I'd like to give a HUGE shout-out to my friends behind A Most Civilized Conveyance. Katie, Dave and their son Jasper are a car-free family living in Portland, OR. They recently adventured to Tacoma with their bikes via Amtrak and have an inspiring story to tell about the joys and perils of traveling.
I could say "traveling with small children" or "traveling by bicycle" or "traveling in the Pacific Northwest in March," but travel under any circumstances involves planning, flexibility, and a bit of blind faith. In then end it's not always about where you go, but how you get there, and even how you got back from where you went.
I'm certainly inspired to attempt a similar trip with my own family thanks to Katie and Dave.