5 Days in Peru's Sacred Valley

Over Thanksgiving, our family went on a little adventure to Peru’s Sacred Valley. My aunt, who lives in Lima, invited us to go on this trip with her and for us to get some good quality time together as we get to know Peru better. Peru has such amazing natural and archaeological sites, that we have a long list of places we still want to explore. On this trip, we were excited to bring the boys to experience Machu Picchu,… Read more »

A few weeks ago we took a surprise family trip to see Hamilton Chicago in honor of our son’s 10th birthday. I’m a few weeks late in posting about it. I think I needed a little time to process the fact that it actually happened. We had been keeping this under wraps for about 2 months and when the weekend finally came, I was so worried the experience would not live up to the anticipation. I am relieved to say… Read more »

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 »

My "Go To" NYC Recommendations

New York City is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole world. I don’t care how many times I have been, within one year of my last visit, I am always itching to get back. There are always new things to discover and places to explore. You can’t ever “finish” seeing and experiencing New York in my opinion. When people say they don’t like New York or they’ve already “done” it, I know they haven’t fallen in love. In… Read more »