School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. In fact, it’s better when children are continually exposed to learning opportunities. Help stretch their minds and increase their knowledge base with these fun and engaging destinations.
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States. Taking a trip to St. Augustine means taking a step back into time, as the town features a delightful historic district with cobblestone streets and bed-and-breakfasts. Be sure to explore the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which was constructed in 1672 and historically served as the city’s outer defense.
Not only is Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, it’s also home to a diverse population of students, families and young professionals. It’s extensive history, museums and monuments ensure any trip to DC will be a fabulous educational experience as well. While you’re there, take time to explore its famous performing-arts venues, such as the Kennedy Center.
Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America. It has been continuously occupied since the early 1600s as the site of numerous trading posts, forts, missions, and permanent settlements of France, Holland, England, and colonial America. Steeped in history, architecturally preserved, rich in culture, adorned by elms and surrounded by the sea, Castine Maine will invigorate your spirit and energize your soul.
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was founded as the first Spanish mission in California in 1769. San Diego was the first site visited by Europeans on what is now the West Coast of the United States. Today, the city is well known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Want an exceptionally educational experience? Take a trip the San Diego Zoo.
The City of San Antonio is one of the oldest European settlements in Texas. Before Spanish colonization, the site was occupied for thousands of years by varying cultures of indigenous people. The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, commonly called the Alamo, and originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, is one of the most historic sites in the city.
Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and today features architectural tours, festivals and civil war re-enactments. Established in 1733, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia.
Williamsburg, once the capital of Virginia, is known for the significant role it played in the American Revolution. In the state’s southeast, it forms what’s called the Historic Triangle together with Jamestown and Yorktown. The heart of Williamsburg is a historic district featuring shops, restaurants and actors in period costume depicting day-to-day life.
Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina. Founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. Known for its “rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants and mannerly people,” Charleston was named “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel + Leisure in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
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