It’s only one of the most spectacular, iconic sites in America!
This great gorge is 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep in some spots, with rocks that are millions of years old. Bike along the South Rim (rent wheels from Bright Angel at the visitor center) or hike into the canyon on free ranger-led tours to spot fossils, lizards, and California Condors.
There are so many things to do, see and explore, it always seems challenging to find a starting point.
In a great list compiled by Today Parents, here are 40 places you should try to check out with the kids before they are grown! Grand Canyon Why you’ve got to go: Do we really need to convince you?
The French Quarter Why you’ve got to go: The Mardi Gras spirit lasts all year long in this surprisingly family-friendly city.
What to do: There’s lots of free PG-rated fun in festive Jackson Square, where magicians, jugglers, mimes and jazz bands make the street their stage.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Why you’ve got to go: From bayou blues to Beatlemania to heavy metal to hip hop, your budding Bieber or Taylor Swift wannabe will have a blast walking through the halls of rock history.
This glass-walled museum is filled with fun memorabilia (view Michael Jackson’s sequined glove and a Lady Gaga dress), cool concert films (now playing U2 3D) and interactive exhibits (don headphones to hear interviews and performances).
Freedom Trail Why you’ve got to go: Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution!
Kids will have so much such fun following this 2 ½-mile red-brick road, they won’t even realize it’s “educational.” What to do: Pick up a self-guided map from any visitors center, and start the trail at Boston Commons (Redcoats camped here), passing Granary Burying Grounds (see graves of John Hancock, Sam Adams and Paul Revere), the Boston Massacre Site, and Paul Revere’s House.
Wade right up to giant footprints made by duck-billed dinos, three-toed meat-eaters and brontosaurus types; then swim in the Blue Hole upstream, where more tracks line the ledge.
Get there when kids are: Gradeschoolers More info: us/state-parks/dinosaur-valley 7.
Tour at your own pace, stopping along the way for lunch at Quincy Market. At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, kids can reenact the revolt by hurling tethered tea crates into Boston Harbor.