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Great Places To Visit In The US With Kids

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Great Places To Visit In The US With Kids

These days, you hear about people taking their kids on huge vacations all over the world. Spring Break in Cancun. Cruises to the Bahamas. Tours of Europe. But whatever happened to piling the whole family into the station wagon or an RV and taking a road trip across our own country?

You don’t have to fly halfway across the world to find a good vacation for your kids. The United States are packed with tons of amazing places to see with your family. So take a look at just a few of the places you can take your kids to see right here, in our very own US of A!

Disneyland

Alright, let’s get this one done right off the bat. Ever since it first opened in 1955, Disneyland has been #1 on almost every single child’s bucket list. After all, what could be better than going to an amusement park that’s filled to bursting with all of your favorite characters and stories? Kids will have the chance to meet their favorite Disney characters, get an autograph, and just breathe in the entire atmosphere that is somehow unique to Disney. Meanwhile, there are plenty of attractions that cater to adults, too, from shows to rides to fine dining options. Plus, you might even find yourself getting caught up in the magic yourself. The Disney experience even extends to housing options where your family can have breakfast with Mickey and Minnie or their favorite princess. While admission to the parks can add up for larger families, there are plenty of discount Disneyland packages available to visitors if they know where to look.

Colonial Williamsburg

If you’d prefer a slightly more educational bent to your vacation, America has many historic sites to visit and experience a little bit of early Americana. Colonial Williamsburg attempts to take some of that history and bring it to life. Many of the historic homes in the area have been restored to the same state they would have been in when they were first built. Workers portraying the townspeople of old Williamsburg give tours of the homes and demonstrate common activities from Colonial times. It’s an interactive experience that will allow your kids a chance to learn in a hands-on fashion and get to know more about the history of America.

Georgia Aquarium

There are several aquariums across the country, but the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is regularly ranked among the best aquariums in the entire country. With more than 100,000 animals representing around 700 species, it’s one of the biggest aquariums in the world, even holding the record for seven years after it was constructed. One feature that particularly sets the Georgia Aquarium apart from other aquariums is its whale shark exhibit. The largest known species of shark to exist, the Georgia Aquarium is the only facility outside of Asia to house these enormous fish.

Route 66

Back before the interstate highway system had grown to its current size and complexity, there was really only one way to drive from one end of the country to the other: Route 66. The inspiration behind several songs and stories, visiting Route 66, or “the Mother Road,” is more about the journey rather than the destination. The route is dotted with small towns that sprung up along the route during its heyday, including rest stops, museums, and tourist traps. The National Park Service provides a list of sites to visit as you travel this historic road with your family.

NOTE: Route 66 may not appeal to young children who won’t necessarily enjoy being cooped up in a car for a long time. Make sure that your children will appreciate a road trip that doesn’t necessarily have a destination before embarking!

The National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution is more than just a single museum; in fact, it’s the largest museum, education, and research complex in the world. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., there are many museums to choose from and visit. The Natural History Museum in particular offers several exhibits children will enjoy, from a collection of dinosaur bones to the infamous Hope Diamond, a gem with an unusual blue tinge that is rumored to carry a curse.

It’s not always easy to choose a vacation spot that will leave everyone in the family satisfied, but it’s not necessary to travel far to find one. The United States is packed with great places to take your kids on vacation, coast to coast, from sea to shining sea.

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