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6 Places to Take Kids Before They Get Older

August 2nd, 2013 Seasonal

The summer is a time when families should be taking trips together that kids will remember for years to come. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find places that both parents and kids can agree to travel to. However, you shouldn't give up, because there are some places that children absolutely need to see before they grow up, and you should make these destinations a priority to visit this summer. 

1. The Grand Canyon, Arizona - Parents magazine recommends this natural wonder, which is 227 miles long and 5,000 feet deep. While your whole family can appreciate the beauty that the Grand Canyon has to offer, your children will be particularly amazed by this sight and should see it while they're still young so they can revisit years later and have a totally different experience. If you haven't been since your childhood, you should definitely revisit it, because the newly built skywalk with a glass floor will make you feel as though you're floating over the canyon. 

2. Library of Congress, Washington DC - You may be skeptical about the idea of your kids loving a trip to the library, but this is no ordinary library. CNN spoke to Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, who explained why the Library of Congress is a great choice for a family vacation destination.

"If you go into the Library of Congress, you're going to tell them it's a library but it's also a treasure trove," Bellows explained to CNN. 

Bellows went on to say that whatever your children are interested in - whether it's dinosaurs, race cars or ballet - there's sure to be plenty at the Library of Congress to show them. 

3. Statue of Liberty, New York City - The Statue of Liberty is one of the most prominent symbols of freedom in U.S. culture, and it's something that your children are likely familiar with already. You should take them to see Lady Liberty while they're still young, because you can use the trip as an opportunity to teach them about the history of the U.S. and all of the people who took boats to this country and knew that they had reached America when they saw her standing there. 

4. Tivoli Gardens, Denmark - If you have the means to travel outside of the U.S., Frommer's recommends that you take your kids to Tivoli Gardens, which is often found on lists of the 10 best amusement parks in the world. There are rides for kids of all ages, as well as beautiful scenery for parents to enjoy. No matter how old your kids are, they'll be sure to love this exciting park. 

5. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - If your children are a little older - over the age of 12 or so - you should take them to this important historical site. Children need to learn about history, and that includes the battles that the U.S. has fought. This may make them pay closer attention when they study the Civil War in school, since they can imagine what it must have been like on the battlefield because they already saw it. 

6. Big Sur, California - This one is for the more adventurous family that wants to show their kids how to spend a little time on the wild side. 

"It is one of the most hair-raising drives in the world, and you get the sense of a wild, driving adventure," Bellow told CNN. "I've done it at least 40 or 50 times, and I never get tired of it. It really teaches children that if you really love an area, you can protect it. Most of that coastline is protected, and it shows you what happens when you don't screw it up."