August is American Adventures month and Family Fun Month, it’s the perfect excuse to take your family on a sightseeing road trip! Before children head back to school, a road trip is a cheap, fun adventure to do as a family. It can be both educational and enjoyable to hit the great American highways and see the sites that will fill your child’s textbooks during the school year. With so many beautiful cities, national parks and landmarks, it can be overwhelming to decide what to see and what to skip out on. To help you map out a plan, we’ve come up with a list of can’t-miss-sites to help you narrow down your choices. In no particular order, we have the fifteen American sites you absolutely need to take your family to.
1. Mount Rushmore
Where: Keystone, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore is an impressive edifice on a huge mountainside that many school-aged children have seen pictures of. But seeing it in person is an entirely different feeling. This impressive feat of work should be on everyone’s list to see.
2. Big Sur
Big Sur is a stretch of coastline unlike any other, with unending wildflowers, thousands of Condors and sunbathing sea otters. The vistas are unforgettable and can be enjoyed on the coastal Highway—which has some of the most beautiful views in the world– or you can pull over and explore as a family on foot.
3. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is an iconic American landmark, complete with rugged larger-than-life volcanic features and soaring peaks, there are unlimited beautiful panoramic vistas. Soak in the sites or take the family on a hike down to the Colorado River.
4. National Mall
Where: Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. is filled with so many famous sites, it can be kind of difficult to pick which ones to visit. The best place to start is the National Mall, the free Smithsonian museums line the green strip and you can see the Washington monument. Start off there and then explore the Potomac River and the rest of the monuments. Between the monuments and the museums it’s the perfect hands-on way to learn about the United States.
5. Millenium Park
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Home to way more than the Bean, Millenium Park—and nearby Grant Park—is a refreshing plot of greenery and art that span from Michigan Avenue to Lake Michigan. Get lost in the beautiful sculptures and art, grab a bite to eat and walk to the Lake all in one afternoon. This is perfect for young children who need a lot of space to run around, there is even a fountain area perfect to splash around in on a hot summer day.
6. Space Center Houston
Where: Houston, Texas
Relive the golden era of America’s space age with your little astronaut at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. You can see the spacecrafts and equipment that helped the U.S. dominate the Space Race. This is the perfect place for young children who are fascinated by science or space. With a country as broad and expansive as the United States, it can be hard to determine where to go first. As a family you have to pool together each others interests and go from there.
Wherever you end up, have a fun and safe Family Fun Month and American Adventure Month!