Top 10 Vacation Spots for Grandchildren
Whether you're looking for an historical landmark or a thrilling theme park, consider our top 10 vacation spots perfect for summer road trips with your grandchildren.
Disneyland or Walt Disney World
A popular destination for families all around the world, Disneyland and Walt Disney World bring your grandchild's favorite cartoon characters to life. Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California while its counterpart Walt Disney World is in Orlando, Florida.
Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio
This zoo reigns supreme on USA Travel Guide's "Top 10 Zoos in America." Open since 1927, this zoo has garnered a worldwide reputation under the direction of Jack Hanna-host of television's Jack Hanna's Into the Wild. Other frills and thrills include the zoo's recently added amusement park, water park, and golf resort.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park's human history dates back more than 11,000 years ago when various groups of Native Americans populated the area. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and this highly popular destination requires reservations made far in advance. Activities can range from llama packing to becoming a Junior Ranger. Camping is a classic trip that offers a myriad of outdoor activities for you and your grandchild to explore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
Rich with our nation's history, Mount Rushmore has nearly 3 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Mount Rushmore was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and represents the first 150 years of U.S. presidential history. A monumental granite sculpture shows the face of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
You and your grandchild can also experience a tropical getaway without having to leave the country! Hawaii offers a variety of activities such as snorkeling, whale watching, and sun bathing. You and your grandchild can also learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor by touring the USS Arizona Memorial.
Deemed the "Sweetest Place on Earth," Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to the Hershey chocolate factory built by Milton S. Hershey. Hershey not only built his chocolate factory in Pennsylvania, he built a community for his friends and family to enjoy. Hotels, amusement parks, and a country club now attract tourists from around the nation.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
This cavernous canyon is carved by the Colorado River located under Arizona's warm summer sun. Mule trips through the canyon are available but must be made at least one year in advance, and you can also take rafting trips down the river. The Grand Canyon hosts artifacts that are nearly 12,000 years old and picturesque views you'll never forget.
San Francisco, California
Visit a major metropolitan city with your grandchild and take advantage of the various activities a big city has to offer. Popular attractions in San Francisco include visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, watching street performers at Fisherman's Wharf, or taking the ferry across the bay for a waterfront lunch. San Francisco also offers a premiere shopping, restaurants and museums.
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland
This comprehensive aquarium is home to shallow sea creatures, reptiles, exotic birds and amphibians. The aquarium also offers a 4-D Immersion Theater which combines the drama of 3-D with special effects like wind, mist and scents.
LEGOLAND is another theme park that brings your child's imagination and toys to life. LEGOLAND accommodates children between the ages of 2 to 12 and offers over 50 rides and attractions for you and your grandchild to enjoy. Take a break from building LEGOS, and visit this theme park and build lasting memories with your grandchild.