I have vague memories of being a kid and visiting some really random historical landmarks. My dad is one of those people who sees a sign designating a landmark and screeches the car to a stop so he can check it out. My sister and I would collectively roll our eyes and begrudgingly get out of the car to read the sign and look at the old/falling apart/incredibly uninteresting house or building and feign a little bit of interest*. And also usually pose for a photo.
It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for American history or historical places. I actually do…now that I’m an adult. I’m just realistic and recognize the fact that kids don’t find the same things interesting that adults do. Looking at an old house with papers from 100 years ago? Kinda lame when you’re 8.
Luckily, though, historical landmarks don’t have to be completely lame, they can actually hold some interest for children. I’ve put together a list of landmarks from every state that your kids won’t find totally boring, and they might even find interesting! You can check out the list for states A-L below and then get to planning your next family vacation!
*Sorry dad, but the truth had to come out sooner or later.