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
Imagesource/Rex/Shutterstock 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.
Horseshoe Bend—Grand Canyon, Arizona
Matt York/AP/Shutterstock Taking your family to the Grand Canyon almost seems like a cliche at this point, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. The Grand Canyon is still one of our nation’s most beautiful spots, and all the decades of tourist traffic haven’t changed that. That being said, Horseshoe Bend isn’t technically a part of the Grand Canyon—it’s part of Glen Canyon, which is a short drive from Page, Arizona. This bend in the Colorado River is surrounded by waves of brightly colored sandstone, carved by millennia of flowing water. You’ll want to bring your camera (and wide angle lens) for this one.