25 Great US Spots to Take the Kids Before They Graduate High School

family road trip sunset

Summer is the prime time to get travelin' with the family. The weather is warmer, the kids are out of school, and thankfully -- gas prices aren't absolutely ridiculous this year. The best part of living in the good ol' U S of A? There's a whole lot of terrific terrain just waiting to be explored right here in our own backyard! So where should parents absolutely take their broods this summer? Check out our list of 25 Instagram-picture perfect spots. 


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As the kids get older, they become less interested in spending quality family time and more interested in checking out, well, the "cooler" things and people in life. This is exactly why it's so important to squeeze in some of these classic road trips while the kids are still young enough to be told to GET IN THE CAR NOW. Have everyone buckle up for one of these excursions -- you may not get another chance!

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Yeah, yeah, water parks, those are fun, and so are beach towns. However, there are a whole slew of historic sites, monuments, and American landmarks across the country that are must-sees for all kids. Check out our list of 25 great places to take the kids to before they graduate high school. We know this next family vacation is going to be amazing -- and maybe even cool, too!

The Grand Canyon

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