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 »

Winter Weekend in Charleston - The Outside and In

Last weekend we took a quick little trip to Charleston with our friends/next-door neighbors, Dave and Julie.  Taking a quick adult vacation in late January/early February is becoming a little tradition for us. Last year we visited Savannah around the same time. Working with a quick little window of 2 nights for our getaway, we chose Charleston for our destination this year. Charleston is about 5 1/2 hours away from us. That’s probably the limit of how much we want… Read more »

A Few Days in Lima + Pierina's Eclectic Urban Oasis

I cannot believe it has been over a month since we came back from Peru. Even though I dedicated a post to our time in the Peruvian rainforest, I also wanted to share a few details with you about our time in Lima. If you ever plan on visiting Machu Picchu, most likely you will spend some time in Lima. At close to 9 million people, this is not a small city. And they have insane traffic to prove it. Despite its… Read more »