Traveling is one of the best experiences you can give your child. Whether you are trying to decide on this summer's vacation destination or compile a bucket list of places to see before your child flies the nest, you will want to consider the following places. Each provides unique experiences that are fun with some educational merit. And since all locations are right here in the United States, they are fairly economical trips.
Yellowstone National Park. The first national park has been enthralling guest since 1872 and contains a lot of interesting sights for families. It contains geothermal features like Old Faithful, other geysers, and waterfalls. Many don't know that Yellowstone Lake is one of the highest elevation lakes in the United States and that it is centered on the Caldera, an active volcano. Explore over 3,000 square miles of the park and keep your eyes peeled for moose, elk, bear, and bison.
Yosemite National Park. Nature lovers are sure to love the famous Half Dome and El Capitan in California's Nevada Mountains. The giant sequoia trees are a marvel. This is a great destination for hiking enthusiasts and those who seek an active vacation.
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Grand Canyon. Words cannot describe the Grand Canyon. You just have to see it for yourself. Most families choose to visit the South Rim, which is more tourist-friendly. You can hike, take special tours on horseback or mule, or your family can take a whitewater rafting tour right through the canyon on the Colorado River. There's plenty to do here, and it is an especially fascinating visit for anyone interested in Geology.
San Diego. If you're thinking of visiting California, San Diego is a unique city with a lot to offer. The weather is wonderful year-round and there are great Pacific coast beaches. Animal lovers will enjoy the famous San Diego Zoo. Take a stroll through the Seaport Village and check out some of the museums unique to this coastal city like the USS Midway Museum.
Boston. On the other side of the country, Boston, is a great destination for families. Walk the Freedom Trail to learn more about the Revolutionary War and visit the house where Betsy Ross created the first flag. Even those who aren't baseball fans will appreciate the history of Fenway Park. There is always something fun to see in Quincy Market too, but if you want to explore beyond the city, escape to nearby Cape Cod where you can enjoy the beaches and whale watching.
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New York. The city that never sleeps has a lot to offer families, both in history and entertainment. Take a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty up close and personal and trace your family's history at Ellis Island. Take a stroll through Central Park, attend a Broadway Show, and visit the September 11 Memorial and Museum. It's a busy city, but an exciting experience that you will never forget.
Philadelphia. Like Boston, this city is filled with history and fun learning opportunities. Visit the Liberty Bell and nearby Independence Hall. The Franklin Institute offers interactive exhibits that are fascinating too. And your visit won't be complete without running up the "Rocky Steps" at the Museum of Art. Oh, and don't forget to try a cheesesteak!
Washington DC. Talk about a city full of educational value. With all the monuments and museums, there's a lot to take in so make sure you plan your itinerary in advance. You can walk down the National Mall in April to see the cherry blossom trees in bloom or take one of the many tours offered to see different aspects of our country's capital such as a tour of the White House, the United States Capital Building, and the Washington Mall.
Niagara Falls. This amazing natural wonder is located between New York and Ontario, Canada. Over six million cubic feet fall over the edge every minute and it's a marvel any time of year. On the United States side, you can take a Cave of the Winds Tour which places you right in the action as you walk under Bridal Veil Falls. A ride on the Maid of the Mist boat tour will bring you to the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls. If your family has passports, there are many more tourist activities and attractions on the Canadian side of the falls.
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Colorado. This state offers something for everyone. Explore the Rocky Mountains, take the train to the top of Pike's Peak, or check out the highest bridge in the United States at Royal Gorge. Explore Denver, a city with beautiful parks, or in the summer, take in a Rockies game and watch the sunset over the Rocky Mountains (you can sit and watch in seats a mile high).
Traveling can inspire your child to learn more about history, science, or technology. Plus, it's a great way for your child to see beyond his or her own community. Best of all, you'll make memories as a family that will last a lifetime so be sure to visit one of these locations soon!
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