Planning your next trip? There are plenty of destinations in each state where family fun and learning meet! Please be sure to follow all state and local public health guidance while visiting. We also suggest researching Covid related restrictions and closings at all locations before you travel.
Montana For more information, visit www.visitmt.com
The Montana Science Center in Bozeman has hosted over 100,000 children and families since opening in 2001. The Science Center presents hands-on, sensory exhibits and programs that foster imagination, curiosity, creativity, and self-confidence. Favorite exhibits in our interactive space include Earth in Layers, Sun Earth Universe, Dangerous Nature, Physics Place and a 125 gallon native Montana fish tank!
Walk back in time following the largest footsteps in history. Discover exciting and fun adventure along Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. This statewide trail is made up of 14 locations with a wide range of opportunities to explore and learn about Montana’s incredible prehistoric residents. Explore some of the greatest paleontological finds of the last century under Montana’s big sky.
Idaho For more information, visit VisitIdaho.org
One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Idaho is their Famous Potatoes. The Idaho Potato Museum, located in Blackfoot, you can learn about the history and importance of the potato, and even get tips on how to pick the perfect spud at the store. Be sure to take a picture with the giant potato out front!
Get your fill of hands on fun at the Idaho Discovery Center in Boise. Interactive STEM learning takes place in over 150 hands on exhibits, non-traditional educational programming for all ages, and a safe space for all to explore.
Did you know that Idaho was partially formed by volcanos? The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is one of Idaho’s top attractions and includes 618 square miles of cinder cones, lava tubes, tree molds, lava rivers, spatter cones, and lava beds.
Wyoming For more information, visit travelwyoming.com
One of a small number of geology and paleontology museums in Wyoming, the Tate houses a collection of over 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens – including dinosaurs and Dee the Mammoth, an 11,600 year old Columbian Mammoth who lived in the Ice Age. Museum staff are always on hand to answer questions and help identify items folks might bring in. You’ll even find a life-sized bronze of a juvenile T. rex right outside the museum. Make your visit not only enjoyable, but educational as well!
Few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as that of Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton has a lot to offer, whatever your interests. Mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, and skies are home to diverse and abundant forests, wildflowers and wildlife. The park also has a rich cultural history with old homesteads and cattle ranches to explore and photograph. Walk on a trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or one that American Indians or fur trappers might have used in the 1820s. Ride a bike or paddle a canoe. There is something for everyone.
Colorado For more information, visit https://www.colorado.com/
Nearly 500 animals roam large-acreage, natural habitats and make Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg a must-see for animal lovers. The sanctuary is the oldest in the country, with over 40 years of experience. The center is home to an elevated walkway above the animal habitats that provides a fantastic view for visitors, while ensuring the animals are comfortable. Observe lions, wolves, grizzlies and other rescued exotic and endangered species from above!
Travel through more than two miles of underground limestone passageways on well-lit, easy tours into the cave’s twists and turns at the Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs. Experience spectacular scenery, rides & activities from mild to wild. Discovered in 1881, a must-see Colorado attraction for travelers for more than a century. It is one of the premiere show caves in the United States and, at 7,000 feet, also one of the highest!
Utah For more information, visit VisitUtah.com
The Leonardo Museum of Creativity, located in downtown Salt Lake City has create a new kind of museum that combined science, technology, and art in experiences that inspire creativity and innovation by visitors. By adding several hands-on experiences to the traditional museum experience, it allows learners of all ages to discover. With exhibits always changing, there is a variety of subjects to explore!
It’s no surprise that Arches National Park is one of the top national parks in America: it’s a 73,234-acre wonderland of eroded sandstone fins, towers, ribs, gargoyles, hoodoos, balanced rocks, and, of course, arches northwest of Moab. The park protects an amazing landscape that includes the largest proliferation of arches in the world. Over 2,000 arches have been cataloged in Arches National Park. Be sure to visit at sunrise to see the most rays of light break over dramatic horizons for amazing photographs.