For the last few months I’ve been using this great app on my phone called Flipboard. It provides a super nice way to get at a bunch of the latest news in a variety of my favorite topic areas quickly and easily in a format which is conducive to quick reads. Yesterday I was literally thumbing through Flipboard when I came across this article from Parents entitled, “7 Places to Take Your Kids (Before They Grow Up)”.
The list is more than 7 items as it groups a bunch of potential spots into groupings:
- A Natural Wonder
An American Monument
A Civil War Battlefield
A Great American City
An Unspoiled Beach
A Desert Landscape
A Man-Made Wonder
I am an East Coaster and as such I have seen a lot of the individual suggested areas listed (Gettysburg, Lincoln Memorial, Boston, NYC, and the Statue of Liberty to name a few) and through my travels later in life I have (or will soon have) seen some others. However, I’m not sure if taking my kids to these places as children will do that much for them.
Let’s take, for example, Gettysburg. I visited the area with Scouts when I was probably 12 or 13. While I remember the trip itself, a whirlwind 3 day weekend, and the fact that one of the other Scouts’ fathers had a van with a TV and a Nintendo in the back, I couldn’t really tell you all that much about Gettysburg itself. However, since I saw Niagara Falls when I was 17 and the Hoover Dam when I was in my late 20s, I have a much better remembrance of those visits.
I have told The Wife that I really want to take the kids to see Mount Rushmore (I’ve never been to the Black Hills myself) and to the Grand Canyon where smog may eventually severely limit visibility on a regular basis but I really hope they can get something more out of it than remembering about some random unrelated memory like the van story and a patch on a shirt.
However, I don’t know if this list is good enough. What places have you visited that you would add to a must-see for your kids list? What about it made them worthwhile and what was memorable about them for you? Did you dread these sorts of trips as a kid or did you look forward to them? What made them exciting or boring? How many of these places have you visited? Are any of them on your must do list? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.