…

If you are a Dad looking for the perfect ‘Sweet 16’ gift for your daughter, look no further. Teens at this age want to celebrate this birthday with something special. Why give them the standard birthday party, when you can celebrate this special date with a trip they will always remember? It was my daughter’s 16th birthday in November and she always wanted to see New York City. So with a little ‘secret travel planning’, I took this opportunity to create a father daughter trip to the Big Apple. The winter weather had already set in and all the...

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Night at the Museum

My son, Benjamin, and I love how the characters on SpongeBob SquarePants selectively obey the laws of physics. Of course, this is true of any cartoon, but on SpongeBob, it’s the subtle interplay of competing details that we particularly enjoy. For example, motion bubbles are visual cues we can truly appreciate when they swirl around a character who is building a campfire on the ocean floor. It’s an artful disregard for continuity that Benjamin and I greatly admire, and we gamely identify all occurrences on the show with one-word callouts. A neutral, irony-free inflection works best. Thus, I might...

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The Mist, the Bridge, My Son

Cantering across the field like a ghostly horse, the mist lifts slightly and unveils the bridge across Antietam Creek. In the quiet of the morning light, the battle sounds can almost be heard, but they’re drowned out by a joyous voice: “Dad, look! There’s the bridge. That’s the one in the poster on my wall!” A child’s energy flashes across the dew-damp grass towards the Burnside Bridge. While America reminisces about the War Between The States from 150 years ago, my thoughts go to the battlefield bonding between father and son almost 20 years ago. Following months of Lego-based...

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Exploring Another World

I’ve had a dream my whole life. Okay, I’ve had many, but in particular I’ve always wanted to scuba dive. I’ve had different opportunities throughout my life to do it, but something aways interfered. Little things like stupid cancer. But now that we’re planning this huge trip, Tigger announced he wanted to do scuba. I remembered the first time I snorkeled and how challenging it was to breathe with my face under water. This is my kiddo who has anxiety issues, so I was kind of nervous about this idea.  I did some research anyway and discovered you have...

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Road Warrior Rituals

I was sitting at a table in the middle of Times Square talking to my family on the phone. Having just gotten out of my last meeting for the day I wanted to check in before the kids went to bed. My son had done something wrong that day and I was scolding him about it. As I sat there surrounded by thousands of strangers, sky-high movie posters and blazing bright screens bigger than my house, I was disciplining my child. This was not something my father had ever had to do and it felt strange to me as...

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Father-Daughter Trip May Let You See Your Kid for the First Time

This summer I jumped at an opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo, in part because I was invited to bring a child. Problem is I have three of them. After deciding my preschooler boy was not an ideal candidate I was faced with a Sophie’s Choice between his older sisters. The eldest, Libby, had been to the zoo when she was younger than three – one of my first mistakes as a traveling dad, because she would end up not remembering a thing. But technically Libby had gone before and plus, she already liked me. Not that my...

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