Learning never stops, and for some families, a vacation that is both fun and educational is a must.
These five US cities check all the boxes: kid-friendly, plenty of relaxing things to do, with a healthy mix of historical sites, museums, and innovation. They all feature popular field trip spots, but you can enjoy them with your whole family at your own pace when you visit during your vacation.
Whether you prefer the east or west coast, and your learners are tech geeks or history buffs, there's something on the list for every learning and vacation style!
Take a field trip in Plymouth Massachusetts
Plymouth, Massachusetts, colloquially known as "America's hometown," is chock-full of educational activities that are fun for the whole family. Plymouth is the site of the Mayflower's landing and the first Pilgrim settlement in 1620. Visit Plymouth Rock, the place where the settlers are thought to have landed, check out a full-scale replica of the Mayflower, and spend a day at Plimoth Plantation experiencing early life in Plymouth Colony.
Plymouth is just an hour south of Boston, so to extend your field trip, ship up to Boston and enjoy such field trip activities as the Boston Children's Museum, Freedom Trail, and New England Aquarium.
Where to stay in Plymouth
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Take a field trip in Washington DC
Washington DC, the United States' capital, is brimming with field trip destinations that will inform and inspire. Take a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, marvel at the monuments on the National Mall, and don't miss the Library of Congress. The city is also full of museums, cultural institutions, and a great zoo and botanical garden. There's no shortage of things to do when you plan your family field trip in DC!
Where to stay in DC
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Take a field trip to Silicon Valley, California
If your learners are fascinated by technology, a field trip to Silicon Valley in California will be right up their alley. Silicon Valley, located in the South San Francisco Bay Area of California, has many attractions for science and technology lovers. Don't miss a chance to geek out at The Tech Interactive, the Computer History Museum, and the Children's Discovery Museum.
Where to stay in Silicon Valley
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Take a field trip to the Grand Canyon
If your dream field trip is one spent in the great outdoors, plan a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park. Located in Arizona, this majestic national park stretches over 277 miles, featuring layered bands of colorful rock revealing millions of years of geologic history.
To make your visit a better learning experience, check out the park's Junior Ranger program, or take a guided tour (by bike, Jeep, raft, helicopter, or even mule). When visiting the canyon, stop in at the Yavapai Geology Museum for educational displays on the canyon's geological wonders.
Where to stay near the Grand Canyon
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Take a field trip in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A great field trip destination, Philadelphia has many kid-friendly museums, historical sites, and cultural institutions. The City of Brotherly Love is home to the iconic Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Don't miss a chance to tour the Eastern State Penitentiary, interactive Please Touch Museum, and the Philadelphia Zoo, all fun and informative day trips for all ages.
While in Philadelphia, educate the family on the city's cuisine. The city was ranked as 19th best foodie city in America and is renowned for its Philly cheesesteak, hoagie, and Philly soft pretzels.
Where to stay in Philly
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