There’s no denying that travel can expand a kid’s awareness of the world and enrich their lives with new experiences and points of view. But you don’t have to travel to exotic locations—we’ve found 10 spots right here in the USA that will offer kids a chance to learn about history, science, culture and more. Click through the gallery to get inspired.

Think Differently in Washington, D.C.

D.C. is an awesome place to teach children about history and government. Take time to visit The National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington to give your family a new perspective on early American history. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, it opened its doors in 2004 as a place to advance the understanding of Native cultures from the past, present and future. You’ll find extensive collections and contemporary art. Current exhibitions include Native Americans in the Armed Forces, the Inka Road, the history of Treaties and more. The building itself was designed by Métis and Blackfoot Indian architect Douglas Cardinal, and is unlike most contemporary structures. Event the gardens offer the Native perspective: the plants of great importance to different North American cultures are not labeled, allowing visitors to experience them in a more natural way


photo: O Palsson via flickr


Where do you go to teach your kids through travel? Tell us in a comment below.

—Amber Guetebier