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”.  

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...

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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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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...

Historic Gardner Village

Looking for something fun to do with kids?  Historic Gardner Village is a must see- especially around Halloween and Christmas.  From witches and pumpkins to elves and Christmas trees, this historic hub is entertaining for young and old. I mentioned Halloween as the...

Hill Aerospace Museum

Hill Air Force Base Museum Are you looking for something to do to entertain the kids in the Salt Lake area this weekend?  The Hill Aerospace Museum is a great place to go!  It’s entertaining for kids as well as for adults.  It’s just minutes south of Ogden.  Often, we...

Lord of the Rings Birthday

Parties at our house are always adventures!  This year, the kids unanimously chose a Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit themed birthday party. They really enjoyed diving into the theme and the story line and creating Middle Earth in our own home.  Due to some upcoming travel...

Dunns Falls

Dunn’s Falls - From a Teenager’s Viewpoint:   Dunns Falls is a 65-foot man-made waterfall that was built along with a grist mill back from the 1850’s. The falls provided a source of power for the water wheel. There is an 1857 grist mill that you can look around in....

Medieval Times

We recently had the opportunity to go to the Medieval Times Tournament in Atlanta, GA.  Brian and I had been before but the kids had never experienced it.  I think it was so much more entertaining with the kids.  By the end of the night, we were hoarse from screaming...

Timpanogos Cave

Mt. Timpanogos boasts it’s beautiful splendor as it stands in the spotlight among the American Fork Canyon.  Opened to the public in the early 1900’s, it serves as a constant reminder of the delicate nature of the formations found in the cave.  Since it’s opening,...

“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