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”.  

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...

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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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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...

Clingmans Dome

One of my favorite childhood memories is climbing up Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I thought the swirly sidewalk was so much fun to run up.  Going back as an adult was just as much fun! Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in Tennessee....

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, but the...

Liberty Bell Center

When in Philadelphia you've got to stop by and see the Liberty Bell located at The Liberty Bell Center.  You'll probably only spend an hour or less here but it's centrally located and it's easy to park here and venture out to other places like Benjamin Franklin's...

“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