Exploring American History in Philadelphia - The Outside & In

As I mentioned in the post outlining our itinerary in Washington D.C., part of the vacation involved taking the train to Philadelphia. Since the boys had a) never been on a train before or b) ever been to Philadelphia, we decided to include it as part of our American History trip. Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train makes exploring the cities in the Northeast so easy. The train ride from D.C. to Philadelphia was just two hours and seamless! What a difference… Read more »

6 Days in Washington D.C. with Kids - The Outside & In

We recently got back from our family’s summer vacation: a week in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Our boys are 8 and 9 years old, so we are finally at the age where they can start appreciating a visit like this. If you have considered taking your school-age kids to visit D.C., I would definitely encourage you to make it happen. There is so much to do in Washington D.C. Although we spent 6 days in D.C. and 2 in Philadelphia,… Read more »

September Favorites The end of September is upon us, and there are a bunch of random things I want to share with you. Not all of them are worthy of an entire post, so I thought maybe I could do this at the end of each month to recap some fun things I’ve been into lately. I am loving the SkyFit audio fitness app! My friend recommended it to me (thank you Becca!) and I have been using it quite a bit when I… Read more »

Yosemite National Park Trip Report - The Outside & In

Today I am continuing with a recap of our family’s recent trip to Northern California. After 3 nights in San Francisco, we rented a camper van (more details on that later) and drove 4 hours to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is the fourth national park we have stayed at in the past few years. It seems to us that to really get to know a park, there is nothing better than living there for a few days. That experience is completely different than driving… Read more »

Today I thought I would recap the San Francisco portion of our family’s California trip. This vacation was a jam-packed week and a half of city sightseeing mixed with outdoor exploring and adventure. Not one we will soon forget. Brian and I actually honeymooned in this part of California back in 2000, but haven’t been back since. It was fun to get to experience it again but as a family of four this time! Since this was the first time the… Read more »