Welcome to Wesley Adventures Travel Blog where we share our family’s adventures and money saving tips that makes traveling with kids affordable and fun for your family.  Traveling with four kids can be difficult.  Brian is an Engineer and Tammy a school teacher and together they explore caverns, rainforest, hotels, restaurants, national parks, beaches, Mayan ruins, and theme parks!  The Wesley’s share their family’s adventures and money saving tips that can make traveling and urban exploration affordable and fun for any family with the “go bug”.  

 

Downtown Gatlinburg

Growing up, Brian and I had the opportunity to go to Gatlinburg occasionally and it was always a treat to walk in downtown Gatlinburg.  Since then, the kids have had the opportunity to make their own memories walking the streets of downtown.   Strolling through The...

Vizcaya

If you’re in the Miami area and looking for something to do, book a tour to go through Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Our kids were so impressed and loved it so much that they still talk about earning enough money to one day buy Vizcaya! 😉  It’s truly a historic...

Biltmore Estate

Like big homes?  Touring mansions? Then Ashville, North Carolina has something for you to see.  Built at the end of the 19th century (completed in 1896), the Biltmore estate is the largest privately owned home in the United States. This place is huge…. And by huge I...

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Originally built over 120 years ago to house fine art for the World’s Fair; the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is our top pick for Chicago!  Sure, it’s important to see the Bean (Cloud Gate), Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower), and get a slice of pizza.  However,...

Martins Cove

As a kid I heard a story about a pioneer handcart company that was so beaten and worn from their winter handcart journey that they couldn’t finish the last leg of their trip to the Salt Lake Valley. What makes this story different from the Donner party was the rescue...

The Congress Hotel

The Congress Plaza hotel is very popular for conventions and history buffs.  It was built in 1893 to show that Chicago couldn’t be beat down by the 1871 fire. This large hotel has some fantastic views of the lake and the park. It was one of the only hotels I could...

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We have hundreds of videos, articles, reviews, and galleries from our adventures.  But there are some places that we’ve spent more time exploring.  We’ve combined those items into a single place called a Destination.  Choose a destination below to begin exploring!

Urban Exploration

Our family has always enjoyed exploring the world around us.  Tammy and I grew up in Mississippi and spent much of our youth under the shade of pecan and pine trees.  When we moved to UT we were excited to have Salt Lake City and the surrounding suburbs to explore. There’s so much to do from hiking, children’s museums, photography classes, old mills, and pioneer history.  Tourism, generally speaking, is when you’re visiting a city while traveling.  But what do you call tourism in the city you’re living?

We like to call “tourism in your own city” Urban Exploration.  Sure, Urban Exploration usually means sneaking into an old abandoned building or trespassing and taking photos of something most people don’t see.

I guess we could always call it “A Detailed Analysis of Your Indigenous Urban Anthropology”…. But I think “Urban Exploration” will work just as well even if we’re not trespassing or sneaking into an old building that’s about to fall down. From museums, parks, hikes, and activities; get out and do some Urban Exploration in your own neighborhood!

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Corvette Factory Tour

  Bowling Green Kentucky has been the home of the Corvette since the early 1980’s. The intimate Corvette Factory Tour takes you out onto the factory floor inches from the assembly line to see almost every aspect of the build. The first step, have a reservation. ...

Nassau

Nassau   Nassau is a gorgeous island with crystal clear turquoise water.   However, there are much nicer islands in the Bahamas and nearby Caribbean that call to the Wesley’s.  Nassau is a great place to spend a day soaking up the rays, exploring large hotels, or...

Chicago Motor Club

The Chicago Motor Club was once an office building used to test and rate automobiles for consumers.  Like the Consumer Report for AAA.  Today the Motor Club has been purchased and transformed ($41 million) by Hampton Inn hotel. They have done a fantastic job restoring...

Badlands

Spread across the plains of South Dakota lies a unique gem that is as well known for its fossils as its beauty… the Badlands.  I was pleasantly surprised when we visited this summer.  The colors and landscape are stunning in areas.  And... it’s conveniently located...

Whitewater Falls

Reading other travel blogs is an important part of my day.  Earlier this year I saw an article about the top twentyfive US waterfalls.  I was familiar with most but a few caught my eye.  I have an online Google map where I mark places I'd like to visit so I dropped a...

Wall Drug

One of the greatest highlights of the Midwest is Wall Drug Store found in Wall, South Dakota.  Depending on your direction of travel, it's on the way to Mt Rushmore and the Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Missle National Park. It is a fun, kid-friendly...

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest in the world, was built in the early 1900s and was inspired by the fountains of Versailles. The fountain is said to represent Lake Michigan itself and the states that surround it. Every hour the fountain...

Giordanos Pizza

  Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but our top favorite has to be Chicago-style deep dish pizza!  In our opinion, you can’t find any better family pizza than Giordanos Pizza.  It just doesn’t exist!!!!  Sure there are more authentic Chicago Pizza joints,...

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely…” – Mark Twain
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

– T.S.Eliot