The perfect road daytrip to Zion National Park from Las Vegas

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Las Vegas might be known for drinks, shows, and sin, but the reason I really enjoy it is that it’s the perfect jumping off spot for some of the most interesting and stark natural landscape in the country. To the east is Death Valley and Red Rock Canyon. To the west is the Grand Canyon. Further north are the incredible National Parks, Zion and Bryce Canyon. This part of the country is spectacular and makes […]

A weekend of food, craft beer, and beaches on the Delaware Shore

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In sometime around 1998 or so, I spent a weekend in Rehoboth, Delaware with my church youth group, working on a house for habitat for humanity. After a long day of accidentally pulling down an entire tree rather than just the vines on it and hammering in nails to hold down roof tiles to later realize they were upside down, we got to explore the beach and boardwalk of the shore. Since then, I’ve had […]

Making the most of Chicago with kids during the marathon

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36 hours in Chicago just isn’t enough. This city has so much to see and explore that it deserves a longer stay to fully experience it. If, however, you only have a weekend in the Windy City like I recently did while visiting for the marathon, you can get a pretty good sense of at least the famous landmarks and sights. Exploring the downtown, walking along the water, grabbing a deep dish pizza, perking up […]

Beer, beaches, and babies in Portsmouth, NH

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Portsmouth, NH probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when talking about beaches. Sure, New England is known for seafood, particularly lobsters, but until we traveled there, I didn’t even realize New Hampshire touched the ocean. The small stretch of coastal New Hampshire packs a wallop though and is absolutely worth a visit. It’s not just Cape Cod that has picturesque New England seafood shacks, shanties, and fishermen galore. The little slice of […]

I survived a 12-hour road trip with two toddlers, so you can too

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Is it really worse to travel 12 hours in a car than 2 hours in a plane? After a horrible experience flying for the first time with our 15-month-old twins over the summer thanks to flight delays overnight, my wife and I decided to risk toddler tantrums in the car rather than in the air. Though the flight to Chicago from New Jersey is less than two hours and the drive over 12, we decided […]

Amsterdam with kids? You can do it!

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Amsterdam is a city best known for vices. Drugs, alcohol, and the Red Light District are the most iconic images most have of the Dutch city, but there is actually a surprising amount to do that’s more family friendly. With lovely architecture, a delightful beer scene, museums and attractions, and excellent restaurants, there’s a ton to see and do. I just like getting off of the streets before night falls and it gets weird. Somehow […]

What to do for a perfect day in Fläm, Norway

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I’m a fan of Fläm Chances are, you’ve never heard of Fläm, Norway. This small town on a massive Norwegian fjord deserves attention though as the perfect jumping off point for an exploration of the fjords, mountains, and pristine cascading waterfalls of the area. Nature lovers will absolutely love the beauty of the area. But there’s a ton to do in this small town for everyone. Shoppers and craft beer aficionados will find plenty to […]

The top things to do in Bergen on a sunny day in Norway

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I don’t miss the rains down in Bergen According to Wikipedia and other, less legitimate sources like the actual website for the city, Bergen, Norway supposedly has more rainy days than any other city in the world. We certainly didn’t see anything to prove this during our visit to Norway’s second largest city which was experiencing a warm and sunny summer day without a cloud in the sky. Making the most of a sunny day […]

The best things to do in Geiranger, Norway, the most beautiful place on earth

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Norway’s fjords are beautiful in a serene, otherworldly way. The entire coast of the massive country seems to be littered with incredible scenery with huge snow-capped mountains, even in the middle of summer, reaching up from the water and majestic waterfalls cascading down from them. However, there is beautiful and there is stunning, take-your-breath-away beautiful. Geiranger is very likely the most beautiful example of Norway’s fjords, even recognized above and beyond the others as the […]

At the top of the world above the Arctic Circle in Honningsvag Norway

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There’s no where to go but down from here. Things get strange up above the arctic circle. In the summer, for weeks, the sun never sets. In the winter, it doesn’t rise. Reindeer and Santa are real here and you can meet them. The Earth ends here, dropping off into the water over precipitous cliffs that make you really appreciate how brave the Vikings were to have sailed out beyond these cliffs. Norway is long. […]