Birmingham Civil Rights Institute—Birmingham, Alabama
Courtesy Carol Highsmith
One of the best reasons to travel with children is to give them learning opportunities that they won’t get in school. The museum at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is an excellent place to teach your children about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America, the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ongoing struggles that African American people and other minorities face in America today. While this destination certainly isn’t a joyful romp, it will be a memorable and valuable experience for your whole family.
Tracy Arm Fjord—Juneau, Alaska
If your family is traveling to Alaska, be prepared for some breathtaking sites. Alaska is full of national and state parks, with unique natural formations such as glaciers and fjords seen nowhere else in the world. The Tracy Arm Fjord, located in the Tongass National Forest in the “Inside Passage” route of Southeast Alaska, is one of the most beautiful wilderness sites in the country. This remote glacier valley is home to mountain goats, seals, and whales, and provides endless hiking opportunities for the adventurous family. At the head of the fjord you’ll find a startling blue glacier that regularly calves fresh icebergs into the Pacific Ocean.