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”.  

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...

The Alamo

When I was young my grandma took me and my parents on a road trip to see the amazing Western US. One of our first stops was to visit The Alamo. Back then, I had no idea the significance of this shrine.... what was lost here... what was gained. Here's a photo of me...

San Jacinto

After the defeat of the Alamo, Santa Anna’s Mexican Army retreated East and was chased into a corner by General Sam Houston’s army.  The battle was quick as the Texan’s screamed: “Remember the Alamo”. Santa Anna was captured and forced to sign over Texas as an...

Chalmette Battlefield – Jean Lafitte National Park

When the British returned a second time to America to retake the rebel colonies the war became known as the War of 1812.  Some of the war’s notable events included, major naval battles,  the burning of Washington DC, the siege that encouraged the writing of the Star...

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...

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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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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,...

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...

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park If you’re in Moab and looking for something else to do, drive over to Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s approximately 30 minutes from Arches National Park and about 15 minutes from Canyonlands National Park.  It’s a small state park but has...

Montgomery

We live in a world where everyone fights for their voice to be heard.  Some have to fight harder than others.  I’m proud to live in a world where people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks (just two among many) stood up for what they believed. As we’ve said...

The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park

Looking for a place to entertain the kiddos? The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park is one of our kids’ most favorite places to play. There are numerous trampolines and under one roof to entertain kids and adults alike. The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park is located in Salt Lake...

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.  Visit...

Cades Cove

Growing up in Mississippi people often vacation in the Smoky Mountains.  Through several scouting and family adventures we were no strangers.  There is no area I remember more in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) than Cades Cove.  When planning this...

The Rouge Factory Tour

Everyone knows that Henry Ford was quite the revolutionary.  That’s why when I was visiting Detroit, MI and I heard I could tour one of the Ford factories I immediately jumped on that opportunity. The Rouge Complex built around 1920 is 1.5 mile wide and a mile long...

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 Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate - The Bean The Bean, as locals call it is fun. Yes, it's a relatively new landmark (2004-ish).  No, visiting The Bean will not be life-changing for most. Is it fun?  YOU BET!  and should be on everyone's To Do list when visiting the windy city.  Imagine...

Willis Tower

Willis Tower coins a new meaning to the phrase, “I’m on top of the world.”  You really do feel like you’re on top of the world. With nothing but a glass box between you and the ground about 1,350 feet below your feet, it provides a new perspective about the world...

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...

Nashville Parthenon

As a kid I remember traveling with Dad through Nashville on the way to a work conference.  We drove by Nashville's Parthenon and I got a glimpse.  I had always wanted to return.  This summer while driving from Bowling Green, KY to Gatlinburg, TN, we took a detour...

“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