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US Landmarks That Your Kids Won't Find Completely Boring (States O-W)

In the interest of taking your kids on an educational trip that they’ll actually enjoy, I’ve been putting together lists of historical landmarks that they won’t find completely boring. Because, as adults, things of historical significance that are interesting to us often mean absolutely nothing to our kids. And there’s nothing worse than dragging kids around on a “vacation” and having to listen to them complain about every stop you make.

So this summer, instead of hearing them moan about the sites you’re visiting, take a few of my recommendations and maybe you’ll only have to listen to them complain about each other. Or where you eat for dinner. Or what you’re wearing.

Landmarks for states O-W are listed below, and you can find states A-L here and states M & N here.

 

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  • Ohio 1 of 17
    Ohio
    Wright Flyer III
    Built in 1905, it is the third powered aircraft built by Orville and Wilbur Wright. It is the only fixed wing aircraft to be designated a National Historic Landmark, and is on display at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
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  • Oklahoma 2 of 17
    Oklahoma
    Fort Gibson
    The Fort, established in 1824, was the westernmost military post in the US and served to guard the American frontier in Indian Territory.
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  • Oregon 3 of 17
    Oregon
    Bonneville Dam
    Built in 1931 to use the Columbia River for energy production, it was the first hydroelectric dam with a hydraulic drop sufficient to produce 500,000 kW of hydropower.
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  • Pennsylvania 4 of 17
    Pennsylvania
    Kennywood Park
    Your kids will be particularly thrilled to visit this historical landmark, which is one of America's first amusement parks, having opened in 1898.
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  • Rhode Island 5 of 17
    Rhode Island
    Block Island Southeast Light
    One of two lights on the island, construction on the Southeast Light was completed in 1875. Still an active lighthouse, it is also a museum and is open to visitors during the summer months.
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  • South Carolina 6 of 17
    South Carolina
    USS Yorktown
    An Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II, she was later modernized and used as an attack carrier and an antisubmarine carrier. She is now on exhibit at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.
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  • South Dakota 7 of 17
    South Dakota
    Deadwood
    It became (in)famous in the late 1800s as a lawless gold mining town, you can now take a step back into the wild west with many of the tours that are available.
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  • Tennessee 8 of 17
    Tennessee
    Graceland
    Your kids may not care for Elvis' music, but they're sure to be enthralled by his unique taste in home decor. Each room gives visitors something new and amazing at which to marvel.
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  • Texas 9 of 17
    Texas
    The Alamo
    Famous for being the site of the 1836 "Battle of the Alamo" during the Texas Revolution, the Alamo Mission is now a museum.
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  • Utah 10 of 17
    Utah
    Bryce Canyon Lodge & Deluxe Cabins
    Completed in 1925 and built using local materials, the Lodge & Cabins were built by a subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad as a means of encouraging tourist travel to Utah's State Parks.
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  • Virginia 11 of 17
    Virginia
    Natural Bridge
    With the abundance of manmade landmarks in Virginia, why not treat your kids to one of the state's natural historic landmarks, this 215ft high natural arch, which was once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
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  • Vermont 12 of 17
    Vermont
    Ticonderoga Steamboat
    Built in 1906, she is the last remaining side-paddle-wheel passenger steamer with a vertical beam engine. She is now on display at the Shelburne Museum.
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  • Washington 13 of 17
    Washington
    San Juan Islands
    A point of contention between the US and Canada, the San Juan Islands were the location of the "Pig Wars," a diplomatic confrontation over the international boundary. Now they are a favorite spot for hiking, kayaking and whale watching.
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  • Washington, DC 14 of 17
    Washington, DC
    Gunboat Philadelphia
    A gunboat used by the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War, she sank during a battle on October 11, 1776. She was raised from the bottom of Lake Champlain in 1935 and is currently on display at the National Museum of American History.
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  • Wisonsin 15 of 17
    Wisonsin
    Milton House
    A hexagonal structure built in 1844, it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and was used to hide fugitive slaves. It is now home to a museum and visitors can tour the underground tunnel.
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  • West Virginia 16 of 17
    West Virginia
    Wheeling Suspension Bridge
    Built in 1849, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world for several years.
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  • Wyoming 17 of 17
    Wyoming
    Union Pacific Railroad Depot
    Now home to the Cheyenne Railroad Museum, the Depot was finished in 1887 and is purported to be the "most beautiful rail station in North America."
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