Travel can broaden the mind at any age, but children are especially receptive to it. They see the world from a unique perspective. Thus, there are some places and things that they should see before they grow up.
At this tender age, different destinations and iconic landmarks may make a bigger impression. Your children are likely to not only remember these trips but take their children to see them when they grow up.
Here are some of the top places in the U.S. and Canada that your children should see while they are still young.
Take a Hawaii cruise with your children and show them one of the most unique destinations in the United States.
The island chain offers opportunities to swim with dolphins, visit sea turtles, explore the ocean by snorkeling, and see active volcanoes.
Such experiences are not only fun and memorable but potentially educational as well. Hawaii is in the tropics but because it is mountainous, it sees a full range of weather, including snow in the higher elevations. To put it briefly, Hawaii has something for everyone.
Banff National Park is located on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies.
It offers stunning mountain vistas and endless outdoor adventures, including the opportunity to walk on a glacier and see a diverse array of wildlife.
Go during the summer to escape hotter temperatures further to the south or plan your trip for October through May to have a better chance of viewing the Aurora Borealis after dark.
San Diego is a great destination for surfing and other beach activities, but there are lots of historic sights to see around the area as well.
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and oldest in the country and is home to some very rare animals. The USS Midway Museum features nearly 10 acres of displays and exhibits, including 30 restored aircraft, related to military history.
Most families visit South Dakota specifically to see the Mount Rushmore National Monument, and while it is certainly worthwhile, it is far from the only thing to see and do in the 40th state.
In addition to Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills is also home to the Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave, Custer National Park, Spearfish Canyon, Roughlock Falls, and the Pactola Reservoir.
Head east from the Black Hills and you find yourself in Badlands National Park. Millions of years of erosion have turned the Badlands into an otherworldly landscape of craggy spires and buttes with a rugged natural beauty.
Eastern South Dakota offers attractions such as the Corn Palace in Mitchell, Storybook Land in Aberdeen, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, and the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, a center for arts and sciences that engages tourists and locals alike.
Some of the most beautiful state parks in South Dakota, including Good Earth, Palisades, and Newton Hills, are located within approximately 30 miles of Sioux Falls.
Within the two-mile stretch of the National Mall along are multiple opportunities for children to learn about history and civics at the location where some of the most significant events occurred.
As an added bonus, most of these learning opportunities are completely free.
In addition to the various historical monuments and memorials to significant people and events in our nation’s history, Washington is also home to the Smithsonian Institution and other fascinating museums.
You can make your sightseeing tour even more special by timing your trip for spring when the cherry trees are in bloom, adding an even more picturesque quality to the various attractions.
Located on the border between the U.S. and Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular attractions in either country.
There are opportunities for kids to view the 13-story falls from above, beside, behind, or below, each of which is sure to be a memorable experience.
Vacations such as these offer kids opportunities for both fun and learning. Start planning your trip today.