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.
California For more information, visit VIsitCalifornia.com
While California is a state where there is a destination to please all interests, here are our favorite places to encourage your kids’ creativity and ingenuity. Your family can ride the rides, eat the pies, and enjoy the old west-themed shows and shops at Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County.
The San Diego Zoo, home to more than 12,000 animals of more than 650 species, is a must for all animal lovers. The most visited zoo in the country, it has more than ten acres of exhibits. Be sure to bring your walking shoes!
Want to see how your favorite candy is made? Tours of the Jelly Belly Factory in Solano County offer a look at the machinery and ingredients that go into the jelly beans. Be sure to get your fair share of samples.
Oregon For more information, visit TravelOregon.com
Located in downtown Pendleton, the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon’s is a not-for-profit play place, offering a wide range of educational exhibits and activities for children of all ages. Exhibits include a science lab, a play pizza kitchen, a Lewis and Clark exhibit, and an art corner. Visit the Wonderland Tea Party, the Toddler Zone, the Reading Corner, and more.
Fly high at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum! Children who dream of navigating the open skies will be enthralled by this nationally acclaimed aviation museum. Tour a remarkable collection of aircraft and spacecraft, including, most notably, the original all-wood Spruce Goose, known formally as the Hughes H-4 Hercules. Exhibits illuminate aviation history, and the museum also houses an IMAX theater.
Did you know you can take a walk back in time in Oregon? In a lush, temperate rain forest on the Southern Oregon Coast, Prehistoric Gardens features two dozen dinosaurs lurking in the thick undergrowth and hiding among the moss-covered trees and huge ferns. These colorful, life-size replicas are sure to thrill young and aspiring paleontologists.
Washington For more information, visit ExperienceWA.com.
The Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and is a treasured Seattle icon. Built-in 1962, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. The Space Needle stands at 605’ tall and is one of the most photographed structures in the world. The tower offers visitors Seattle’s only 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges.
Washington State is home to five species of Pacific Salmon as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout. Most species spawn in the fall, making it the best time to go salmon-viewing. One of the classic things to do in Washington State on a family vacation is to visit a salmon hatchery. At the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery you’ll get a close up view as salmon cram and leap their way up a fish ladder into the hatchery.
If your kids have a natural interest in bugs or reptiles, the Bremerton Bug and Reptile Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. There are plenty of live creepy crawlies to see, including tarantulas, pythons, and an eight-foot ant farm, and kids can even peer through glasses that show what bug vision is like. The exhibits are interesting enough to keep kids entertained on their own. Still, the museum also offers scavenger hunts designed to help kids find the most interesting things in the exhibits!