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Top 20 Historical Sites I Want to Take My Kids Before They Grow Up

By Cody |

There are many places I want to take my family before the younger portion, i.e. my daughters, move away.  Sure, I plan on taking my kids to the usual places like Disneyland and Disney World; however, they will be sure to complain about most of the places I plan on taking them. I used to whine to my parents when we visited national parks and other boring places, but I now understand why they loaded all of us in a van and drove us from site to site while on family vacation.

There are two careers I contemplated going into prior to law school — history professor or FBI/CIA agent.  The reasons why I wanted to be an FBI/CIA agent should be fairly obvious (has to be an exciting job). I wanted to be a professor because I absolutely love history.

I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in history and I seriously contemplated pursuing a doctorate in this field rather than attending law school. When I was in school, I read as many history books on various subjects as I possibly could. It helped that I had a job that allowed me to listen to ten hours of books on tape each night. I filled each working night with biographies, histories, fictional histories, and autobiographies. I learned that there was something about history that just fascinated me. Consequently, many of the places I want to take my kids before they grow up are historical sites.

Here are the top 20 historical places I want to take my kids before they grow up:

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Top 20 Historical Sites in the United States


Probably the most famous Civil War historical site for so many reasons, and one of the most memorable historical sites I've ever visited.
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10 thoughts on “Top 20 Historical Sites I Want to Take My Kids Before They Grow Up

  1. Anne says:

    Love this list! You have given me a few to add to my own list.

  2. Chrysta says:

    I will be emailing Casey about having you visit us here in MANASSAS, VA so that you can knock a whole bunch of these off your list…

    1. theycallmecody says:

      The sooner the better.

  3. Michele Turney says:

    The good news is lots of these places can be done in one trip! I went to DC in the 7th grade and it was fun, but I think I was still too young to appreciate it. Maybe one day you could go back and teach a class ever semester. I had the best history professor ever because he was so passionate about history. He would get so excited and made sure we had all the details. And all this time I thought you wanted to be a lawyer because of Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men! Ha ha ha

    1. theycallmecody says:

      I love A Few Good Men. One of my all time favorite movies, but a movie about Thurgood Marshall when I was young convinced me that I needed to be a lawyer. Something about watching him fight for people’s civil rights struck a chord with me.

  4. Kate Storey says:

    May I humbly suggest The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan? (Disclosure – I work there.) You can see so many historical turning points in one location – the chair that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in (great follow-up, or starter, to the Ford’s Theater visit); the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and sparked the civil rights movement; the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, where they built their airplane; Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory complex; the presidential limousine in which President Kennedy was assassinated…really, that’s just the beginning. :)

    1. theycallmecody says:

      @Kate Storey–I really wanted to put Rosa Parks on my list, but we had visited it a few months ago. I fully intended on putting the diner where the sit-in took place, but I had completely forgotten by the time the list was done. I could seriously pick about 100 historical places that I would love to take my kids. Thanks for the suggestions.

  5. mai says:

    Iolani palace is a great place for older kids to visit.

  6. C says:

    So happy reading your list. Always put a smile on my face knowing there are parents out there(especially dad) who believe in going to explore this world with the kiddos. You will not believe how many parents we know who think its a waste of time and money to take their kids to places, “they won’t remember it.” “we don’t want our kids get jaded(spoiled) going too many places.” “it’s expensive!”(and then turn around they go on couple weekends get-away…. What gives?! >:-/
    Anyway, keep these lists coming!

  7. evie says:

    I would also like to add the U.S.S. MISSOURI, in Honolulu, Hawaii, just across the bridge from the Arizona.
    For the World Travelers out there, I would like to add Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, not only for the beautiful scenery, but also for the historical sites & museums in both places.

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