The Mile High City is filled with thrills – from gravity-defying roller coasters to challenging climbing walls to wet ‘n’ wild waterslides, you’re guaranteed to get your adrenaline fix in Denver. If you are a diehard roller coaster fan then you
must visit the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park – which amongst other rides features the world’s highest free fall swing. The Water World Park is a great way to beat the heat while riding some serious waterslides. You can also check out the Lakeside Amusement Park – this family owned theme park is a long-standing Denver institution and features a number of classic wooden rail coasters.
To experience Denver’s legendary fresh air, take advantage of the city’s outdoorsy options. If you’ve got a skateboarder in the family, head straight to the Denver SkatePark in LoDo. This expansive area, to which admission is free – is one of the most renowned skate parks in the country – and is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Denver is a two-wheel paradise – with 85 miles of bike trails and 300 days of sunshine. Explore the city using Denver B-cycle, the city’s pioneering bike sharing program. Another great way to spend the day outdoors is to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. It features the Trail Ridge Road – the highest continuous highway in the world crossing the Continental Divide at over two miles above sea level. One of the only places in America where you can see lion prides and groups of other carnivores living in natural habitats – The Wild Animal Sanctuary, where more than 300 large carnivores roam free – is a must visit for nature lovers! The best view of Denver is from up above! You’ve never really seen the Rocky Mountains until you’ve seen them from a hot air balloon. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Mountains as you float high above the Front Range.
The worldÕs only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, the National Constitution Center puts into historical context the most famous four pages ever written through multimedia exhibitions, sculpture, film, artifacts and interactive displays. In SignersÕ Hall, visitors walk among the life-sized statues of the 39 signers of theConstitutionÑand they can choose to sign their own John Hancock or to dissent…..Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC
Visit the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and experience the timeless thrill of seeing a musical, a ballet or a concert performed live.
Denver is a professional sports paradise – whether its basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, or rugby – Denver’s got it all. You can catch some of the world’s best athletes in action as for most teams the season runs all through summer.
Denver is the shopping capital of the Rocky Mountain West. For one-of-a-kind stores with distinctive fashion and exclusive offerings – head to the oh-so-chic Larimer Square. The young fashionistas will love the one-of-a-kind boutiques. Definitely a good spot for mother-daughter retail bonding! Your Denver shopping spree will be incomplete without a visit to the downtown Cherry Creek Shopping District. The combination of Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek Shopping Center is more of a shopping experience. Cherry Creek North features the region’s largest collection of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas, and adjacent to it is the Cherry Creek Shopping Center with no less than 160 brand-name stores!
A visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a must! From stunning prehistoric fossils to an exploration of outer space, it never fails to astound and amaze people of all ages, with realistic visions of the past, present and future.
Another must-do is one of the most popular zoos in America, the Denver Zoo – it has over 3500 different species with most of living outside of cages, so you can observe them in their natural habitat.
Texas’s big City – Houston
Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest in the country, and has endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike! Plan a visit and treat your family to the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.
For every tourist visiting Houston, there is something special – NASA’s Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the most famous aerospace institution in the world and still responsible for large missions. No matter how old you are, you’ll be fascinated by all there is to see here: replicas of spaceships, the training center for astronauts, and the chance to touch a moon rock billions of years old and so much more. You must take the Level 9 Tour because it is the most complete. To experience the more rustic side of Houston, and explore the authentic cowboy traditions of the region, a visit to the George Ranch Historical Park is a must. If you can include the authentic 1930s-era, Texas-style meals held on Saturdays into your plan.
Children’s Museum of Houston, one of the top children’s museums in the USA is an intriguing area that covers everything from pets to superheroes. Hermann Park, located minutes from downtown Houston, is a cultural and recreational hub and has a bountiful assortment of entertainment: a golf course, an outdoor theater, a jogging track, a beautiful rose garden, picnic spaces, a butterfly exhibit, and even a museum. The Houston Zoo, one of the best maintained in the country – is set in a lush landscape right in the middle of Hermann Park and is home to over 3100 exotic animals. Another fun thing to do is visit the SplashTown – Houston’s largest and most diverse water park, featuring 40-acres and more than two million gallons of summer fun.
Two places you absolutely must visit are the Houston Premium Outlets and the Houston Galleria. Texas is one of the only states in the country where international shoppers are reimbursed for the taxes on every purchase!
Buffalo Bayou has become a destination for outdoor recreation near downtown Houston. Buffalo Bayou Boat Cruises are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks.
Urban Adventures and Fun Attractions – Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta has a rich history, and a progressive streak. It has the world’s busiest airport – which means it’s easy to get here no matter where you are coming from! Visit Atlanta to experience the Southern hospitality – expect to be greeted by a smile!
Top Downtown Attractions
A visit to the Centennial Olympic Park, revitalized for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and now a symbol of a diverse and thriving metropolis, is packed with history, architecture, quirky trivia and original music. Fountain of Rings, designed after the famous Olympic rings, displays a dancing water show harmonized with pop music, lights and sound effects.
Experience the attraction and mystery of the famous formula at the World of Coca-Cola Museum and taste all the flavors of Coca-Cola soft drinks from all over the world! A tour of the most iconic brand is a must-see for all ages!
Don’t miss the CNN headquarters, where you can take a fascinating tour of the studios to see the daily workings of a global news organization. You’ll get to ride a huge escalator inside the building! It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen!
The Georgia Aquarium, which opened in 2005, is undeniably spectacular. This is the largest aquarium in the world with interactive areas that are perfect for anyone fascinated by these diverse displays of sea life.
Zoo Atlanta is another great attraction for those who love getting close to nature. Situated in Grant Park, it features more than 1,500 animals and offers up-close encounters with giant pandas, giraffes and African elephants. While at the Zoo you can enjoy interactive wildlife shows and rides.
To beat the summer heat you can head to Six Flags White Water Park or feel the adrenaline rush on the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a must visit if you wish to learn all about the amazing Civil Rights Leader. Also check out the Atlanta History Centre, where you can learn all about Atlanta’s role in major American events, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
The Buckhead neighbourhood is the jewel of the city. Known as the “Beverly Hills of the East Coast,” you will find gracious homes, elegant hotels and some of the best restaurants in this charming, upscale area. Also visit the elegant Swan House mansion in Buckhead, known for its beautiful gardens and interiors – it is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks of Atlanta.
The birthplace of the USA is not only bubbling with historic attractions and exhibits – it is also a great place to have fun and play. With a wide array of family-friendly attractions, Philadelphia offers loads of family fun!
Attractions for Children
The Philadelphia Zoo, set amongst a charming 42-acre Victorian garden, is one of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country. It is the first zoo charted in the United States. A new trail experience called Zoo360 – a campus-wide network of see-through mesh trails affords more opportunities for animals to roam around and above zoo grounds – is also a first, both at America’s zoos and in the world.
Please Touch Museum is the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. This award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on, and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street. Bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. A trip to this park is a must before they grow up!
Adventure Aquarium is just a few minutes from Philadelphia downtown and is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, and the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos.
Explore the outdoors by visiting the Fairmount Park – One of the world’s largest city park systems. With more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands – you can spend the day taking a stroll, heading out for an afternoon of softball, organized frisbee or pier-side fishing, or just settling in for a family picnic.
Independence National Historical Park, Known as the birthplace of American democracy, this park welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors every year with many of these visitors lining up to see what is the park’s most visited and most famous attraction, the Liberty Bell.
A walk around Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s most popular town square will take you to the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park where you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.
For all those who love chocolate, it’s worth taking a trip to Hershey – the Chocolate Capital of the USA. Here you can sample the famous confectionary as well as enjoy rides at Hersheypark. Families can enjoy go-karting, bumper boats and mini-golf at this fun entertainment centre.
You cannot leave Philadelphia without indulging in east coast’s premier shopping destination the King of Prussia Mall or browsing the high-end shops of Rittenhouse Row.
Up close with the big beasts amid the beauty of the Black Hills – Custer State Park, South Dakota
If your idea of a perfect family vacation is getting close to untamed creatures in their element – you can do so amid the craggy scenery of South Dakota! This holiday will give you a chance to experience the wild in the real form!
Few truly wild places remain in the USA – Custer State Park is one of them. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres! You can find your adventure in hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or rock climbing along the trails! During the summer season, trout fishing is perhaps one of the most popular recreational activities in Custer State Park. Get set for an old-fashioned hayride that takes you on a scenic drive on Custer State Park’s beautiful backroads to a mountain meadow canyon for a chuck wagon feast.
Named a Top 10 US Safari by MSN, 2015, the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour will take you off-road! Trek through Custer State Park in an open-air jeep in search of pronghorns, elk and the noble buffalo. Learn historical and educational facts about the park and wildlife as you go.
Rockin R Trail Rides will allow you to experience the spirit of the Old West with a guided horseback ride in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest
FLY the Black Hills – A must-do is this amazing one-of-a-kind adventure in the most beautiful place in the world – fly in a hot air balloon! Soar above the mountains and valleys as you take part in the magic of ballooning.
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