RHODE ISLAND: Newport Mansions
Prepare to be dazzled by the restored summer homes of the rich and famous, especially The Breakers, the jewel in the crown.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Fort Sumter
Starting at Liberty Square in Charleston, relive the start of the Civil War with a guided boat and land tour of the fort and harbor around Sullivan's Island.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Mount Rushmore
More than 400 people sculpted this surreal and historic monument to our nation's first 150 years; for the best views of the 60-foot sculptures, head for the Presidential Trail.
TENNESSEE: Great Smoky Mountains
Begin your visit in Gatlinburg, then go fishing or explore more than 800 miles of hiking trails in one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States.
TEXAS: The Alamo
Relive the fierce battle between Santa Anna and such American folk heroes as Davy Crockett and James Bowie at the famous mission and four-acre grounds in San Antonio.
UTAH: Olympic Park
Host to ski events during the 2002 Winter Games in Park City, the park draws crowds year-round for tours, virtual skiing, and access to the medal podium for an imaginary bow.
VERMONT: Shelburne Museum
You'll find more than 150,000 fascinating objects in 39 galleries, from antique quilts and old-fashioned toys to a covered bridge, a lighthouse, and a restored steamboat.
VIRGINIA: Colonial Williamsburg
Step back in time as you explore museums, homes, shops, and even a plantation in this town restored to full 18th-century glory.
WASHINGTON: Space Needle
You can see all the way to Mt. Rainier and Lake Union -- not to mention a great aerial view of Seattle below -- from the Needle's 520-foot-high observation deck.
WEST VIRGINIA: Lost World Caverns
Join a Wild Caves Expedition (suitable for kids 6 and up) in Lewisburg for a half-day of climbing, crawling, and getting muddy (pads, flashlights, and snacks provided).
WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Dells
Horse-drawn-wagon tours, amusement park rides, and the Circus World Museum are just a few of the attractions at this family destination.
WYOMING: Yellowstone National Park
Our first U.S. National Park offers horseback riding and a host of other activities as well as one of America's most enduring natural phenomena, Old Faithful.
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the June/July 2004 issue of Child magazine.