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The National Museum of Natural History is one of the many museums in Washington that your kids will enjoy exploring.
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7 Educational Trips That'll Broaden Your Whole Family's Horizons

Travel Broadens the Mind

If you are like me, you search for any opportunity for your kids to learn in exciting and interesting ways. Vacations are no different.

The best family vacations are the ones in which your kids come away with a broader understanding of the world. We’ve rounded up our picks of the best educational trips for kids. Each destination offers a great option for an enjoyable family vacation with a significant educational component.

Smithsonian Museums, Washington, D.C.

Not only is Washington, D.C. considered to be one of the best vacation spots in the US, it’s also a no-brainer for an educational trip. As the seat of the country’s government, there are many educational opportunities.

However, none are richer than the museums that make up the Smithsonian complex. The most well-known museums include The National Air and Space Museum, The National Museum of American History and The National Museum of Natural History.

However, there are dozens of galleries and museums that make up the Smithsonian network. One could spend several entire vacations exploring them.

For an extra-special treat, kids and their parents can spend the night in the museum through the sleepover program. At Smithsonian, your family is sure to have an educational experience they will never forget.

Red brick, three level house with wall out front connection to two two level houses facing each other on either side of larger house.Walk through this historic town for a sense of what it was like for those who resided here in 1600. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA

Be immersed in colonial history in Williamsburg, VA. The historic town has been preserved as a living-history museum. Many of the buildings were constructed in the 1600s. Museum staff in period dress interpret the buildings and realistically portray life as it was in the 17th century.

You and your family can get in on the action with several interactive experiences. Kids can play period games and learn about life as a child during colonial times. History-rich Jamestown and Yorktown are also nearby and can easily be combined with a visit to Williamsburg.

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Geyser spews steam up into the air from the side of a river with pine trees on either side of its bank.There's good reason to visit America's first national park, with its plethora of natural attractions and wildlife.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone boasts status as the world’s first national park. It is a huge, sprawling park consisting of parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The park has a particularly high number of interesting natural features including canyons, rivers, forests, hot springs and geysers. There are many species of animals that reside in the park including wolves, bison, bears and elk.

The park provides many opportunities for families to learn about the natural sciences, ecology, animal behavior, forest fires and much more.

Even camping with kids can have its educational benefits as they learn “survival” skills and gain a bit of resiliency by “roughing it” without the comforts of home.

The area around Yellowstone also plays host to several dude ranch vacations. Kids will love the opportunity to learn about horsemanship and garner new skills on horseback. If you choose a working ranch, they’ll also learn the value of hard work!

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