Monticello (Virginia)

My next addition to our list of Presidential and First lady sites is Monticello, home to our third President, Thomas Jefferson.  This beautiful historic home and estate sits dramatically on a hilltop near Charlottesville, VA and is the only Presidential site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Monticello is still preserved as it was when Jefferson lived there.  The tour encompasses the house, the dependencies, and the vast gardens.  It is definitely a must-see when in Virginia! Read my new post about planning your visit to Monticello!

Yorktown (Virginia)

Yorktown 1781 - where the world turned upside down.  If you are a “Hamilton” fan, you will recognize that line from the musical but did you know that you can actually visit the place where the world turned upside down?  The Yorktown Battlefield is a must-do while visiting the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown with your family. Read my latest post on the best way to visit Yorktown with children!

Kilmainham Gaol (Dublin)

While Alcatraz may be America’s most notorious former prison, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is Ireland’s most evocative and meaningful former prison.  We recently toured it on our way out of Dublin to the Ireland countryside, and it was easily the most impactful historical site that we saw during our whole trip. Read my new post today to see why you should add this tour to your itinerary while in Dublin!

Alcatraz (San Francisco)

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the most infamous prison in America, Alcatraz, known as The Rock.  This former prison sits in San Francisco Bay, with the lights of San Francisco beaming ever so close but out of reach for those prisoners who were incarcerated here. Taking your kids to Alcatraz is a fun way to step back in history.  Even though it is not a prison anymore, the site is still very creepy and really gives you the feeling of being in a wind-swept, isolated place.  Don’t worry, though, it is still kid-friendly, and its history as a scary place shouldn’t keep you from visiting with your family! Read my new post today to see why you should add this tour to your itinerary while in San Francisco!

Asheville (North Carolina)

Being a native North Carolinian, I have always loved the mountain town of Asheville.  It is quirky, hip, and funky while also being home to great restaurants, tons of outdoor activities, and the biggest private home in America!  There is a lot to do in Asheville almost any time of the year, from summer rafting … Continue reading Asheville (North Carolina)