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”.  

New York Empire State Building

Whether you’re King Kong or one of the other 110 Million visitors that have come to the Empire State Building’s famous open-air observation deck this is a must-see in NYC.   Started in 1930 the Empire State Building is one of the tallest buildings in the world and the...

White Sands National Monument

A co-worker and I were once crossing southern New Mexico when we saw White Sands National Monument nearby.  We were ahead of schedule so we decided to stop for a quick break.  When we entered the park it was flooded so we only got to see a tiny portion of the park. ...

Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona If you’re in the Tucson,  Arizona area and looking for something to do for the afternoon, pay a visit to Tombstone.  There is plenty of history and entertainment for kids and adults alike.  It is THE historic town where western gunfights took place....

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore is one of those places that should be seen at least once.  The first time I visited was during a work-related trip in the area.  Interestingly enough, the city I was working in had to be evacuated because of a fast-moving fire.  My co-worker and I...

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak is the largest collection of optical and radio telescopes in the world and has been for over 50 years. Here, about an hour and a half from Tucson, they study stars, galaxies, magnetic fields, Dark Matter, and even our own sun.  Every volunteer-lead tour is a...

The San Antonio Riverwalk

When visiting the San Antonio area, you must plan an afternoon (or more) at The Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk.  There's not too much to say besides walk around, take a boat tour.  Enjoy the architecture, culture and food. Here is a video highlighting our...

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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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Fort Caspar Campground

Fort Caspar Campground, located just minutes from the historic Casper, Wyoming,  kisses the banks of the North Platte River.  There is a museum close by as well as an ample amount of walking/ hiking trails.   Fort Caspar Campground 4205 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper, WY...

New York Central Park

Just before the US Civil War, a plan was devised to set aside an area for open spaces, trees, and a refuge from the city.  Many looked to similar parks in London and Paris for inspiration. Over the years Central Park has become one of the most filmed locations in the...

Oak Alley Plantation

When you think of the Antebellum South with sugar cane fields and large homes with wrap around columns, Oak Alley is usually the home that comes to mind. After a half-hour drive from downtown New Orleans, you’ll turn off of the interstate onto sleepy southern roads....

Minuteman Missile

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a piece of history not to be skipped or missed. I honestly didn’t think neither the kids nor I would be interested in a missile, but I was surprisingly wrong. We all REALLY enjoyed it and the kids were eager to share their...

John Pennekamp Coral Reef Florida State Park

When you think of coral reefs there aren’t many in the US.  In fact, the Florida Reef is the only living coral reef in the continental US (and the third largest in the world – next to the Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef).  While the reef is rather long,...

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...

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is seriously one of the most amazing museums we’ve ever seen!  The layout is unique and it’s interesting to all who walk through the gates.  It was refreshing to see how much fun the kids were having while...

Biosphere 2

Located about 30-45 minutes from the heart of Tucson, it is nestled in Oracle, AZ, among desert and mountain peaks. Don’t let the distance deter you though.  It’s worth the drive! Biosphere 2 University of Arizona Biosphere 2 32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, Arizona...

Meteor Crater

There’s so much to see and do in Arizona.  Among those is a hidden gem located just outside of Winslow, AZ.  It’s not every day that you can say you’ve been to a meteor crater.  If you’re in the area, take the short drive (approximately 30-45 minutes) to the site-...

4 Places to Eat in Moab

If you are looking for a great places to eat in Moab, we recommend a few hotspots that are family-friendly, affordable, and very tasty. They’re popular and highly favored among tourists and locals. While there are a number of bakeries and cafes in Moab, we recommend...

Christmas in Disneyland

Christmas in Disneyland Disneyland has always been a magical place for our family.  But seeing it at Christmas time just brings that magic to a whole new level.  With that said, we would like to share some of our favorite aspects about Disneyland around Christmas. The...

Catalina Island

Catalina Island, located about 20-25 miles west of Los Angeles, California, is full of adventure and class.  It is a famous landmark for the Chicago Cubs’ practice field (which was owned by the candyman William Wrigley, Jr. himself).  There have been a number of...

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...

“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