In Virginia, history is literally around every corner. The James River, which flows from the Chesapeake Bay to western Virginia, is the “road” along which Virginia’s history, and thereby America’s history, was founded. Beginning with Jamestown in 1607, this river and the land surrounding it has been the site of many significant historical events, including Native American villages, Colonial towns, and battles from 3 wars. A unique and socially-distanced way to view this historical area with your family is to bike or walk along the Virginia Capital Trail. It is the perfect place to have a family-friendly outing, especially during the cooler fall months. Read my new review today! Don't forget to sign up for my new newsletter - follow the "newsletter" link on my website!
Did you know that many historic sites have outdoor camping and walking trails that are especially appealing during this time of social distancing? One of the most historic sites in Virginia is First Landing State Park, where the English colonists first landed in 1607 before settling at Jamestown. This location in Virginia Beach is now a huge state park with trails, camping sites, a beach, and more. This is a perfect site for a fall family outing that is socially distanced and historically significant!
As I stated in my review of Yellowstone last year, national parks are wonderful places to combine history education with outdoor activities. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families are not able to travel to the best known national parks this year. However, right now is the best time to begin planning for summer 2021. Many of the hotels, restaurants, and activities sell out 9-12 months in advance so you will want to start planning your dream trip today!
Many families are planning ski trips for the new year, taking advantage of the winter weather in January and February. If you are planning a trip like this, I encourage you to look at the museums and historical societies at your ski destination to take in some history on a break from the slopes. Many destinations have small but educational museums that help your children understand the history of the area, from Native Americans to the pioneers. This summer, we visited a popular skiing destination, Jackson Hole, WY, and discovered the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, which is a great place to explore the region’s history. Read my new review today!
When you think of top historical destinations, you don’t typically think of America’s National Parks. However, the parks are wonderful places to combine history education with outdoor activities. They make perfect vacation destinations with kids and are a nostalgic road trip back in time! Read my new review today of the oldest and most historical of these parks, Yellowstone National Park.