Having a child is a blessing, but it entails lots of responsibilities and one of them is travel education. You have a responsibility to show your child, within your financial means, of course, all the places every child must see before hitting puberty, because once puberty hits, you can be more than sure that they won’t want to spend much time with their parents, much less go on trips. So you must take advantage while they’re still young and show them those places that hold magic for children and adults alike. Besides, it’s great to travel with your kids, you get to bond, spend quality time together and make memories that will last you a lifetime.
1. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is without a doubt the most spectacular site in America! It is 227 miles long and some crevasses are up to 6,000 feet deep! So, pack your bags and get going to Northwestern Arizona, because there is no way your child will miss seeing this while they’re still little. Seeing the Grand Canyon is a mind-blowing experience for an adult, imagine how it is for a child. They will forever remember the trip and you need to give them a wonderful memory. If you want to have your mind blown just a little bit more, then have a look at our picture that shows the Skywalk – a glass-bottom observation deck that sits 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and is at a distance of 70 feet from the West Rim. You’re basically floating on air! How’s that for a mind-blowing visual?
2. Dinosaur Valley State Park
Children love dinosaurs! That’s a gross generalization, we know, but we assure you that even if your child doesn’t particularly like dinosaurs, they will love this park and you will too. It has some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world – you get to stand near T-Rex’s footprint and things don’t get any cooler than that. The Park is in Glen Rose, Texas and the tracks are close to the riverbed, so before visiting, check on the condition of the river, to make sure you get to see them. There is much more to do in the park apart from seeing dinosaur tracks, you can hike, camp, ride a mountain bike, ride horses, swim and fish.
3. The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile-long route in the center of Boston, Massachusetts that leads to seventeen historic landmarks. Your children can learn so much about the history of the United States from this trail, much more than they would from a book. You can take the official guide led by an actor dressed in 1700’s naval attire – the kids love him and some tour guides even hand out vintage goodies, so your kid could get luck and walk away with a fistful of colonial money.
4. Niagara Falls
This is an amazing landmark, a wonder of the world, one everyone should see. You can sign up of the Cave of the Winds tour – it will take you closer to the Niagara Falls that you thought possible. You go down 175 feet deep into the Niagara Gorge with an elevator, you are given a yellow poncho and special footwear and you are taken on a series of wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck. You’ll end up soaking wet, but it’s all worth it – the view is spectacular: the torrents of Bridal Veil Falls, rainbows and so much more! It is 11$ for adults and 8$ for children 6 to 12. Visit the site for more information.
5. Disney World
Need we mention why this is a place every child must see? Must we say what you can do there or how to have a great time? That place is not called the happiest place on earth for nothing. Visit their website and start making reservations for the trip! Go on!
6. Redwood National and State Parks
Kids these days spend too much time on the computer and in front of the TV. If you bring them here, where the tallest and most majestic trees on earth are, while they’re young, then they will love nature and this is one of the best gifts you can give to your child. Walk on the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, that is one mile long, admire the sky-high sequoias (did you know that some of them are 2,000 years old?!) and crawl through hollow trees, see imposing Roosevelt elk and look for banana slugs. You and your kids will have the time of your life!
What do you think about these places every child must see? Do you think we missed something? Anything we need to add to the list? Have you visited any of these as a child? What impact did the trip have on you? Drop us a line and tell us about it, we love hearing from our readers!