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Old 02-17-2017, 07:30 AM   #1
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Northeast American History tour with kids... suggestions

Hello all,

My family and I are in the planning stages of our summer vacation. My children's ages are 11, 9 and 3. We will beginning our trip from Dallas on or around June 15 and will return August 10ish. Our very rough simplified plan is Kansas City, Nashville, Chattanooga, hit the east coast in South Carolina and follow the coast north, Outer banks, Norfolk, Williamsburg , DC, Philadelphia, Hotel it in NYC, Adirondacks etc. As the title suggests we will be correlating this with America History.

I'm guessing 5 days in DC, what kid friendly tours are recommend and which ones should be reserved now?

I'm looking for suggestions along our route for specific things to do, can't miss / must see or specific campgrounds. We prefer National, State, County parks and have the ability to boondock for a night or two. Private campground suggestions near city centers for convenience.

Typically we don't like to make reservations or have schedules to stick too but, I feel this year we should make reservations due to the congestion of these areas in the summer.

Our typical pattern, to avoid big crowds, is to hit the crowded areas during the week and off the beaten path on the weekend.

We travel in our 2009 Classic 27fb.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Hello all,

My family and I are in the planning stages of our summer vacation. My children's ages are 11, 9 and 3. We will beginning our trip from Dallas on or around June 15 and will return August 10ish. Our very rough simplified plan is Kansas City, Nashville, Chattanooga, hit the east coast in South Carolina and follow the coast north, Outer banks, Norfolk, Williamsburg , DC, Philadelphia, Hotel it in NYC, Adirondacks etc. As the title suggests we will be correlating this with America History.

I'm guessing 5 days in DC, what kid friendly tours are recommend and which ones should be reserved now?

I'm looking for suggestions along our route for specific things to do, can't miss / must see or specific campgrounds. We prefer National, State, County parks and have the ability to boondock for a night or two. Private campground suggestions near city centers for convenience.

Typically we don't like to make reservations or have schedules to stick too but, I feel this year we should make reservations due to the congestion of these areas in the summer.

Our typical pattern, to avoid big crowds, is to hit the crowded areas during the week and off the beaten path on the weekend.

We travel in our 2009 Classic 27fb.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
An alternate route might be I-20 east, stop in Vicksburg if you are interested in seeing the Civil War National park. Then over toward Jackson, up the Natchez trace to Nashville, lots of stops with interesting history. There are some boondocking parks on the Trace. The only drawback to the trace is the pace. If you are an Interstate Burner, the slower speed can be an adjustment.
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Yes, you want reservations in the summer.

I would start your East Coast in Georgia, take the ferry from Saint Mary's to Cumberland Island, spend a day hiking around the ancient live oak forests and beach, and see the wild horses.

I also recommend the Penn Center/Gullah History center in Beaufort, SC...teach them a little history.

Have a great time!

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Here's a link to the Kids Rally in eastern Tennessee June 18th-21st if you've got some flexibility in your dates: http://www.airforums.com/forums/cale...18;&e=1482&c=1

This thread also has a little info: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ly-162108.html

Looks like you'll be through there just after that, though! Looks like you're planning an awesome trip!

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Charleston-lots of history, refined city, Fort Sumpter, Yorktown, shopping, food, Middleton and Magnolia Plantation
Myrtle Beach- Redneck Riviera
Philadelphia- Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes, Christ Church, Ben Franklin
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Are you sure you want to visit the south in the summer where it will be 100 degrees?
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i forgot to mention Savannah- skip it and go to Charleston
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And finally, Biltmore House in Asheville, NC
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Thanks everyone for the replies!!

We will be stopping in KC to see old neighbors from when we lived there. Natchez Trace is a great idea, I'll look into that.

I like the idea of the ferry and the kids would love seeing wild horses!

I'll look into the kids rally they'd enjoy that!

I love Beaufort and Charleston.

Keep em coming!
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What is the value of the Barnes collection?
Today, the collection is estimated to be worth between $20 and $30 billion. Although John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie were vastly wealthier than Albert Barnes, the current value of the assets of the Barnes Foundation are 10 to 20 times greater than the Carnegie Corporation or the Rockefeller Corporation.
There are more Impressionist paintings here than anywhere outside of France.
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Just a few Eastern recs: Gettysburg (and other major battle fields); USMA at West Point; NYC Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, etc.; Roosevelt Manson Hyde Park NY; in Mass. Cape Cod; Freedom Trail; Green Mtns. in VT; White Mountains in NH; Acadia National Park in Maine.
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Consider Greenbelt Park (U.S. National Park Service) as a place to stay while in DC.

Not sure if you've got a focus for a certain type of history, but the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit are places our kids really enjoyed and they are great places to learn about the history of design, innovation and industry. If you go to the Henry Ford Museum it's also worth taking in the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
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don't miss the Mutter museum in Philly... kids might love the creepy factor.., the Rodin museum and Valley Forge are both great and can be done in a short amount of time i.e. kid friendly...also the Brandywine area is lovely , full of small but significant sights. Independence Hall is worth driving by , but wouldn't waste valuable time there ...boring...don't know anything specific about the Chesapeake area but would investigate fully if I had a kid into horses or boats...agree also with the rec for Gettysburg , and on the way from there to Philly , you can visit Amish country in Lancaster . if you get near NYC, the circle line boat tour that circles Manhattan , was my favoritest tour thing there.... such a nice overview, and outside!
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If you want to camp in Kansas City I would see if you can get reservations at Weston Bend State Park. Probably booked up already on the weekends, but will likely have availability during the week.
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