With the winter chill beginning to break in favor of warm sunshine and pleasant weather, many people are already planning their spring vacations. If you and your family are looking to get away from it all, a road trip across America can be a great way to spend quality time together while exposing your children to the country's amazing cities, wildernesses and important landmarks.
To put an educational spin on your adventure, you may want to plot your course along a path that takes you to some of the nation's most historic destinations, giving your children a first-hand look at the places that helped build America. This trip can be full of memorable personalized gifts for your whole family. By the end of your adventure, you'll be able to fill plenty of picture photo albums to look back on in years to come. Here are some destinations to consider in your travels.
If you're on the hunt for a hotbed of American history, there's no better place to start than Washington, D.C. While the city wasn't built until after the American Revolution, it still contains an amazing amount of historic artifacts, documents and landmarks your family will be amazed by. For a tour of how the federal government functions, you can visit the U.S. Capitol and White House. Afterwards, a tour of the National Mall will bring you to such destinations as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and beautiful Capitol Reflecting Pool. The city is also filled with great museums where you can explore the nation's history even further - consider visiting the Smithsonian and National Air and Space Museum.
Far older than Washington, D.C., is the city of Boston, Massachusetts, which was first established by Puritan settlers in 1630. Boston was the site of many important events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War, earning it such nicknames as The Cradle of Liberty and Birthplace of the American Revolution. Famous incidents that took place in and around Boston include the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. The city was also home to patriots such as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
Much like Boston, Philadelphia played host many historic events and people during the colonial era and American Revolution. Independence Hall was the official home of the Second Continental Congress when its 13 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. The nearby Liberty Bell is also a relic from the U.S.' earliest days. The city became the adopted home of Benjamin Franklin.